Aug 232010

This is continued from Life of a Beach Ball (Part 1)


After the 5 1/2 hour flight from Phoenix, we land in Laguardia Airport in NYC. Mr. Beachball needed to wake up and start adjusting to the new time zone. No better place than Starbucks for that. Mr. Beachball is not looking his vibrant self at all.

**ISO 800; f/2.8; 1/40; 7.7mm  (Canon Powershot SD950IS)

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Aug 232010

Do you remember the July 2nd Friday Assignment?  I went back to find that beach ball… it took a couple tries but I finally caught up with it.  Here’s how it spent its summer vacation.

Mr. Beachball found again in the desert… wind blown from original location.

**ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/640; 86mm; 7:12 AM  (Canon SX10)

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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.

Jun 222010

ISO 80; f/4.5; 1/800 5mm (Super Macro mode); 10:13 am (adjusted in Aperture with brushes, cropped)

Seems like once you see one ball, you see them everywhere.  This is defective orange was found on a tree within a short walk from our site.  I started off with the goal of taking a photo of the “green” “ball” — but found this one orange to be so intriguing – and photogenic.

Jun 222010

ISO 80; f/4; 1/160 5mm; 6:55pm

While taking a walk around the park two nights ago, I came across this most perfect natural ball!  Don’t you just love it?

Here’s a close=up taken the following morning… I wanted to see how the morning light changed the cactus.  The whole cactus shot was better in the evening sunlight, the morning seemed better for the detail shot.

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200 67mm; 9:56am (next morning)