Bond Falls


I ended up having some time away from work and decided to make a trip to a set of falls I’ve been wanting to visit for awhile. Now that I live an hour closer to them it makes the trip a little easier and I’m hoping to make another trip to them sometime during the summer. For all of these photos I had on my gear to go walking into the water to get different perspectives. For the colored photo with the reflection I ended up waist deep in the water. I was trying to get closer but it got too deep but I’m glad I was forced to get the photo I did as it allowed to capture the reflection in the foreground.

 

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Reaching – Original


I know I said I was going to post what the photo that I posted two weeks ago last week, but I couldn’t find the time. So here I am a week late. Better late than not at all though.

Here is the edited version so you don’t have to view the last post:

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And here is the original that I used to create that photo:

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Now can you see what it is? It’s an orange, but more specifically,  a mandarin orange. I liked how it looked when I peeled it so I decided to take a photo of it. Don’t know when my next post will be. I’ve been busy getting things moved out of my house and searching for a new house. Looked at 4 so far and haven’t liked any of them. I’ve got quite a few on the list though.
The next one is less than half an hour from Lake Michigan so it would be nice to get that one. I hope we like it. Two state parks near by as well.

Until next time!

Reaching


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You are always told to not play with your food, but where is the fun in that? With that in mind, can you guess what the above photo is of? You won’t find out in this post. To me it looks like it could be a minuature tree reaching towards the sky.

Unlike my other photos this one was taken with my phone and edited in snapseed. Once you have a vision and the tools to create that vision, it doesn’t matter how well those tools are as long as they get the job done. It would have been nice to use the DSLR but I didn’t have access to it at the time. LR would have been nice to use but I didn’t feel like going through with the amount of time it would have taken with transferring the photo over and doing the processing. Plus I was happy with the results I got anyways.

I wish I could say that there are more photos coming soon. Instead I’ll say that I have no idea when I’ll be able to process more or even get the camera out again. I’m still working crazy hours, a couple weeks with 70, and on top of that in the process of selling and buying a house. Add trying to keep up with three kids and that leaves me with very little sleep each night and no time to even think about photography. I’ve got David DuChemin’s newest book and some other photography materials but no time to go through them. I think about how much I wish I could and still I wait until I have the time. Patience is something I’ve learned to live with.

I’m hoping this busy life will slow down soon so I can get back to what I enjoy. Until then have fun guessing at what I have presented you with.

Frosted with Pollen


Frosted with Pollen

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

I really enjoyed shooting this flower. I couldn’t seem to get enough shots of it but had to stop at some point. I’ve still got a lot of photos to edit but having a hard time finding the time to do so. The pollen on this flower almost looks like frosting. The flowers have since died and are now gone though so I think it may be time to pick up a new batch and give them a go.

Photos for Inspiration


I don’t really have any time to put together a post like I would want so thought I’d just put a gallery together of some photos I took last summer while camping. The gallery contains photos of different  mushrooms and a variety of other things I thought were interesting.

I would also like to note that I know it’s time for the next chapter to be posted for my book but I haven’t had the time to go through it to do any updates so it’s not ready yet. So for now that project has been put on hold. I’m not sure when I’ll get back to it but I’m hoping to within the next month or so. Sorry for those who are patiently waiting.

One Four Challenge – April Review


It’s been 5 months since Robyn started up the One Four Challenge and I’ve participated in 4 of those months. It has been great so far and I’ve learned how to use different tools within LR that I never knew about before. Trying to come up with a different look for a photo that you’ve already achieved a good look for is quite challenging, especially once you get down to the last week. I look forward to continuing this challenge in the months ahead as I learn how to edit photos in more ways. I don’t know if I’ll ever settle on one specific style as I like to evolve with my photography.

Until next month, here’s a gallery of the photos of the months I have participated in.

Surrounded by Purple


Surrounded by Purple

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/29
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

I know in the past I have said that in order to get a black background I have used LR and turned the exposure all the way down for the areas I wanted to be black, but for this shot I used a different approach. I used a flash. I made sure that the camera wasn’t picking up any ambient light from the background and also made sure to position the flower where no other objects would show up. The only thing I ‘edited’ out was the stem of the flower, otherwise the rest was from the use of the flash.

Inspiration with Water


A photo of a flower can be great when shot under the right light and composition. But add some water and you add another element to the photo, one that can create an even better scene. I think it is the drops of water than can bring the photo to life more than it was than just having something wet, but a lot of water might work as well as long as you have a vision you are trying to achieve.

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I didn’t get any shots of this flower from a christmas cactus without any water, but I did get many different shots with water drops. While shooting I decided to press the shutter as I was spraying the water on the flower to see what I could catch and here’s what I came up with.

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As you can see now there are not only water droplets on the flower itself, but also caught in mid-air around the flower both behind and in front of the focus point. Below I have included a gallery of some shots of a flower with and without water in different compositions so you can see the difference it can make. I like the shots without the water but I think the water does bring another element to the photo to make it look more interesting. What do you think? I also think this flower makes a nice photo in B&W. Will probably post one next week.

Monochrome Madness – Drop of Life


Drop of Life

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/20
Shutter Speed: 1/100
ISO: 100

Whenever I find that I have a little bit of free time and some inspiration along with something to work with, I can’t help but work with my flash and camera to come up with something creative. I have found that a lot of photos I’ve been taking lately have been right in my dining room or kitchen. For this photo I used a water dropper to place a drop of water in order to give this photo something else to help it along. For other great monochrome photos don’t forget to visit Leanne Cole’s blog for Monochrome Madness this week!

Sitting on the Edge


Sitting on the Edge

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Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 1/25
ISO: 100

The sun looks like a small ball of fire sitting on the tip of the ice. When I got this shot there was another photographer to my left about 100 feet away but was getting a more traditional sunrise shot. He had his camera on his tripod standing up while I had my camera on my tripod upside down and laying on the ground. I’m sure he got a nice shot but I know he didn’t get anything that looked like this. I don’t really have many of the normal looking sunrise shots but I can’t let myself let photos like this get away when I have the chance either.

Sitting on Ice


Sitting on Ice

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

While out trying to get some winter shots as winter was pretty much gone, I came across a piece of ice that worked perfectly for an idea that I had. I decided to get out my flash and experiment with some acorns on the ice. My initial shots I took I didn’t have the acorns wet but I accidentally dropped one in the water and decided that look was better as the wet acorns worked better with the ice. Hope you all have a great weekend!

One of the Wonders of Winter


Winter provides us with many different things that we never get to see any other part of the year. People who don’t live where it gets cold never get to experience these things first hand. One of them is frost. It always has many different forms and shapes. It forms on many different items.

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When it gets cold enough outside and we keep our houses warm, you may find some frost on the windows. The thing I find most interesting about this frost is that it never appears as the same shape every time it forms. It’s also such a hard thing to photography as you need to focus just right but I’m sure it does take the same patience and experience as shooting snow flakes.

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If you look close enough though you can see very fine and intricate patterns that form. It’s almost like an art form itself that other nature provides us. These few photos that I have managed to capture make me want to learn how to manually create the frost myself on pieces of glass in order to photograph them at my leisure. It would be an interesting project. These photos were taken on my patio door which wasn’t so clean but with some clean glass I’m sure I could gather quite the collection of many different frost patterns.

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Monochrome Madness – Beads of Light


Beads of Light

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Focal Length: 105mm
Aperture: f/18
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 100

For this weeks Monochrome Madness I decided to get a different angle of the rose after I had photographed laying down. I decided to process this in B&W to focus more on the details and lines that the rose provides us. To see more great monochrome photos visit Leanne Cole’s blog every Wednesday!