Aug 032010

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/20; 7.7mm (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

The  Friday Assignment on July 23rd was to include the “human element” in our photos.

On my second day home, my mom and I went shopping since I had to drop off my Mac at the Apple Store and then one place led to another.  In this photo we are in a new used clothing store.  I like the way they arrange everything by color and thought it worth a shot.  I took two photos… this one and one exactly the same but without any people in it. I guess I was thinking it would be more artsy (ha-ha).  When I looked at them later, I deleted the people-free photo… it was so boring. This occured before Karen posted the Friday assignment.  I wished I hadn’t permanently deleted the people-free photo so I could show you the difference and how a single person can make a big difference

That woman shopping is my mother, by the way.

Jun 282010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/160; 5mm; 7:10am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

Look what I found on this morning’s bike ride!  Yes, a beach ball!  It’s only 5″ but who cares.  Doesn’t it look like it is lost in a beach dune?

I experimented with the aperture setting on this.  I took it at f/2.8 and f/5.6 and f/8.  Normally, I’d say that the narrow depth of field would be the better shot, that is, if I wanted all the attention on the beach ball.  But I don’t in this case. To fool the viewer that this is indeed a beach scene I think the f/8 shot is the best one.

But for the Friday Assignment, the f/2.8 s best, especially with a little vignette added:

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/250; 5mm; 7:08am;  (Super Macro, camera on the ground)

You really will have to look at each photo enlarged to see the difference that the aperture makes on the focal point. I also think that the weed stems help frame the ball. I’d like say that contrast helps, but I think the colors are more complimentary than contrasting.

In the next one, there is no doubt what the focal point is…  this is how I found the ball before I got off my bike and walked around to see what other shots there were:

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/320; 100mm; 7:04am

This ball was so much fun, I might have to go back with the car to pick it up.

May 312010

ISO 80; f.4 ; 1/100; 5.3mm; 7:00pm (aperture priority; levels adjusted)

This is Carl’s most recent model airplane .  It’s a Sig LT-25 that he built from a balsa kit.  It was intended for a gas motor but he converted it to electric.  Last night was its first flight, which went perfect.

I’ve included a few more photos from last evening to give you an idea about this hobby.

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May 212010

Continuing from Part 2…..

I’m still at Lola’s house.  Everywhere I look there is something interesting to  photograph.  I don’t really visit her enough, I see… and certainly have never spent this much time looking around her porch.  In fact, for every cactus there are as many mementos and I could spend another couple hours just taking pics of those.  Now that I think about it, I may have to go back to take a photo of her dear-departed-husband’s favorite-desert-walking-sneakers filled now with cactii.

Anyway, here are some of the photos that I took:

ISO 80  f/2.8 1/20

The flowers are gone but the red pods (?) are still fantastic looking. Continue reading »