Photo Challenge Day 10

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

Today is the last day of the SITSgirls #SITSblogging photo challenge. It’s been a fun 10 days to learn lots of tips and practice a little bit.

The tips and challenge today were all about taking photos in black and white or converting colored ones to black and white in the editing process. I opted for the latter due to the author’s encouragement. I edited the pictures below from the colored state and then converted them to black and white.

Ironically, several of the pictures I took had black and white items in them. Bear with me as I parade a few extra ones today.

I think this spilled salt on the granite countertop is my fave…

Spilled Salt on Granite by amydward.com

Spilled Salt on Granite by amydward.com

Over the kitchen sink is a lightweight metal oak leaf wreath that makes me happy in its fresh greens against the white shutters. Here in black and white and at an angle it has quite a different look.

Metal Oak Leaf Wreath at Kitchen Sink by amydward.com

Metal Oak Leaf Wreath at Kitchen Sink by amydward.com

 

Outside on the front porch we have a set of rockers and this summer’s heat and mosquito population has prevented much use of them, but today, I took a gander through the lens and yearned for a glass of tea and a cool breeze.

Rocker by amydward.com

Rocker by amydward.com

 

Rob and I value shutters that actually fit a window when closed as originally intended for the outside of a home. When the shutters are open a lovely S-shaped shutter dog is the functioning holder to keep each half in place.

S Shutter Dog by amydward.com

S Shutter Dog by amydward.com

I took a picture of the wrought iron post on the porch and when I played with the exposure the black iron looks white instead as you gaze up at what was the lighter colored ceiling before editing. Interesting effect.

Black Wrought Iron by amydward.com

Black Wrought Iron by amydward.com

To wrap up the photo challenge what better photo than one of chef’s twine on a granite countertop to tie it all together. It’s been a blast! I’ve loved the learning process.

Chef's Twine by amydward.com

Chef’s Twine by amydward.com

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Photo Challenge Day 9

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

I took a break a little while ago to go outside and complete today’s SITSgirls photo challenge of shooting things in motion. Even though we live across from a busy park, I preferred the soothing sound of running water in our fountains out back. And I was not all that confident that just anybody would appreciate a strange woman capturing their sweaty running essence and posting it on a blog. Ha!

Following a couple of the tips posted on the informative blog mentioned above, I set my camera to what I think was appropriate settings and took lots of pictures only to realize when I got back into the air conditioned house a pesky piece of pine straw had photo bombed my plethora of fountain shots. Out the door I went again and this time removed said pine straw and a leaf, found a couple of better angles and ended up getting both fountains in one of the pictures.

Here’s the pine straw photo bombed picture:

Pine Straw Photo Bomber by amydward.com

Pine Straw Photo Bomber by amydward.com

Here is the same fountain as above but from a different vantage point:

Fountain in July by amydward.com

Fountain in July by amydward.com

Then, by just moving the camera a tad to the left, I was able to get this shot of the same fountain and one further in the distance at the wall:

Fountain to Fountain by amydward.com

Fountain to Fountain by amydward.com

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Photo Challenge Day 8

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Today’s challenge from the SITSgirls made me greatly aware of my limited knowledge of my camera’s functions and I found myself yearning for the familiarity of my old Minolta I had begun to understand and use with various lenses on manual settings and lots of film.

I need to read my digital camera’s manual in order to gain understanding of its settings and limits pertaining to shooting pictures in low light. I need to understand ISO and f stop and so much more.

Low light shooting was today’s challenge and after getting sucked on by several mosquitoes and finding my pictures yucky due to blur, I stomped off to take one last picture of this garden angel residing in my small herb garden. I think that I should have waited until lower light, but at 9:00 pm my pajamas were calling and I had nothing left to give the monster mosquitoes.

This is the only picture worth a consideration for posting, and even it has some blur going on. Live and learn, and learn, and learn some more.

So, note to self:  Read the manual cover to cover soon and use a spritz of bug spray next time.

Garden Angel at Dusk by amydward.com

Garden Angel at Dusk by amydward.com

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