50mm VS 75-300mm + Photo Catch Up

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Photo taken using kit lens.

 

I think it’s time for another experiment post. Today I will be photographing a few subjects switching between two canon lenses: f/1.8 50mm, and the f/3.5 75-300mm.

This will be fun 😉 . Firstly, I am going to show the big lens at it’s most common focal lengths at the aperture f/4.5. Then I will use the 50mm at the same aperture. After that I will show a photo of the 50mm using f/1.8.

The second part of the post will be some photos I took recently on both lenses. 🙂

 

50mm & 75-300mm~ mason jar

Click on any of the images in the thumbnail grid to view my basic camera settings.

This grids images are the 75-300mm lens’s photos at it’s different major focal lengths. 😀

 

The first image is my 50mm lens’s photo of the mason jar at f/4.5. The second is the 50mm at f/1.8.

 

 

50mm & 75-300mm~ zinnia

This is the shots from the 75-300mm (I was wrong about staying at an aperture of 4.0. I actually changed it a little more to maintain proper exposure while zooming in ^^’ . 😉

Once again the 50mm was set at 4.5 and 1.8. If you click on them you’ll be able to tell which is which.

 

 

50mm & 75-300mm~car

 

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Catch Up Photos

 

important announcement! As of today I am almost out of storage space! I will probably not be posting here for a little while after today. I will explain in another post what this means more fully. 

 

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Kit Lens Experiment + Limiting Myself

Hello friends!

Today I was determined to stretch my photographic muscles so I went out to our yard equipped only with my kit lens

The truth of the matter is this: I almost NEVER want to use my kit lens now that I have my 50mm 1.8.

 

Your kit lens is an old friend

My kit lens is the lens I first had. I couldn’t afford to buy another. It was the lens I chose to use even over the zoom lens that came along in the pack. One thing I was always frustrated with my kit lens over…was it’s adamant refusal to go above f/4.0 almost all the time. The smallest # I was gonna’ get—was f/3.5. And that only showed up on manual mode in rare conditions. So the blurring of my backgrounds in portraits was mediocre at best. But with some practice you tend to learn a few things. I was determined to use those tricks in today’s nature walk and really get my creative juices going with my kit lens.

  1. I made new discoveries with my kit lens.
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I still can mostly only use my kit lens for self portraits. My 50mm is too close to my face for comfortable self portraits. Ignore my angry eyes. 😉

2. I learned to accept limitations and overcome them, even in portraits.

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I still love this picture even today. The sad thing is that this photo was before I knew how to use manual mode (I took this on day 3 of getting my dslr) so I cheated with it and used CA (creative auto). 😥

But the point is limiting yourself can be one of the greatest ways to overcome obstacles and get better.

 

Limiting myself with my old lens

So out I went with just my kit lens for two reasons:

  1. I want to get better.
  2. Limiting myself teaches me patience and creativity.

If you’re still stuck with your kit lens…appreciate it! It’s tough when you see friends of yours or other people with nicer lenses (who get that lovely bokeh so easily, while you have to work hard to get it!) and cameras. I remember always looking enviously at close friends who had nice cameras and wondering if my turn to get one would ever come. Sometimes God opens doors when we least expect then. So don’t worry. Save up to buy that lens (or camera)– but in the meantime work hard to get that bokeh, work your hardest to get a shallow depth of field in your portraits. It’s possible. Just difficult. But when you practice it can become much easier. (I’m still practicing–haven’t hit ‘perfection’ yet 😉 )

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Strangely this butterfly was the first thing I saw. I couldn’t believe how close he let me get when I stayed still.

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Negative space, framing, and a pop of red against neutrals. Makes me happy.

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A bokeh manual focus GIF.

I was very surprised and pleased at the pictures I ended up getting. :blush:

 

Old limitations…what’s next?

