Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Getting ready to head off to my brothers house for Thanksgiving dinner and I just wanted to share this photo. It's similar to my blog photo to the right but with a different result. My brother, Gene, is a Pastor, and today we are going to have dinner with his wife's family and us in the Church dining area. This way we will have a lot more room with good seating for everyone instead of winding up all over his house; but that's kind of fun as well. Either way we're expecting a great meal as Barb, his wife, is a great cook herself, and always prepares a sumptuous feast. I expect to put on a few pounds.

I have many things for which I am grateful as God has blessed me and my family in many ways. I hope that you too will have a great and thankful Thanksgiving day and may you be blessed well in the coming Christmas Season.

This photo was taken with an 18-105 lens late in the evening after sunset. It was shot, handheld, at 1/30 sec at f/5.6 at 105mm. Vibration reduction really works well. I enjoy this lens and find myself using it most of the time.

Anyway, as ususal, this is my world and you are welcome to it. Happy Thanksgiving y'all.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Natures Painting

Sometimes a gem of a photo jumps right out at you, and for me this is one of them. I wasn't even sure of what I had when I took this. Here's the story.

I had taken my wife, at lunch time, to a place of business with which our company does business. She needed to pick up some items. While she was inside I took out my camera and was looking around for something to photograph. I looked over towards the woods and I saw this. These were the only leaves left hanging anywhere. So I aimed, framed and fired. About this time my wife came back out and I put my camera down and went back to work.

Later that evening I was looking through the photos that I had downloaded to my PC and this one caught my eye. I couldn't get away from it. I just kept looking at it and couldn't stop. To me this looks more like a painting than a photograph, hence "Natures Painting". I really love this photo and I just had to put it up here for others to see. I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I do. This one is destined to become a hard copy, matted and framed.

This photo was taken about mid afternoon on a cloudy dull day with snow flurries in the air. My exposure was 2/3 of an f/stop lower than indicated. Other than that the light was a soft even layer. My camera was a Nikon D40 with a Nikkor 18-105 lens. I resized for web viewing in Photoshop Elements 6 and that was it. I didn't use Levels, Contrast or Saturation or anything like that. Now I did add a little vignetting and a small amount of sharpening because of the loss from resizing, but that was it.

This just goes to show that a good photo can be anywhere and sometimes even the best ones show up when you least expect them. But you have to have a camera with you at all times and always be on the look out for something to shoot. I know I don't want to be in the position of saying "man, I wish I had a camera" :-)

You might miss something like this and I know you would not like that. Remember, if you are not looking you will never see.

As usual, this is my world. I love it and you are welcome to it.