My Life in Pictures

Adventures in amateur photography

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Playing with FIYAH!

Over the weekend, I went to a family picnic and had a ton of fun. I’ll have more photos from the weekend in another post, but today’s post is dedicated to one of my favorite things I photographed: the fire. I took about 150 photos of the fire, more than half of which I had to delete because they were blurry, but that’s to be expected. I played around with a few different settings including macro, firework, different shutter speeds, and different exposures. These are a few of my favorite fire shots.

fire

I like the high stretch of these flames.

fire

The flames in this one were so bright and crisp in the photo.

fire

It looks like there's a small fireball coming off this one.

fire

This is my favorite shot.

fire

The flames posed very well for this one.

fire

This is my favorite vertical shot, the flames filled the frame really well, and you can see the embers glowing on the bottom.

 

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Crop-tastic!

After seeing on another blog post the dramatic difference a mere crop job can do, I decided to run a few experiments of my own. What do you think?

pink flower

Pink flower photo before...

...and after!

Small purple flower before...

...and after! This is one of my favorites.

Yellow marigold before...

...and after! This is my favorite of the bunch, I think.

I liked this original

Not sure how I feel about the after.

There was too much background drowning out this flower.

The "macro" crop really brings the attention to the details of the photo.

Another too-busy background

Much better 🙂

Last but not least, another baby purple flower

I love how much the stamens pop in the cropped version.

Experimenting with my camera

There haven’t been many great photo opportunities lately, so I’ve been experimenting with what I can capture on my camera a bit, as well as with editing photos with GIMP.

rainy mirror

It was rainy and there wasn't a lot to photograph, so I decided to see how it would look if I took a photo out my rainy car window. I though the effect was cool, I just wish it was a more interesting subject.

fan

I discovered that the shutter speed in sport mode is indeed quite fast, as it captured this fan running on high without any blur.

keyboard

This keyboard is in need of a cleaning.

bread

I thought I hadn't succeeded in capturing the steam, until I looked at the photo on a computer.

clouds

At least the clouds Wednesday were pretty.

bananas

Giraffe bananas!

only flower in color

I'm enjoying playing with the color filters right now, I love the effect.

Flowers and Clouds and Candles, oh my!

Yep, I’m still playing around with my newfound love of macro shots. I’ve got a few clouds to throw into the mix this time, though.

clouds

Clouds roll in over the office

candle holder

I loved the way the edges blurred on this, but the center stayed in focus.

pink flowers

These gorgeous pink flowers are growing between my driveway and my neighbor's.

yellow bee yellow flower

This little guy flew in as I was taking photo of the yellow flowers, I love that the yellow on him matches the flower.

fuzzy leaf

My mom is growing this fuzzy-leafed plan in our backyard.

speckled leaf

More neat leaves from the backyard garden

cucumber

At least we have one good cucumber...

yellow flower

This poor flower was all alone when I photographed it, but it's got some buddies by now.

yellow rose

My grandfather always called my grandmother his yellow Irish rose.

anvil cloud

The clear blue skies everywhere else made this perfect anvil cloud that much more dramatic.

preanvil cloud

This is how the anvil cloud started.

moon

My new zoom can even capture the moon during the day!

iphone

Sometimes it seems like I'm tied to this thing...

Can you tell I got a new camera?

I got a new camera on Tuesday, a FujiFilm T190, 14 megapixels, 10x optical zoom. Definitely not a professional camera, but way better than my last camera, and I’ve been having a lot of fun using it the past couple of days.

frog

This little guy was hanging out in my boyfriend's backyard.

This camera has a much better flower setting than my old one.

marigold

I love how much the colors on this marigold pop, and how crisp the petals look.

I was so happy with the way it focused perfectly on the butterfly flower!

I'm not sure what kind of flowers these are, but they photographed well.

pink flower

Another crisp-petal flower

I seem to be drawn to the oranges and yellows.

The poor flowers need rain.

I was excited when I saw this iridescent beetle on such a pretty flower.