Week 6 — Vision: Alternating Rhythm

Alternate patterns of light to bring depth and rhythm to the photograph.

Icy Calves: ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/6.3, 1/60 second. This evening we fed the calves and I had to run back in for my camera to get the line up of calves with their icy backs layered back from me.

Corral Layers: ISO 200, 113 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 second. I walked around our corral and shot a lot of pictures of panel after panel in layers. This is my favorite.

Categories: 2018 Photography Challenge and Photography.

Week 5 — Wildcard: Photographer’s Choice

Capture an image on your terms; who, what, where, when, why, how … it’s all up to you. Caveat: You must tell us your intent.

This week was challenging for me to get my weekly challenge done. We had a lot going on, and I still don’t have my computer back, so no Lightroom to help with cropping, naming, formatting for Facebook, watermarking, etc. etc. However, I did take several pictures, and these three are the best.

“Adventurer” 1/160 second, f/11, 189 mm, ISO 400 I was looking around the farm for something special to take a photo of, and I saw this. Who knows how many years this has been nailed to the garage? I love the colors, peeling paint, and detail. I widened the depth of field and it worked, it was all in focus!

“Grass in setting sun” 1/200 second, f/6.3, 300 mm, ISO 200, no editing. The sun was setting and I looked at how it was hitting this grass and thought it might be a good shot. I was going for the great color, and got it!

“Resting Tiger” 1/320 second, f/6.3, 300 mm, ISO 400 I just happened to look over and saw that our cat, Tiger, was laying on this overturned wash-tub. He’s quite photogenic, but I haven’t really been able to get him in a position he would stay in long enough that was a good spot for a portrait shot. I needed the fast shutter speed and 400 ISO because it was cloudy.

Categories: 2018 Photography Challenge.

Perspective is Everything

I had just put an old frying pan in the trash because the coating was peeling off in the food (ick), when I saw a Facebook post about turning a frying pan into a base to hold your camera at a low perspective. I had an old tripod we could take the head off of, and my very handy husband knocked this out in a few minutes! The directions called for removing the handle off the frying pan, but we left it on to hang it between uses. And, I found the handle was useful when shifting the pod for a certain shot. Thanks Honey!

My new “Pan-Pod” my wonderful husband made for me!

And, boy does it work great!

A Change of Perspective

Weeds in Focus

Next, I left the settings the same and just changed the focus between these 3 shots:

Focus Change 1

Focus Change 2

Focus Change 3

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Week 3 — Technical: Full Manual

While the camera often determines shutter speed and aperture for the photographer, it doesn’t know your creative intent. This week, challenge your self to assume creative control over the camera by using full manual mode. Select a subject where varying the aperture and/or shutter speed helps enhance the composition and visual qualities of the image.

This week I had a lot of great photographic opportunities. I usually do work in manual mode, but I made sure and used it this week.

Categories: 2018 Photography Challenge.

Ice Bubbles

We had a stretch of very cold weather, and I happened to be reminded of a photography challenge I’ve seen before where you make some special bubble stuff (mix sugar with the soap to give it neater designs as it freezes) and then photo them outside as they freeze. So, we prepared the bubble stuff, read up on technique, and headed out around 8 am, sunny, and -4 degrees F. I couldn’t have done this without Richard blowing the great bubbles. It took a bunch of bubbles to get a few that would stay together long enough to freeze into the neat designs.

Be sure and scroll to the bottom to see a rough time-lapse photo I did of some of the better bubbles. I wasn’t really planning on making a time-lapse video, so I didn’t set my camera and never move it. That made it difficult to crop each photo as accurately as possible to build this time-lapse video. But, this still turned out to show the crystals building on the bubbles as they freeze.

I couldn’t have done this without Richard’s excellent bubble blowing!

Ice Bubbles at -4 degrees

As the bubble froze, it left my reflection clear in the middle and froze that part last.

Ice Crystals in Detail

I like the fern-like ice shapes as the bubbles freeze.

Ice Bubbles at -4 degrees II

This shows the details even better.

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Birds, Birds, Birds

It was COLD today, but I had to go outside and take some pictures in the snow and sunshine anyway. The birds were so hungry they didn’t mind me taking their picture. I got several nice “flying bird” pictures this time.

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Snow and Ice

Today it snowed some off and on and was a rather cold and dreary day. However, there was one point when it was snowing more heavily and I just had to grab my camera and head out. The first photos are manual focus with the background purposefully out of focus and the snowflakes in focus. Then I thought I’d check out the icicles on the lower barn, and found them melting fast. I love trying to capture drops, and there were lots to get both in focus and out of focus.

Categories: Photography.