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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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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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, azaleas, and swinging. Plus some more randomness.

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At this moment I am digging texture photos…remember the brick? 😀

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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. 😀
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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. 😉
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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. 😉 😀
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Bro and sis on the swing. BTW, they aren’t concerned. They were laughing right after this shot was taken. 

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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 😉 . I do like the diverse background though. 

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 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!

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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Conference Photos

Here are some quick photos that I took while @ the conference.

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I’m doing pretty good with this limit thing. These are literally very random snippets from the conference I just got back from. Hope you enjoyed them anyway.

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p.s. Guess what guys? I am going to be doing a newborn session sometime this weekend! I am so excited and impatient to give newborn photography a try. I am frantically pinning ideas on a special pinterest board here.  So I guess we’ll see if I actually use any of these! 😉

More Snow?

I am not at all kidding. More snow. At first I was excited…because we only got one small snowfall. But then, it turned out to be rather lame. Not much snow at all. Only around an inch. I still managed to get a few little photos from the snow, however. 😉

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Recognize this plant?

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And my very favorite is of a hyacinth…

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Did y’all get any ‘strange’ snow?

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The Beauty of Spring

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”

~Sarah Ban Breathnach

And boy, have the spring rains come here! I wasn’t quite expecting a tornado warning, or thunder that made our little half-underground house shake. But it happened. This post is not to show you the pictures of rain (except maybe one 😛 ), but rather to show you the typical signs of spring. Daffodils, strong light lighting, and maybe some other flowers, too? 😉

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A beautiful peach blossom.

 

 

 

And at last the rain photo. It’s really more of a raindrop photo. I had my camera set to such a quick shutter speed (1/4000) that it caught the raindrops, and one of them in particular- in focus.

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The compromise was a much more grainy image. But this time, I think it’s worth it. I almost don’t mind the grain.

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