The Grounds of Monticello

Finally, here are some images I shot around the grounds of Monticello away from the mansion.

f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO 100

f/4, 1/400 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

The gray dome in the middle of the next image is the rotunda at the University of Virginia — Jefferson’s pet project — as seen from a porch at Monticello.  My 55-200mm lens got a workout!

f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

The Jefferson family burial ground is still being used today.

f/3.5, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/80 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO 100

f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO 100

And with that I’ll conclude this drawn-out visit.  Thanks for having us over, Tom!

f/3.5, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

f/3.5, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

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.

Ellicott’s Mills

f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

This photo is from the same town as yesterday’s post.  I would be remiss to take all abstract photos on vacation, so here’s an attempt to capture a “landmark” (an old railroad station, in this case) while still paying attention to the composition of the image.  Any suggestions on how to balance the documentary perspective with the artistic?

f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

Photo 101 by Nicole’s Classes: Day in the Life Project

The last part of Week One’s homework assignment for Photo 101 was to shoot a Day in the Life series about anything.  I was foiled (again) by the lack of small living things in my care (read: no pets, no kids), so I needed to think a little outside the box on my main subject.  After a few suggestions offered by my husband (day in the life of a bottle of wine, anyone?), I eventually settled on a little blue owl figurine that lives around my desk at home.

Even owls need a little boost in the morning sometimes.

f/2.2, 1/30 sec, ISO 400

f/2.2, 1/30 sec, ISO 400

What to wear . . . ?

f/5, 1/6 sec, ISO 400

f/5, 1/6 sec, ISO 400

Time to walk his pet dino.

f/8, 1/40 sec, ISO 100

f/8, 1/40 sec, ISO 100

Going for a hike.

f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

Taking in the view from the top.

f/13, 1/25 sec, ISO 400

f/13, 1/25 sec, ISO 400

Visiting an art museum.

f/2.2, 1/400 sec, ISO 100

f/2.2, 1/400 sec, ISO 100

Dinner time!

f/3.5, 1/20 sec, ISO 400

f/3.5, 1/20 sec, ISO 400

Cheering on the U.S.A. while watching the Olympics.

f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 400

f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 400

Russia sounds cold . . .

f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

Dreaming of warmer climes.  Good night!

f/1.8, 1/50 sec, ISO 800

f/1.8, 1/50 sec, ISO 800

Eh, I tried to “tell a story” with the series, but I still don’t feel very creative.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what to photograph around the house when it’s too cold to go outside?