Claddagh Bell

f/3.2, 1/20 sec, ISO 800

f/3.2, 1/20 sec, ISO 800

In the spirit of St. Patricks day next week, I spent some time photographing our Irish Makeup Bell.  The tradition behind it is that ringing the bell in the middle of a fight is meant to dispel discord and signal the start of reconciliation between both parties (typically a married couple).  For those who may not know, the claddagh on top symbolizes friendship (hands), loyalty (crown), and love (heart).

This is probably the most reflective subject I’ve tried to shoot yet, and it was a bit more difficult than I was expecting.  Even though I wasn’t using a flash, you can certainly see the glare (and a bit of my reflection) on the bell.  Maybe I should have experimented with different lighting — perhaps some filtered/diffused light?  This shot was taken with sunlight coming in through a glass door behind me.  I think the white balance is off slightly also, but it this one produced the best result out of the programmed settings.  One day I’ll learn how to use Kelvins for more customization . . .

Do you have any ideas on what I could have done differently?

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Thirsty Tulips

Ever wonder what tulips look like after they run out of water?

f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400

f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400

A few days ago my tulips drooped dramatically overnight which led me to discover that the vase was completely void of water.  A fresh supply perked them right up in under thirty minutes . . . but in a distinctly different hue!  The brief lack of water must have affected something about their pigmentation.  I promise the difference isn’t from a change in white balance!

f/2.8, 1.25 sec, ISO 400

f/2.8, 1.25 sec, ISO 400

Sadly, the fresh water only bought them a few more days — into the trash they went this morning.

Tulips

f/2.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 400

f/2.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 400

I made it into the grocery store myself the other day and couldn’t help but buy some tulips.  It’s nice to have a little bit of spring inside, especially since Mother Nature doesn’t want to grant my wish — it snowed twice last week, and there’s another big storm on the way 😦

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Amaryllis

There hasn’t been much greenery around the house recently.  I don’t keep houseplants around as a rule (I usually forget to water them regularly), and I haven’t been doing much of the grocery shopping lately where I’m liable to pick up a bunch of sale flowers just because.  Nor did I get any this past V-Day (not complaining, just saying) since we were snowed in that weekend and there was no way either of us could get to the store.  So currently the only other living thing hanging around our house these days is an amaryllis that we got as a Christmas gift.  I’ve managed to not kill grow one of these a few years back, so I knew we could handle it again.  (Don’t over water?  Check!)  We planted it about two months ago, and it finally started to bloom!

Last week we got our first hint of what color our amaryllis would be:

f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

I tried to balance the plant with its shadow in the next photo, but I think the shadow is too small and the additional shadow from the sliding glass door is distracting.

f/3.5, 1/640 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/640 sec, ISO 100

Looking back, I should have increased the DOF in this photo or at least set my focus point on the tips of the pistils rather than the center of the flower.

f/3.5, 1/640 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/640 sec, ISO 100

And I finally thought to change my metering mode from matrix metering to spot metering.  What a difference!  I wish I had taken more closeups using this setting.  Composition still needs work.

f/5, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

f/5, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

It’s definitely an interesting pattern — I’ve not seen this sort of streaky coloring before — but I’m still looking forward to having the rest of the buds bloom one by one.  Maybe there will be a little bit of extra color in our house for a few more months!

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Side Note:  I’ve found my homework for Photo 101 to be a good starting place for blog content and document my photography journey, but I’m going to skip this week.  The focus was on posing and lighting for portraits so my poor husband had to be my subject in all of the photos.  I’m not going to post them out of respect for his privacy.