Day 216 (3 Aug 2012) Barb Wire

Today during my lunch break I took a short drive because I had this idea to shoot barb wire in my head.  And out here in “the sticks” we have lots of it around 🙂  So I pulled off the side of the road and shot a few sections of a fence.  One one fence post I found this insect that looks like it’s either about to eat lunch or make more insects (not sure if there are male/female differences like in birds); the little one was not struggling, and I couldn’t tell if it was alive or not.  Anyone of you out there know?

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Barb Wire Fence)

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60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Fence Post)

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60 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (3 Strands)

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60 mm, 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Bug eat Bug)

Day 204 (22 July 2012) Gates and Fences

I have to admit that today was one of those days were I was totally unmotivated to do anything, much less hop in my truck and drive to the location for today’s shoot.  And even though I really like the results of my shooting/editing, I can’t get excited about it.  Have you ever had one of those days?  What did you do to get out of the funk?

Anyway, today’s images have a double inspiration.  First from my friend Carol, who requested that I shoot fences, and also from Shannon, co-host of this months collaborative photo shoot project/challenge.  This month’s challenge is silhouettes, and one of the idea-fostering images she shot prompted the shot of barb wire below.  Thank you both, ladies, for the inspiration for today’s shoot 🙂  I don’t know which of the two silhouettes below will be my submission.  I really like the barb wire shot, but don’t want to be a copy-cat.  Though I think I should have used a larger aperture in the wooden fence image to reduce the star-ing affect of the sun.  What do you think?

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35 mm, 1/25 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200 (Red Gate)

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43 mm, 1/25 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200 (Gate Post)

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18 mm, 1/160 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Barb Wire Silhouette)

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18 mm, 1/200 sec, f/13, ISO 100 (Farm Fence Silhouette)

Day 165 (13 June 2012) 10 Minute Challenge

Today I decided to take Shannon up on her 10 Minute Challenge (check out her amazing blog, Seeing Spots Photography).  Basicly what you do is gather up your camera/gear, and “go” (drive, bike, walk, jog, dance, conga line, etc) for 10 min.  You then stop and shoot where you end up.  I decided to hop in my car for the 10 min trip, as it was a bit too wet to get a conga line going 🙂  I found myself on a dirt road I’ve never been on before.  I still had my macro lens on, and decided to leave it. I pulled out my tripod and snapped some interesting shots, if I do say so myself 🙂

I highly recommend taking up this challenge, esp. on a day where you may not feel so inspired.  It forces you to use what you find, rather than try and think of a subject/location.  I will deff do this again, it was fun!

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60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100 (Dry Hydrant)

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60 mm, 0.6 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Fence Post)

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60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 (Tall Grass)

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60 mm, 0.3 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Wet Weed)