Life is in the details. Get in close and show us the details we usually miss. You don’t need a macro lens to shoot a macro shot.
I love shooting macro, so this week was very fun for me!
Minimize the composition to isolate your subject. The composition should be simple, thereby drawing your viewer to the subject.
This is probably one of my most favorite “themes” in my photography. I also had a lot more time this week to take a wider variety of photos on the theme.
I know, I know. Yuck. Selective color can be cringeworthy, however, when done right, it brings compelling focus to the subject.
I really like this theme! Once again, we were busy traveling, but I did manage to get some nice, color flower photos in California!
I saw this poppy the evening before and made a plan to photo it when the morning sun hit it. The flower was brightened, and the background was darkened! Perfect for the theme without any post-processing.
I tried to shoot all the photos for this week without digital manipulation, but did do a radial filter on this shot to de-saturate the greenery around the flower.
Same color treatment with this photo.
Nice picture, but not as much color difference as I need for the theme.
Another nice picture, but not as much color difference as I need for the theme.
I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out. For sure it had color difference!
Abandoned and Forgotten were favorites in the past. Let’s revisit the idea the idea this year with forsaken.
This week was pretty busy for us with the school and all, but I managed to find three different “models” for this theme. I think I did the best with the old international truck. And, I think my favorite for the theme is the close-up of the headlight on the truck.
By changing the focal length during long exposure you can add movement to your frame, producing leading lines within your frame.
This is one my favorite techniques to make quite a unique photo. Fortunately we were traveling and so around “night lights.” Unfortunately, my cheap travel tripod was NOT up to the task! All these pictures were either handheld or braced on something! I was pretty proud of being able to get half-way decent photos like that!
This shot was a try at getting some distortion with a day-time shot on shot shutter speed with an ND filter.
The McDonalds across the street zoomed while the shutter was open.
We were staying at the Hollister Inn, so it was perfect that I try this technique on its sign!
Fill the frame with your subject, no background. You will need to get up close and personal, or use a good zoom lens.
I didn’t have much time today, but thought I could combine laundry with photography once the sun finally came out!
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.
Peace. Serenity. Tranquility. Convey a quiet moment.
For me, I find the most peace in reading, and the best reading is the Bible. To double up on that theme, I found a verse about “Peace” and shot this in the light just before the sun finished with our living room for the day.
“Peace be with this house.”
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.