Park Scene

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @100mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.6, ISO 250

Taken at a local park where I live. Initially I just passed on this photograph, but after looking at it some more I decided to see what I could do with it. So after some minor adjustments (exposure, crop, deletions), I came up with this. I like that the front of the photograph is in focus and that the rear is out of focus. I think the center plant moves you through the seen and the lack of focus in the back creates depth and curiosity about where the path leads. But I do find the tangle of branches in the lower right and the branches and leaves in the top right to be distractions.

Sandy

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @90mm, 1/800 sec., f/7.1, ISO 400

So, started to review the photographs that I took while on vacation. I thought this one looked good, may have some others. It was taken at Jockey’s Ridge in NC on the Outer Banks. The original was in landscape format, but I cropped it to a 5×7 to focus on the center grass and show the different layers. While the dried plant was the subject, the dry sand pattern in front and the grass and sand behind it draw you though the photograph.

Just Buzzing Along

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @480mm, 1/400 sec., f/8, ISO 250

We went to the beach for a vacation two weeks ago and I had visions of great beach photographs to post, but it rain half the time we were there, so I didn’t take many photographs. So instead I present another photograph from the same day as Heron and The Couple posts. When I took this I was about 6 ft away and when I opened the image on my computer I was amazed at how good this came out. Again, I am very pleased with this lens.

Spring

Nikon D7500, 18.0-140.0mm @90mm, 1/320 sec., f/5.6, ISO 200

Been a while since I posted, but wanted to post something newer than January. So I actually got off my butt and and got out a few weeks ago. Most of the trees and plants were somewhere between just starting to come out and already done. As the time of the day was mid afternoon I choose to look for compositions that either were side or backlit.

Roots

Nikon D7500, 35.0mm, 1/500 sec., f/22, ISO 200

Been a while since I posted. I took this back in January when I was using a prime lens. This caught my eye when I was going back over photographs. Not sure if this one tree or multiple trees sharing the same place. Looking forward to photographing later this year with leaves and maybe a wider lens opening.

Bleakness of Winter

Nikon D7500, 35.00mm, 1/125 sec., f/9.0, ISO 200

Another one from a few weeks ago when I went out with a prime lens to see what I could photograph. Not that nice of a day, but that is normal for winter around here. Typically we don’t have a lot of snow and we normally left with the dull browns and grays. The blue/gray of the sky gives you an idea of what the overall temperature in the scene, and I avoided warming it up in Lightroom so I could capture the cold late afternoon. Finally, As you eye moves from the bottom center towards the top you can see the flock of Mallards that were hanging about.

Hills

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.00mm @24mm, 1/200 sec., f/18, ISO 400

Oops, looks like I forgot to post last week. Which is a shame as I was on a streak of posting every Sunday for over a year. To try to get the streak going again. Here is another photograph from 2019 taken on the Skyline Drive in the summer. This was actually taken before the photograph in an earlier post taken the same day.

Last Leaves

Nikon D7500, 35.0mm, 1/500 sec., f/1.8, ISO 200

So last week, or maybe the week before, I decided to just use a prime lens and see what I could get. Since I only own one prime lens the choice was easy. I wish finding a subject was that easy though. I believe I took 47 photographs, and, at least for now, I think this was the best of them. It was at then end of my walk and this set of leaves caught my eye. I opened the lens to the maximum aperture to achieve the low depth of field, and cropped the final edit to a square. I reduced the saturation around the leaves to bring the out a little.