Project 365 Week 3 (Days 19-25)

January 26, 2010 § 5 Comments

I know I know, I have not posted in a week! Honestly, I am a sunshine lovin’ girl, and the rain gets me down and feeling like a big slug.

So, since it has been a week, I am going to pick my three favorite photos from the week, and give you the story and metadata behind those. Of course, you can check out my Flickr set for the week’s photos, but I do want to tell you about my favorites so please make sure you keep on reading.

I made my favorite photo from this week on Day 22

Project 365 #22: Mama's hands

I call this one “Mama’s hands” because it is of my mama’s hands. My mom has used her Brother sewing machine since 1968. Her hands are older now and have arthritis in them, but they are beautiful to me. That coupled with the light from her sewing machine created a perfect photo opportunity. I had her use the green fabric because I liked that pop of color, and noticed that her nail polish and the fabric complemented each other.

Taken with Canon 5D Mark 2, Tamron macro 90mm, 1/320 at f/4.0. Small tungsten light from sewing machine, no flash, ISO 4000 (The high ISO just isn’t getting old for me!). Cropping and color correction in Lightroom 2.

I made my second favorite photo on Day 23 (I was on a roll this weekend!)

Project 365 #23: Sky

I just love walking around my neighborhood in the afternoon (around 4’ish) when the light has this gorgeous golden quality. My neighbors just cannot think I’m normal (but what photographer is?).

Initially I was trying to get this beautiful golden light bouncing off of the branches with the moon in the background. Then I shifted the focus to the moon, and I just loved this image. The branches and crisp moon against the vivid blue sky…magic!

Taken with Canon Rebel XTi at 1/320 at f/5.0 with Canon EF 24-105mm lens, at 105mm, ISO 200. Light editing in Lightroom 2.

And I made my third favorite photo on Day 25

Project 365 #25: Fire and ice

Since was so cold here in Southern California (below 50 degrees, good heavens!), I got to sit by the fireplace a lot. I LOVE the way subjects look by firelight, and I LOVE reflections. So, I put some water in a Waterford crystal bowl, and had a little mirror that I set under the bowl on the hearth for reflection from the bottom of the bowl. Joe McNally suggests to place subjects near/in water, so of course I incorporated water into my little experiment.

Taken with Canon 5D Mark 2, Tamron macro 90mm, 1/30 at f/4.0, ISO 3200. Lighting sources fireplace and tungsten light to the right side of the camera.

As always, thank you for stopping by!


Project 365 Day 18

January 18, 2010 § 5 Comments

Today was another wet day here in Southern California. The weathermen were actually correct when saying that it was going to storm (usually here in SoCal, that means a light drizzle). But today, there was wind AND rain. Now being a Southern California resident, and it being a holiday from work, I stayed inside. And inside is exactly where I got this shot from:

Project 365 #18: Droplets

This image is of rain drops on a protruding bay window, taken with THE 5DM2 at 1/50, f/2.8 ISO 800 with no flash. The colors in the back of the window are cars on the street and some greenery.

I am trying something new and importing the files as DNG files into Lightroom2. I then brought up the exposure and saturation, and turned the original horizontal shot into a portrait crop.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Project 365 Catch up: Day 17

January 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Whew! It has been a little bit since I have blogged about my 365 project (Don’t worry, I’m still on it!). So let me catch you up a bit with photo days 13-17. It has been suggested to me to add metadata (Since this IS a photoblog and all), so I am going to try my best and do that for you, starting today!

Photo Day 13

Two things for Day 13: I forgot my trusty point at shoot at home (How could I?) And then went out to dinner and shot this little ditty with my iPhone:

Project 365 #13: Oil

A little noisy, but I liked how the light hit the glass with the oil in it.

Photo Day 14

Big news for me and my photographic journey:

Project 365 #14

Is now mine! It was the only photo that I took that day, because really, that was the only thing that mattered on day 14.

