iPhone, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Follow the Signs

Sometimes when you are out hiking trial markers are very helpful, other times less so:

ISO 125 4mm f/2.8 1/120

ISO 125 4mm f/2.8 1/120

I took this photo over the summer while on a backpacking trail at Hawn State Park in Missouri.  When we are carrying all the stuff needed for backpacking I tend to just carry my phone and use the camera that it has.  In this case, that was all I needed, just a snapshot to show a funny sign.

Signing in can be very important when it comes to backpacking.  We also stop and register at the trailhead when we will be gone for a few days:

ISO 80 4mm f/2.8 1/24

ISO 80 4mm f/2.8 1/24

Fo this photo, which was also taken with my phone, I have edited it using a Iris-blur filter in Photoshop.  This obscures the details of the people signing in and I have set the focus point on the act of signing in.

When out on the trail sometimes it is difficult to find creatures like this frog, because they are attempting to give no sign of their presence:

ISO 64 4mm f/2.8 1/24

ISO 64 4mm f/2.8 1/24

Even sharpened a bit in Photoshop, this photo is still a bit blurry and is a situation where I wish I had one of my more sophisticated cameras with me.  This frog was beautifully blended with the background, and my camera phone really doesn’t do him justice.

How do you decided which camera to take on a trip? For me, a lot of that comes down to weight and how much else I am going to be carrying.

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50mm Lens, Animals, Birds, Canon 50D, Flowers, iPhone, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

This is a gallery of some of my favorite pictures from my blog this year.  It is a response to this week’s photo challenge from WordPress.  A big thank you to everyone who has stopped by my blog this year!

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Animals, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Foreign, that is the topic for this week’s photo challenge from WordPress.  It should be an interesting bunch of posts to sort through because it is pretty open to interpretation.  Here is the photo I picked:

ISO 200 f/4.1 1/500 0ev 17.5mm

Surely recognizable, but perhaps you have never seen it quite at this stage of life? Maybe you have.  Either way I find the transformation fascinating.

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Animals, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing

Award Winning Frog

This photo got an honorable mention in competition in at my camera club. Yippee!:

ISO 500 135mm f/10 1/50

The grumpy old men (as I call them) who often sit behind me at club meetings, grumbled that this photo was just good because I had a really big lens.  Actually, I do wish I had a really big lens, and I may own one in the future, but this was taken with a 28-135mm kit lens.  I was just lucky enough to sneak up on this frog without it hopping off.

This is a handheld shot.  In Aperture I boosted the greens a bit, cropped and sharpened the image.

This image is also available for purchase on my website.

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