One more week. . . . and Learning Something New

I have one more week in the Write 31 Days challenge. I’m hanging in there (barely). I lost my focus at times, and more often, I find myself rambling.

I went out to walk around the ponds this afternoon. We have had some gorgeous weather—blue skies, comfortable temperatures, gentle breezes. Today, the high was around 73 degrees. It was rather nice. It’s one of the reasons I love this season.

I did carry the camera with me, and I wanted to work on a couple of things: nailing the exposure and trying to achieve a more “correct” histogram. I’m beginning to think a correct histogram is a myth. I tried several things—adjusting the aperture; I found that f/11 was the best aperture for what I was trying to do. I also found that I needed to overexpose one or two stops to get a decent exposure without too many “blinkies” showing up on my screen. However, I’m also learning that my camera histogram is not the same as the one in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Another thing I practiced was using back button focus instead of the tradition shutter button on the front of the camera. The back button focus locks the focus so that if something moves in front of the lens, you won’t lose the focus on the subject. That was a real help today when the breeze blew a leave in front of some of my subjects! I won’t explain how to set back button focus since the process varies from brand to brand. That’s one of those things that you will have to look up in your camera manual.

I’ll share some of the images I took today. I set my camera on aperture priority at f/11. This setting allowed my subject to be in sharper focus but still achieve some lovely bokeh. See those little circles of light in the background? That’s bokeh. Those crape myrtle blooms are in sharp focus and the background is out of focus.

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I used this crape myrtle to get some basic settings before I went for the walk. I like this image for the haziness. I think it’s because of the direction of the light.untitled-9

Light flooded my lens and created that haze in the bottom portion. (I could have eliminated the flood of light by using the lens hood.)

I am constantly trying to push myself to learn more about the craft of photography, not to make technically perfect photographs, but to create photographs that tell stories through art.

I love conversation, the close, intimate kind amongst friends. Won't you join me? I look forward to a good coze.

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