On the next to last week of 2011, our subject in the weekly photo challenge is Stillness. My idea was to focus on the tripod, something I have with me all the time and use on a regular basis. In this shot my shutter speed was 1/10th of a second, an ideal shot to take using a tripod, but it was my subject…so I held my breath, released my breath…not sure which one was better but I think I prefer taking shots after I let my breath out. Anyway, here is my photo of my trusty tripod:
Week 50 is here and the subject for the Shutterboo Weekly Photo Challenge is Pink. This one took till the very last minute, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. Thanks to Swoozie’s and The Fresh Market for the candy props.
This week in my photography class we are studying Silhouettes. Coincidentally it was also the subject for the Shutterboo Weekly Photo Challenge on Flickr. I decided to use this first one, but am including the runners up below.
Halfway through blowing the leaves I had to stop and take this picture:
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
1/2500 sec at f/1.8
This week’s photo challenge subject “green” took a bit of thought. Over the years I have been pretty involved with the green scene here in Atlanta so my first thought was something environmental. Over the weekend we went to the ‘barn’ in Chastain Park and the boys picked a huge watermelon. We haven’t cracked it open yet so it was luring in my mind as an idea.
As a kid growing up in Macon, GA, each summer, maybe 4th of July or some holiday we would go to the swimming pool at Idle Hour Country Club. They would have all kinds of games throughout the day, but one of the fun ones was the greasy watermelon. They would grease them up, throw’em in the pool and the kids would wrestle over them and the first one to hoist it out of the pool won. When I told Martha I was going to grease up the watermelon, you can imagine the look on her face.
So here is how I did it:
I laid down some dark brown carpet pieces inside my light box to create a dark background and opened up the aperture to f4.5 which is as far as the Tamron 10-24mm will go. I did this to fade out the carpet as much as I could to blur the detail. Once I had my positioning right, I used mineral oil to bring out the rich green colors of the watermelon. For lighting I just had two lights shining in, one from the top left and one from the right about centered.
My camera was in aperture priority mode and I used the auto-bracketing feature to get three quick shots. I processed the photos using SNS-HDR Pro and after some tweaking, this is what came out the other side. I was pretty pleased with the outcome.
- Camera – Nikon D90
- Focal Length – 24 mm
- Shutter Speed – 1/200 sec.
- Aperture – 4.5
- ISO – 200
I’m surrounded by a lot of happiness, but my childrens’ happiness is the happiest thing on earth to me. This is Henry being happy with Cody:
I have been incredibly slack about uploading my pictures each week to the blog, but you can always check out my submissions to the weekly photo challenge on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/55790899@N04/sets/72157625742617462/. This past week the subject was “small.” A small task that took me until 8pm on the due date to complete, but it was fun. I got the kids involved and asked for their recommendations. Ben said an eye drop… and while that sounded super cool and absolutely perfect for the challenge, this was last minute so we had to keep thinking. We went outside and were rummaging through their toys and Henry picked up a matchbox car and said, “Daddy, this is small.” Perfect, that got the juices flowing. We pulled out all of his cars, found a shoebox, gathered some dirt, and created a Monster Truck Jam. Here is the result:
The Nuts & Bolts:
> Camera: Nikon D90
> Aperture f4.0
> Photo Focal length: 50mm
> Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
This week for the Shutterboo Weekly Photo Challenge the subject was ‘artificial.’ Two things came to mind instantly, artificial sweetener and artificial grass turf. I also tapped into Facebook for ideas and got tons, but the grass turf stayed on my mind. Last fall Ben played soccer at Morris Brandon on their artificial grass turf field so I knew that’s where I wanted to go. Henry and I went over there this afternoon and here is what we came up with. I used the first one taken with my 50mm f/1.8.
Henry loves for me to ask him math questions and his immediate answer on every question is…that’s simple Daddy. He was the perfect subject this week, but it took me seven days to figure it out…