Experiment with Wide Open Lens (and Photoshop Elements)!

July 28, 2008

 (Double Click to see this because it’s dark.)

When I went out to get the morning paper in the driveway a few days ago, I started back up the drive and my new “photographer’s eye” said, “Hey, that might make a good picture for class!” so I went in and got my camera and took this picture.  It isn’t quite in focus and I’m sure that’s because I didn’t think to put it on a tripod, but I still like the colors and the light!

And here’s the same picture after I played with it in Photoshop Elements. (Please don’t mention that you’ve noticed that I’ve finally figured out how to publish pictures, because it might “jinx” me and I won’t be able to ever do it again!)

This is fun.


I Used to See “Storm,” Now I See “Photo Opportunity”

July 11, 2008

This is fun!  When it stormed a few days ago, it was beautiful.  I love the look of a blowing rain storm.  But now that I’m trying to learn photography, it was fun to try to capture some of what I saw during the storm.  Here are a couple of my tries.  Note to self:  Scenic pictures are alot easier than ones with “actors” in them that don’t do what you want.

These ducks had been sitting along the edge of our yard, but as soon as I got the camera and opened the door, they skeedaddled.  Okay, Plan B required.  But, no matter how many times I called to them, “Turn right! Turn right” they just kept on swimming away, so I didn’t get the picture I wanted.  So, here is a picture of my “subjects” swimming away from the camera just as fast as their little webbed feet would take them.  And, you can’t even tell it’s raining!  I’ve got alot to learn.

Here’s a picture that was much easier to take — no problem with camera shy bricks or hostas!

The rain was beautiful.