It was sunny, in the 40's, not raining or snowing and we were both home. What a great opportunity to combine a dog walk with a photo walk. We took advantage of the day and put our big rubber boots on and grabbed our camera's and our dogs. It was wet and mushy but we had opportunity to take enjoy our hobby together. The dogs loved just walking free, no leash and wondering in the weeds. Brian had his Macro lens and I had my 55-300mm zoom lens. This gave us each some different perspective. I enjoyed my favorite model, my dog, Mac as well as some pretty cool photos of the moon in the daytime sky. I also posted a few cool photos from the early morning fog from late last week. It is just so fun to see the world this way.
Brian finally has some photos on the "Brian's Pics" page too. You can see that we are so different in the way we see what God is showing us. But the cool thing is that we are able to share with each other and appreciate the view this way.
We leave in just a few weeks for our annual trip to Guatemala and I can't wait to see how we both take photos of the same trip and yet see how different they are. I am excited for the continuing adventure that God has in store for us both as travelers and as photographers. We experience the same things so differently and then bring it all together so that we can make it one amazing trip for the couple known as "us".
This weather is really interfering with my photography...but I am finding ways to incorporate this snow into my hobby. I realize there are only so many snow photos you can take but I managed to get a few good ones during today's "storm".
I also have a couple of really good unedited Blueday photos from a couple of days ago. This is just a short little post to keep updated on my progress.
The main reason I purchased this Tamron 150mm-600mm lens was to take bird photos. The problem is that in mid winter, it is a bit harder to find all the birds I want to photograph. So off to Doogies pet store I went and purchased some black oil sunflower seeds. Sure enough, that did the trick. This morning, there were wrens, finches, cardinals, bluejays and even a red headed woodpecker. I didn't get a photo of all the birds but I managed to get a few good ones.
I also looked out late this afternoon and noticed the sun behind the clouds giving off a rainbow effect. I thought that was so cool so I made sure and took that one as well. I can't wait until the weather warms up and I can be outside to get some of these photos. Right now the lens is set up at the patio door and every time I move slightly, my lighting changes and it messes up my picture. If it was not a moving subject like a bird, that wouldn't be a problem but I am trying to get these birds and I am afraid they don't hold still too well. I will worry about birds in flight after I get good at birds just sitting.
I am a bit surprised, I kind of expected the birds to be a bit closer than they are at 600mm. Maybe it just has to do with not being set up outside, I am not sure. I will have to put my 70-300mm lens on and do some comparing and maybe that will help me be more realistic as to what kind of telephoto I can expect.
I do believe though I am getting better at photography in general. I can't wait until I have the time to really put my full effort into this hobby.
So much has happened since I last posted to this blog. The last time I was here was Jan. 13th and that is too long between posts. At that time I did not have my new Nikon 50mm lens or my latest and greatest my new Tamron 150mm-600mm lens. We have also been going a bit crazy with equipment but it sure is fun.
After waiting two weeks from the time my 50mm lens came in to the time I had a clear night sky to attempt some start pictures, I discovered I needed a better and bigger tripod. As a matter of fact all three of us needed taller tripods. Brian and Selena and I were out on the back patio each with our camera and tripod and practically on our knees as we are all attempting our night time sky photos. We solved that problem. Brian and I purchased new tripods and we gave Selena one of ours that was taller than her. Now we are ready for the next clear night.
My ultimate goal though is not night sky photos, I want to shoot birds. I have a 70-300mm lens but I really wanted something more. Found the Tamron 150-600mm with pretty decent reviews. I struggled for a bit between that one and the Sigma 150-500 or Sigma 50-500. After much deliberation and watching YouTube videos and reading articles and reviews, I chose the Tamron. It just came in yesterday so I haven't had a lot of time. It is so cold out and so few "fun" birds right now that my only attempts at birds was this morning. I have one hawk in flight, not a good shot. I have some pigeons on a wire and a couple of shot where there is a bit of a take off.
Surprisingly, my coolest photos so far are the morning moon shots I go with the Tamron. I will be posting them in my "Deb's Pics" folder if you want to check them out. These are not edited at all, except two of them did have a small exposure edit.
Brian purchased for himself a 90mm Macro lens. Now he want a ring light so that he can really see the detail when he is taking his macro photos. I will have to get some of his photos from him and load to his page. He hasn't had as much time as I have so he doesn't have as many photos. Once again though, the best thing about this, is that it is something we are enjoying together.
It was a family photo outing. Brian, Selena and I all packed up our camera's and bundled up and off we went. We spent better than an hour out at For-Mar Nature Preserve and we probably could have spent longer but it was a bit cold. It is nice that we all have photos from different perspectives. I hope to finally be posting some of Brian's photos for you on his page after this walk.
The other thing we did is set up our 1TB external hard drive so that we can both save our photos wirelessly to our own folders. We both shoot RAW and that takes up way too much space to save these photos on our computers. But by shooting RAW it allows for editing while keeping the most light and the original photo in tack. We are learning so much. Also, today I took my white balance off auto and put it in Cloudy as it was overcast today. I found you can really see the difference in your photos in different types of light.
