One photo a day challenge: Day 332.

I’ve been watching as the geraniums I brought inside continue to grow through the fall.

The plants have been growing flower buds.

Patiently waiting for the flowers to develop enough to bloom.

Finally the geranium flowers are beginning to blossom.

Geranium Blossom

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One photo a day challenge: Day 331.

Today I went for a hike to scout out an area for future photography.

I went up to the upper portion of Watkins Glen State Park. What I’d call the roads less traveled of that park.

I run on these sections of trails a lot. And there is a beautiful spot that I love.

However, whenever I visit the park for photography I never make it to that spot.

I wanted to search it out so I knew exactly how far it would be to get there if I brought my heavier gear. Then I could return specifically to photograph that hike.

I took my mirrorless camera and mini tripod. I wanted to have the ability to capture some photos of the spot if/when I found it on todays hike.

Unfortunately, I did not find the spot I was looking for on this trip. But now I have a pretty good idea where to go next trip.

But while I was there I did stop to capture images of this pond created by a dam in the upper part of the park.

I shot a series of images and combined them for this beautiful panoramic image.

Watkins Glen State Park – Panoramic

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One photo a day challenge: Day 330.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving yesterday.

Colton here was acting like he spent the day gorging at a feast himself.

All he could muster for a photo was this wink.

You can even see the movement of the muscles around his eyes as he opened and closed them.

Bernese Mountain Dog Wink

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One photo a day challenge: Day 329.

Trying to fuel my creativity.

Playing with long exposures.

Experimenting with moving light.

Working with holiday themes.

I think I probably created some more aesthetically pleasing photos without the moving lights, but I thought this was the perfect combination of the creativity of the moving lights and the Christmas lights that are decorating the image and lighting the scene as well.

Christmas Cactus and Christmas Lights

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One photo a day challenge: Day 328.

Wanted to do something with the holiday lighting.

Had an idea to do some long exposures in dimly lit rooms.

Then decided to get a little more creative. Started moving the camera to create light streaks.

Then realized I could move the lights during the long exposure to create light streaks.

I like how the streaks of light turned out. I think I will have to try more creative ideas like this.

Christmas light streaks

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One photo a day challenge: Day 327.

Black and white photos without being in black and white.

If you want to create a black and white photograph there are two basic ways to do that.

Shoot in black and white. Or Do post processing on your color image to transform it into black and white.

Alternatively there is the third option.

Photograph your white dog against a dark background. Expose for the bright parts.

This photo turned out essentially black and white. Except for the glint of Mojo’s iris which is blue.

Admittedly this is a more challenging photo if you don’t happen to have a white dog laying in your bed to photograph.


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One photo a day challenge: Day 326.

I think our cat, Peaches, has a real mischievous look to her in this photo.

And that’s kinda funny because she is actually the least mischievous cat we’ve ever had.

I used my white background to create a nice clean look for the background.

That makes the subject of the portrait stand out.

Peaches wasn’t sure what to make of the background. She was a little nervous at first.

But then she settled in for a nice little photo session.

I used a nice Lightroom preset that I like to give the phot a little more pop.


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One photo a day challenge: Day 325.

Holiday décor can always make for interesting photographs.

It was interesting to get up close. Try to include as many elements as possible and eliminate distractions.

The glow of the light through the cut outs are the focus.

The decoration on the left glows and projects a tree onto the side of the decoration on the right.

Christmas Decorations

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One photo a day challenge: Day 324.

Today I set out in the morning to photograph some waterfalls. And I set out to do it differently than I normally do.

Normally when I photograph waterfalls my primary setup is my big DSLR on a big tripod. Then maybe I have another camera to capture different angles.

And the main lens I use for waterfalls is an 18-200mm zoom. That gives me all kinds of options for the creative shots I can take.

Today the goal was to challenge myself with something different.

I have really enjoyed the addition of a smaller mirrorless camera to my toolkit. And the primary lens I have been using with the mirrorless camera has been a 20mm prime lens.

I had four locations in mind I wanted to shoot this morning. And I shot each location using only the mirrorless camera with the 20mm prime lens. And I mounted the camera set up on a small Joby tripod.

So the challenge was to create some interesting work at four different locations. Three of which I had photographed before. But I wanted to create some limitations and see if that would trigger the inspiration to make some different art.

I would have to look for interesting angles. And anything I wanted to change would have to be done by physically moving around the scene. No lens to just zoom in. Stand up and walk.

And using the small lens would mean most of the shots would be from a low angle which I really like with this set up, but never do with my regular waterfall set up.

This photo isn’t particularly unique, but I loved the bright colors of the leaves and the way they look in the low angle of view. And I haven’t had the opportunity to photograph many bright autumn leaves so I couldn’t pass up sharing this one.

Also, if you look carefully at the little row of green at the bottom of the waterfall you might be able to see that it is covered in ice. Yes it was literally freezing cold out this morning and the splash of the falls was beginning to freeze up on the surrounding scenery.

Aunt Sarah’s Falls

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One photo a day challenge: Day 323.

I love the variety of colors in this photo.

Using some decorative corn cobs.

Getting close up for a macro shot featuring just a small group of kernels.

I focused on a section where the kernels were a little more irreguluar.

Trying to find a spot that represented a wider variety of colors as well.

Angling the lens to reduce the depth of field.

Kernels not in focus are just rough shapes of different colors.

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