Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my photo blogging friends!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Macro Love!

The only good thing about an ice storm
is getting to go out to take photos,
afterwards sitting in front of the fire sorting through the shots taken
drinking a cup of caramel coffee...
What could be better?
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I shared this macro photo with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Saturday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
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Happy Click'n!

Monday, December 16, 2013

rats, Rats, RATS...not again!

The last two years have been so disappointing!
I've tried taking photos of our family opening 
their Christmas gifts with disastrous results.
(We celebrate early each year with our kids.)
I've gotten shots like "above", embarrassing...
I rarely take photos of people indoors.  
Only four of my photos are worth showing!
Why these turned out, I don't really know.
Maybe it was earlier, before the sun shine was pouring in thou the windows.
My Canon 60 D was set on AF, Sport with no flash,
the shutter seemed to be extremely slow and 
I didn't recognize my need for a tripod, until to late...
Could my camera have gotten mixed readings?
Anyway, I'm posting the following instructions to reference
for practice using the manual setting. 
Your comments will be appreciated!

Settings for Indoor Photography:
*  Put you camera onto M for manual (this is the setting on Canon’s, not sure about other models).
*  Set you aperture to as big as it will go eg. F4.0 or F2.8.

*  Set your shutter speed to around 1/60. It is hard to shoot handheld with anything below 1/60. As a rule of thumb you should never shoot lower than your focal distance while handheld. Eg on a 50mm lense you should never shoot lower than 1/50 sec.
*  You will then need to use you external flash, if you can bounce your flash do this, if you have a catch light reflector built into your flash even better.
*  Take a few shots and see what they look like.

*  If they are not bright enough try bumping up your ISO to 200 then 400 and so on until you achieve an acceptable result.


Update 12/23/13:  Or set the camera on CA ~ you can adjust the Flash (with or without), set on AFQuick, choose how you want to shoot it (single, multi or timed), type of lighting and background blur.  Just don't resort to shooting on "action/sport" (that's what has been the problem)!  Someone told me to always shoot kids on the action/sport setting ...Wrong!
Other helpful links are photoplusmag.com  and digitalcameraworld.com.
Next year I hope to nail it!
Happy Click'n!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Personal Photo Challenge ~ Let There Be Light!

This month's challenge  ~ "Let There Be Light " ~
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
Our assignment:   "In this exercise, light takes center stage and commands your attention. It can be dramatic or softly caressing. It can be natural light or it can be man-made: backlight, sidelight, spotlight, candlelight, light beams streaming from clouds, twinkling lights, lamp light, street light, reflected light. There are so many possibilities, and you have the freedom to decide. But light should play a key role to support your subject or actually be your subject."
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Managing time for this challenge was tricky!
But I'm sure most everyone is busy this time of year...
...with a macro slant to this challenge, I finally got working.
My first shot is a shadow on the wall ~


This lacy pattern was created by pointing a flashlight
through one of our snowflake mantel hooks (on which
we hang our Christmas stockings) on to a wall.
The above shot shows the result of having light, shadows.
The next shot~

Is a closeup of the snowflake mantel hook,
again the light shining through to the wall 

the light is enhancing the subject.
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I'm not sure I completed this challenge as instructed but
I learned a lot about the importance of light in photography!
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Oh wait, one more, this one shows the reflection of light...
Once again a fun challenge!
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My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ 
camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF,
 Canon Macro  lens  EF 100mm 1:2.8 L,
and I use Adobe Elements 11 for processing.
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If you are interested in joining "A Personal Photo Challenge", 
a link to Donna's blog is at the beginning of this post. 
Thank you Donna for hosting this great challenge!
A Personal Photo Challenge
I hope you will join us for these monthly challenges,
you're invited to hop over to the other participant's
blogs to see more photos.
Comments are always welcome! 
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"Let There Be Light" Tips I want To Remember:
1)  Think about the quality of your light. If the light source is intense, there will be distinct shadows that provide contrast. Be careful and don’t let the light source fool your camera meter. Use exposure compensation to get the image you want. Think about the direction of light in relationship to the camera and the subject. Change the locations of the light source, subject, and/or camera, and the image can be drastically altered. Think about the color of light. Is it warm, cool, or balanced? Control the light temperature in your final image by using your camera’s white balance settings to match the lighting conditions. Make further adjustments, as needed, in post-processing.
2)  Other sources for ways to use light that Donna shared with us:
*Love this quote*
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it.
 Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, 
and you will know the key to photography".  George Eastman
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Now to see the other participants photos...
Merry Christmas to you all!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Night Photography ~ Crazy Christmas Light Notes

Where I live, Broken Arrow, OK,
we have the amazing Christmas lights at Rhema Bible College (here).
(Amazing right?  I can't wait to try this myself!)
My goal this year is to brush up on how to photograph
outdoor Christmas lights.  So in this post I'm sharing the tips I've fold 
so I can easily review them in the future, or on the run, here they are ~