I have something of a history with limitations. First, the fact that I had no camera. Then the fact I used my sister’s (not-so-great) point-and-shoot. Then the fact I (finally!) got my Canon Eos Rebel t6. Then I only had my kit lens. And then last year sometime a dear friend gave me my 50mm. THAT was a wonderful day. Everything has just been going to new levels since then.

One super neat thing–because I have been learning new things every day with my camera…now when I pick up my kit lens it’s not quite as hard to get pleasing images. As the photographer, it’s up to you to make your images great. Don’t just rely on your camera to automatically know how to be a good photographer. Your camera (lens, etc) isn’t the photographer. You are!

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Anyone remember this photo? It’s probably my favorite photo I’ve ever taken on my point-and-shoot. The focus is all wrong (the background’s in focus) but I can see a story here. I like that it’s almost sepia (coppery tones) and I like my composition. Whatever camera/lens you have—you can always get better with it with practice.

So, now what?

I have a plan for the next four years of my photography. It’s not a complete plan—but it is a purchasing plan.

I have decided on the next two lenses that I will buy.

They are…

Left: The canon 85mm f/1.8 prime lens!     Right: The ef-s canon 35mmf/2.8 macro IS-STM (prime)

 

Aren’t they gorgeous? They both run in the somewhere below $400 range which isn’t the $1,000 range…so I’m happy. But this will still take 2-3 years of saving I’m guessing. I’ve wanted a macro lens for a while and this one looks like the perfect fit for me. It even has an lcd light to help me see close up. It has a clear focusing rate of 5.16 inches (means I can get that close to the subject!!) which sounds amazing to me. The 85mm looks like an amazing addition to the portrait side of things and a great idea to expand for my future business (next 2-4 years, DV.). I want to possibly get into more newborn photography and I’v always wanted to take close-up macro shots of things like baby toes, fingers, engagement rings, etc. I can’t wait. But basically I’m going to set up a budget and hopefully get a job to go toward investing in my photography business.

Who knows what the future will bring? But this girl’s looking forward to seeing what it brings for sure! *thumbs up

 

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In what ways are you limited as a photographer?

Do you have any tips/experiences you’d like to share?

What are your goals for the future on the photography side of things?

Crushing on any lenses? (drooling, dreaming, etc. 😀 ) 

 

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P.S USING AN OLD LENS OR LIMITING YOURSELF BY TAKING ONLY HORIZONTAL/VERTICAL SHOTS FOR A DAY IS A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY EXERCISE. LOOK FOR CREATIVE WAYS TO LIMIT YOURSELF.

 

The Fourth of July

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Family favorite: sparklers.

On the fourth of July…our family generally goes to a party for our church held at a friend’s house.

I  don’t know about you…but for me the 4th isn’t the 4th. WHATT?? 😆

UNLESS…you have fireworks, that is 😀 .

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Taking selfies on the phone and then taking a picture of the selfie on my camera. 😀               Right-me Left– E.B

I have a lot of memories from previous 4th of July’s. One (not-so-great) memory that concerns the gal in the selfie with me…is also concerning fireworks. You see, we used to be allowed to bring fireworks to the party and shoot them off during. But people were being irresponsible and unsafe and my friend was at the bad receiving end. She got hit in the face with some of the flying debris of a rocket firework. 😯  Don’t worry though…she was okay after a while.

Moral? Stay safe y’all. Always act responsibly. Your carelessness could hurt someone else.

That said I  ❤ LOVE ❤ fireworks! Loud noises don’t bother me and I love taking pictures. This is the 1st 4th of July that I’ve had a dslr to mess with.

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So where do I watch fireworks if I don’t do it at the party? At home. Everyone else goes to a fireworks show. But that’s not something my family has ever done. Don’t know why. This year my sis wasn’t with us so we went back and did our own fireworks.

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A friend let me borrow a wide angle lens during the party. It gave neat perspectives.

For me the 4th of July is a time where I photography anything in my path (isn’t that everyday, Emma? Uh…yeah. I guess it is. ). Nature, fireworks, food, people, etc.

