Jun 152010

Vehicle 1 273Sometimes the sum of its parts is greater than the whole. This car has been for sale for months.  It looks good from far away but not so good up close.  I took some standard whole car shots, but thought it was rather boring. So, I decided to try for parts. While trying to figure out which part I liked the best, I decided to visit PSE  and the put parts together.  I then brought the finished photo back to Aperture for a little burning and saturation painting.

Jun 132010

ISO 80; f/5 1/40 5mm in Macro mode; 6:54pm

Our friends Mike and Debbie (with the green thumb) came over the other evening to show us this catepillar.  I took at least a dozen photos… actually was trying to figure out the best trick for Macro and Super Macro modes. Almost reverted to using the old camera; finally resorted to reading the camera book. Whadda ya know…. finally figured out how the focus on the macro worked.

Anyway, I used the theme “dozen” because I stole a page out of Tammy’s book and counted the body segments.  I could also call this one “green.” Continue reading »

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.