I confess…

I confess… I’ve been stressing a little over what to post this week.   You probably figured that out since it is Wednesday and I’m just now posting.   Of course the shout-out runs for two weeks so it’s not a big deal.   It’s just that I like to post something on the in-between weekend to kindof  keep you thinking about things to photography.  

I confess… I’m not much of an out-going, spontaneous person.   I will lead when necessary, but I’m not much on just going out there and spontaneously doing something.  I just like to roll it over in my mind for a while and work out all the details and make sure I’m up for it before I tackle a project.  So that’s how it was with taking the following pictures.  I finally got myself all geared up and ready to go.  Then, I left work with camera in hand only to find that roadwork had my direct route to the “object of my photo desire” cut off completely.   I took that as a clue that I should just not go there and so I took the detour, ran the rest of my errands, and headed home for the night.  But today on my lunch break I decided to try again.  And let me just say – it was soooooo worth it.    First I snapped this picture:

 

 and then this picture, for the “line ‘em up” shout-out.

I also meet a really nice guy at the plant stand were I stopped.   He was more than happy for me to snap my pictures and even pointed out this little swan decoration he created.   

 

 I also confess…. most of the time when I step outside my comfort zone it is very rewarding.   Just like blogging was not in my comfort zone but I really am enjoying it.   Especially when an idea comes together for me.  So here’s one more photo to get you in the mood for fall (or autumn if you prefer).

Boy, it sure feels good to get those confessions out in public once and for all.  Now line something up and let’s see what you have to show us. 

  Kim

Shout Out #3 – Line ’em up

I’m about to show you just how camera “not-smart” I really am, so be kind.   

I recently saw a picture on someone’s blog and thought wow that’s cool, wonder how they made that happen.  So I got out my trusty “Nikon D60 for Dummies” book and started looking.   Yes, I really do have a “For Dummies” book with that title.   It has taught me a few things and I find it easier to read and understand than the actual camera manual.  

Anyway, here’s the problem.   Have you ever been taking a picture of a subject and there is something between you and the subject, like a tree limb or a lamp post, and the camera keeps trying to focus on the closer object and not your subject?    It’s a bit frustrating isn’t it? Well that’s the camera’s default setting – focus on closest object.  I know there is more than one way around this problem but I’ve discovered what I believe to be the best one.  

This is the part that is embarrassing, because most of you probably already know this. But this blog is about learning and then sharing.  The brackets in your viewfinder light-up showing you which area of the scene will be the most in focus (and yes, I already knew that part).   The default setting for these focusing brackets is called “closest subject” and that’s exactly what it does, focus on whatever is closest.  Make sense so far?   Okay, well there are two other settings for your focus brackets (well at least on my camera anyway).   One of the other settings is “Dynamic Area” which is designed for subjects that may be moving unpredictably (more on that in a future post).   The other is called “Single Point”.  On this setting you pick which bracket will be used for focusing. 

This picture was taken using the “Closest Subject” setting.

Shout #3 Line 'em Up

Notice how the duck in front is clearly in focus while the last duck in the row is blurry.  Much like the pictures from the last couple shout-outs, the main subject is in focus, with the background is blurry.  Now look at the next photo using the “Single Point” focus mode.

Line 'em Up the right way

Notice the dramatic difference – now the first duck is blurry and the last duck is in focus.  Pretty cool, huh?

So, that’s my tidbit of knowledge for this shout-out.  And the subject for the next two weeks is line ’em up.   Let’s see your before and after pictures of things you line up and try different focus settings to photograph. 

 I gotta go get my ducks back in a row but I’m looking forward to seeing how things line up for you!

Kim

Still looking for a sign….

Today’s sign pictures come to you courtesy of downtown Nashville, TN and are a special tribute to my Fabulous 50 Friend, you know who you are girlfriend!    Recently a group of us girls celebrated her big 5-0 birthday on Second Avenue and it was soooo much fun.   Those girls are CRAZY!!!!!    If you’ve never been to Second Avenue then I highly recommend you check it out.   Especially at night, late night is even better.   It is quite a hopping little place.    Now, personally I’m not a party girl.  I’m not a drinker either and it was still way fun.  One of the things to check out are the shops.   Where do they come up with the sayings for those t-shirts?   We were laughing so hard and we were as sober as a preacher on Sunday could be.

Of course one of the first places we saw was the

Now that place was  busssyyy but we weren’t interested in what was going on in there so we kept walking.  Here are a few other places we saw

Doesn’t that sign sum up downtown Nashville.  And there was

Of course the sign we were most looking forward to seeing was

Now that place has some fabulous eats, especially the dessert.  I was a Melting Pot virgin but now that I’ve tried it, I think I will be doing that again!  (at least I hope so).   I have one more sign for you …..

Happy Birthday my friend – here is your sign.

Kim

Shout Out #2

Wow!  That is all I can say!   I’ve had two weeks to come up with a new subject for the shout out and I didn’t come up with one until today!  I’ve had so many ideas running through my head it was hard to decide.   Sooo the new subject for the shout out is…….signs.  You know, like street signs, commerical signs, billboards, etc.   At first I wasn’t too sure about signs for the subject but the more I thought about it the more I liked it.  There are literally signs every where we look huh?   Remember though, it’s not about the sign itself or what it says, it’s about being creative with your picture taking, or experimenting with your camera settings.   I actually took my picture a couple weeks ago when I was in  my hometown for a family reunion.   I was still playing around with the depth of field stuff and so this is kindof a continuation of that subject for me.  I really love the way the main object (the sign) is so crisp and clear, with a background that is just blurry enough not to be distracting and yet can still be seen.

Also you may notice something else about my picture, a watermark.  A friend of mine mentioned to me that I should probably watermark my photos so people on the internet will know they are mine and not just public domain.   Great idea!  Just one catch, I had to figure out how to make a watermark and put it on the photo.   That took a little time but I think it turned out okay.   You’ll probably see more variations of this on my future pictures since I’m still figuring it out and trying to decide what I like and what works for me. 

So, good luck with those sign pictures – can’t wait to see what you are seeing.   Remember you can still post your ice cream pictures on flickr as well, just mark you photo with Shout-Out #1 or #2.

So – where’s your sign?

Kim