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Wide angle lenses ensure sharp focus generally. You will be able to see more in focus vs. less. In this picture I was trying to see if I could get any bokeh out of the lens. Turns out you can. A little bit.

 

I did notice that you can get much closer up with a wide angle lens. Just in case you were wondering…I DO know that wide angle lenses are mostly used in landscapes. But there weren’t many landscapes to talk of at the party so…yep.

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Okay, so I took ONE landscape with the wide angle. Just one. 😀
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OH, wait. Come to think of it—I took a sunset picture with the wide angle.  🙄

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Oh, and I made a fireworks GIF from one firework.

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Anyways I had a good 4th of July. I hope you did, too. I do think I haven’t gotten the hang of fireworks pictures. My ISO was too high for my taste and my shutter speed was too low. 😥

 

How was your fourth?

Did anyone say ‘may the 4th be with you’, to you? (I think it’s annoying!)

Did you take fireworks pictures?

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Random Photography

This is a pretty popular idea as far as posting. And it’s attractive too…I can put anything I want in a random photography post. 🙂

So there are several things I want to show you. There are a few pictures from vacation in Texas I will show you. So here we go…

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One of our Texas friends’ cats.
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Black and white version. 
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I took this today. 

 

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Our Texas friedns also have an adorable scotch collie puppy named Lord Peter Wimsey (or ‘Laddie’) who had this habit of tackling the cats. I felt a little sorry for the cats but it WAS pretty funny. 
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Caption—-“Summer” —and there’s Hank!
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And a picture I took of Ellie who helped me take senior photos. She held the reflector, and other stuff. 

 

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And the other Texas cat. 

Breaking News!! Oh okay, not that breaking. My new favorite aperture is f/2.0 . How’s that for news?

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And here’s a sample from project warmth. I feel like editing it the warm way removed a lot of the blue color casts. I’m loving project warmth. 😉
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And here’s a picture in all its unedited glory. 
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And another one I took today.  I love this type of flower. 
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And one I took on my birthday. So this is pretty much a flower post 🙂 . 

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I Was Doing it Wrong!

So…this post is making me blush (😊) just a little. Because what I was doing wrong…should have been pretty obvious. Confused? You should be. In Texas this week I learned two lovely things that will stick with me always.

 

1. I WAS FOCUSING WRONG.

I literally have been having the hardest time getting my camera to focus where I want it to. I see other people who have similar trouble. But their trouble is generally just getting pin-sharp focus.

My problem was I could not get my focus points to adjust on MY VIEWFINDER. Isn’t that sad?😂 It cracks me up now to think of it. But when Sarah (a lovely photographer friend… go follow her new blog here.) told me that her camera does indeed select points while looking in the viewfinder–I knew it was time to look it up. This picture sums up what I figured out…

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Pretty much you just press the magnifier button while looking in your viewfinder and the focus point will light up. Then you use the dial to find the focus point you want. It’s so fast…and it makes me happy. My life is changed 🙂 . But here is the article I got this tip from for Canon users. Notice when you click it how it’s a dummies article 😀 . That always makes me feel pretty stupid! lol.

And now an experiment showing you the difference between my old (LOOOOONNNGGGG) way of focusing on the live view screen vs. the new way.

 

These are unedited. The first photo is the new method. I was able to quickly and easily focus on the last screw (which is what I wanted to do). In the second photo the focus is all over the place and it’s a little hard to tell WHAT I was focusing on. Was it a screw in the middle? Or the bigger tool? Or maybe the little screw off to the right?….see what I mean? Both these photos were taken on the same manual settings which you can view if you click on the collage.

 

2. I WAS EDITING LAMELY. 

With the editor I am now privileged to have I could do the basic edits much better than I was doing. My friend from Texas (Sarah again!) has Lightroom as her editor. I have an editor less pristine…but it does some of the same things. My problem was mainly flat images. Here’s an example (I used my reflector for this image).

