Broad Daylight +Extension Tube Review

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For some people the idea of shooting in broad daylight is daunting. Portraits especially can be scary. I was one of those people until around…yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Angles are Everything

When the sun is hot and the light is harsh, a good angle could save the day. I was outside the other day and looking for inspiration. I haven’t done much shooting in broad daylight for the simple reason that it was hot and not overly ideal for portraits. But nature shots actually work fabulously outsideย even in the heat of the day. It turns out an angle can save a sunlight portrait too.

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I took this earlier last year and I still like the way it came out. As you can tell…this was shot in direct sunlight.ย 

But to continue my tale of revelation I kept walking around and looked for an ideal spot. In our yard we have a side yard which is overgrown. Looks like a veritable jungle. But…I notice something I hadn’t noticed before. In the jungle there are TONS of queen anne’s lace. It is really the best field thingy ever for photography (expect some portraits there sometime).

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The sunlight looks amazinger if you increase temperature in your editing platform! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Well…on angles. After messing around extensively and trying to position myself in a way favorable to sun- I had an idea. Why not try to catch the clear blue skyย withย the queen anne’s lace?

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I was unable to resist and I love what happened. โค

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One thing I love about these images is that they fit my tagline to a T (‘Neutrals with a Pop of Color’). Oh, random question? Have you seen my website look for here yet?

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Underexposure and Your Light Meter

Another thing that I think is actually neat–is how your light meter is tempted to underexpose your images. This light is so bright, that the meter thinks it needs to help out and compensate for the brightness. So it underexposes. This can be anything from underexposing your subject to underexposing the background. But you can actually twist this annoyance in your favor.

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Here my meter was reading proper exposure. But I knew that the background would be dark because I knew the meter would want to help me with the strong light. I think the darkness gives a different feel.ย 

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This picture is interesting because I have the sun at the top left of the frame and a tree which was lit the same at the lower. The meter underexposed by the subject and overexposed at the top. But I like this photo. Once again, I think it created a neat effect and I’m glad as usual that I used my manual mode (that’s what I use 90% of the time unless I use AV or TV).

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This picture is similar but more close up than the previous photo.ย 

 

 

Random Pictures from the Shoot

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Extension Tube Review

An extension tube pretty much just extends your lens so that you can take closer up pictures. A friend is letting me borrow one and I LOVE IT. I was looking them up and they’re not bad on the price side. Much better than getting an $1000 macro lens (yes, I know the macro lens is better–but my pocket book won’t budge.). So much easier on the wallet.

 

I think it’s a good idea to purchase one, especially if you can’t get very close up to things. They’re a little bit trickier to navigate than an actual lens but I think it’s worth it on the whole.

Here’s what they look like…

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These ones are higher end. I can only afford the slightly less nice ones. However, if you buy them used from ebay you should be able to cut the price sizeably.ย 

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Bonus picture: screenshot of chromatic aberrations fix…

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Vacation Photography, Part 4. {Finale!}

Here we are!

For the final post in this short series. This might end up being the longest…but I don’t know for sure. We were visiting some friends…this post has water, miniature ponies,ย azaleas, and swinging. Plus some more randomness.

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At this moment I am digging texture photos…remember the brick? ๐Ÿ˜€

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My bother got all wet in the creek and then wanted a photo with this miniature horse. My brother isn’t very tall, btw. ๐Ÿ˜€
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Aren’t they cute?
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I love this vertical shot!
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This cracks me up! A nice size comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Oh, and I forgot to mention the ducks!
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And they were all happy…until my brother chased them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€
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Bro and sis on the swing. BTW, they aren’t concerned. They were laughing right after this shot was taken.ย 

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I got mom to pose for a picture. Happy Mother’s Day, btw. My only regret is the cup she’s holding. I was so eager, I overlooked it ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I do like the diverse background though.ย 

Going home I shot pictures from the windows.

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That’s a wrap, folks.

I hope you enjoyed this little four-part series. I could have added tons more than I did…but my memory is really getting small now.

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Vacation Photography, Part 2.

Here’s part two!

