October 31, 2011
I'm not sure that this image fully demonstrates how bulbous the front element is. It sticks out a fair way - thank goodness for the built-in lens hood. Without it I'd be terrified of ruining my new lens and I take care of my equipment.
Well that's enough updates for one day. If you've read them all thanks for sticking with me! I'll hopefully be back tomorrow to finish off the rest and get this blog back on track. In the meantime have a lovely day/evening.
The grass wasn't all that high. Roughly knee high I would say and I'm not the tallest person in the world. Yet taking the photo with my wide angle lens makes it look terribly high. This photo reminds me of spring with the brilliant blues, the crisp greens and the sun lighting it all so beautifully. It was defiantly worth the itchy legs I had afterwards.
This lens (the Sigma 8-16) truly is ULTRA wide!!! This is a small round-a-bout near my house and I was standing on the curb right next to the road. The Sigma fit everything in and it made the round-a-bout look huge. It's such a fun lens to use and opens up even more photo opportunities.
Once again I indulge in my love for day lilies and macro. The pollen looks so furry in this photo. It's kind of amazing. I can't help it they are just such beautiful flowers and they last so long and are relatively inexpensive. What's a girl to do? Take copious amounts of photos of course!
Anyway on day three hundred and thirty-two I decided to have some fun with smoke.
I had read and watched a few tutorials on how to get some stunning images of smoke and I had been wanting to try it for myself for quite some time. It turned out better than I expected. I applied some slight post-processing just to give the smoke a bit more of a richer color but this is basically what it looked like in camera. It was loads of fun trying to make different patterns with the smoke but this is defiantly one of my favorites. Do you like it?
I saw this fire hydrant somewhere or another (honestly the 21st of October was such a long time ago). The rusted red stole my heart and I absolutely had to snap a photo. Thankfully I am well in the habit of taking my camera with me everywhere I go!
October 25, 2011
Just a quick note to say I'm still here. However I won't be blogging for a little while. You see my modem just died. Meaning all I have for internet access is my phone. But don't worry I'll be back blogging just as soon as my new modem arrives. I've got lots of great pictures to share.
Until next time I hope your week is wonderful!
October 20, 2011
This picture reminds me of some of the spectacular scenes I saw when I visited England last year. The blue mountain ridge is so stunning and the smallest touch of sunlight balances the image quite nicely. What do you think?
October 19, 2011
If I would have just taken a little bit more time and some more equipment I think this could have been a striking image. Instead I'm left with something decidedly average. Oh well if nothing else this serves as a lesson and encourages me to do much better next time.
I know I've taken a photo like this before but I wanted to see if I could get closer to the tiny drops of water. This photo fills the frame with the water drops more than thee previous photo. I think I like this one better.
See what I mean about the lovely decorations? Every time I visit I always want to redecorate my home! But the best part was meeting up with some of my lovely relatives. My cousin lives interstate so it's always such a treat to see her! She shares my love of all things photography and is an amazing mum, crafter and person to boot... Take a look at her blogs and you'll see what I mean (click here & here). All in all it was a lovely way to spend a few hours!
I love the man in the kayak. It adds a bit of interest into what otherwise may have been a flat scene. As soon as I got home I ordered another battery for my d7000 in the hope I never get caught out like that again.
It was so much fun being the official photographer. I was constantly on the lookout for an interesting photograph and a new way to tell the complete story. Now I'm busy looking through all my photos and seeing which ones need a little more tweaking. It's so much fun! It is amazing to be able to do something you love.
Instead of ensuring the entire flower was in focus I decided to focus exclusively on the stigma (or at least that's what the internet tells me that part of the flower is called). I also darkened the background slightly in post-processing to make the purple stigma stand out even more. What do you think of this photo?
I love the dark gray clouds with the sun struggling to shine through. It's almost black and white with just a touch of blue. Blissful. Are you a fan of storms?
The moss looks so soft and squishy - like a perfect little pillow. I wish I would have taken this photo with my macro lens instead of my 50mm but I didn't want to do two macro shots in a row... Next time perhaps.
October 15, 2011
Aahhh... There's something special about macro photography. The image was a little flat when I looked at it on my computer screen so I decided to add a few presets in Lightroom to try and lift the image. It gives the image a more artistic look. What do you think of it?
October 12, 2011
I like how the bridge leads you into the image and the reflections balance the image nicely. It was the perfect spot to have a break and enjoy the scenery.
I love the silhouette of the cows and the tree. It just seems to scream country to me. I think the preset I used in Lightroom really enhances the photo and makes the image pop. It's a simple image to be sure but sometimes simplicity is all you need. What do you think?
Of course I couldn't resist twisting on my macro lens and snapping a few pictures. I love the colors in this photo! It reminds me of spring and summertime. Simply beautiful!
October 11, 2011
Instead of taking a photo of the entire flower I decided to get as close as I could possibly get (thanks to my macro lens) and see if I could come up with a more interesting photo. I don't know if you can see it that well in the above photo but the flower has a fine, hair-like coating (?). It's kind of amazing to look at the photo at 100%. Ahhh... I do so love macro!
I have been wanting to take some star trail photos for ages. But city living isn't exactly the best place for long exposure photography. It was so thrilling to put into practice some of the techniques I've been reading about for so long. I still need to perfect my technique a bit. It didn't turn out exactly as I wanted but I didn't want to be out all night long so short star trails were the best I could do. But unfortunately it was cloudy for the rest of my time up at mum's so there wasn't any other opportunities for fantastic star trail shots. Oh well. I feel another road-trip in the works.
October 6, 2011
It's at times like this that I need to take my meds, lie in a dark room, and simply hope for the best. So that's exactly what I'm going to do. Here's hoping I manage to get a decent sleep tonight - I've got a bit of a drive ahead of me tomorrow. Don't you hate it when something is messing up your sleep? I hope you have an amazing weekend!
Okay so I'll admit I went a little presets crazy with this photo and overdid it a little. But I was having so much fun! Besides I like the vintage, desaturated 'tint' of the photo. Lightroom has totally changed my photo editing set up that's for sure. Are you a Lightroom lover?
Orange, yellow, white, fading to the softest blue. Kind of glorious, no? I need to go back to this spot with a wonderful wide angle lens and hopefully blur the water a little... Ah, I can see it now...
A simple picture to be sure. A picture where I cared little about exposure etc. I just simply needed to capture the scene exactly as I saw it. The rays of sun were absolutely stunning! The beauty of that moment simply breath-taking.
If nothing else at least it reminds me of the names (as if I could forget!) and the general color scheme of the day. In any event I love the focus on the order of service with pretty petals scattered around it. What do you think of the photo?