Monday, December 15, 2008
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
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
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
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
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.