We got to visit our dear childhood friends again on this day. I didn’t take many pictures that I liked here (because talking sometimes is more important than taking pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

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They had a hanging planter with these pretty pink flowers.ย 

And they had just gotten some chicks and baby ducklings. They were so cute! I photographed the ducklings.

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In this one it looks like the left one is laughing! I desaturated this one for a more subdued look. The green was more overwhelming in the original.

And then I took a nice rule-of-thirds photo of their fence.

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I love the f/1.8 selective focus of this one.

Then we went to my Aunt and Uncle’s house and I went for a moody photography feel. Pretty much all black and white. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And I know this is nothing like my normal shallow depth photos. I guess I’m trying to expand my horizons.ย 
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I love brick walls! #colornexttime

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My sweet little sis and our cousin, Emmett.ย 

And then some pine cones for a rustic look.

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And closer up.

And then I almost missed this special cousin-bonding moment. My brother and cousin Steven were playing by the playground. So I snuck up and framed them with a bush ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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And this is my Aunt and Uncle’s chihuahua–Chica. I like her a lot. She’s actually a nice dog.

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I used a filter that’s in the manual mode #manualisthebest .ย 

And that’s it for part two!

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p.s–Don’t forget to join me next time for part three! ๐Ÿ˜€

Aliquotiens Adventure #3.

Sometimes the ‘adventure’ is right on your property.

Sometimes you’ll have to walk a ways.

Sometimes you won’t have to.

Today was one of those ‘won’t have to’ days. There was a lovely puddle, and the green grass was wet and crisp- instead of soggy. ๐Ÿ˜€ And I was barefoot. Now, I wasn’t born a country-girl. But maybe we can say I’m adopted? The city isn’t for me.

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We have a huge puddle in our gravel driveway.
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And that cardinal inside it’s complementary color!
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I love this one!
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And the hydrangea plant I keep on taking pictures of.
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And some underexposed daffodils. It WAS raining.ย 
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Raindrops! Well not drops exactly…

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p.s. I try not to use my big zoom lens (300mm) too often because the pictures seem to be less high quality than when I use my 50mm. But all of these were 300mm except the water drops. Wouldn’t want to disturb God’s creation! ๐Ÿ˜›

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This was taken with my 50mm too. See the difference? This is unedited.ย 
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And here’s my lil sis with a toad…unedited.ย 

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Aliquotiens Adventure #2.

“Aliquotiens means ‘several times’ or ‘many times’.”

~Latinmeaning.com

Time for another adventure! This time we will roam all over the Figura property and beyond during the golden hour. Expect to see dogs, nature, a barn, and lots of golden light + some black and white (I am a poet, and you did not know it ๐Ÿ˜› ).

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This is Mae, our beagle. While I love her to death- this picture makes me sad. She looks so much older than when we first got her. I am sad thinking that she might be gone soon ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .ย 

 

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Lydia’s Portrait Session

I actually have a new model to show some of my work on!

It worked out perfectly. I had gotten Lydia (a teenage friend) to promise to take photos with me. She wasn’t overly thrilled, but then the day she came over she was all excited. I let her borrow one of my dresses and we went for a semi-modern semi-medieval look. I love how the photos turned out (BTW, I just got a 50mm portrait lens!).

 

And then Ellie jumped in for a portrait plus a few photos with Lydia…

Then we went into a barn and I took a photo…then put a filter on it later ๐Ÿ™‚ …

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This is the filtered photo. I mainly like what it does to the colors. It is actually just this clear in real life. The colors are the big difference.

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Snow Portraits

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”

~J. B. Priestley

I have been waiting so impatiently for the first fall of snow here. No, it wasn’t much–but OH! It was enough. Ever since watching the newer version of Narnia (I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this?)–I can’t wait to crunch around in the snow and eat turkish delight. I haven’t ever had it before, but it looks so good ๐Ÿ™‚ . And now the snow has come.

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Aliquotiens Adventure #1.

“Aliquotiens means ‘several times’ or ‘number of times’.”

~http://www.latin-dictionary.org/aliquotiens

This is my newest ‘bird watch’ photography post. I was intending to only take photos of birds, but–when a squirrel gets in the viewfinder. ๐Ÿ™‚ So you’l see birds…and a squirrel.

 

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