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Thursday, February 11, 2010


Black backgrounds

I think I am starting to get this, I just wish I could hold the camera still and get a crisp focus.
I also find it hard in bright light to read the display well enough to determine if I have the light I am trying to achieve.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yay! Finally get to upload. Sorry the commentary is not lining up with the pictures. First time blogger!

This is my best water picture...although the water is not very blurry. I was having a hard time keeping the shutter open long without whiting out the whole picture.
This is my best movement picture. All the rest the object I was trying to take pictures of is just as blurry as the background.

This is my best blurry background picture. I now realize that I could have taken really good moody and black background pictures that day but it did not occur to me. And it hasn't been that sunny since.

This is the white out (although you can see some of the tree)

This is what the background looks like.

I was zooming out as I took the picture

I was trying to make a dark background but didn't succeed very well.

was able to pick and choose the picture I like and the background I preferred....

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

f22 1.3

I used the zoom while the shutter was still open.

f18 1.3 iso 200
I purposely moved camera to get the light effect.

f22 .8 iso 200
Depth of field attempt.

Tried to capture the glare of the water.

First shot taken at f18 1/6 iso 200
Second shot taken at f18 1/15 iso 200
Third shot taken at f18 1/25 iso 200

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Black Backgrounds

I need lots more practice in this area, but here are two that I was (finally) able to capture.

Moody boy

The last photo is my favorite with just half the face lit and the graphics on the tee-shirt lit.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

I like these "moody" pictures, though I wish I'd tried to get the cactus a little darker, and I'd like the Poinsetta a little more in focus.


My Best black background, our dog "Joey"

4 step "mood"

Friday, February 5, 2010

A few more moodies:)

Here's a few more! My little girl asked me to take a picture of her finished puzzle, so I made her lay down next to it.

Moody moody!

I've been trying hard to get a black background, but there seems to always be some light showing through or it's not as dark as I thought. I kick myself because I think, "if only I would have clicked it just a few more times or moved a little to the right!!" Well, these are some of my black background rejects that are pretty moody. I do like them:)

Tiny Depth of Field

this was fun to get up close with the lizard. He was patient while I tried to get the shot I wanted...much more patient than my son.

Black background.

Black background...easier than I thought to get the background but maybe the DOF is too small. I would have liked to get the entire flower in focus...