I did a little table top photography today. The idea was to put some duckies into a flower scene, sorta a ghost image effect. I hadn't decided to ghost the duckies or the flowers, but I was just playing around so at that point it didn't matter.
First I started with a vase of flowers, this is the flowers I use, only the picture use had a darker background.
Second, this is the trio of duckies that I used.
Then the accident occurred. Cause I didn't know just what I wanted, I did a quick erase of the background on the duckies, but it erased too much. Not caring, I copied it onto the flower picture to see what/where I wanted things, figuring I could straighten things out later. Well, the stars and photos aligned and this is what I got. I didn't have to move anything, only played with the brightness a little.
Sub-title: Invading someone's territory.
MsQ and I took a vacation last week, and being a duck, I naturally flew. I didn't want the hassle of taking my big camera through security so all these pictures were taken with the P&S (Olympus 850).
This picture was taken at about 36,000 feet. It is irrigated farm fields in the snow, I liked the patterns.
Cause I was just playing around, and testing what I could do with this camera, I tried a night time shot. This one didn't turn out too bad.
After a week, it was time to come home. Again I flew. Nothing like flying in the dark to make you appreciate the light.
Fall Vacation, 2011
A quick overview of our fall vacation.
Day one, hard driving.
Day two, hard driving, but we're closer.
Day three, MsQ caught a cold. Plans changed, no hard driving, find a place camp.
Day we left, I came down with the cold. Another easy traveling day. Made it to
Great Sand Dunes NP. Modern restrooms, but no electricity. Well it was nice the previous nights, so OK. It snowed in the mountains near us. Stayed two nights.
Sand dunes 1 people would walk up the dunes then slide down, like it was snow
Sand dunes 2 with clouds like that, we didn't stick around to see them break something
Sand dunes 3 big sand dunes
When we left, MsQ was feeling better, I was felling better, so we made it a semi-long day. Made it to
Mesa Verde NP. Spent four days, stayed outside the park, walking (still weak), resting, and visiting the town of Cortez.
Mesa Verde 1 there is a ranger between the trees
Mesa Verde 2 another set of houses
Mesa Verde 3 lizard
Left and made it to Pagosa Springs, Co. Stayed two nights, enjoyed the hot springs, they make you weak, but killed the cold. Sorry no pictures of us splashing around in the tubs.
Took off and spent two more days back at Lathrop SP. This time MsQ got to enjoy it some.
Then a long day driving, a quick one nighter in the camper, and finally home. Our butterfly collection. Long trip. Long post. Not too many photos, but quite a few for this post.
Just to let you people know, the duck hasn't left the nest. Quack.
Bi-Weekly Challenge - Stay Cool
Subtitle: Back to the Pond
Ducks know how to stay cool, all they have to do is . . . . . . to heck with it, the real reason is I wanted to splash around in the pool myself! So to the pool I went, with duckies following me.
The camera was set at high speed, reducing it to 2MP and a higher compression then normal. But all I had to do was point and hold the shutter down, and hope. The results was this typical shot. Over all I took about 500 pictures in half an hour, and deleted 400 as worthless or just copies of what I had. Shutter speed being fast, I got 50 pictures like this in less than one minute, all the same but all different.
Some dry duckies, just waiting for a chance to jump in.
It was absolutely gorgeous all weekend. Saturday Michael and I ran errands, but Sunday we stayed home. While Michael did some stuff around the house (no, he wasn't doing my chores... he was mostly cleaning out the carport which was a mess because of him) I made an impromptu studio outside in the sun. I took a blanket outside to lay on and various still life objects to play around with. At one point I could hear Michael talking to our neighbor... he was trying to figure out why I was laying down on the ground with a camera. And I thought going behind the shed would prevent the funny looks from passersby. Oh well... I'll become the neighborhood crazy one way or another.
First up in my long line of posts, I have a tribute for Mr. Q... and the Pirate.
Thanks for looking, all comments and critiques are appreciated!
I got a package
in the mail. Thank you NatureBug, Mugsy has a new home, and a new romantic interest.
Negative Space Challenge
Understanding the "basic's" of Negative Space I hope these fit the bill.
I've been experiencing the negative space in my ears lately due to pressure problems of flying a few weeks ago. It got so bad (that's how I was feeling) I had to see a specialist and I'm on the mend now :)
Thanks for looking and hope I met the Challenge.
Texas Hill Co. Part 2
You don't think I got away without bird pictures over my long weekend now did you?? :) These were taken in my Uncles backyard that right on a lake.
Thanks for looking. C & C's appreciated.
Goose/Duck Day at the Park
Here's a few images from my day at the park this week.
Sebastopol Goose (correct me if I'm wrong on that name)
For Mr. Q This duck came after me when I pulled up in the car.
Thanks for looking and have a ducky day!
Close up ring comparison
I got a set of close up rings for Christmas. Santa must have thought I was good.
All shots taken at 1/80 and F8, flash fill at 1/16, 45 mm. Sharpened a lttle, but uncropped from the camera. Focal point was the ring on the neck. On 5, 6, and 7 you'll notice a shadow at the base of the duck, this was cause by the lens (and rings) sticking too far out a casting a shadow, at least that what I think it is. While it don't show up too much on this size of shots, the DOF keeps getting shorter and shorter.
Bi-weekly challenge - Black & White
Trying something different. Using only the Oly 850, conversion done in camera, framing done in camera, labeling done in camera, resizing done on computer, I could have resized it in the camera, but it was a little too small for me. This is Prissy.
Warning: put your shades on!