Chasing Picture Perfection – Action Shot

Posted on November 29, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Photo Tips | Tags: , |

Whew – I’ve been bad about finishing my photo assignments darn it.  But, I got back up on the horse this week for the Action Shot assignment.

I snapped this pic at ChickenFried’s basketball game.  He caught the errant pass, although you can tell by his face he wasn’t sure if he was going to! 

I had my ISO cranked up to 1600 because the gym is pretty dark.  I also had the aperature wide open to gather as much light as possible.  That allowed a faster shutter speed to stop the action. 

 

For great photo tips or to join the fun, stop over to Chasing Picture Perfection.

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Chasing Picture Perfection – Challenge 4

Posted on September 15, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Photo Tips, The Parenting Thing | Tags: , |

I admit it – I’ve failed miserably when it came to getting the last 2 photo challenges done.  No excuses – just life.   But here is my attempt at Challenge #4: The Rule of Thirds.   In short, the concept of the rule of thirds speaks to the composition of a photo.  See Stacie’s blog for a more in depth (and better!) review of this, and other great photo tips: Chasing Picture Perfection.

 

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This picture of Punk is nicely offset.  If you imagine a tic-tac-toe board interlaced over the top of the photo, you would see her left eye is at the left verticle line, and her mouth is at the bottom horizontal line. 

 

Compare the photos – same tree, same light, but one subject offset and one centered.  Nothing particularly wrong with the centered photo – just not as interesting somehow.

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Chasing Picture Perfection – I got an A+!

Posted on August 17, 2009. Filed under: Elemental Memories, Mommy Moments | Tags: , , |

Stacie, at Chasing Picture Perfection, awarded me the A+ for the photo assignment of ‘creative framing.’  

When I initially saw Stacie’s assignment I thought I didn’t have a chance.  I had seen a couple of her examples and they were so creative and different. 

But, I followed Stacies’ advise and took my camera with me up to our neighbor’s pool, even though I’d already gotten shots of the kids in the pool.  Then I noticed ChickenFried looking through the tube and inspiration struck. 

I did crop in very close on the shot – this isn’t cropped after the fact.  I just used the standard presets on my Canon DSLR.  The one tip I will give is that I blocked the extra sunlight coming in my eyepiece viewfinder.  If you have too much light coming in your eyepiece, the camera thinks the picture is brighter and the photo turns out too dark to use.  But, if you block the light (I just cupped my left hand over my eyebrow), it allows the lens and aperature to adjust correctly.

I also like the fact that the tube isn’t perfectly centered.   I think it gives the photo more interest that if it was a perfect circle.

Thanks again to Stacie for the fun photo assignments … and yum, Starbucks!   I encourage everyone who enjoys taking pics to check out her website.  I love her new feature: Free Photo Tips Card Download.  They are great little cards you can print off and refer to quickly rather than flipping through your 90-page camera reference book.

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Chasing Picture Perfection – Photo Assignment

Posted on July 20, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments | Tags: , , , |

I’m playing along  in a new blog photo assignment hosted by my friend Stacie at Chasing Picture Perfection.   Every two weeks, a new photo challenge will be posted.  This assignment is to create a photo with shallow depth of field (sharp forefront/subject and blurred background).   Stop in and play along – you still have a few days to get this assignment done.  If you don’t have a blog, you can use one of the social networking sites,  or send to Stacie and she’ll post it for you!

 

I like this photo because of the color pop you get from the flowers, and I do think it’s one of my best shallow depth of field photos. 

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Photo Assigment ……

Posted on July 10, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Photo Tips | Tags: , , |

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Our friend, and guest blogger Stacie, has created a great way to hone those photography skills and get some feedback.   Every two weeks she will post a new assignment.    Add your pic through her Mr. Linky or e-mail it to her.   As if  the feedback and fun weren’t enough, she’ll pick a ‘best submission’ each assignment to win the A+ badge and a $5.00 Starbucks gift card.    If you complete 6 assigments, you get a badge for your site as well.

This weeks assignment – Shallow Depth of Field.  Checkout Stacie’s tips for Depth of Field and get to snapping!

 Please visit her website for more details and to post your photos: http://www.chasingpictureperfection.com/2009/07/blog-post.html

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