Monday, June 24, 2013
The topic this week was very enjoyable and all the posts by our little group had one or more exceptional photos. My process has always been to read each post and to pull at least one photo from everyone into a file on my computer and then as a group look at each, looking at how the topic is approached and the quality of the photos. For me the quality of the photo is the hardest to determine – I either like the photo or love it or it speaks to me, evoking a memory or other thoughts. Meeting the topic head on is easier.
To find the photo that approaches the topic the best I often note which one everyone likes the most and if that one wasn’t my favorite, I go back and look again, appreciating what you all have appreciated and then choosing between my favorite and yours. I know this isn’t very scientific but generally works for me. The advantage of being an admin volunteer is that you can do what pleases you and still be right.
Ann’s “look…” I made the photo larger and still couldn’t make out what everyone was seeing inside the fence, but by the attention being given, the finger pointing, the girl leaning in, all indications that what is inside the fence is very interesting. This was my thought provoking choice.
Barb’s ‘neighborhood watch’ through the fence is an excellent photo, and I know by her story that these stray dogs are now safe, but the photo makes me wonder if this dog doesn’t wish for a little adventure out beyond the fence. Great Photo, thought provoking.
and last but in know way least….
This photo was not Pauline’s best overall photo. She had two others that I like a lot. I almost did a Pauline only spotlight. But this photo is the best of ‘through the fence’ topic shots; breaking through the fence looking for the best morsel of grass, now how to back out without putting a hole in his new wool jacket.
Next week: Light and dark contrasts with Peggy on Spotlight.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
(Extra info: If you don't understand this it is ok. Just move on.) If you have a teleconverter this is an inexpensive way to get a closer shot. The longest lens I have is 300mm and used on a crop frame sensor, which most dSLRs are, I will get a magnification factor of 300mm x 1.6. So it would be like I was using a 480mm lens on a full frame or old 35mm film camera. If I had a teleconverter I could increase the magnification factor even more.
If you can manual focus, set your focus to infinity and then back it off just a tad. Infinity setting images below:
Set your ISO to the lowest number: 100 (Canon) 200 (Nikon). This will help minimize digital noise in your photo. And even though it is dark outside, the moon is very bright. Many people overexpose the moon and lose all the interesting detail. An overexposed moon in a photo is not considered a proper exposure.
Set your aperture to F11. (F8-11 is usually suggested for shooting the moon.)
Set your shutter speed to 1/125(Canon) 1/250(Nikon) This will be your variable (what you change) to get proper exposure.
Give the above settings a try. Check your shot on your lcd screen. If the moon is too bright and has no detail use a faster shutter speed until you can see the detail. If the photo is too dark use a slower shutter speed until you get enough light. I usually find, with my gear, that when the moon looks just right on my lcd screen, it is actually a tad over exposed, so I photograph it when it looks just a tad dark on my lcd screen.
The reason you need to use manual mode is because the camera will read all the darkness of the night sky and try to brighten all of that up and in so doing overexpose the moon. You need to tell the camera to keep the sky dark so the moon is not overexposed and the sky remains dark.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
It works with boys in America:
With girls in Singapore:
And with boys and girls in Sweden:
The participants this week sure proved that it works in photography as well as gardening and interior decorating.
Hope everyone has a good week looking through the fence.
Monday, June 10, 2013
In fact Pauline's warmth from a fire was the only shot of an actual fire highlighted by the moon.
A classic warmth of a gramma and a gran by Ruth
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
I think this was a great topic to showcase us and our towns. Maybe the older we get the more likely we are to appreciate vintage, classic; the items that still exist from our parents and grandparents time, our childhoods. And from my time things remembered but not found: saddle shoes, puddle skirts, and vinyl records. Singles and Elvis. The descriptor ‘Vintage’ is used most often with wines, in fact if you look up the definition, the dictionary talks only of wines. So we (as in we people) use the word like in fine wines to describe matured / past era / fine representation of a period and OLD, but older than us, of course.
This week’s spotlight photos;
From Monica at Dawn Treader – A spinning wheel
All eras – boys and baseball the love never changes
from Kara & ‘the way the cornbread crumbles’
Next week, June 7 – Warmth:
spotlights by Peggy
Have a great week.