Weekly Photo Challenge: Room to Roam

I was camping a few weekends ago and spotted this False Map Turtle:

ISO 100 8mm 0ev f/4.5 1/500

ISO 100 8mm 0ev f/4.5 1/500

Basking in the sun, which is an activity you are likely to find these turtles engaged in on rock outcroppings at lakes here in Missouri.  After a few minutes of posing for photos, he wandered off:

ISO 100 8mm 0ev f/4.5 1/400

ISO 100 8mm 0ev f/4.5 1/400

I was at the water’s edge with both my DSLR and point and shoot camera but reached for my point and shoot to get these photos.  I used my smaller camera because I really like the macro setting on it.  The other reason was that for the first photo I have my camera pretty much on the ground.  Getting a photo from that angle is just easier with a smaller camera.

Once I got home, I edited these photos in Photoshop.  I used a levels adjustment layer to get the color to be a bit more true to the actual coloring of the turtle.  The original images were a bit overexposed despite the low ISO and fast shutter speed.  The top image was also cropped a bit and both images were sharpened.

This post was written in part as a response to the theme room.  My favorite room? outdoors, where there is some room to roam.

I wrote a few weeks ago that I was a bit behind on my blog and that I was hoping to catch up soon.  I’m sorry to say that that hasn’t happened.  I’ve been under the weather for just over a week now, so I’m even more behind than before.  I’m happy to say though, that I am feeling better and am happy to publish this post after about a week off.

Thoughts on my turtle images? Do you have a favorite setting on your point and shoot camera? they seem to come with so many these days.

Cheers and good health to you!

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31 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Room to Roam

  1. I like using the macro setting on my point and shoot (Canon Ixus) for close-ups, especially when I want to get close to the object I’m shooting. Love your turtle shots, very clear and your must have had a very steady hand. I think many people underestimate the goodness of a point and shoot. Not only are they convenient to take around, if you play around with the settings you can get better shots.

    Sounds like you had a fun time camping 🙂 Glad to hear you’re well. Thanks for the well-wishes. I got a bit sick from the cold winter weather in Melbourne.

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    • It is so warm here, I forget sometimes that is chilly where you are 🙂 I hope that you are well though.
      I really do like the macro setting on this particular camera and you are right you can’t beat a point and shoot for convenience.

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      • Love how point and shoots are cheap too. Buying a new SLR or compact, you always have to put in extra thought about what you’re going to use them for – they are quite pricey and the lenses too. With these turtle photos, I can’t tell you used a point and shoot. Thanks, Amy. It’s getting colder here but I’m getting better 🙂

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  2. Hello! I am new to your blog but I love your adventures. This turtle is beautiful and I like the colors. I would have used macro setting on my point and shoot too. It always seems to do a nice job. Photoshop editing really brings an image to life. The water is so fluid and lovely. Glad to find you! I just started a photography blog of my adventures in creative endeavors. Blogging is fun! 🙂

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  3. And good health to you too PJB, enjoyed the turtles, interestingly they carry their rooms along with them :-). I find the point and shoot camera harder to use than my DSLRs! Maybe just because I’m more used to it but I find the smaller footprint means each control has more functions so it’s cumbersome. Ugh!!!

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    • They carry their rooms with them, I can’t believe I didn’t think of that connection 🙂 My point and shoot has a touchscreen which honestly I find a bit annoying. It’s not as responsive as I would like it to be and so switching settings on my DSLR is actually faster.

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  4. What a perfect subject for this challenge!

    Your photos are beautiful, as always — I love the green on the turtle, and his (her?) expressive eyes.

    “Express eyes.” Now THERE’S a comment I never thought I’d say when talking about a turtle. 🙂

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    • I agree, they have a lovely pattern, I really like the yellow they have around their eyes. I think at this point I have to just accept that I am permanently behind in my blogging. I have a lot of visits that I have not returned and really my options are to delete all those e-mails and ignore the visits or just work through them and always be behind. At this point I am choosing the always behind option because I do actually like visiting blogs, even if I am weeks behind on visits. And then there is the reality that I only spend so much time on my blog because like you, I happily have other things in my life.

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  5. Very nice! We saw some turtles all lined up on a log the last time we walked around Green Lake, but I have no idea what kind of turtle they were. They are such interesting and unique creatures!

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