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)

Day 131 (10 May 2012) My Most Expensive Photos

Today I was stupid.  After a great face-time date with my gf, I was in a great mood and rushed out the door to capture the sunset.  I wasn’t thinking clearly as I pulled over near an over-grown field of grass, parked, and put my key in my jacket pocket.  The grass/weeds are tall, so I’m bounding to get to a good spot to shoot before I loose the light.  After a couple shots and lots of jogging, It dawns on me to check my pockets.  My car key was not there, because I failed to zip up the pocket 😦  I spent about an hour searching the tall grasses to no avail, and decided I better head home while there was still some light.  Thankfully my house was only 1.5 miles away.

I bet you are wondering why I say “expensive”; my car is a VW and takes those special cut keys, and it was my only one!  Learn from my mistake and always, ALWAYS have a second somewhere!

Anyway, enough whining; here is the photo I stopped to take:

Sunset

18 mm, 1/60, f/13, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Sunset)

This shot is from my short walk home. I didn’t feel like setting up the tripod, so I had to boost the ISO way up, but at a small size the noise isn’t too bad.

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27 mm, 1/15, f/6.3, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Don’t Fence Me In)

And this shot is from last night on my way to class; it was rainy and foggy and I couldn’t resist pulling over and shooting a couple frames when I saw it.

Foggy Pond

60 mm, 1/55, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Foggy Pond)

Day 64 (4 March 2012) The Workbench

This afternoon I was cleaning up my garage while waiting on a ‘job’ to show up (I do a little auto repair on the side; helps fund this hobby 🙂 ) and realized that my garage is FULL of interesting thing I can shoot.  I can’t belive I’ve been doing this project for 64 days, now, and all the times that I couldn’t think of something to shoot, this has been here all along, just waiting for a day like today.

Nut and Bolt

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 18-55mm kit lens w/ 10x close up filter (Nut and Bolt)

Nails

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 1600 (Nails)

Wire Spool

26 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600 (Wire Spool)

Railroad Spike

29 mm, 1/20 sec, f/11, ISO 1600 (Railroad Spike)