Saturday, December 27, 2008

December lights

Monday, December 15, 2008

December 12th Full Moon


On December 12th, 2008 the full Moon loomed larger in the sky than it has since 1993. It entered its full phase, its disc appeared completely illuminated by the Sun, just four hours after reaching its closest point to Earth.


I missed taking any pictures of it at the beginning of the night but got my first moon picture ever the next morning. I know, I know, I wasn't using the tripod. It was enough for me to realize that the moon was looking pretty good at 6 something AM . I had just woken up, saw the moonlight, grabbed the camera and a sweater and ran outside in the freezing New England morning. I wasn't thinking of the tripod but just wanted to capture what I could before the dawn light took away the dark sky.

I used my Canon XTi Digital Rebel. Didn't do anything special, 6.4 aperture, 200 iso with my Tamron zoom lens out to 300mm. I tried to frame it as best as I could without it being to busy. There wasn't much open space and I was still in my pajamas so I wasn't about to run around the neighborhood looking for a better shot. That's the down side to getting that few minutes window of opportunity for those golden hour shots. Maybe the next full moon I will be better prepared.



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yale - Princeton Game Nov 15

Well, I learned how to protect my camera by using a bag tied around the body and the lens and I made sure I had a microfiber cloth to wipe away the rain. That didn't help me to get clean shots though. The weather went from raining to misting to just cloudy back to rainy again. What I wasn't prepared for was the low light situation making the photos come out as blurred as they did. Since I'm still pretty much a newbie I made the mistake of relying on the sports action mode. It just didn't have a fast enough shutter speed to capture the action clearly.
I tried some other shots with an increased shutter speed but still didn't get what I was looking for. I did like how the football on the ground came out though! Hah!
They didn't all come out this shaky but I wanted to show what happened.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Yale - Columbia Game Nov 1

My latest fun with the camera is taking photos at any football game my husband drags me to. He watches the game, I watch through the lens. This is quite different than all the landscape/nature/fall photography I've been shooting for the last couple of months.
Instead of playing around with all the aperature and shutter speed settings I let the camera go on it's own and just set it on sports mode. Took all the guesswork out of it and I just shot randomly where I thought something was happening. The next game I'm going to I'll use a few more tips I picked up from some online sports photography searches. One thing that I read is that it is important to know the game to anticipate some of the action. Knowing nothing about football I just had fun going with pure instinct and seeing what I came up with.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall in Connecticut


I'm taking an online photography class called Image Design through betterphoto.com. It's teaching me how to develop my own personal vision through photography. Now I am enjoying this fall and taking a ton of pictures not only to try and capture photos for the class but for the sheer beauty of New England in the Fall. This photo is a picture alongside the bottom of Talcott Mountain State Park in Connecticut. It was a beautiful quiet morning and I got a picture through the trees. I softened the effect around the trees with Photoshop to give it a softer feeling.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Photo Hunt - View

These are the views from Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford CT. I went there recently on a photo hunt to look for pictures to take for a photography class I'm in. It was also a night for a social gathering for work so it served two purposes - fun and more fun!
This first photo is overlooking the pond on the property and some of the rows of grapes . What a lovely place to sit on the dock and have a picnic.
This photo is taken from the patio area overlooking this front side of the building and some more grape fields towards Wallingford. This was one of those last hazy days of Summer. The wine there is pretty good too.
Grapes the day before the Fall harvest.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Photo Hunt - Road

Roadway bike path for the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail in Wallingford CT. It's a linear park path through the woods on the banks of the Quinnipiac River. It's a place to go for some in town nature and exercise. The Quinnipiac river was a place that native Indian tribes lived along 500 years ago. Now we can walk along the trail and enjoy the river and nature as they once did.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Photo Hunt - Beautiful

Who says food can't be beautiful? Look at those beautiful fresh organic red raspberries. They looked too good to eat. And that muffin was right out of the oven and the sugar lemon zest topping had just been drizzed over the top. Beautiful! Oh my - my mouth is watering just thinking about how good it was. This food was also from our trip to Bar Harbor ME this past July. We stayed at the Yellow House B&B. Every morning we had something equally as beautiful to eat. It's part of what makes our vacations so wonderful. It's all about the food with us!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Photo Hunt: Colorful

Love the color of the edging in this bathing suit top that was left hanging in this chickee hut on the beach in Aruba. Someone had a good time the night before and I took advantage of posing Wally, our Red Sox troll in the top. The colors are pretty happy don't you think?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Photo Hunt - Dark

Darker than I wanted when I made the shot. This is the beautiful window area leading up the stairs at the Ulikana Inn in Bar Harbor, ME. My DH and I stayed there this July. Not only is there artwork all over the inn but the Inn is a piece of art itself.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Photo Hunt - Clouds

First post and one from my favorite place in the world, Aruba. This was a sunset wedding at the Bucuti Resort in May, 2008. One might hope for a stunning sunset with a drifting cloud or two but it looks so nice to have all that color in the sky.