After being stuck in our home since early yesterday evening something had to give. I broke out the extension tubes, an old Minolta film lense, the A300 and went in search of a few good macro this afternoon. I picked water droplets: Too hard to focus properly but I will try again because I think I can figure that one out. Barb wire barbs: Could not get my back to cooperate with me bending over in the cold temps. I will also try those again in the Spring, all though there will not be snow on them, which was what I was trying to capture. Snow on dead vegetation: Had a little luck with that and non-snow covered dead vegetation. The challenge here was once again the wind. So out of the dozen or so shots I learned a bit and have new goals. Till the next time enjoy this little flower skeleton with snow on it. I thought the wind blew it out of frame but apparently I got this before it did.
Here is my entry in Paula’s Black & White Sunday: Landscape.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”
Engaging in nature photography is my way of slowing down, keeping things simple, enjoying the moment and simply being. And when I see something for the first time, or in a new light, that is my reward. So when I was photographing these brown wasps as they feed among the White Aster I learned they are more than their reputation, they are a thing of wonderment.
This is my contribution for The Daily Post photo challenge: The Rules of Thirds. Or more accurately me breaking the rule of thirds. Well not completely breaking it but interpreting it differently in this case.The starting point is one of the branches on our old Sycamore, though not whole it is still standing and magnificent to me. I wanted to share its wonder with the whole world and this challenge is as good as place as any. Here is a little back story on the process.
First off I was using my Canon PowerShot S3is for this capture so the bokeh Jen H was talking about was not going to happen. I did set the cameras aperture wide open but the limitations of the camera could never produce bokeh at the focal length needed for this shot. Not even close but Jen was talking about composition first, which is the heart of the rule of thirds. Bokeh is icing on the cake so to speak and her photo has a lot of icing ( just so you know I like icing so this is a good thing. A very good thing just don’t tell my primary care physician that). Secondly if I did use the rule of thirds I could not capture the essences of the tree. The branch is a good ten feet off the ground, so I had to choose instead to zoom in and get the things I was hoping to convey with the photo: The rich color, the wonderful texture and the scars time has left on this tree. In doing so I broke the rule of thirds but yet on the whole I stayed true to it as well. Confused yet? Me too, now scratch your head, then let it go and enjoy a part of a wonderful old Sycamore!