Day 118 (27 April 2012) Do the Dew

I finally got up earlier enough to have time to shoot some shots of the dew before it evaporated away. After I got dressed and was about to grab my camera, the sun disappeared. I thought I had missed my chance by taking those extra minutes luxuriating in the shower. But as I sat down in my chair, the sun came out and gave me the perfect light for the shots! Then results have given me motivation to set the alarm a bit earlier on occasion!

Morning Dew

60 mm, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens, cropped (Morning Dew)

Dew Drop Bokah

60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dew Drop Bokah)

Dandelion

60 mm, 1/250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Dandelion)

Day 88 (28 March 2012) The Empty Bench

Driving to class tonight I took a different route and noticed a bench sitting across a pond from the road I was driving.  I made a point to stop and do a single 6 min exposure and hoped it turned out well.

I loaded Magic Lantern firmware onto an SD card today and wanted to try to use the bulb timer function (it makes it possible to set an exposure longer than 30 sec w/o an external timer or remote).  As I’m still figuring out this new suite of tools, I didn’t realize that long exposure noise reduction was turned off, so the photo is slightly noisy.

I also took a couple minutes between work and class and shot a few of the flowers sprouting up in my front garden and got one that I think is nice.  I’ll shoot these again under better light w/ more time; I want to get it right 🙂

Bench By The Pond

23 mm, 6 min, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Bench By The Pond)

Purple Flower

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Purple Flower)

Day 81 (21 March 11) More Macro

I’m so in love with this new lens; and I got it just in time for spring (esp. since yesterday was the first day)!  I spend about an hour after work walking my woods/yard shooting some new growth.

I never realized how unsteady I am w/o a stabilized lens; many shots didn’t come out because I was swaying ever so slightly and it was enough to move out of focus when the shutter activated.  I’ll have to either bring my tripod out next time or look into getting a monopod (or use a piece of string to step on).  It didn’t help that the slightest breeze more than “compensated” for the times I was steady, lol.  I know I’ve got a lot of learning to do with this new lens 🙂  Any and ALL suggestions are welcome!

Oak Blossom

60 mm, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Oak Blossom)

Oak Blossoms

60 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Oak Blossoms)

Wild Rose

60 mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Wild Rose)

And just in case you didn’t guess yesterday’s puzzle, It was the surface of the Pepsi I was drinking, the light coming out of the can caught my attention as I was shooting “Redemption”

Day 78 (18 March 2012) Spring Time

Since we never had a real winter here, I’ve been ready for it to actually become spring and warm up some.  Give me a season where I know what to expect! LOL

Today I took out my macro filter (my real macro lens is due to arrive Tuesday!!) and just wandered around my yard for a little bit between homework and dinner.  Nothing spectacular, but it was nice to be out in the warm sunshine (I was even studying on my deck today) 🙂

New Growth

18 mm, 1/25 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (New Growth)

Awake

55 mm, 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (Awake)

This is the work that awaits me in the yard!

Briers

55 mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Briers)

Day 74 (14 March 2012) The Birds and the Beans

I know today is Π (Pi) Day and I should have pulled something witty out of my bag, like baking a pie, or making the symbol with 3.14 grains of rice and shooting macro, but not today!

I had placed a stale piece of bread on my deck hoping to attract some birds, and it worked!  I set up my camera with my 200mm zoom and pre-set the settings and shot away as a couple of birds ate.  I also dropped a coffee bean this morning while doing the daily grind, and being inspired by Pablo’s Day 100 post, I figured I would try shooting it with my macro filter.

Bird Feeding

200 mm, 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 50-200mm lens (Bird Feeding)

The Coffee Bean

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/36, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (The Coffee Bean)

Coffee Time

55 mm, 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x filter (Coffee Time)