Skip to main content

Photography Lesson 9: Near

Yes, I know how to count and Yes, I skipped number 8. I have practiced number 8, which is Light. But we have only had one afternoon of light and I under-exposed my subject. I am not admitting defeat, but I am waiting on some sun to practice again.

Tonight's lesson could not have come at a better time! My husband has started making his own flies. He is very proud of them and has asked me to take a few photos of them, mostly so he can post them on Facebook and show his fishing buddies. I enjoy making up silly names for the new flies.

Tonight's lesson was about using manual focus points. This is the second lesson in a row that required me to pull out the owners manual and actually read. But oh the difference in the photos!


I took this photo last night. I named this fly The Bennett, after my husband's most perfect date ever with me (his story, not mine). We took a day trip to Bennett Springs State Park and went fly fishing. Well, he fished, I sat on the bank and read a book and created a nice picnic for us.  BUT, back to the photo. I hated it. I did not like how the camera focused on the vice and not the fly. Can I say, I actually missed the macro button on my old point and shoot camera!

After tonight's lesson, I retook some photos of his flies and this is what I came up with:

ISO 400, 1/15, f/5.6

ISO 400, 1/13, f/5.6
This one is "The Elvis"

Now, both of these are taken at 9:00 p.m. at night and there was no squeezing any natural light out of the dark. So, I did use a flash. I think I will practice some more tomorrow using natural light but I am so impressed with the difference in the detail just by switching the manual focus points! The other thing that I realized after I uploaded to flickr...I left my camera on partial metering (lesson 8) and not back to the recommended metering. But overall, I am happy with the outcomes. Great Lesson Beth!  I officially take back that comment about missing my old point and shoot!

Comments

  1. These look good. Your eye is getting stronger and stronger. I like the pic of the last fly, what is that one called? Hairy Bennett? No natural light today but I hope soon!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Melissa, I named the white one "The Elvis". Seems fitting; he is a little flashy and gold. I think he is ready for Vegas.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Weekend Project: A PVC Camping Lamp Post and Flag Holder

I have seen a few of these around campsites and I knew I would like to have one. The only problem that I had is The Husband.

He already thinks we drag too much stuff with us when we go camping and if I had told him my desire to have a PVC Camping Light Pole he would have shut it down quickly!

So, that leaves a girl with only one choice: Figure out how to do it by herself.

I did some internet searching and found a few road maps on RV forums. They seemed easy enough!

I visited the local hardware store for the supplies:

An exterior post lantern light2 inch PVC pipe (I used 5 feet but had to purchase a 10 foot piece)A 3 inch toilet flangeA 3 inch to 2 inch ReducerPVC GlueA 12 foot electric cord kit2 - 3/4 inch PVC Caps I also used a few supplies we already had on hand:







White Spray Paint






3 1/2 foot - 3/4 inch PVC PipeDrill Bits (1 inch and 1/2 inch)Tent Stakes

The first step was preparing the lantern light. I could only find black in the store and I knew I wanted all white. I covered the gla…

Liver Cheese: A Family Tradition

Today is an anniversary date. One of those dates you wish you did not have to remember but there is no way you can forget. 
Fifteen years ago today,two days after his birthday, my father died of lung cancer. He was a lifelong smoker and his cancer was aggressive. His battle was short. He fought for six short months after his diagnosis. He knew the chemo was not working and that his time was limited. When he came to this realization he became the best dad in the world. 
In the days before my father's passing, my family shared some memorable moments. One of those moments centers around the deli meat: Liver Cheese.I would not be surprised if you have never heard of it, or even never tasted it. But I was raised on it as it was one of my Dad's favorite things. 
What is it? Well, it is a German food that is actually called Leberkase. It is bacon, corned beef, pork, and onion that is ground together and baked. It comes with a lard ring around the meat {which kinda grosses me out, so …

Camping Activity: Wood Chip Necklaces

My worry in taking a wide range of kids camping is that the younger kids would be happy just playing together but the older ones, the one's in that awkward pre-teen/teen age, would think everything was so uncool they would just sit around and mope. So I designed a few activities that would hopefully get them up, participating, and moving.

 I came home from work a few weeks before the Family Camp-out and found my neighbors had trimmed their tree limbs and piled the mess in my yard. I refrained from getting angry. Over a nice dinner, I asked The Husband to help me with a little project.

He looked at me in disgust. I was pulling him away from ESPN to help with an unnecessary camping craft.


 I admit I did some begging. In the end, The Husband borrowed his father's chainsaw and decided to help me cut medallions out of a limb.  His mood started changing, quickly.{I then begged him to let me try my hand at the chainsaw, but he would not let budge on that one. I had to settle for hol…