Extra Photo #6: Puffball

While wandering around, looking for things to photograph, I happened across a dandelion puffball, and couldn’t resist the urge to get a good photo of it. I wasn’t planning on featuring, partially because I had already done a few macros, and partially because it wasn’t my subject material of choice for the day. But that wasn’t going to stop me from photographing the dandelion. I enjoy photography, and I didn’t want to pass up a good subject and a chance to practice.

I found I took quite a few macros during my month-long challenge, which surprised me a little. I like to do macros every now and then, but I’m not super into them. I think I did more than usual because of my environment. It was hard to get any big vistas, so I looked to smaller photos, where I could either blur out the background, or edit out undesirable elements. Additionally, spring brought out a lot of flowers, and flowers lend very well to macros. So, when I chanced across a pretty flower, I got up close with the lens. As I did with this nice puffball. It was too good not to share.

Extra Photo #6: Puffball

Extra Photo #6: Puffball

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/250 sec exposure, f/6.3, ISO-100.

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Extra Photos #3, 4 and 5: More Textures and Patterns

One of my ideas for my photo project was to feature a photo that was simply a texture or pattern. (You can see the one I ultimately selected here.) I took an hour out of an afternoon to wander around, looking for subjects that would give me something interesting. I started by exploring around in my car, because that’s where the camera was. There were plenty of options here. The interior of the car had several patterned fabrics, and textured surfaces throughout. I considered featuring this one, the intricate patterns on the fabric of the backseat.

Extra Photo #3: Pattern

Extra Photo #3: Pattern

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/160 sex exposure, f/4, ISO-125.

After exhausting my options with the car, I took a walk. I headed over to a rubberized running track. I figured the surface of the track would give a good texture. I was right. I took a few close up photos of the surface. The first few were off the edge of the track. Then I focused in on an area where a white strip was painted over the red surface. It gave an interesting two-dimensional aspect to the photo. Here they are:

Extra Photo #4: Rubberized Track

Extra Photo #4: Rubberized Track

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/250 sec exposure, f/7.1, ISO-100.

Extra Photo #5: Rubberized Track, White Stripe

Extra Photo #5: Rubberized Track, White Stripe

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/320 sec exposure, f/8, ISO-100.

Extra Photo #2: Playing in the Park Take 2

This is another photo from one of my sessions in the park. I was shooting off-angle photographs of the playground equipment, focusing on the geometry of some of the structures. I featured this photo, but I this one was a close second. It’s a different piece of climbing equipment, shot from below to silhouette the bars in front of the sky.

Extra Photo #2: Playing in the Park Take 2

Extra Photo #2: Playing in the Park Take 2

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm.
Image: 1/200 sec exposure, f/5, ISO-100.

Extra Photo #2: Corncob

During my month long photo challenge, I decided to photograph one of the many cornfields that are ubiquitous to the Midwest. I wanted to get up close with the brown stalks, using them as the focal point in my photo. (The end result was fairly successful, and that photo was shared in this entry.)

To take the photo, I walked a little ways into the cornfield itself. Almost immediately, I noticed the field was littered with red corncobs, devoid of kernels. I was immediately drawn to them. I took a break from photographing the field, attached a macro filter to my lens, and shot several photos of the cobs. It was shortly before sunset, giving a nice natural light to the photo. I was very pleased with this result.

I didn’t include this photo as a feature, because my goal was a picture of the a field, and I’d already featured one macro image. However, it definitely merits sharing.

Extra Photo #2: Corncob

Extra Photo #2: Corncob

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm lens, macro filter.
Image: 1/160 sec exposure, f/5.6, ISO-640.

Extra Photo #1: Cypress Trees

As I mentioned, I took a lot of photos that I didn’t feature, for various reasons. However, some of them were still very good, and definitely worth sharing. So here they are, in the order shot.

One of the lakes I visit often has a large grove of cypress trees. They’re a favorite subject of mine. The lake itself is quite picturesque, with deep blue water.

Here’s a wide angle view of the lake, with the cypress trees front and center.

Extra Photo #1: Cypress Trees

Extra Photo #1: Cypress Trees

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 10-18mm wide angle lens.
Image: 1/100 sec exposure, f/16, ISO-100.

Photo Compilation and Thoughts

So I’ve completed my 30 day photo project. I was very pleased with how some of the pictures turned out. Others didn’t work out quiet so well, but overall, I ended up with a lot of good photos. I’d hope this has made me somewhat of a better photographer. I’m not sure how much my skill set improved, or if I learned my camera a little better, but I definitely stretched my boundaries a little. If anything, this has enabled me to see more photo possibilities in the world around me.

I’ve got a few subjects that I’d like to try again, to see if I can improve, and get the photo I was initially hoping for. So I’ll be posting these as I attempt them.

I took over 1,400 pictures throughout the month. (Granted, not all of these were for the purpose of the project, a few were personal. But the majority were taken in pursuit of good photographs.) There were a lot of photos that I took but didn’t share, since I was limiting myself to one image a day. The reasons that these photos didn’t make the cut vary, sometimes it was because I liked another image better, or because I’d already featured a similar photo, or it simply wasn’t my goal picture. I’m going to be sharing some of these extra shots in the next few days as well.

Here’s the result of my photo project, in video form. All 30 photos, back to back.

Photo #30: Parallel Paths

I waited until about an hour before sunset to leave the house again. I’d finally spotted an old barn that looked promising, so I headed back to that spot. Unfortunately, it was now in the shadows, preventing me from getting a good shot.

But I continued driving down the road, because I knew just a little further was another of my favorite subjects, railroad tracks. I’ve been hoping to catch a train throughout this project, but as of yet, haven’t been successful. However, like roads, the railroad tracks themselves also greatly appeal to me as a subject.

I found a spot where the road ran parallel to the tracks. The setting sun was illuminating both. I liked the lighting and the juxtaposition. I shot several frames, manually adjusting the shutter speed to get the light right.

I think this one turned out the best.

Photo #30: Parallel Paths

Photo #30: Parallel Paths

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/4000 sec exposure, f/5.6, ISO-3200.