I took my 60mm macro lens out to my garden today and found this fun bug. The macro world is a whole new world. I took some portraits with this lens also this week. I love multi-purpose lenses. I took this picture with my camera on a monopod and a remote shutter release. It helped keep everything in focus.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I went to Helen's birthday party today. What a hoot! She had a great day!! She was sitting in a chair that had fabulous lighting from a skylight. It was perfect to sit across the room about 8 feet away from her. I used my 200L at 2.8 ISO 200. So, although I practiced using a flash on my neighbor, this party was better off without it.
This is my neighbor Lyle. He was the first person to come over and introduce himself when we moved into our neighborhood nearly 10 years ago. He's been married 62 years! Iwent over while he and his wife were sitting outside to practice taking pictures of people in the shade with my new flash. We had a great visit.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
We had a lovely hike near the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. It was an overcast day, but the trail was fabulous. There was moss over everything and the trees rose up like a catherdral. There were about 10 people in our hiking group, but Darwin & I hung out at the back so we could stop to admire the beauty around us.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Good thing Darwin is such a great model. I think he'll be getting his picture taken a lot as I learn about the flash. Without & with the flash - so nice not to have to worry about red eye!!!!! These are right out of the camera, only cropped. Nothing whatsoever done to alter the image. Pretty great! Used 70-200L at 70mm.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
I went to Darwin's office today to take an outdoor picture for their web.......or so I thought. I found out a couple of hours before that the picture was for a plaque as they are one of the top 100 IT best places to work. Wow, did that change my thinking and did my thinking have to change fast. I brought the picture inside and this is the best that I could do. It actually turned out fairly spectacular, considering I've never taken a picture of 14 people at once before. Yeah! They are a happy bunch of guys and were great to work with!
I took this picture with my 10-22mm wide angle lens at 18mm. I kept the people far from the sides and had plenty of room to crop the 8x8 final that they needed.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
This tiny little flower is in bloom above the treeline. The tundra is a wonderful, soft surface filled with tiny little flowers this time of year. Oh to think I might be the only person on the planet who stopped to admire the beauty of this little plant. We only had about 20 minutes above the treeline before we had to head down. I would have stayed for hours.
Here is a perfect example of what a Graduated Neutral Density filter can do. I found I wanted to take this picture in the early morning light and there was quite a difference in the light between the foreground & background. I used my 2 stop Grad ND filter on the top half of the picture and you can see what the results were. In the top picture, I metered off of the shore, to be sure to get the details and not get it to dark. I just handheld the filter against the lens and made sure it was at the right angle to follow the water. It made a dramatic difference....don't you think? I'm glad I bought them - now I just need to remember and be aware of when would be a good time to use them.
Friday, July 13, 2007
These pictures are of the same glacier - Mendenhall, but they were taken about 30 mintues apart. This small boat holds 18 people and is a LONG way from the edge of the glacier. It isn't safe to get closer than 1/4 mile.
I'm back to my real life after having a fantasy trip to Alaska. We had a wonderful time! I was very pleased with the results of months and months of practicing. One of the things that I wasn't quite prepared for was the enormous beauty and size of everything. It was simply amazing. I've printed out 20 of my best pictures in mostly 11x14 and have them to show my friends. Now, I will have time to really look and see some of the details of the pictures I took. Enjoy.