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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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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 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!

New Editor= Image Changes

Guys…photo director 3 is #nice !

I love it.

There are more practical uses…like this photo:

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And more fun editing to do like in this photo:

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I mean, look at those eyes!

Then there are just nice settings to improve white balance and softening. Like in this image:IMG_7171.jpg

 

All in all…it’s been a ride.

I do acknowledge that this sort of editor COULD make one lazy. But I refuse to be that type of person when it comes to editing. I still prefer quality from my camera…I only like basic editing for my actual photography stuff.

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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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Day, Twilight, Golden Hour, Sunset, & Night~

Today I am sharing some of my recentest photography from five stages of a day.

Day, Golden Hour (2nd), Twilight, Sunset, and Night.

I am excited to be finally doing a ‘stages of the day’ post. So here we go.

p.s. This isn’t the kind of post I can keep to my ‘just 5 pictures’ rule. 😀

Day~

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FREELENSING!!!!

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Freelensing is nice because I don’t have either a close-up or a macro lens (next lens, anybody?). 
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Freelensing, too!

Back to the normal digital photos!

 

Golden Hour~

Just a few quick golden hour photos with my sis Ellie 🙂 .

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Dogwood B&W during the golden hour.

Twilight~

So twilight sort of gives you a blueish lighting. It’s between golden hour and sunset. You’d be surprised at how fast it comes after golden hour and then how fast sunset runs on the heels of twilight!

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This is legit guys, not a white balance problem.

 

Sunset~

I have sunsets from two days. They are extremely different from one another. The first is fiery and cloudy (right after a tornado warning came for our area!), and the second is what I call “rainbow lighting”.

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These last two were the ‘rainbow lighting’ ones. 

 

Night~

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And that is a wrap!

But wait…

Don’t go yet…

I have a surprise for you…

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Haha! Gotcha’. 😀

That cute, furry little (gulp) guy was found in one of the bedrooms. He was so HUGE. And scary. And hairy…ew. 😛

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