Photo Day 15

Took a trip down to Anaheim to visit the funny talking mouse. I started out at Disney’s California Adventure, which has changed a lot since it first opened–my last visit there–and all for the better. One of the details that I enjoyed seeing was a Gaudi style mosaic bench. This photo is one of the details of that bench:

Project 365 # 15: Mosaic

I liked this particular detail because of the colors, and I’m a sucker for Shamu.

Taken with Canon Powershot SD780 (aka my trusty point and shoot). Camera on auto, 1/200 at f/3.2, ISO 200, 5.9mm.

Photo Day 16

I am a Pixar nut. Anything that comes from them, I am a huge fan before I even see it. And of course my foundation of love for them came from the movie Toy Story. These are my favorite little characters from that movie:

Project 365 #16: The Claw

I loved these little aliens in the movie, and when I saw the “Bucket o’ little green men” I had ideas for my new camera and these little guys. I like this photo because it’s funny (how can you look at these and not smile?), and I like putting a little twist into photos.

Taken with THE Canon 5D Mark 2, 1/200 at f/4, Tamron 90mm, ISO 800 (Notice the lack of noise?? Love it!!)

And here we are at…

Photo Day 17

It ain’t so sunny today in Southern California and I must say, as much as I normally don’t like the rain, I loved it today because I could play around with Mark the camera and get photos like this:

Project 365 #17: Puddles

I love reflections and water shots, so this was my first foray combining these two things with the high ISO.

Taken with Canon 5D Mark 2, 1/160, f/4.0, Canon EF 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 6400 (Did I mention I love it!)

More rain this week, so I’m sure I’ll get a few more rain shots up this week.

Thanks for sticking with me, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Project 365 Day 12

January 13, 2010 § 2 Comments

And yet another gorgeous day today. I got home when it was still daylight, so of course I headed outside with my macro lens. Something I usually try out and never have much success with is taking bee photos. They sure do fly around a lot, and they can sting, but today I am happy to report I snuck up on those little guys and got this as a result:

Project 365 # 12: Honeybee and lavender

Some exposure adjustment and cropping in Lightroom 2, and I have my little bee buddy memorialized. I love the catch light in its eye (which is always something that I notice in other bee photos), and the contrast of its yellow and black body against the lavender flower.

And then I pissed off one of the bees so I got out of enemy territory.

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Project 365 Day 10

January 10, 2010 § 2 Comments

Another absolutely gorgeous day here in Southern California (76 degrees this afternoon). I took the opportunity to grab my SLR and went up to one of my favorite places in the San Fernando Valley, O’Melveny Park. I love photographing tree trunks for their great texture and contrast, and have often photographed the trees here before a wildfire in October of 2008 ravaged them. I took this photo to show the new growth juxtaposed against the charred bark.

Project 365 #10: New growth

I love seeing that these trees are making a comeback, and hopefully the rest of the park will follow before too long.

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Project 365 Day 9

January 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

It was slightly cloudy today and a little windy, so I didn’t get out very far today like I had planned for today’s 365. This perfect rose was right in front of my house.

Project 365 #9: Petals

I love macro flower shots, so I am sure this is the first of many in my 365 project!

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Project 365 Day 8

January 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

On another lunchtime stroll –75 degrees at noon in early January, yes please!– I noticed this little plant growing in between the bricks.

Project 365 #8: A little sun

You can click on the photo to visit the Flickr page for all of the sizes.
I loved the shadows and the contrast of the green against the flagstone bricks. Of course it was high noon, so the lighting was not ideal. Thus, I had to do a little involved editing in Lightroom 2 (I just LOVE the adjustment brush!), but I’m happy with the final image. It’s a little plant that loves living in Southern California.
I am also very excited that I have stuck to my plan to post my photos on my blog…it has been a week, and I’m having fun sharing my photo stories with you. Much better than my images living on a memory card/hard drive doing nothin’.

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