Photography, Uncategorized

Putting Photos Online

I heard about this photo project, aday.org, from my camera club.  The project was pretty simple.  You signup, take pictures on May 15th, tag, and submit them.  The idea behind the project is to document life around the world for a day.  At the end of the month there will be a new website with everyone’s contribution.  Eventually there will be an exhibition and a book containing some of the photos. Here is a link to my submission.

Cheers!

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Birds, Photography, Uncategorized

When all else fails, check the blog

In this case I am not talking about checking the blog to avoid cleaning the house or doing the laundry.  I’m saying that one of the reasons I started this blog was to keep track of what settings I have tried in my camera, what worked, and what I should try next.  Part of the thinking was that I am not good at remembering numbers, so I’ll just consult my own blog, then go set up the camera. Brilliant!

So, this morning I stumble outside, set up the camera, come back in, start morning tea,deal with offspring, take a few pictures, turn on computer, check blog, see that the settings I used this morning, I have used like a million other times, sigh.  Sometimes, I am  tempted to brew the tea a bit stronger, maybe that would help.

I am posting this picture in part because I love these shades of the color of blue.  Not a great picture of the bird, but a pretty good blue.  Also, a gentle reminder to self, try something different tomorrow:

ISO 400 60mm f4.5 1/125

Cheers!

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Flowers, Photography, Uncategorized

Crazy in the Garden

Just for fun I guess:

ISO 200 135mm f/6.3 1/15

I usually don’t get a chance to take photos in the evening.  I did tonight, so here is my favorite shot, taken in the flower beds.  Bonus points for you if you know what this serious looking man is a replica/reproduction of.  If you have a guess, leave it in the comments section 🙂

Cheers!

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Photography, Uncategorized

Photos for Rejection, I mean Submission

Because what fun is taking pictures if you can’t have someone reject them?

Ha, ha, sort of.  Anyway, I have two photos that I submitted today.  The first is a robin egg photo.  If you caught my earlier post, you know I was taking them this morning.  I went out again this afternoon, to get what I hope is a better shot.  This will go for judging to my camera club, and it has been edited.  I use GIMP for post-editing.

ISO 200 125mm f/25 1/5 tripod

This next one is for National Geographic “My Shot”. I can submit one photo per month. Post-editing is not allowed.

ISO 200 135mm f/6.3 1/25 handheld

Cheers!

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Birds, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

Overrun with life and I haven’t even left my yard

This bunny is responsible for starting the morning madness:

ISO 200 135mm f/7.1 1/125

Out to eat in the yard, so I have to try and sneak up on it.  Didn’t get too close.  But then I found this:

ISO 200 135mm f/7.1 1/125

This is a handheld image.  I didn’t have the tripod out this morning because I was “too busy”.  OK, or not, or yes I am busy, but that other stuff is going to have to wait.  I’m dashing back inside for the tripod and shutter release to take some more pictures before the light is gone and I also have to be moving on.

ISO 100 135mm f/29 1/2

ISO 100 120mm f/22 1/2

Thoughts on the three egg photos? Do you have a favorite?

So, I got some photos and my youngest made it to school on time. Yippee!

Cheers!

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Birds, Photography, Uncategorized

Camera settings: fine, Composition: meh…

This mornings efforts with the camera tripod set up were less than spectacular:

ISO 640 28mm f3.5 1/160

The birds are clear in the shot, but blend so well with the background that you could easily miss them, thanks a lot mother nature!

I think tomorrow I will try framing the shots differently.

Cheers!

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Birds, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

Robin vs. Shutter Speed

This morning the robin won, my shutter speed was not fast enough.  I was too busy worrying about the f-stop and didn’t notice my shutter speed until it was too late.  How cool is it, that I have had a robin land in the same place two mornings in a row?

ISO 400 80mm f/8 1/25

Cheers!

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Birds, Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

How did the robin know I was waiting for the cable guy?

Here is the robin in question:

ISO 400 75mm f/5 1/125

This photo is part of my ongoing tripod, remote shutter, experiment that I work on almost every morning. My other on-going project is getting the internet to work consistently.  So while waiting for this photo to happen I am also on the phone with a computer(!) attempting to fix the internet.  The upshot of the internet problem is that it isn’t working and I am now going to have to wait for a technician. Sigh, I am thinking, and I look out the window again.  That is when the robin lands.  The best photo of the morning is the one I inserted above.  For any of you photo geeks reading, any suggestions for tweaking my camera settings? I have done no post-editing on it yet.

A robin to boost my spirits as I sit in my “appointment window” and wonder, not for the first time, how much technology helps me and how much it just wastes my time, because certainly it does both.

Cheers!

 

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Birds, Photography, Uncategorized

Chickens get to the road, decide to cross

This will be my last chicken post for this year. The life cycle unit is over and the chickens who have successfully hatched have moved on. My youngest will miss seeing them in school everyday, but these chickens have been placed in various flocks in the neighborhood and on farms.  Here are some parting shots:

ISO 160 85mm f/9 1/125

ISO 320 90mm f/14 1/125

ISO 320 60mm f/9 1/125

ISO 320 90mm f/18 1/125

Thanks chicks, for making the end of the school year most eggs-cellent!

Cheers

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Photography, Uncategorized

The Photo My Mom Took

This one:

A picture of me taken by my Mom.  I was looking straight into the sun, hence the squint.  Although I do have to say that every picture of me before the age of five features ridiculous hair, or me making a funny face, or both.

My Mom gave me this photo in an album she made for me when I was 18 and leaving home.  Several years later she gave me my first digital camera, with which I took the world’s blurriest photos.  Digital cameras were a new thing at the time and my mom was into computers and related gadgets. I remember her first car phone, it required an antenna on her car and practically a suitcase for a carrying case.

This blog and my current photography “career” is just the latest version of myself.  My Mom was like that too, she changed careers several times over the course of my childhood.  It wasn’t always pretty.  I saw my mother triumph and fail, stand firm and second guess herself.  This was her gift to me, reinvention and life.

Thanks for that Mom, thanks for the photo too.

Love and Miss You.

Cheers!, particularly to all the Moms.

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