New Photo Friday – Week 1

jennifer forbus - new photo friday Happy Friday! I hope everyone's had a nice week and are looking forward to the weekend. I'm excited to kick off the first New Photo Friday. My niece and I went to the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo on Wednesday, so my choice for this week's photo is coming from our photography day there.


I was quite excited with the pictures I got at the zoo. It was my first zoo visit with my new Canon: a Rebel EOS T6i. I'm switching from the T3 and boy is this an experience now. I shot all day with my 75-300mm lens. This picture of the grizzlies is with auto white balance, spot metering and a 5.6 aperture. It was a bit overcast and I wanted to get the action of the bears playing in the water, so my ISO was set at 400 and my shutter speed was 1/640--no flash.  I was happy with the action I caught, but I was in continuous shooting mode, so there were some other shots I discarded. This was my favorite and I was especially delighted with the composition given I had to shoot from above the bears (you know, pesky things like safety and all that). I didn't crop this at all, but I did reduce the size for posting. jennifer forbus - new photo friday

Maddee J.

I'm delighted to have my friend and employer also participating with me in New Photo Friday. She's a bit of a photography buff, too, so she's going to be motivated to take pictures for the weekly feature as well. Her picture comes from another great photo op event--a fair, the Nevada County Fair to be precise. So from grizzlies to cows. Love the rich colors in this one, and that barn dance poster is great. maddee james - new photo friday If you're participating on your own blog, I hope you'll post a link in the comments. I'm going to work on getting a linking program before next week's post but for this week, just let us know where you are so we can come take a look at your image! And I'm interested in your feed back on my photo. I want to learn from this exercise, so what would you have done differently? What did you like? (Just a reminder to keep comments constructive. Anything cruel or inappropriate will be removed.) Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look at this inaugural post of New Photo Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Tanya Perez says:

    I love both photos! In Jen’s photo, I really like the textural contrasts: The wet fur of the bears, the bubbles in the foreground; and the smooth water in the background. In Maddee J’s photo, I love the bold colors and the angle of the shot

  2. Maddee says:

    I love those bears Jen!! What an awesome shot! Fabulous in every way. As I told you, I have the original Canon Rebel so it doesn’t have nearly as many bells and whistles as yours. I just got a new rechargeable battery (mine’s been dead for years) so will be using it for some Friday shots soon.

    My pic was taken with my iPhone with added filter as I love the red glow it gives. My regret on this pic is that I didn’t get a bit more of the cowboy hat above the Barn Dance poster. I LOVE angled shots, though… so much fun to play with. And just loved the sawdust on the cows… almost like little flecks of light.

    Kaye, thanks and I loved your image too. Black and white can be so fun! I LOVE how with digital we can go either way. Tanya and Beth, great photos!!!

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