Week 3: Full Manual x Technical

r/WeeklyPhotos week 3 challenge is Full Manual x Technical.

I captured this water droplet at Cranbrook on a windy day, precariously standing on a slope. It was physically challenging, as well as technically, since I was adjusting my focus manually and this branch would not sit still. But I’m thrilled with the capture and the way the photo came out overall.

I’m also pretty thrilled with my post-processing edit. I think I did a great job with adjusting the colors to my liking, but also to showcase the beauty of this shot more eloquently.

This week gave me the opportunity to step back into my comfort zone. As you all know by now, I absolutely adore photographing nature. It’s difficult to find flowers in their natural settings in the winter, but I’ll be damned if there aren’t interesting dead leaves (and the dirty ground…) to capture. Especially here in the Metro Detroit area.

Here’s the technical breakdown:

f/1.8
Exp 1/320
ISO 200
35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX NIKKOR lens

 

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YOU GUYS. IT’S THE LAST DAY OF BLOGVEMBER!

I had so much trouble deciding on what color scheme to do today’s photo in – it ended up being a piece that looked good in basically every curve and action I applied, so instead of continuing on the sullen and dark scheme I’d had for the past couple fin photos, I decided to cheer myself up (lord knows I need it) and go for a blushy pink/lilac scheme.

Again, if I was a viewer of this without knowing what I’m looking at are fish fins, I don’t think I’d be able to guess. They kind of look like bird feathers, which reminds me of the theory of evolution and makes me feel wonder at the amazing world we live in.

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Finny Waves

I’m not drunk anymore! Which is unfortunate, but also good for this blog because I gotta update this before I head out for work tonight.

Anyway, my dad went fishing a few days ago on Lake Michigan and caught a couple fish. I sat down and photographed their fins with my macro lens and I’m really satisfied with how they turned out. I feel like if I didn’t know they were fish fins, I wouldn’t know what they’d be, and I like that.

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Summer Flowers at the Zoo

Hey guys! Yes I totally have been MIA from this blog for a month, but I also have meant to update it several times and just never got around to it.

I’m currently sick at home so I have spare time to do just that today.

I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned this previously, but I purchased a yearly pass for the Detroit Zoo this spring, so I’ve been going to the zoo more frequently than usual and all the little gardens they have along the trails are perfect for my floral photography.

Here are a few shots from my most recent trip, on my birthday.

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Chrysanthemum Collection

In the past few years, I’ve discovered that I really love Chrysanthemum flowers. They’re gorgeous to look at, but even more interesting to shoot.

In this set, I’m featuring the ones I took photos of using my 50mm portrait lens – and this was by accident, because I realized too late on the way to the flower shop that I had the wrong lens on. But I think the photos turned out well regardless.

They were all shot on manual mode. My floral pieces always turn out better on manual. And I think I’m finally starting to better understand my camera. Ya know, 2 years later.

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F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/640 sec. ISO: 320

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F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/640 sec. ISO: 320

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F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/1000 sec. ISO: 320

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F-stop: f/1.8 Exp: 1/1250 sec. ISO: 320