Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Remnant Of Summer


As these photos show with the help of the lone yellow blossom, summer has come to a close.


As we were walking along the canal on Thursday around noon, I noticed this dried grass by the water's edge.


It was in stark contrast with the dark water in the background.


And as a result the grass 'popped' out at you.


And since it was high noon, the sun was very bright overhead which could have 'flooded' any picture taken.


I had to make some adjustments to the camera to accommodate the bright light.


I have been setting the shutter speed (which controls the amount of light entering the camera) at a  high speed, between 3000 and 4000, all summer long, with the aperture (also controlling the amount of light coming into camera) set according to time of day, sunlight, clouds etc.


So by setting these two controls manually according to the weather conditions, I can cross my fingers and see what the results are. I was happy with these.




35 comments:

  1. Hi Jim,
    You're up early! Stunning, what a composition! Nature throws up a surprise and mix in your photographic skills, as I said stunning!
    Ivan
    P.S. would you know what camera I should go for for food photography? I have been told my phone camera needs changing!

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    1. Hi Ivan,
      I always pre-schedule my posts for 4 AM the next morning......so I was snoozing when it was posted. lol It was strange that that flower was all alone....but helped with composition.
      I've seen some really good photos done on phone cameras. That being said, if you want to improve your 'shots' I would go to a reputable camera shop and get them to show you a range of cameras that they feel would work best for work.....I would think mostly inside work, right? Lighting is so important for your work and involves 'flashes' and support lighting. Good luck.

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    2. LOL - Blond moment, must be some bleach left over from the 80's! Thanks, will look for a camera shop next...
      Ivan

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  2. Lovely shots! Wish I could do that, but even if you were here pointing to what I needed to do for such shots... it wouldn't help. I still use that thing like a point and shoot. Some old mares just don't drink! LOL!

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    1. 'She ain't what she used to be?' Is that what you're saying, Sharon!! lol
      My 'film' camera was 100% manual. I made myself use this type and through a LOT of trial and error I figured out what I needed to do. Not that 'it works' all the time, because it doesn't! Thank god for digital!

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  3. They are indeed lovely shots! You are a proper photographer you are. Changing all the settings like aperture. I would love to know about all that, but I have to be honest, the 'auto' setting is the well worn one on my camera ;-)

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    1. Guess you are not a true control freak, like myself Annie!! lol
      Being the engineer that you are, I am sure you could handle a couple of dial settings!! Time to get off 'automatic pilot'! lol

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  4. These are beautiful, Jim. The tall grass really does stand out. And that lone yellow blossom just makes the scene.

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    1. Thanks Pat. I was happy to come across this 'scene'.

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  5. I'm so amazed at the results of these photos because I remember the day as being so bright and sunny!

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    1. That's when 'manual' can help to block out some of the light......you know what I'm talking about Mr.Man.

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  6. Great photos! My eye is IMMEDIATELY drawn to that little splash of yellow!

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    1. Thanks Debra. Me too! I couldn't just walk on past this!

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  7. Great shots, Jim! I love the contrast, especially the way that little yellow flower pops out at you. And I'm so happy I took that photography course and know what the heck you're talking about with those camera settings...lol... It's nice to move beyond the 'auto' mode of the camera and tell the camera what to do!

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    1. And it listens.....usually! Opens up a few more possibilities, eh Martha?

      The photography course I took way back was not about learning 'how to use the camera'....he refused to show us this and told us to figure it out ourselves. He wanted to teach us how to use our eye.

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  8. Great job! That tiny yellow bloom really pops on that dark background. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    1. Thanks! Good to meet you and welcome.

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  9. Lovely photography of the wonderful grass in the breeze ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. The lone flower, the windblown grass, the flowing water. Perfect!

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  11. Wow! Nice pictures Jim! The one yellow flower looks so pretty...

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    1. Thanks Bobbi! It was just yelling out at me!

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  12. I love the end result.

    It is beautifully taken.

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    1. Thank you....good to 'see' you here.

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  13. A very nice scene with the lone yellow flower among the grasses. Love it!

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    1. Thanks so much! And good to 'meet' you.

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  14. Great use of light to mark summer's end.

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    1. Hi Cheryl. Welcome here! And thanks for dropping by.

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  15. Love the selective color Jim! Beautiful shot.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Your Sunday Best. xo

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    1. You are most welcome, Nancy!
      The photos do look as if all the colour except for the yellow flower was taken away.......but it did look just like that.

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  16. Very interesting, it really caught my attention.

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  17. Beautiful contrasts Jim--
    I'm so not ready to say goodbye to summer-- but I'm working on improving my attitude- lol!!
    Vicki

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    1. Thanks Vicki. YEs, we all have to practice saying HELLO to fall.....

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