70-200mm IS lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place

There is no doubt about it, I love to be outside. I don’t always take my camera with me because I find that having my camera changes everything. I tend to be more analytical with my camera in hand. Sometimes, I find myself looking for photos instead of just enjoying the moment. Then there are the days when I plan to take my camera. A few weeks ago it was sunny and warm after a few days of cooler weather.  I went looking for bees, they didn’t disappoint:

ISO 125 200mm 0ev f/8 1/400

ISO 125 200mm 0ev f/8 1/400

Now there are some who would point out that the light is too harsh in this photo, that I went at the wrong time of day and the light is all wrong. Technically, they are right. My argument against that line of thinking goes something like this, to me this harsh light creates huge contrast between the light and dark parts of the image and that says Fall to me. Fall is what I was trying to capture here.  Also, being outside just makes me happy, the time of day doesn’t matter so much to me.

When I got this photo home, I was pleased with its clarity.  So, in Photoshop I cropped it, messed with the levels a bit to bring down the harshest of the highlights, and then sharpened it a bit.  Here is the original:

ISO 125 200mm 0ev f/8 1/400

ISO 125 200mm 0ev f/8 1/400

I think the crop helps this photo a lot.  I’ll also say that I used my 200mm lens to be able to get in close to the bee, but not be so close that I would bother it.

How about you, do you have a favorite place to shoot? would you consider yourself more of an indoor or outdoor person? Anything you’d like to say about the edits I have done?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



27 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place

  1. Good job on the edit. I am just now beginning to utilize LR and Photoshop…always enjoy your comparisons and explanations of the editing process. Thanks!

    I, too, need to leave the camera behind sometimes just to soak in the moment and not focus on looking for the next shot.


  2. I love what you did with the photo and in the end you still can still see the bee clearly. I wouldn’t say that there is a wrong time of a day to photography anything, unless you want to get a very specific shot with the light falling a certain place and you’re fussy about that.

    I’m definitely an outdoor person when it comes to taking photos. Sunsets and blue hour are my favourite times of the day to shoot, and I love photographing the city near where I live. There’s a river right in the middle of it – so if I get bored of street photography I can head over to the river side and do landscape shots 🙂


  3. I love shooting outdoors. My favorite are landscapes and nature. I am working towards being able to get different lenses for my Pentax so I can get closer without me falling off a cliff. I love your use of Photoshop, to enhance photos that were already fantastic.


  4. The cropping makes such a huge difference! Hard to believe it is the same photo. I am definitely an outdoor person. I can’t say I have a favorite spot but having spent the weekend in the mountains they are pretty special.


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