Thursday, June 30, 2011

Learning

This image was taken with my iphone. Currently, I am struggling to learn how to use different apps and features. My brain is turning to mush....on overload. Hopefully I will "get it" soon.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Blue (Refined)

Feathers used in my images are painted and natural turkey feathers. Be advised: it is against the law to have any migrating bird, or birds of prey, feathers in your possession.




Sunday, June 26, 2011

Blue (Tuesday)

Feathers used in my images are painted and natural turkey feathers. Be advised: it is against the law to have any migrating bird, or birds of prey, feathers in your possession.







Amazing

These are straight from the camera images, sized with copyright info added.









Saturday, June 25, 2011

Reflection

Last night's sunset was stupendous. Took several shots with my "big boy" camera, then grabbed this one with the iphone. Am having a blast learning.


SUNSET AT THE CABIN


Thursday, June 23, 2011

In the Garden

Went to the garden in the rain and took some impressionistic photographs. Am painting with the iphone.


IN THE GARDEN


FERN

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Back In Time

A First

Today we got iphones. This was necessary to save our unlimited data package. Came home and started fooling around with things and had a grand time. Bob brought in some hydrangeas today so.........here is the first image taken.



HYDRANGEAS

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Plans for Meditation Garden

Rough draft of plant placement:



Monday, June 20, 2011

Detail of Cornucopia



Cameras

In answer to a question about what camera(s) I use: Most of the time I use a Nikon D300, with an older Nikon D100 as my backup camera. For the macro shot, I used the D100 camera with a Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8 G ED with VR lens.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Macro

On my desk sits a handcrafted wooden box. Inside I keep small found and favorite things. The crude brass sculpture below is approximate an inch to an inch and a half in size and I found him years ago in a parking lot. He is sitting on a small chunk of Thunder Bay amethyst.

This week we are playing with macro and closeup images. Below are two macro images. I am continually amazed at the difference lighting makes. Macro works best when you keep your camera parallel to the object. The flatter the object the better the results. The three-dimensional pieces below take on an artsy look as the foreground sharpness diffuses into the background.





Saturday, June 18, 2011

End of the Day

More Birdies









Meditation Garden

Am planning a meditation garden under some pine trees. Ordered a bench today and am thinking about what to include: green plants, rocks and stones, a reminder of water and a special piece signifying peace, quiet and solitude.

Friday, June 17, 2011

What a Cutie!

This image is "soft," however the look on her face got to me....had to post. Am going to work on getting sharper bird images. That's my challenge this week.


"SWEETIE"--A FEMALE HOUSE FINCH

Thursday, June 16, 2011

SkyWatch



To see SkyWatch images from around the world, please click on the icon above.
Thank you SkyWatch team.




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

First Attempt

This is the first time I have shot birds in what feels like a hundred years. I used to do nature photography back in the 80s, but that was a long time ago. Any knowledge from back then is going to have to resurface.


Handheld camera...next time I will use tripod. Considering this was taken through living room window with screen, I am pleased.

MALE HOUSE FINCH

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thinking

" I cannot teach anyone anything. I can only make them think." --Socrates

To be good at anything, one must think. Photography is no exception. If a person continually asks for settings and refuses to think things through for themselves, they are not learning anything. To truly learn one must think and experiment.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hydrangea in Crock

This is a more saturated image and I think I like it better than the softer one...not sure...


I may reshoot today adding something to create interest.


HYDRANGEA IN CROCK

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

For A Friend--Peonies and Peonies with Battersea Box



"Have communion with few

Be familiar with one

Deal justly with all

Speak evil of none."

--Inscription on Battersea Box

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Partial Silhouette

Today I began working on silhouettes. This is a partial silhouette and, for some reason, I really like it.