Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Camera Play

Every once in a while I like to play with my camera. Sometimes I actually learn something new. Sometimes I end up getting some interesting pictures.

Sometimes I don't.

One of these days I may actually learn to use my camera properly; I may learn how to set the specific dials and settings to get what I really want. I keep hoping it will infuse into my brain through some sort of bizarre osmosis, but I really know it doesn't happen that way.

Anyway, here's a couple of shots of my red cabbage. The sun had just gone down and the sky was just starting to darken. The first shot is with the flash. The second shot is without the flash. I find it interesting how different the colors came out. By the way, the second shot is more true to the actual color.

Here we have the lovely little cobwebby kind of spider that made her web in a corner of the big pipe gate. Her actual size is about the size of the tip of a pencil! In real life her babies are barely visible to the naked eye. Macro photography is fun. You see things you normally wouldn't!

Something I'm really at a total loss about is night-time photography. I have gotten some good lunar shots only because I looked on the internet and set the dials as described. Otherwise everything's a total crap shoot. Of the rising moon pictures below, the first has a longer (apparently) exposure time. I didn't write down what I did for each picture so I can't say for sure. But it looks like the sun, doesn't it?

It's the moon. I like this picture of this series the best because the sky is a pretty blue and the cars have left long streaks of light.
And here I've turned the dial for the third time to something to get this shot. I could look up the picture to get the details of what the settings were on, but that would mean I'd have to actually make an effort. And I really don't care.

And now for one of my favorite subjects. You knew this had to be coming, right? These were all taken with the macro lens. I've found by accident (see, it does work sometimes!) that the macro lens takes good portrait photos. Well, okay, not necessarily of the baby, but when there is a background. The background gets all blurry and you really focus on the subject. The main drawback to my macro lens is I have to manually focus it, and with my eyes it doesn't always come out too sharply.

The first two are with the flash on, the second two are with the flash off.

Okay, enough of that!

For now.


Anonymous said...

Well, Gramma T. F., Those are COOL shots - all of them!

Little one is so darned CUTE!!!!

Love You, a fellow granny.

Jenn said...

Nice shots, she sure is cute!