I can't believe vacation is over with already. It feels as if I just left. As promised, I got some (in my opinion) amazing photos of our time away. I think they turned out great for a new DSLR user...I got a little more brave and tried the manual settings towards the end of the trip and I pleasantly surprised myself by how great the photos turned out! Check them out below and PLEASE feel free to leave comments! All of these pictures are SOOC (Straight out of the camera, without any editing (well, besides the watermark). I have a lot of pictures to edit, but these are raw because I don't feel like being up to the we hours of the night editing...need some sleep. It's not easy sleeping in a tent with my little boy. I don't care if it was a 7 person tent, he takes up enough room on the bed for all the other 6 people!
I don't even like tomatoes, but I could not resist photographing this ONE ripe little cherry tomato on these otherwise green plants. If I did like tomatoes, this one would not have lasted through the shoot. Where were all the raspberry plants?
As With the cherry tomato, I was inspired to shoot this little purple flower because the contrast was striking in a sea of brown.
I couldn't even watermark the above picture because I honestly find such beauty in it, and anyone that shares the same thought may have this picture. There is so much going on in this photo that at first you may not even see what I was photographing. Maybe it was a "you had to be there moment" but it was a particularly windy day and this dragonfly was battling the wind until he came to rest on this twig. His little wings stopped fluttering for a minute or two and I could swear- I almost heard him sigh. :)
I was trying to shoot this beautiful flower when what in my viewfinder did I see? This gray spider staring back at me~! I call this shot beauty and the beast...I love the Northwoods but these things are everywhere. Ick.
This picture is cool to me because #1 This sundial just happened to be resting against these trees #2 Who the heck has even seen a sundial in person (first for me) and #3 It was my first time shooting in black and white AND on this very picture I figured out how to use my manual focus. Yay me!
There is just something about this picture I really like. I will edit it someday. Just wait and see...
Okay, so I know these two pictures are kind of confusing. They are of my son's stroller wheel. I took them to illustrate the difference between Manual control of my camera and the automatic settings. First of all, let me say I'm new to all of this and I will figure this out some day. The first picture above was taken using the manual settings on my camera (that is using the ISO settings, aperture, f-stops etc.) The second photo is taken about 3 minutes later using the Automatic settings on the camera. As you can see there are subtle differences but nothing that would make or break the picture. I don't really want to come to a conclusion or comment any further at this time, but it's interesting to compare the two.
Alright obviously this picture is not SOOC but I couldn't let this entry end with pictures of stroller tires....BORING! This picture I captured while my little man was playing in the tent. He had been particularily tired all day, he's teething and all the fresh air got to him I think. This picture was extremely bright SOOC. I wanted to desaturate this picture to emphasize the contrast and calm the picture down a bit to match the mood of my little Brin.
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