Recommended SLR camera settings (RE here)
  • Use either a macro or an all purpose wide angle lens. A macro is useful if you want to seclude any one ornament or decoration. Where as a wide angle lens is great if you want to get the whole house into the picture.
  • It's also a good idea to use a tripod, as the shutter speed will be too slow for sharp hand held shots.
  • Set your camera on manual mode with a low as possible aperture f number. For example anywhere between f/2.8 to f/4.6 will be sufficient.
  • For starters set the ISO to 400. Depending on how dark you want the images to be, you can adjust this later on. It's never recommend going higher than 800 however, due to loss of photo quality the higher the ISO.
  • There are two ways to adjust the shutter speed. Firstly, you can focus the camera at part of the house that isn't too dark or too light and adjust the exposure. If you're not sure what I mean by exposure we have a tutorial on it at: How to use manual mode. If you like a darker photograph, then underexpose the settings by around 2 or 3 stops.

    Or you can take a bit of a punt and initially set the shutter speed to around 1/50th of a second, then adjust it give and take from there. If the photograph seems too dark for your liking, then choose a slower speed (up to say 1/25th of a second). If it's too light then choose a faster speed. As the night gets darker and light changes you may need to adjust this.
  • Put your camera on aperture priority and set the lowest f number your lens will allow, for example f/2.8 up to f/4.6. Again, it's a good idea to use a tripod. When using aperture priority, make sure automatic ISO is turned off. You do want to choose this setting yourself, so you can keep it to around 400 ISO. 
Other websites to check: digital-photography-school.com  and  picturecorrect.com .  Feel free to bookmark this post for your reference too...I may periodically update information.
I'm hoping these settings can also help
when photographing other light sources outside after dark.
Your suggestions are appreciated
so leave a comment with you advice...that would be great!
And please check back to see my shots posted soon.

Happy Click'n!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

You maybe interested in...

For those of you that like Rock-N-Roll and photography,
you may enjoy seeing this documentary...

ROCK 'N' ROLL EXPOSED: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BOB GRUEN

(here for next showing on Showtime).
Some of my favorite Bob Gruen work and
musicians below.
I have to admit, I enjoyed the first hour best
because it covered the GREATS of my youth.
Just thought I'd throw this post out there...
Happy Click'n!

Happiness is....

Thanksgiving Day was terrific,
but Saturday with all the family was 
the BEST day I've had in a long time!
We had lunch together then
went out to shoot rockets together.
Our recovery team chasers...
Every kid got a turn to press the button...
Well, except for this little guy...
he got a little freaked out by the noise and cheers.
Next year!
Other family moments ~
And finally ~
Daddy, make me fly...
One perfect day...
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These are the people and moments
I'm thankful for!
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I'm wishing your Thanksgiving weekend was as wonderful as mine...
Happy Click'n!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dark Light

To night I was mesmerized watching "Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers" an HBO documentary first aired in 2010. I'm not sure when this will play again, I recorded it back in July and just now viewing it. The highlighted three blind photographers are as follows:

(1)  Pete Eckert
When Pete Eckert found out he was going to lose his sight to retinitis pigmentosa 27 years ago, he was well on his way to becoming an architect, receiving acceptances from graduate programs.  It was also around this time that he discovered his mother’s old camera...then the magic began!
(For more info on Echert go here and here.)
"Saloon" by Pete Echert

(2)  Bruce Hall
Bruce Hall is a legally blind photographer, teacher, musician, scuba diver and autism activist.
(For more info on Hall go here and here.)
"Limpet" by Bruce Hall

(3)  Henry Butler
Butler was blinded by glaucoma in infancy.  His musical training began at the Louisiana State School for the Blind, where he learned to play valve trombone, baritone horn and drums before focusing his talents on singing and piano. Butler has pursued photography as a hobby since 1984.
(For more info on Butler go here and here.)
"Sunset" by Henry Butler
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It's so fascinating to watch these amazing photographers in action!
Until you can catch this film, here is a teaser.
If you have HBO Go...you should be able to watch Dark Light.

Happy Click'n!

Veteran's Day!

This veteran made it home
after serving in World War II...
Thank goodness or I wouldn't be here!
He was the best Dad ever!
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We visited Washington DC last June
and really enjoyed visiting the WWII Memorial.
My post here.
In the above photo, we were at the Vietnam Memorial...
my husband was helping and a Vet who was paying his respects to 
some of his war buddies.
I was around during that war,
I was a senior in high school when the US withdrew in 1973
and I still feel guilty for the way our soldiers were treated when they returned!
Not that I demonstrated or did anything disrespectful,
I was just too young and indifferent to the situation and I regret that!
Let's try to show our appreciation today
and everyday to those who serve our country,
whether it's in the military, police force or the fire department, etcetera,
lets give them our thanks and respect!
Shake their hand if nothing else...
Lets never forget their sacrifices!

Thank you for your understanding!

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