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.
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.
The detail in the neck feathers and that he appears to be posing just for this shot.
Something different. I saw this when I was out for a walk a few months ago and was drawn to the fact that these vines completely hid the tree. While the initial shot was in color. I thought that a black and white image brought out the pattern, but did hide the tree more.
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.
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.
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.
This was taken the same day as the previous post, and again with my new lens. Saw this group of Mallards resting new a lake in the city that I live. Not sure if these two are actually a couple, more than likely they are.
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.
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.