On the next to last week of 2011, our subject in the weekly photo challenge is Stillness. My idea was to focus on the tripod, something I have with me all the time and use on a regular basis. In this shot my shutter speed was 1/10th of a second, an ideal shot to take using a tripod, but it was my subject…so I held my breath, released my breath…not sure which one was better but I think I prefer taking shots after I let my breath out. Anyway, here is my photo of my trusty tripod:
Week 50 is here and the subject for the Shutterboo Weekly Photo Challenge is Pink. This one took till the very last minute, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. Thanks to Swoozie’s and The Fresh Market for the candy props.
This week in my photography class we are studying Silhouettes. Coincidentally it was also the subject for the Shutterboo Weekly Photo Challenge on Flickr. I decided to use this first one, but am including the runners up below.
Halfway through blowing the leaves I had to stop and take this picture:
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
1/2500 sec at f/1.8
This week’s photo challenge subject “green” took a bit of thought. Over the years I have been pretty involved with the green scene here in Atlanta so my first thought was something environmental. Over the weekend we went to the ‘barn’ in Chastain Park and the boys picked a huge watermelon. We haven’t cracked it open yet so it was luring in my mind as an idea.
As a kid growing up in Macon, GA, each summer, maybe 4th of July or some holiday we would go to the swimming pool at Idle Hour Country Club. They would have all kinds of games throughout the day, but one of the fun ones was the greasy watermelon. They would grease them up, throw’em in the pool and the kids would wrestle over them and the first one to hoist it out of the pool won. When I told Martha I was going to grease up the watermelon, you can imagine the look on her face.
So here is how I did it:
I laid down some dark brown carpet pieces inside my light box to create a dark background and opened up the aperture to f4.5 which is as far as the Tamron 10-24mm will go. I did this to fade out the carpet as much as I could to blur the detail. Once I had my positioning right, I used mineral oil to bring out the rich green colors of the watermelon. For lighting I just had two lights shining in, one from the top left and one from the right about centered.
My camera was in aperture priority mode and I used the auto-bracketing feature to get three quick shots. I processed the photos using SNS-HDR Pro and after some tweaking, this is what came out the other side. I was pretty pleased with the outcome.
- Camera – Nikon D90
- Focal Length – 24 mm
- Shutter Speed – 1/200 sec.
- Aperture – 4.5
- ISO – 200
I’m surrounded by a lot of happiness, but my childrens’ happiness is the happiest thing on earth to me. This is Henry being happy with Cody: