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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

I went biking this past weekend and was thinking about this week’s photo challenge, escape.  I guess going biking was a way of escaping the housework.  Maybe this sounds crazy, but I think both being outside and cleaning the house are necessary things that I don’t want to escape.  Then I biked past this flower that had definitely escaped:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/640

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/640

Escaped ideal growing spots anyway.  There is almost nowhere for this plant to spread.  It is a small beauty growing in an ugly space.  In case you are wondering, this plant is Squaw-weed, it is a native plant of Missouri and will grow quite well in your garden in you live this area.  I have some in my garden and it is a great spreader.

As for this particular photo, I was shooting pretty much in the middle of the day on a hazy day, so not great conditions.  I bracketed the exposure because I wanted to so an HDR image to get more detail.  I use Photomatix for my HDR images.  When it came to editing though, it turned out that I didn’t like the high detail version that came out.  I decided I liked a softer look instead.  So, while my HDR image still has detail in terms of the color, I decided against a super-sharp image, an escape from my usual method of editing.

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photography

Travel theme: Green

Green is the theme at Where’s my backpack? this week and as of today I am still waiting for some green to turn up here, it has been grey and quite cold here lately.

Inside our house is another story though.  My youngest is working on a science fair project, so we have some green sprouting this week, green beans to be precise.  The project is to vary the amount of water the plants get daily and compare their growth rates.

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/4.5 1/50

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/4.5 1/50

ISO 1600 60mm 0ev f/4.5 1/50

ISO 1600 60mm 0ev f/4.5 1/50

These plants are growing very quickly, these two photos were taken one day apart.

It’s nice to see some green around 🙂

Cheers!

 

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Another Frosty Morning Photo

I was out a few days ago taking frost pictures. Today’s picture I decided to edit in black and white.  Yesterday’s photo was in color, but I thought black and white would be a better choice for this spent dandelion stem:

ISO 100 50mm -1ev f/5.6 1/200

 

Since there was a lot of frost on the ground and I really wanted to draw attention to the stem, I cropped this photo pretty severely, making it more of a panorama style image.

The original image was shot using a bracketed exposure.  In this case -1, 0, and 1.  I combined the three images into one using Photomatix.  Photomatix gave me several black and white options, but I chose this one because I thought it gave the image enough sparkle without being over done.  Then I did my cropping and sharpening in Aperture.

So what do you think?  I welcome your comments below!

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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 🙂

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