I had fun shooting the various scenes and I even managed to get a few cool bird photos too. I can't wait to get a better zoom lens for my bird photos. I really enjoy shooting them.
Here are a couple of photos that I enjoyed from today, but check out my photo page and scroll to the very bottom for today's adventure and you can also check out Brian's page.
Brian and I have spent a lot of time on line and via YouTube really trying to learn more about our Nikon D3300 camera and the best way to use them. We want to be proficient in the manual mode so that we can share some amazing photos with you as we continue on our journey over the next year and through our move to Guatemala and any other world travels we embark upon. After not being able to connect with the camera shop in Fenton and being sick for our first scheduled appointment with Danen Williams in downtown Flint, we finally made it.
Danen Williams photography is in a wonderful loft above the Rhema Cafe in Flint MI. I loved it and especially the amazing view of the city. It make Flint look alive. Danen is a soft spoken man that makes learning photography fun. He will give to you whatever you are willing to pull out of him. He really seems to enjoy the fact that you are enjoying learning this trade. We have already figured out by now that ISO, shutter speed and aperture are the most important things to start with for obtaining your best photos. He really helped bring this together for me as far as the relationship between the three. He simplified the process for me so that I could quickly and easily adjust my settings depending on where and what I want to shoot.
A few things that I have changed on my camera, I am no longer in Auto White Balance mode and I am shooting all my photos in RAW. I cam copy some over into jpg for the purposed of sharing them on computer, phones etc. but I will always have the RAW original for future editing and that maintains all the data of the photo. I have only played with editing a little bit, but I can really see how learning to do it well will complete the whole package of this new found hobby for me.
I will put together all my practice photos on my photo page and I will attempt to get Brian's photos posted soon too. It was fun having him there with me and learning with me. I really am hoping to get his thoughts and idea here for you soon. He really doesn't care about this as much as I do. Anyway, I will post below one or two of my favorites from last night's real lesson and post the rest on my practice page.
Well, Brian got himself a Nikon D3300. He got the red version, (which is what I wanted originally) it looks pretty cool. We are ready to learn together. We spent the evening watching Jared Polin and his website is froknowsphoto.com. This guy is a pretty good teacher for watching via video and internet. We also are going finally go to see Danen Williams in Flint this Thursday as well. We are excited to finally be on this journey together. Here is a photo or two of Brian with his new camera.
I will say it has really stunk being sick for 6 full days. I spent 5 of those basically in bed. It is difficult to take photos or to even feel like writing a blog when all you can do is cough or sleep. I can't wait to get back out there and especially with a couple of warmer days before us. Getting out of the minus temperatures makes for a much more pleasurable photo taking experience.
I said in the title that today is SUPPOSED to be our first photography lesson. I am not sure that is going to happen. Brian and I are both sick in bed with cold, flu or whatever. I am trying to make the over the counter stuff give me relief but so far it has not been much help. Anyway, due to this unexpected potential interruption in our plans, I may not have anything to post later. I am hoping though that we can manage just for an hour as this was scheduled last week. If we go, I will try to fill you all in on how it went and what we learned. We will also be able to determine if we should go back for a second lesson or not. In the mean time, I took a photo from the end of the year and added some scripture to it. This will be my photo share for right now. Hope to have more for you in the upcoming days.
Today I am back to work. This is definitely going to limit my time for both writing and taking pictures. But just a few updates for those coming here for some of the technical stuff. Brian has purchased a Nikon D3300 only in red. This way we both can learn together and share tips hints and technical things we learn about our cameras. We go for our first official photography lesson this Thursday, I will most definitely take time to blog about that.
Since I did get a chance to get in some photos yesterday at my mom's house. I found one to add to the Scripture album. I will share it here. This is from the flower arrangement at my niece's wedding using the 20mm and 12 mm extension tubes together with my 18mm-55mm lens.
This one is downsized for social media, the original is in the scripture album
Brrrr...It is way too cold to be taking outdoor photos today. I was beginning to think I wouldn't get a chance to take any photos today. But you could not get that lucky. I went to mom's house for dinner and although Mac (my dog) is my favorite model, my mom's cat Igor is vying for a close second. I was able to take some cat photos, they are a bit harder to catch. I also snuck in a few photos of my niece and nephew.
One thing I am learning with animals and flash, it not only red eye, but green eye as well. I am really working with no flash low light so as to avoid those issues. I do have to be careful though if I go too high on the ISO, the photo gets grainy. Also, I didn't have a tripod so slowing down the shutter speed to allow light was a little limited as well. I am starting to get it though and the relationship.
I managed to get one pretty good f-stop blur photo of my niece and nephew and that one is pretty cool. I will be adding them to my Pic page under the title, Mom's house & Cats.
I am embarking on a new hobby with my husband. An interest I had as a child has recently been reignited. This blog is an outline of my journey as I learn the skill of photography and maintaining a journal through photo and video medium.