The last couple days have been crystal clear and those snow capped mountains have been begging for a photo. This is from Magnolia bluff.
Went to one of my favorite spots....no, not the botanical garden this time. I went over to the disc golf course and took a bunch of these winter berry shots. Most of them were looking a little mushy so I probably should have done it before the snow.....
I'm over it. Ready to move back to Vegas!
What I learned:
What depth of field (DOF) is and how to control it with my aperture settings
What all (most) of those button on my camera mean
How to 'make' bokeh (the blurry light effect in the background)
How to make the silky water effect or hard splashy drop effect by controlling shutter speed
My camera has multiple ISO settings to compensate for low light situations (if I can remember to change it)
Where the ISO setting is on my camera!
How to throw away 39 of the 40 shots I took and just keep the best one
There's a huge community of photographers online willing to share techniques and encourage your efforts
To carry my camera with me always; you never know when a photo op will arise
To use a tripod
Sometimes the beauty is in the details rather than the vista
The other thing I realized is I don't want to make the time commitment to continue it for another year. But, I also don't want to lose my momentum and learning. So this year I'm going to commit to a 52 project - one photo per week. Since it's just one photo, I'm going to try to make the one I select a planned, considered photo (rather than a get-up-out-of-bed-because-I-forgot shot).
So, here's to 2012 and 52 more photos. I'm so glad you stuck with me during 2011 and hope you will again - feedback is always welcome.
Finally got out of the house this month and took a walk on the beach - with Steph & Chris! The fresh air felt great and the conversation even better. Loved the chance to spend some time with them during their visit.
I've been in the parking lot of the post office many times and never noticed this row of birch trees. Now in winter they stand naked and stark against the gray sky but gorgeous in their textured skin.
I added a slight sepia tint; black and white seemed too harsh.
Since Stephanie & Chris are visiting Ron & Jeanne, we thought it would be a fun whirlyball group, so we met for dinner and all headed north to play. Even though we haven't played for probably 15 years, it came back to us fairly quickly. Good times!
For Mortal Muses prompt of peace...my take on it this week is time for peace & quiet = reading and a cuppa in a perfectly silent house!
The end is near!!!! Only a little over a week of photos to go!
I'm trying one of Kat's suggestions of using a longer shutter speed (2 sec here) then zooming while exposing. I had some interesting effects; this was one of my faves. I like how the bead garland showed up here.