Day 134 (13 May 2012) Devil’s Hopyard

Today the weather was perfect, so a friend and I decided to go for a short hike at Devil’s Hopyard St. Park in East Haddam, CT.

I didn’t shoot many photos, as it wasn’t really a photo walk, but here are a couple. I haven’t quite figured out a good way to shoot forest scenes; I will have to so some research on that, as I hope to spend a lot of time hiking this summer/fall.

Tree Hollow

18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Tree Hollow)

Fern Meadow

18 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18-55mm kit lens (Fern Meadow)

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 68 (8 March 2012) Wood

Today on my way home from work I stopped by a little creek that runs next to the highway.  I took several shots, but only a few came out, the first one of a large root bundle that had been worn by the frequent floods.  The second was of the bark of a tree that had great texture.

I’ll have to stop by later in the spring when it greens up and I have more light.

Driftwood

55 mm, 1/20 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Driftwood)

Bark

55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, 18-55mm kit lens (Bark)

Day 11 (11 Jan 2012) Stop Human Trafficking

Today’s photo is in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  Human trafficking is a significant problem, even here in the United States.  Groups such as Run For Freedom are raising awareness and helping to rescue girls caught in the sex slave trade here in the US.  There are many other similar groups helping around the world, as well.  I strongly encourage you to open your eyes to what is happening around you, learn about this problem, and see how you can help.  Thanks!

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55 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 200, edited in Lightroom (Stop Human Trafficking)

Day 7 (7 Jan 2012) Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Today I spend hiking and shooting a few hundred pics (just shy of 300!) at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT.  It’s a beautiful area with plenty of trails and a constantly changing scenery.  It was very hard to belive it was January in New England, as it was almost 50F!  This time last year it was 20F.  But it made for a perfect day to get outside and enjoy God’s creation!

This first pic was of water dripping from an icicle.  My next piece of camera gear will be a macro lens (or close up filter or extension tubes) so I can get real closeups.

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55 mm, 1/50 sec, f/5/6, ISO 800 (water drop in icicle)

Nearing the end of the hike, I looked up from the ridge line as the sun was setting and saw this:

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18mm, 1/160 sec, f/13, ISO 100 (tree against sky)