I Learned ~ 12.30.10

December 31, 2010 at 2:38 am (I Learned..., Photography)

It was hard to narrow down my “I learned” this week, but I had to go with starbursts. Ever since I learned how to from this blog, I’ve created a starburst nearly everytime I’m outside with my camera!

I have to put two pictures out there this week—once again, I couldn’t narrow it down!
Here we have opposites—sunburst at the beach, and from the bottom of a 10 foot snowpile. Both of these were taken about 2 weeks apart (although, in both instances, the temperature was below freezing!)

My favorite of the two-
f/25, 1/320 sec.

The second one—on the day after Christmas, Mother Nature dumped over 2 feet of snow on us. Since we live on a cul-de-sac, we get huuuuuge snow piles in our yard when the plows come down.
Still working on that white balance thing—I know the snow is blue here, but it was the best I could do….

Christmas Snow 2010 (147)
f/25, 1/250 sec

Comments/Critiques welcome and appreciated!

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I Learned… 12.17.10

December 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm (I Learned..., Photography)

I had a picture all ready to go this week, but then changed my mind (maybe I’ll use it next week…)
This week, I learned to always have your camera ready….and by ready, I mean battery charged, memory card inserted (how often do I leave it in my computer?), and always nearby.

I was sitting on the couch watching a Charlie Brown Christmas last night, fire roaring in the fireplace, my cat on the top of the couch behind me purring loudly, and the Christmas tree lit behind me. I turned around to pet my cat, when I noticed that I could see the reflection of the tree clearly in his pupils. I gently got up (I didn’t want to disturb him), grabbed the camera, only to find the memory card was still in my computer—darn. I carefully “ejected” it, put it in my camera, then got frustrated when the camera wouldn’t turn on—oh yeah, the battery died while I was outside photographing snowflakes earlier. I ran upstairs to grab the battery, turned around…..and there was my cat standing behind me. He really is my shadow, and doesn’t let me go anywhere alone.

I thought “opportunity lost”, but I figured I’d give it a shot anyway. I grabbed his treats, and him, and tried to “recreate” the scene. He was more interested in sniffing my lens at first (and leaving little nose prints on it…), but he finally settled down, and I *finally* got this.

Sorry for the long-winded write-up, but I learned a valuable lesson—always have that camera ready!!

Abby reflection of xmas tree (3)

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