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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

I enjoy walking through graveyards, but that was not what I was doing this past week when I saw this grave marker:

ISO 800 120mm 0ev f/11 1/125

ISO 800 120mm 0ev f/11 1/125

I was walking through a garden at the time, and this grave marker just happened to be in it.  I was happy to have my longer lens with me so as not to be tempted to trample in the garden even in its off season.  I bracketed this photo and later created the HDR version that you see above.  I also used several filters in Photoshop that, while I think still look realistic, dramatically changed the photo.  Here is the original:

ISO 800 120mm 0ev f/11 1/125

ISO 800 120mm 0ev f/11 1/125

You will see that I cropped the photo as well, mostly to remove the plant label, but also to get rid of some of the sky which I felt wasn’t particularly helping this photo.  I had never been to this garden, but as I was walking though I thought that it was a place I would like to come back another time. I love visiting gardens as they go through their yearly cycle of blooming and dying.  I feel the same way about graveyards, which tend to be gardens in their own right.  It might seem dark and creepy to some but to me it is the opposite.

How about you, do you have a favorite place to visit in all the seasons?  What do you think of my edits?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

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

Travel Theme: TIme

Kind of funny that the theme at Where’s my backpack? is time, given that I just wrote a few days ago about future tense for another weekly theme.

One of the places that I like to visit and take pictures is the World Bird Sanctuary.  Here is Lucy a Bearded Dragon who lives at the sanctuary:

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ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/4.5 1/200

I picked Lucy for this theme for two reasons.  The first is that she looks like an ancient creature, like something from another time.  The second is because over a period of time she will shed her skin.  Here is a closer look at that:

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ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/4.5 1/200

You can see the split where her tail starts.  How’s that for a way to mark time? simply shed your skin.

Cheers!

 

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