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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.

Mojo

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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.

Peaches

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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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One photo a day challenge: Day 322.

I like how this photo has one singular point of focus.

That is the only area that is sharp and in focus.

Everything else extending out from there is increasingly out of focus.

More and more out of focus as the eye moves towards the forground.

And the flower in the front of the image is so out of focus it is rendered as a bright burst of yellow color.

No shape or form.

Yellow

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One photo a day challenge: Day 321.

I feel like I haven’t don’t any pet portraits lately.

I wanted to try using one of my solid backgrounds in conjunction with photographing one of our pets.

Using the background with one of the animals would be interesting but have potential for really cool results.

Our cat, Monkey, was up in her cat tower. I was able to set up the background behind her.

The background framed her head perfectly. She didn’t even manage to knock the background over or anything.

I don’t do too many black and white photos, but when I was looking for a preset I wanted to apply in Lightroom this one did exactly what I wanted.

This developing accentuated the contrast and brought out the detail in her eyes.

Portrait: Monkey

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One photo a day challenge: Day 320.

Photographed three different red flowers today.

Each of the plants are doing well inside.

They each have multiple blossoms on each plant.

I settled on this photo as one that I liked best.

In this image a whole cluster of flower blossoms is in the frame.

What I was able to accomplish that I like is featuring as single flower blossom from the middle of the cluster.

I looked at the flower cluster from more of a side angle. To help create a shallower depth of field.

This accentuated the effect of my small f-stop and close up view.

I placed my focus point right in the flower blossom in the middle of the cluster.

This put the flowers in the front mostly out of focus and the flowers in the background completely out of focus.

Red Flower Macro

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One photo a day challenge: Day 319.

I always wonder how well my plants will grow once I bring them inside.

All the plants are in different states of health from the onset of cold weather once I brought them incside.

Some still had flowers. Others had gone to more of a dormant stage.

Some of the flowers were still actively producing new flower blossoms.

One of the more hardy plants, the Gerbera Daisies, usually survive over winter to return and grow again in the spring.

But they typically go dormant even inside.

I was happy that one of the Gerbera Daisies I brought inside was beginning to grow a flower blossom.

The blossom was getting close to blooming.

I thought I had a plan for a few photo sessions with it.

The idea I had was to photograph the flower head today before it had fully bloomed. Creating images begore the petals opened.

Then after the flower head fully bloomed I would photograph the flower again in full bloom.

That was the plan at least. It did not go as I had hopped.

Today while photographing the not yet bloomed flower head one of my lights and my background fell over and landed on the flower head.

The impact broke the flower head almost completely off the stem.

I don’t think that I will be photographing that fully bloomed flower now.

But, I did at least capture some nice images today. Still, disappointing to make a critical unforced error.

Gerbera Daisy

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