 

Thanks to the reflector the light was pretty even in the photo. But my friend from Texas does something which is very simple and never even crossed my mind. She increases temperature! Literally temperature increase is my new favorite thing. I’m pretty sure I did about 0 changes on the second image except temp increase. And just look at the difference. Temp difference corresponds with white balance, btw. Here’s another one of a cat…

For this image I just cropped it…and increased the temperature. I love how it came out. Here’s a tripod timie of me. All that was done here was temperature increase, cropping, and a quick exposure fix.

My thoughts on temperature increase on the whole: I love it! It seems to just really provide a pop. And it seems to make sunlight look more like…sunlight 😀 . 

 

 

And that’s what I learned in Texas! It was so lovely to spend time with my bestie and rub off eachother in the photography realm. There’s so much to learn. Also Sarah took my senior photos while we were there…and I love em! Here is a sneak peek of one of them that I love.

 

I couldn’t decide if I liked the color or the black and white one better yet. So I just put both. Click on the collage for full size and resolution.

And a sneak peek of the shoot I did of Sarah while we were in Texas. We edited them using Lightroom.

And again…couldn’t decide which I liked better 😀 😉 .
And a sneak peek from the senior shoot I just did of my friend! Editing is coming along splendidly. I don’t know if I’ll be sharing those photos or not. We’ll see. This is a more creative shot and one she wanted to do. Nice idea, btw. ❤
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What do you think of temperature increase?
Do you as a rule like color or black and white better?
Have you ever had focusing trouble?
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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 😀 ).

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They had a hanging planter with these pretty pink flowers. 

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. 😉

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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. 
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I love brick walls! #colornexttime

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My sweet little sis and our cousin, Emmett. 

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 😀 .

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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 . 

And that’s it for part two!

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p.s–Don’t forget to join me next time for part three! 😀

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 🙂 . And now the snow has come.

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from Lucillian Photography!

We have so many blessings that we often take for granted. This holiday season is a time where we should recall the steadfast love of our Lord–particularly His kindness in the sending of His Son into the world. In Christ’s death and resurrection.

Let’s start there.

But one gift that I am buckets thankful for is my new camera! It’s amazing to me that I even have one. I kept telling myself I wouldn’t ever get one–because I didn’t have enough money. But God continues to shower blessings on me despite my ungrateful heart.

One beautiful thing that I love during the Christmas season is giving. Sadly it too has been perverted. You see it all over the place. Little kids upset when they don’t get what they wanted. One movie that I remember showing that is Babe. It’s about a pig 🙂 . But there’s one scene with Farmer Hogget’s grandkids where the little girl screams and cries when she gets something other than what she wanted.

I wish I could say I’m immune to this behavior. But I often complain (though maybe silently) when things in life don’t go the way I wanted them to.  So during this season as you give gifts–remember the basis for your gifts. God’d gifts to you are way better and also perfect. He is the only giver who gives gifts that maintains pure motives throughout. Give without expecting return. Give from a full heart–aware and thankful for the many gifts you have.

“For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be uponhis shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

~Isaiah 9:6-7

 

Praise be to God!

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Moon Photography

I have today a somewhat dramatic ‘before’ ‘after’ thing for y’all to see. I went out tonight and took some photos of the moon. First, I tried using my own (faint) knowledge of manual mode, and this is what came out:

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And this photo looked a LOT worse before I edited it…and it’s still overexposed!

Then I decided it was too much for me to attempt what I had no clue about. So…I did some research and found this handy little canon discussion form on moon photography.

http://community.usa.canon.com/t5/EOS-Rebel/How-do-you-take-a-picture-of-the-moon-using-Canon-EOS-Rebel-T5/td-p/135436

And after applying what I read…

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…this is the result!

I was SO pleased with this photo. I couldn’t believe with just a little tweaking of the settings I had such a different result. And the best part? I was able to use ISO 100! Yay!

What do you think of all this?

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