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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fun at the lake

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1/400 sec at f/4.2, ISO 80 – Pentax Optio

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1/1000 sec at f/4.2, ISO 80 – Pentax Optio

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1/800 sec at f/4.2, ISO 100 – Pentax Optio

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1/320 sec at f/4.2, ISO 80 – Pentax Optio

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Munchkin, Nature, Pentax Optio, Puppy, Water, Wordless

 

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Pyro, by nature

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved fire. I love the warmth it gives on a cool night, but mostly I love watching the flames dance. It was inevitable, really. The pyro gene is strong on my dad’s side, and I definitely inherited that trait! So it shouldn’t be surprising that the last time I went camping, I was inspired to take out my camera and try to capture the life and beauty of the flames.

I’ve tried taking pictures of fire before, but they never quite satisfied. They were too light, too dark – I couldn’t quite capture what I wanted.

I tried again the other weekend, this time very deliberately. I took a few pictures, looked at the results and adjusted. I even had a tripod! …except I couldn’t use it properly. I’d brilliantly forgotten the bit that attaches to the camera that attaches the camera to the tripod. D’oh! I was still able to use the tripod as a support, just not completely.

I started off with a slower shutter speed, 1 second.
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1.0 sect at f/14, ISO 200 – Sony a55 50 mm macro w/tripod*

The slow shutter speed blurred things a tad too much for my taste, so I sped it up. But, to compensate for the slower shutter speed, I had to decrease the f-stop (increase the aperture size) and bump up the ISO.
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1/40 sec at f/4.0, ISO 800 – Sony a55 50 mm macro w/tripod*

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1/40 sec at f/4.0, ISO 800 – Sony a55 50 mm macro w/tripod*

Focusing on a different part of the fire, I slowed the shutter speed down again. This time, I was quite pleased with the results!
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1/13 sec at f/9.0, ISO 800 – Sony a55 50 mm macro w/tripod*

One last picture, faster shutter speed. I think this one is my favourite 🙂
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1/60 sec at f/6.3, ISO 800 – Sony a55 50 mm macro w/tripod *

*camera wasn’t attached to tripod, I forgot the thingy (see post text)

 

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Great Grey Owl

Great grey owl.

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1/250 sec at f/55, ISO 200 – Pentax Optio

Sitting on a fence.

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1/160 sec at f/5.2, ISO 100 – Pentax Optio

Watching.

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1/160 sec at f/5.2, ISO 100

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Bird, Nature, Pentax Optio

 

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Missing: Roses

Hey,remember this rose bush? That little bud? Well, it bloomed into a beautiful flower!

Here’s a picture taken Monday. Pretty, eh?
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1/30 sec at f/4.8, ISO 800 – Pentax Optio

You can even see the second bud forming!
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1/40 sec at f/3.5, ISO 800 – Pentax Optio

But then today…..

My beautiful flower. Gone 😦
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1/50 sec at f/4.2, ISO 80

My little bud, no where to be found.
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1/50 sec at f/4.2, ISO 80

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Flower, Nature

 

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