Posted on August 11, 2010
Today’s Daily Shoot assignment is the Rule of Thirds. It is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts. I have to admit it’s a rule I don’t think about when shooting a photo. When I look through the viewfinder, I compose the image base on what I find appealing. Sometimes, it falls in the rule of thirds and sometimes not; I guess some rules are meant to be broken. Although for today’s assignment, I made the conscious effort to follow the rule… 😉
Posted on August 9, 2010
Seeing a photograph is like listening to an old song. It takes you on the journey of your past life experiences — bringing back the best of times and the worst of times. Whenever I see watermelon seeds, it takes me back to the childhood memory of when my siblings and I would have a watermelon seed spitting contest. Ah… the joy of being a kid; when a simple game of spitting can bring so much fun and laughter.
Today’s Daily Shoot gave me the opportunity to reflect on those simple joyful times. 🙂
Posted on August 6, 2010
My pursuit for a perfect shot of the bee started because I felt the need to have a nice bee pollinating flower photo for my portfolio; though more likely than not, to satisfy my photographer ego. It seems like everyone else had an amazing bee photo of some kind on their photography blog. 😉 Like a kid not wanting to feel left out; I wanted one too… until I got stung. My painful encounter with the bumble bee a couple of weeks ago, taught me a great lesson; be respectful of ALL types of bee, don’t try to be like anyone else and never to photograph bees wearing shorts. I’ve also retired from shooting bees. However, when I saw today’s Daily Shoot assignment; my retirement went out the window. What can I say, I am a photography addict. 😀 Have a great weekend! And thanks for reading.
(click here to read the bee sting post, The Painful Lesson with Happy Ending.)
Posted on August 5, 2010
Posted on July 29, 2010
I’ve tried for the last few months to get a good shot of a bee and for some reason I just couldn’t seem to get a good photo. A few days ago, I decided to try my luck again and this time I got a really good shot; right on the back of my left leg by the bee. Ouch! Talk about a bruised photographer ego and excruciating pain. The bee sting hurts like my whole leg was on fire. I always thought those fuzzy little bumble bees were docile; guess my ignorance got the best of me.
By the time I got home, my leg started to swell. Great, I thought just my luck that I am sensitive to bee stings. As I was cursing the stupid bee for stinging me and getting upset with myself, I realized maybe the bee was trying to tell me something. Perhaps I was trying to take their pictures for the wrong reason and that’s why I’ve had such difficulty in getting a good shot. I was doing it because it seems like every good photographer should have a least a bee pollinating flower picture in their portfolio, right? As I stared down at my puffy leg with a big bruise on it, I decided I don’t really need a bee pollinating flower picture in my portfolio. So, I thought I would focus on a different kind of flying insect that seems easier to shoot and less dangerous – the dragonflies. It was like a dragonfly convention at the golf course pond yesterday; there were so many different color dragonflies. It was a fun photographing experience. Not that I am glad to get stung, but what a great reward for my painful lesson with the bee. 🙂
My first time witnessing dragonflies doing the “Wild Thing”. Though, I felt like a voyuer wishing for a longer telephoto lens.
A damesel fly trying to fit in.
Posted on July 23, 2010
For the last couple of months, I’ve read blogs and seeing impressive images about the 50mm prime lens and its benefits. Well… I finally took the plunge and bought one. So far it’s been an adjustment using a fixed lens vs. a telephoto lens; habits are hard to change. I find myself moving back and forth, side to side often; feeling like I was doing the square dance. However, I do enjoy the challenge and like to see how far I can push the limit of this lens. The first thing I noticed were the effect the f/1.8 aperture has on the exposure of the photos; though getting a sharp image were not as easy as I thought. Well… you know the old saying, “practice makes perfect…”
I took these pictures of my “furry kids” fighting for their place in the pack. Since the sun was setting, I kept the aperture at f/1.8 and the ISO at 200 for all the shots. From the pictures, it looks like Max is being vicious and rough but actually he was very gentle.Like all sibling relationships; the never-ending fights, jealousy moments, and attention seeking tricks. Max, being the gentle big brother has put up a lot with little Evie since her arrival a month ago. However, he finally had enough… and decided to put Evie in her place.
Posted on June 21, 2010
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