Canon Powershot ELPH 320 HS, Flowers, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography, Picfair

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

If you follow this blog you know that I moved over the summer. Again. I move a lot. So I wouldn’t say that I really have experienced being a local. What I like about moving though is the chance to act like a local in a lot of different places. And it’s this faking being a local that brought me to this kitchen:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

This nice little kitchen set-up was at Anglesey Abbey which is a National Trust property.  We joined National Trust when we arrived here in England with the thought that we would spend a lot of the next year visiting different sites then the next year we would join English Heritage and base our travels on their properties. A quick look at the two websites will tell you that I’m in trouble, and may have to stay in England a bit longer than anticipated to get through visiting all the places I would like to see.  I’m also thinking I may have to have a membership at both.

But that’s not what I was thinking when I took the original photo of this kitchen:

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

ISO 800 4.3mm f/2.7 1/800

I was thinking, you could visit England and easily not visit this particular place.  You’d be missing something, but honestly, there are so many more well knowns spots that you’d probably visit instead.  To me a place like this is what you visit when you are a local.

When I walked into the kitchen and saw this set up I immediately thought of the film filter I was going to use. I had an idea of what I wanted the final Picfair version to look like. I knew what color cast I wanted and the grain and vignette I was going to add.  Those things I did in Lightroom.  I also removed a few spots on the wall, counter, and teacup.  I used the spot healing brush in Photoshop to do that.  I know Lightroom has healing brushes, but I just prefer the result when I use the ones in Photoshop.

What do you think of the edit? it does change the feel of the photo quite a bit I think. Are there places in your local area that you feel like might be missed by tourists?  Feel free to comment below.


50mm Lens, Animals, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

A Bunny for Breakfast!

Not to eat, just to photograph.  We are overrun with bunnies this year.  This particular one came to the kitchen, so I pulled out my camera.  Here is the best shot with my 28-135mm lens:

ISO 100 135mm f/5.6 1/10

Since the bunny was being cooperative and moving closer to the window, I decided to switch to the 50mm lens.  I thought it would be sharper:

ISO 100 50mm f/2.8 1/100

I think it is sharper, what do you think?  It is a bit hazy from the window though.  I probably should have stepped closer to the window to cut the haze.



Nature, Photography, Uncategorized

The armadillo in the kitchen is causing trouble

Not the kind of trouble you might think, like making a huge mess.  Although perhaps I have to take that back because he was leaving corn everywhere.

ISO 500 75mm f/5 1/30

This was the best shot, in that it is my favorite.  It lacks detail in the armadillo’s face though. I had just come in from shooting outside, so my white balance was set to “shady”, so this picture does not represent the armadillo’s true color.

ISO 500 75mm f/5 1/13

Here the white balance is set for the indoor kitchen light, so the color is right on the armadillo.  You see the crazy motion blur though?  I was having a hard time stopping the action and still having enough light on the subject.

Also, this was one of those crazy, hey armadillo in the kitchen kind of moments, so I didn’t have a lot of time to mess with the settings.

What would you have tried?