Photo Experiments and Accidents

Once again, I have a post on Vision and Verb titled “Doggone It!” on the joys and challenges of life with dog(s) that I hope you’ll check out.

The above photo and the ones that follow were taken as part of an assignment for my weekly photography class where we were supposed to try different aperture settings. It was also a good excuse for Steve, me, and the Brew Babes to go hiking at Jay Cooke State Park.

In most of my photos, I was trying to have the photo subject in focus while the background was blurred. I struggled a bit with ending up with too much light washing out the photo. Plus, in the pictures of Java, I didn’t want the water background to be quite so invisible.

In the photos of Latte, I wasn’t paying attention to the fact that the leaves so closely matched her coat color that she didn’t stand out as much as I’d have liked her to.

This was one of my favorite photos, where I got the effect I was looking for, with the colored leaves standing out from the background and the play of light on surfaces.

This photo accidently meets my next shooting assignment — to play with shutter speed with my instructor’s suggestion of photographing moving water and getting a “smoothing” effect with slower shutter speed. I hope to try this again this weekend (closer to home) to get this look on purpose and perhaps try some night shots at slow shutter speeds.

This was another accident today, where I moved and got a doubling effect. Kind of nice touch to the “Be Calm” on the coffee cup….

Sorry that this is kind of a dry post. It’s one of those “rough” work weeks where I’ll be doing a lot of deep breathing to try and be calm and where poetic, moving, or fun prose escapes me. I probably should be drinking tea but need the coffee charged energy to “Get er done!”

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  1. Awwww. So glad I now know what Latte looks like too! Thanks for sharing all of this, Maery. Accidents are some of the best things that happen in life. I’m a true believer in things happening for a reason. And you’re proof of the pudding. 🙂

  2. Wow– those pics are great!!! I’d disagree with the photos of Latte– the fact the the colors are so similar point out even more vividly how clear she is. You can see every hair and the leaves are def more blurry. Very cool shot of the water too. 🙂

  3. I think your accidents are just marvelous sweetie. Mine…not so good and are usually messy! Heeehehhe!!!

    Farm livin’!

    God bless ya sweetie!!! :o)

  4. Isn’t it fun to have happy accidents? Would you believe I’ve been practicing photography for years and have yet to take a hike in the mountains and experiment with shutter speeds on waterfalls.

  5. Those happy accidents are quite interesting to look at. I have to say I love the last photograph for the humour of a shaking coffee mug reminding me to Be Calm. Well done

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