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.

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: 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.

Photo #21: The Transparent World

I guess some days you just have to admit defeat. I really didn’t get any great photos today. I tried several different ideas, but some times things just don’t translate well into photographs.

It was late and after dark again when I got serious about photography today. Unfortunately, that limits my options. And some days my creativity doesn’t work. After all, there’s only so much to do around the house, at least in terms of styles of photographs.

I initially was looking at a pair of my boots, a little worn, laying on the floor. I thought I might be able to tell some story with them. I tried several different arrangements, and tried to vary the lighting for effect, but none of my pictures conveyed what I wanted them too.

Then I tried photographing a glass globe that sits on my end table. I put a few different model planes behind it, hoping to refract the colors. These turned out okay, but not great. Plus, they had some outside glare.

Finally, I went back to the story-telling idea, this time photographing the stuff on my nightstand. This time, I was hoping to convey something about the person who owned the stuff on there, but again, the message got lost.

But, I have to pick something. So here’s a photo of the globe.

Photo #21: The Transparent World

Photo #21: The Transparent World

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/30 sec exposure, f/5.6, ISO-3200.

Photo #1: Starting Small

For a number of reasons, most notably the fact that I don’t yet have a camera bag big enough to hold all my gear yet (although it is on the way!), I wanted to stay indoors for my first photo. I decided on a macro image, because I figured I could find a subject inside, but still be creative.

I like macro photography on occasion, but it’s not a type of image I shoot frequently. Therefore, I have several macro filters for my camera, but not a true macro lens.

Finding a subject was easier than I thought. I’ve recently taken macro photos of several objects in the house, testing out my new filters. I didn’t want to photograph a subject I’d already shot, since the whole idea of this project is to make me a better photographer, and repeating a photograph wouldn’t do that.

I found a little aroma therapy dish in the house, which has rocks at the base. Rocks are colorful and textured, making them ideal for macro photography. Plus, I’ve always found stone visually appealing. I cleaned out the dish, brought it to a well lit area, and arranged the rocks. The camera was already in macro setting, and the auto-focus was working well, so I didn’t make any manual adjustments for this image.

I tried a few photos with the +10 filter, but I wasn’t quite getting in as close as I wanted. So I added the +4 filter for some extra zoom.¬†Shuffling the rocks a little more, I found one with some patterns which drew in the eye. I framed the last photo with that rock just off center. Here it is, my selection for the day:

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Photo #1: Macro Rocks

Tech Details:
Equipment: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens, +10 macro filter, +4 macro filter.
Image: 1/160 sec exposure, f/4, ISO-1600.