Path

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @85mm, 1/125 sec., f/8.8, ISO 200

Sometimes it pays to go back and look at your photographs again. This is another photograph from my recent hike at the local watershed. When I took the photograph I was drawn to the bright yellow leaves and the contrast from the dark path to the bright opening. At first, I was not pleased with what I had gotten, but after looking at it a second time and making some adjustments I had second thoughts.

Local Watershed

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @95mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.3, ISO 200

Got a chance to take a hike in one of our local watersheds this past week. I took our new dog with me to see how well he would behave and if I could actually take pictures with him along. He behaved well and looks like I have a new hiking partner. Too bad I couldn’t find much to photograph though. I did like this scene though. The group of trees in the center and the last remnants of fall clinging to the trees.

Five Trees

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @112mm, 1/200sec., f/5.6, ISO 200

While out walking the dog two weeks ago, I happened upon these five trees and thought it would make a nice composition. What I saw was the contrast between the whitebark and the dark background. I also noted that these trees had already shed their leaves, while the ones in the background had barely begun to change color. While I do like this, it was taken in the morning and I think that it may look better in the evening when the light would be coming from the right and the tone would probably be a little warmer. I may also want to walk to the right and possibly choose a different angle.

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.

Heron

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @270mm, 1/400 sec., f/6.0, ISO 720

So I got a new toy, lens, and had to try it out. So last night I went to my local park hoping to get some photographs and I caught this guy in a tree over the creek. In addition to trying out the lens I wanted to see how far I could push the ISO on my camera. Typically I would not shoot at this high of an ISO, but because I did not have a tripod, I had to keep a high shutter speed to avoid the blur from not being able to hold the lens steady. Overall I was impressed with the sharpness and the low noise.