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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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50mm f/4.5
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50mm f/1.8

 

 

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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Photo Dump {Random}

Hello guys!

 

This is gonna be scary. I have never done a photo dump before. Expect a lot of pictures in this post. I will try to cut in down. Oh, also don’t expect all in the proper order… 😆 .

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Uh-oh. A 50mm selfie! Ahhhhhhh…. 😆 .

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That was only eighteen. We did good. 😀

p.s I posted this later than expected so there are some reused photos. 

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Check out this portrait I took recently of Sarah from Sarah Leana Photography. 

 

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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. 😀

 

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 outside 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. 

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! 😉

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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 sky with the queen anne’s lace?

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I was unable to resist and I love what happened. ❤

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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. 

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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. 

 

 

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. 

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Bonus picture: screenshot of chromatic aberrations fix…

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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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Vacation Photography, Part 3.

On this day…we celebrated my birthday (way) early.

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Here’s Ellie with the delicious cake. 🙂
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Here’s part of grandma’s rose garden. I love it all, except that unit. 😀
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A peony more fully opened in the vase of water. 
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Josiah and I went fishing in the freezing rain. It was literally FREEZING. 
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The lake. 
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And some drama. (most of this lighting was done on camera. I did some super contrast in the landscape picture style on manual mode)
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We decided to throw rocks and logs into the water. 
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And the last photo. 

Guess what? I am doing my first actual senior shoot sometime soon. I will be attempting to do a dear friend’s photos for her (she follows this blog). I don’t know if I’ll be posting any of them or not. I hope so…but if nothing else—good practice 😀 .

We will gallivant all over creation. And have a lot of fun. 😉

Tune in to Part Four soon! It’s the ‘finale’ (but don’t expect TOO much, people!) so that will be it.

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Vacation Photography, Part 1.

Hello, friends!

First off, I have not permanently vanished. I am still alive and kicking/breathing. But I have a mountain of vacation photos to share. Today is part one of the vacation pictures. All of this is photography stuff…lifestyle is always on the Misty Mountain (except for right now as I’m on break there due to time 🙂 ).

First off this photo that I took of a sweet young lady holding a rose. I used the gold side of my new reflector (I got it!!!!)…and after fixing the white balance in Photo Director…it made it look rose gold. I love the lighting look honestly. 🙂

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She looks like Belle (or beauty!). 

The first thing I photographed on vacation was this soft orangish blue sunset. I have been waiting to photograph a sunset like this.

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Oh, and here is the ‘after sunset’ photo for comparison. So much grain…but that’s okay. 😀

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And then I went to the peony flowers (one of my favorite flowers.)…and took photos of them. I had to up the light just a pinch because it was somewhat dark. 😀

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Thankfully, brightening a picture can be done easily in post processing. 
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And some cure little peony buds!

Then to the rose bushes!

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And the day ended with a shot of the moon.

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Not overly impressive…but this is how it looked.

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p.s Don’t forget to tune in to Part 2!

Scheduling// Freelensing

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This is a dandelion that I freelensed using my 50mm.

I have some things regarding scheduling/announcements on this blog to get out there.

I am getting a real set of reflectors (as a birthday gift) !
I will be super busy this May, and doubt that I will be able to post much.
I am now restricted to only ONE hour on the internet per day. And my internet is restricted so that the first time I can get on is 1:00.

 

Basically just expect much less posting!

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE REFLECTORS…MAY THE FIRST CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH!!!

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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. 😀 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. 
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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! 😛

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

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Moody Feel+ An Explanation

Hello!

I have been gone from this blog for a week. This needs an explanation, right? Well maybe it doesn’t need one. But I’ll give you one anyway. The update comes in the form of three key things.

  1. I am now using a really nice computer with a high resolution monitor. It’s so nice, and photos look amazing on it. 😀
  2. The old photo editor was deleted off the old computer. So I am learning to use Photo Director 3 (which comes free on windows). Photo Director 3 reminds me a lot of Lightroom. It’s WAY nicer than Picasa 3, and any of the other free things I’ve used. But because it’s more complicated, it’s taking longer to get the hang of.
  3. I am getting more and more restrictions. I now have way less time to post.

Due to these things…expect less posting. It might only end up being once a week or less.

That stuff said…I have been experimenting with Black and White photography. None of the following images received much (or for most of them, none) editing. I was going for a moody feeling in these images. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them.

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This is really my crown jewel selfie. I took this way late at night, with a bright lamp and no other lights. I underexposed to get the image dark. I also used high contrast in my manual picture style setting. The monochrome setting was used direct (I didn’t add it later). I had taken about three pictures when I realized that 1) My eyelashes looked WAY too light with the light directly on them. 2) I would have to remove a little of some poison ivy I had on the light side of my face.

So I put on some mascara and lipstick, then afterward used the retouch tool to remove an ittsy bit of poison ivy. I have had poison ivy for a little over a week now. But it’s mostly gone.

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This is unedited.
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This one is too. 😀
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My camera’s kit lens.
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Then my sis Ellie jumped in for one. But she’s smiling. Happy’s a mood too, guys!
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And in this one, I let some of the poison ivy stay because it looks even more like the style This was this morning as well as the one of my sis. The hat 😀 . 
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Serious is a thing, people!

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5 Springy Things

…Hello!

I am enjoying Spring, although I was disappointed at the lack of snow to practice portraits in last year. But here we are. A brand new year. Easier to mange golden hours, and soft spring lighting.

(*So. You may be wondering why I haven’t posted any of the newborn pictures yet. The answer is…the shoot has been rescheduled for sometime THIS week.)

And so today is a springy post.

1. Floral Dresses~

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Especially this one that looks like a dress from the 1960’s. Vintage ❤ .

 

2. Flowers~

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These adorable little grape hyacinths are all over our grass!
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And there are little violets everywhere.

3. Red buds ~

Those lovely tress with pink flowers on them…

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4. Dead winter leaves go away~

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Photo taken at twilight on a recent night.

 

5. More predictable golden hours~

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What are y’all looking forward to this spring?

What is one photo on your bucket list for this spring? (a newborn session is on mine 😛 😉 ❤ ) 

Do you like to swim? (Random, I know. But my family just got a YMCA membership and I’ve                                         gone swimming twice!)

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