Monday, August 25, 2008


Got this shot while the guys were fishing at Potters Pond on Friday. I had just breifly looked over the lesson, and then re-read it whe I got home, and was pleased to discover that this fit the guidelines. I love it an am considering having it printed to display in my house...

Lighting lesson #1

These are mostly for Josh, but I figured it was just as easy to post them here as just email them to him.

This first picture shows you about how far I am from the window. You want to stay out of that area that is super bright, but other then that, move you subject as absolutely close to that line as possible. This will give you the most light and allow you to have more control over your settings. I bumped my ISO up to 400 to attempt to get my f stop to 3.3 or higher. If you do do this, just remember that you DO NOT want to underexpose pics, (don't over either, of course), if you do, when you bring them up in photoshop you'll end up with all that dreaded digital noise.

Diagram 1, subject is 90 degrees from the light source.

Diagram #2 - subject is at 45 degrees (ignore the 90 on the pic, that's wrong) from the light source.

Diagram #3 - Subject is directly facing light source.

So, which is the correct one you ask? None of them are, none of them are wrong either, as the photographer, you get to decide exactly which style you want to use. So play with them all until you decide which you prefer.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

in color

same image here just in color.

lines part one

At work this week I had two hot air balloons land in the parking lot. Apparently this happens fairly often but it was my first time and I happened to have my camera with me. I like the thought of this in BW and am curious what feeling you get. Also which image do you like best?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

better late than never

I had this idea floating around and tried to pull it off, what do you think?


I wrote up a lesson on lines, so I'll add it to mom's post.

Lesson 2


Lines are all around us and can evoke varied emotional responses; sitting in long lines of traffic is irritating, yet a long lifeline on your palm is a pleasure.

The direction a line takes determines is symbolism. Horizontal lines create stability, while vertical lines give a sense of pride and dignity. Diagonal lines lead towards the feeling of movement, while curved lines are calming; symbolizing motion, growth, meandering direction and restfulness.

The magnitude of the line also impacts the photo. Bold lines symbolize more strength than thin lines.


Choose three different emotions/feelings you want to portray in your photograph and determine which type of lines would best accomplish this. How is the emotion affected when combining different types and angles of lines in one photograph?

While composing your photographs, eliminate unnecessary clutter to allow the viewer to focus on the lines and their intended meaning.

Choose 3 photos (one for each emotion/feeling) to be critiqued. When posting your photos for critique, don’t tell what emotion was intended, as a viewer; make sure to add which emotion you felt from the other’s photos in your critique.

Don’t forget to apply the rule of thirds and to define your subject in your photos.

2nd Aug Challenge LINES

Since Aug is just over half way through I think it's time for a new challenge.
How about LINES... look at the lines in your picture, where do they take your eye. Be creative. They could be a tree limb, part of a building, etc. I would write a little more on this out of one of my books but I don't have them at the moment so just be creative and go for it. Lets see what lines there are out there.

Monday, August 18, 2008


I figured, since I was always looking down at the kids when I took pics of them, I would try swapping that, so I laid down on the floor and let them climb on top of me. Unfortunately, this is the only one that was actually in focus.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Not really my perspective pic, but cool none the less

This is what our sky looked like last night, so I grabbed my phone and snapped a pic. I thought it turned out cool so I am sharing.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I think I need glasses...

So if you can't read the sign do you have to obey it?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Jen's Perspective

Here's mine...I had to hurry and do it while I was thinking about it....The ground was REALLY hard or I would have laid down flat and got a better one, but this will have to do :D

Monday, August 4, 2008


I was able to capture this shot at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville Kentucky. It was perfect, and I can only imagine that is what an ant would see as he looked up at a "regular" bat leaning on the side of a porch... WOW!!! I still have like 10 days left...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A New Perspective

Take a pic from a different perspective. Pretend you are 1 year old.. how do little ones see the world? Or a giant, or a bug, or butterfly or something. The pic can be of anything you want. Have fun with it and lets see what we get.
You have till Aug 15th.. I'm a little slow, Aug got here before i realized it, so you have a little under 2 weeks. Then someone else gets to give a challenge.