Hi all and happy saturday! Today I’m happy to report that I did a lot of the things I wanted to do to work on improving my photography. I did a bit of reading in a book called The Essential Guide to Bird Photography. It suggested trying to focus on taking a bunch of pictures of one species, perhaps taking pictures of other birds as they showed up. It also suggested getting a longer lens, which I might do at some point. And it suggested that different birds might be better photographed at different times of the day depending on their coloration. Read more »
Posts Categorized: Photography Friday
As you may have noticed, my photography Friday posts have been spotty to non-existent lately. I think this reflects the fact that changes need to be made in both how I do photography and how I do these posts. First, although I like doing fiction reviews on saturday, I think I’m going to swap days. From now own I’ll have a “Snapshot Saturday” as part of the corresponding meme and will post fiction on Friday. This means that if I realize at the last minute that I have no pictures to post, it’s a weekend and I can go out and take some. Read more »
I mostly don’t photoshop my pictures (except for small changes, like saturation and brightness) and I’m not sure if I like the ones I photoshopped here. I’m trying to achieve a look as though they’ve been drawn on rice paper, since I feel the flowers have a Chinese vibe. Perhaps I’ll improve it tomorrow when I’m not so tired from a long day at work. Have a nice weekend!
I usually have such a hard time getting pictures of birds on my balcony because they’re there and then gone faster than I can move. Today, they were strangely oblivious to me moving around, to the point where I wish I’d taken the time to line up some of my shots better. Instead, I shot quickly, expecting them to fly away at any moment. Hopefully this means the birds are getting more comfortable and this will happen frequently Happy Friday all!
This week I’m still going through the many pictures I took during my lab social events last week. These ones were all taken at Taughannock Falls where we all had a wonderful time grilling out, relaxing by the lake, and going on a brief hike up to the falls. I was very excited about the snake picture, since I’m rarely somewhere that I get to see snakes. It makes me think I should really get out to the many nearby parks more often so I might stumble on some more wildlife photography opportunities.
About a year ago, my professor changed universities and this week we had all the lab members who stayed behind out to visit. It was incredibly busy and kind of stressful because we had to do ALL of the things while they were here, but it was also a lot of fun and very productive! It was fun to see people and great to bounce ideas of each other. In addition to catching up on everyone else’s research, we also spent some time doing fun things like hiking (while unofficially brainstorming) which gave me a lot of great photo opportunities this week. The above pictures are taken at Treman Park and Grisamore Farms, where we went cherry picking.
This week went by incredibly quickly and was so productive! Which made it extra fun to have friends over last night, since I’d done enough work to feel very good about relaxing. Having people over right after work did keep me from posting yesterday though and I think this could happen at least monthly, so I’m hoping to get as ahead on my photography as I am on reading soon. Being able to do review posts in advance has been wonderful and it would be nice to do that with my photography posts too.
Today’s post is part of yet another skirmish in the ongoing war I’m waging against my past tendency to keep all of the pictures. I’m so very bad at sorting through old pictures after I’ve picked each week’s photos for the blog! So whenever I don’t make it out to take some pictures in a week, I’m sharing some of my older pictures and trying to delete the ones I have to admit I’ll never use. Do you have a system that works for you for organizing your pictures? If so, I’d love to hear about it
Flowers! The two purple flowers are pictures I took while on campus this week and the pink one is from my trip to the sheep shearing last week. Lately I’ve really liked when I find a repetitive motif in nature, like the purple flowers, and I really wanted the other flowers in the background. Unfortunately, looking directly into the flower bed the only nice looking flowers were too tall and you could see out into the road behind them. Finally, I realized I could take a picture looking parallel to the front of the flower bed. I don’t always compose my pictures quite that deliberately, so I was excited to make that one work
Do you usually compose your pictures instinctively based on what looks good as you shoot? Or are you more likely to have a particular shot in your head that you’re trying to replicate with the camera?