Nature’s Snake – Monochrome Madness


Nature's Snake

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 400

My father-in-law has a grape vine growing in his backyard and there are plenty of good shots to get from that. I wasn’t able to get as many as I wanted this last year but as spring comes around I’m hoping to be able to get some shots as we visit quite often. This is also my submission to Monochrome Madness hosted on Leanne Cole’s blog every Wednesday so check it out when you have some time!

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High Key Pine Cones – Monochrome Madness


High Key Pine Cone 1

High Key Pine Cone 2

High Key Pine Cone 3

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Here are some photos I took this winter to create some high key landscape photos. I like that the snow provides a natural white background that helps create the high key photos. For those of you that have a hard time trying to find things to shoot in the winter may want to give this a try as it can create some interesting photos. Naturally our eyes are drawn to the brightest part of the photo but when the majority of the photo is bright then our eye is drawn to the darkest part of the photo. This is the reason that high key photos work out so well.

This is also my submission to this weeks Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole. Visit her blog on Wednesday to view many other photos as well.

Intersecting Lines


Intersecting Lines

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Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/100
ISO: 100

Came across this fence while walking around and decided to try something new. I took a photo with the aperture around f/2.5 but the DoF was too shallow for this shot. I then changed it to f/8 and thought it might make a good high key photo. I’d like to do more high key photography but it’s so hard to find the right subjects at times. Low key landscape seems to be easier than high key, especially when the snow is scarce.

Standing Tall


Standing Tall

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/4000
ISO: 50

Went out for a drive one weekend down back roads just looking for stuff to shoot. First time I’ve done that but it was fun. I seen this tree and with it being in a field with nothing else up so high I knew I had to capture it. I ended up kneeling a little lower and using my 105mm macro lens in order to get the shallower DoF where there are some weeds out of focus in front and behind the tree.