Jun 092010

ISO 80; f/3.5; 1/60 8.5mm
Green Tomatoes

ISO 80; f/8; 1/160 8mm
Green Pomegranate

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/800 5mm
Green Grape Leaves

Debbie has more than green grass… she has a green thumb.

I am still grappling with the extra settings on the new camera and don’t feel like I’m taking the pictures that I want to be taking.  I post these more or less as a personal marker as I believe I will improve.  You’d be surprised how many times I have the background in focus and the foreground a blur… whereas I know how to use the Macro setting on the old camera, it’s a bit trickier when you add in aperture priority.  My biggest mistake, I think, that I made in these photos, which I took six days ago, is that I didn’t use the zoom to help isolate the photo.  Then again, it is rather cramped at Deb’s place and I couldn’t really step back to zoom in, if that makes sense.

I’ll try again when the Pomegranate ripens.  I have never seen one of these growing before, have you?

Jun 092010

ISO 80; f/4; 1/320 5mm

You might think this is an ordinary photo… but out here in the desert this is a rarity.  My friend Debbie has grown an approximate 3′ x 5′ patch of grass for her dogs to roll around in.  As you’ve seen from my desert golf photos, not even our golf courses have grass!

For this image I first cropped to show the best part of the lawn… doggies have a way of making some of the grass not so very green at all.  Then, using Aperture, I ran it through the auto enhance to adjust levels and add a bit of vibrancy. Then, I selectively burned grass blades. Finally, I tried something new; I  did a “round trip” out to PSE to add this “dreamy” frame; first blurring the edge and then spray painting black around a slimmer edge to give a grudge look.