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Monday, July 18, 2011

Cats

Almost as much fun a grankids are cats when it come to taking pictures. My son's cat is "special" and it is hard to think this pose could be comfortable. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Break the rules

I took this picture from the back seat of a Jeep, the window was dirty and it is really hard to get out of those things. So the key here is to get the lens as close to the window as possible, the dirt won't be in focus. I also liked the added elements in the foreground, gives a depth to the photo... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cropping with a zoom lens

Often, a picture will have elements that you want to change. One way to do that is to zoom in or out on the subject to change how the picture looks. You can also do this by walking nearer or farther from the subject but that takes time and is sometimes impossible, say at the rim of the Grand Canyon.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stop what you are doing.

It was late afternoon and I was midway through a painting project. I looked up to see the valley bathed in that great light that comes near the end of the day. So I took off my protective gear, went inside and got the camera just to take this photo. I cheated, you can't see the fence or my driveway... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Scenes

Photos of scenery don't always have to be a sweeping panorama. Sometimes an odd stump sticking out of the water casting its reflection onto calm waters can make shapes that border on the surreal or suggest ancient sea creatures lying in wait. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fix those photos

Time was, when you snapped the shutter, that was the picture you got, unless you have a darkroom and knew how to use it. Now any one who shoots digital has the darkroom either right in the camera or else on their computer. I recently took this shot of a lake close to sundown, the surface was fairly... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Zoom in on the action...

Recently an opportunity came along, I had my camera and the zoom lens was already on. A Moose and her calf appeared some distance off the roadway and my brother-in-law stopped as quick as he could and backed up for a good angle. The first shot shows the mother fine, but junior is almost hidden in... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A word or two on using a flash...

The built-in flash on most cameras is why you see a lot of re-eye. The flash is so close to the plane of the lens the light is reflected back into the camera. That is why those obnoxious bulky looking accessory units work better. Use one that is made to work with your camera, the dedicated... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Photo editing

Sometimes you will have a picture that has an element that could be improved or removed altogether. For instance, I recently took this photo of a young lady that had graduated veterinarian school. I liked her facial expression in this shot and I decided to crop it so I had just her. But then when I... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cameras were made for babies

The joy of being a grandparent is you have a lot of time and patience. So I was relaxing with my wife and the grandbaby when of course, out came the camera. I took lots of photos, lots of photos which was good, babies are notorious for moving when you don't want them to. In the end I was able to... Sign in to see full entry.

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