Back to the Monterey trip. This blue house overlooking the rocky beach with the gold grass in the foreground caught my eye.
A gorgeous day with scattered showers opened up a fabulous blue sky, very white clouds that enhanced the tinted glass on the Market Post Tower. This shot is a single exposure. I tried a few, and a couple bracketed series. The single shot worked better than what I came up with as an HDR version. Not to mention, as single-exposure it will qualify for an entry into the travel category in tomorrow night’s competition. 🙂
Today I bought a circular polarizing filter. So naturally, what is the first thing I do to break it in? Take it off the camera and do some reverse-lens macro shots. It’s what you would have done, right? That’s what I thought.
What we’re looking at here is a little daisy that was growing in the grass field of a local school. This was taken at 135mm focal length. Isn’t this shot one that is required of anyone taking flower photos? I thought it was, so I made my attempt at it.
Now that the weather is nice, and spring is in full swing why not try to get up close to the flowers and show some of the colorful personality? This series of photos was taken with my 28 – 135mm lens while inverted and handheld. It was fun to experiment with the shallow DOF and different ways to have the focus come-and-go. To make things even better, I was able to use each of these for my Daily Shoot project to try and catch up as I am woefully behind.
Paraguay Nightshade – Solanum rantonnetii
#ds116 – “Rules” can be stifling if taken to extremes. Break the rules today with focus, composition, etc, and see what happens.
California Lilac – Ceanothus impressus
#ds113 – Take care of the Monday blues by picking up your camera. Make a photograph dominated by the color blue.
Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
#ds120 – Trees and plants are great photographic subjects. Make a photograph of a tree or plant today.
#ds121 – Today’s theme is “3”. Make a photograph that features the number itself or otherwise represents 3 items.
The evening light today was perfect for shooting some tree blossoms and the busy bees working on them. I was using my 28-135 lens for these shots which means I had to crop quite a bit to get the right detail. The real challenge here was sharp focus with the quickly moving bees. For that, I used live view, zoomed in to quickly manually focus on the bees while somewhat still. Once they started to move, I let the rapid-fire shutter go. This collection is out of about 30 total attempts.
#ds76 “Get up close and personal with a building today. Make a photo of an architectural detail.”
The detail here didn’t look great too close, but with the glass and reflections, I thought the architecture really worked here.
Finally! A nice break in the rainy rainy weather. Blessed with a beautiful day, the kids and I went to play outside. It made for good times and wonderful photos. After several attempts of pushing the swing, focusing, pushing the swing, snapping photos, pushing the swing and adjusting, I finally managed to get it just-right. The sun and clouds were very cooperative on this shot. The added bonus was the non-stop laughter by the girls as they got to swing extra-high.
At oDesk, we’re lucky that one of our coworkers is married to naka_sf, an aspiring chef. We’re often treated to all kinds of macaroons as she experiments with variations of her recipes. It’s always a treat.
For today’s Daily Shoot assignment, the timing of a new batch arriving at the office was perfect. The white and green macaroons on the blue paper made for a nice composition. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a tripod and it wasn’t quite as sharp as I would have liked.
#DS75: “Sugar, spice, and everything nice. Make a photo of something sweet today.”
#DS22: “Today’s theme is blue. Blue Monday? Blue bird? Or something else blue? Your call!”
I like the aged appearance of the handicapped parking spot paint.