Moss

I’ve started experimenting in Lightroom (my Lightroom 101 class started this week).  So far I’ve only played with a few settings:  white balance, temperature, tint, exposure, and contrast.  I’m sure there will be plenty more fun tools to come!

Here’s one of my early attempts at enhancing an image:

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

And the original:

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/2, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

Which one do you prefer?

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Signs of Life

f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

I spotted these little guys about a week and a half ago while on a day trip to Monticello.  It’s been an unusually cold and snowy winter for us, so it’s nice to finally see a little bit of spring pop up and say hello 🙂  I think they are a type of wildflower.  Can anyone out there identify them?

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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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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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Little Things Thursday

I’m taking the suggestion from a comment earlier this week (Thanks, Brea!) to participate in a link-up to get to know other photographers.  I guess if I keep up with it, it’ll almost be like I’m doing a Project 52, huh?  But hopefully with less pressure about skipping a week if I need to!

My husband has recently decided to try making bread.  No arguments here!

f/2.2, 1/50 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/50 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/60 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/60 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/60 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/60 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/80 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/80 sec, ISO 400

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