Day 294 (20 Oct 2012) Autumn Macro – Acorns and Tractors

I took a quick study break after lunch (yes, I’m spending most of this beautiful day inside studying for my courses 😦 ) to shoot.  I thought it would be cool to shoot some of the many acorns littering my yard before I mowed the lawn and chopped them, and the leaves, up.  I also wandered over to the backhoe in my yard that shows up in several of my images and took some macro images of it, too.

Now back to the books for me!

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Acorn

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Acorn among leaves

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Hiding Acorn

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Backhoe Bucket

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Tractor Treads

Day 226 (13 Aug 2012) Sunset on the Farm

I’ve passed this farm many times, driving to hiking and riding trails.  I was on my way to ride this evening and just HAD to stop!  I would like to plan a shoot here, but for tonight, the clouds made it a great site! (though this, and other delays, gave me the experience of riding in the dark, lol).

I tried several presets in LR3 and used my own settings on the first one.  I really enjoy making an image my own, even if it’s not exactly what I saw with my eye.  I do at least a little tweaking to every image I publish.  Sometimes it’s just adjusting white-ballance or a B&W conversion, or taking a bad exposure and creating a great image from.  Or sometimes it’s just fun to go hog-wild!  What are your thoughts on image editing?

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18 mm, 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Sunset on the Farm)

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18 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (End of the day)

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18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (End of a Long Day)

Day 145 (24 May 2012) Light Painting Attempt

I’ve got this great idea for one of my submissions for a Long Exposure photo challenge jointly hosed by Seeing Spots Photography and Nick Exposed.  Check out either site for details on how you can join the challenge!  This is the second one they have jointly held.  The first begin a Quotography Challenge.  It was a lot of fun!  They are both great photographers, so feel free to check them out and get some creative ideas for your own work!

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18 mm, 65 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Flashgun painting attempt)

But anyway, my shot didn’t turn out at all.  Turns out a cloud covered moonless night didn’t have enough light, even for a 5 min exposure.  So, as my bed was starting to call my name, begin after 10:30 and all, I decided to try something new to me: light paining w/ a speedlight.  I’m not satisfied with the results, but then again I didn’t read up on it or spend any time looking at examples.  I will reattempt at some point, maybe for this challenge?  But if you have any tips/hints, please leave them in the comments section; they are greatly appreciated!!

Day 128 (7 May 2012) Shadow and Color

I decided to shoot a couple things around my yard, and as I was walking back to my house, I noticed my shadow.  I’ve had a hankering to shoot a shadow series since I’ve always like looking at the cool shapes that shadows can make.  I may have to use this as a start of exploring a new concept 🙂  Any tips/tutorials on shadows would be great!  (yes, I know I can google it, but I prefer to save the effort if I can 😉 )

My Shadow

33 mm, 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (My Shadow)

I really like the color contrast between this backhoe and the woods; the yellow/rust over the green.

Tractor Colors

32 mm (cropped), 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Tractor Colors)

This wood pile has been sitting here for several years, now.  I’m still trying to find the best way to shoot it, but it’s decay is fascinating to me.  I like the effect of this filter on the wood pile; it really brings out the texture.

Wood Pile

55 mm, 1/30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Wood Pile)

Day 91 (31 March 2012) Rain Drops

We had a little rain here last night and today, so it wan’t a great day to be out and about.  But after it stopped, I grabbed my camera and shot some photos of what the clouds left behind.

The first two are the last two I shot; I couldn’t figure out which one I liked best, so I included them both.  They are the reflection of the trees in an oily puddle on the top of the tractor in my yard. I did not color manipulation on these 🙂

Tree Reflection In Oil

60 mm, 1/13 sec, f/13, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Tree Reflection In Oil)

Tree Reflected In Oil

60 mm, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Tree Reflected In Oil)

Crystal Ball

60 mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400, 60mm macro lens (Crystal Ball)

Drops of Light

60 mm, 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Drops of Light)

Day 90 (30 March 2012) Diesel Power

Took the macro lens out to shoot non-macro shots, and settled on shooting some shots of ‘my’ tractor.  Hope you enjoy!

Diesel Power

60 mm, 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro len (Diesel Power)

Control

60 mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro len (Control)

Generator

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro len (Generator)

Spider Web

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro len (Spider Web)

Day 53 (22 Feb 2012) Stress Reduction

I’m allowed to work from home twice a week (Wednesday and Friday), but sometimes there is enough BS* at my company that it can irritate me enough to start replying to emails with sarcastic responses.  (sorry for the rant, but it leads to. . .)

But I’ve found that when I’m at home, I can take my lunch break, grab my camera, and walk out into my yard and leave it all behind for a few minutes.  Focusing on seeing the beauty in front of me, and attempting to capture it is great for helping reduce the level of annoyance I have.  When I come back inside my attitude is better, I’m more calm, relaxed, and remember that this is just a job, and it’s not important enough to allow myself to be stressed by 🙂

*BS = dumB Stuff

Wood Pile

50 m, 1/640 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Wood Pile)

Fastener

50 mm, 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 ii (Fastener)

Fir Tree

50 mm, 1/500 sec, f/2.0, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 ii (Fir Tree)

"W"

50 mm, 1/250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 ii (W)

Day 34 (3 Feb 2012) I Was Lost, But Now I’m Found

Today I decided to walk around my yard and see what looked interesting.  It’s funny how different I look at things now that I’ve really taken up photography; the leaf in the puddle, the rusty backhoe in my front yard, that bug on the flower, etc, etc.  I have over 3 acres, most of it woods/wetlands, and I hardly ever go walk through it, but today I decided to take a stroll and enjoy it 🙂

In the first photo is a baseball I found as you see it.  It must be from the previous owners or left by my dog.  The next couple of photos are of an old backhoe that’s been sitting in my front yard (technically in my neighbor’s yard, the way the property line is drawn) since before I moved.  I’ve taken photos of it at different times, and see something new each time.

Lost but Found

50 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens (Lost, but Fond)

Sign of the Backhoe

39 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Backhoe)

Hydraulic Manifold

30 mm 1/8 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Hydraulics)

Day 17 (17 Jan 2012) Winter is Here

It’s taken long enough, but Winter decided to show up, half way through January.  We’ve had a few days of ‘normal’ January weather, and last night it finally snowed a couple of inches!!  I knew as I went to bed last night that I would finally get to shoot some true winter photos 🙂

I had a hard time picking out which one(s) to put up, so if you would like the see some more, please check out my Flickr Photostream.

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55 mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (Snow on Backhoe Treads)

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55 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Snow on Fir Tree)