Thursday, April 28, 2011

365 Project 2011 ~ April Update

This month I've been doing more photo manipulation, including photos I've taken for my 365 project.

Last Day at Porky's (Black & White with a Color Splash) ~ 93/365 ~ 2011

Abandoned Barn & Silos  ~ 106/365 ~ 2011

Watercolor Silhouette ~ 109/365 ~ 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lesson #5 ~ Underexposed, Overexposed - Mistakes Happen!

Mossy walls like this are fun to photograph because of the "landscapes" and textures they provide. I liked this spot below because of the water drip, but couldn't get the autofocus on my camera to capture just what I wanted.

Mossy Wall

Unfortunately, I sometimes forget to double-check the aperture and exposure time when I switch from auto to manual. This was one of those times! Ugh, some of the resulting photos were almost black. Big mistake. But after playing around with brightness, contrast and saturation settings, the result was actually pretty cool in appearance.

Mossy Wall ~ Underexposed

Something similar happened during my 365 project recently. I forgot entirely I had the camera set to manual and started snapping away without bothering to look at the viewfinder previews. Voila! Severely overexposed photos that ended up looking almost pure white. Again, I played with the settings, this time with an even more surreal result.

Robin Red Breast ~ 101/365 ~ 2011

The appearances of these last two photos is unique. It was fun to play with these mistakes. Had I been taking photos for anyone but myself, though, this would have been a problem. I must remember to pay closer attention when I change shooting modes.

Kinda strange that I hadn't done this sort of thing before, I guess that means previously I've been paying better attention when I switch between manual and auto, while these two times I didn't. The bird photo happened at the end of a long, exhausting walk and the moss photo troubles occurred because I was trying to maintain balance on a rocky slope - not exactly wandering around a formal affair snapping smiling faces. Still, now I know.

And knowing is half the battle.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunny Day at Target Field

Attended a Minnesota Twins game last week. They lost, but regardless it was still a beautiful day for a ball game - and some photography!

Target Field

Before last year, I'd never had a real opinion about outdoor baseball. How could I? The only place I'd ever seen a game was at the Metrodome. Now it's like... "Metro-what?"

Circle Me Bert

Even though we were losing, you'd couldn't quiet the home team crowd. And even though it was a mid-afternoon game in the middle of the week, Target Field was pretty packed!

Beer Bottles & Peanut Shells

Inevitably, we were losing so bad the crowd did thin. We stuck around until the end, it wasn't like we were in a hurry to go anywhere. There will be other games and we will do better. GO TWINS!

View the rest of the Twins Game ~ April 13, 2011 photo set.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blue Eyed Panda a beautiful dog! A Siberian husky mix, she has one blue eye and one brown. She barely sat still long enough to take these photos.

Panda #1

I had the auto-focus on because she was really moving. For some reason, all the photos ended up over-exposed. I corrected as best I could, but the backgrounds are still washed out.

Panda #2