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New Photo Friday – Week 2

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Happy Friday friends and photo lovers. I’m excited to share my new photo with you today. I had another great opportunity to take pictures this week: we went to the Lorain County Fair.


jennifer forbus - new photo friday

I actually picked a picture that wasn’t my favorite. I’ll be adding some of my favorites to the gallery soon (I hope), but in the mean time, I chose this one of the swing ride. It was a lovely day, but because I was working on stopping the movement of the ride, I used a 400 ISO with a shutter speed at 1/4000 sec. My aperture was 5.0. This time I was using a wider angle lens, my 18-55mm, with spot metering.

I was happy with the dynamic range I got in this picture. I have a tendency to blow out the highlights in my sky in pictures like this, but managed to capture that well. I like the sharpness. I was able to stop the action. And I really like the bold colors.

That said, I wish I wouldn’t have cut off the swings on each side. Those pull the attention off the picture. And maybe if I was higher (elevated physically, not chemically) taking the picture, I might like the perspective a little better. I also wish I would have gotten the shot with some people on the opposite chairs. They are weighted all to one side, but all of the shots I ended up with had them on the same side of the ride I was taking the picture from. I did prefer the shots from this side of the ride because of the tops of the booths opposite. I was standing in front of game booths and they didn’t have the same colorful appeal that the food booths and rides did.

What else do you think I could have done to make this picture better?

Maddee J

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Maddee knew I would use one of my fair pictures, so she chose one of fake hanging farmyard animals that she took in a cheese shop at the Oxbow Market in Napa. I have a feeling I’m going to have fun taking pictures when I go to visit Maddee! Hers was taken with her iPhone and she applied a sepia filter.

Kaye B.

Kaye sent me her photo for this week, but I want to encourage you to visit her site to see her picture. I’m trying to share the links both in the comments below and in my social media right now while the feature is still in its infancy. So I hope you’ll toddle over to Kaye’s Meanderings and Muses to see her picture. And she even used the theme for this week!

If you’ve posted a new picture this week–even if it’s not today–share your link in the comments so we can stop by and see it. And if you’re considering participating, please join in. We’d love to have you. Don’t feel you have to participate every week if you don’t want to or simply can’t. Join us when you can. We’re celebrating our love of photography, no rules, just fun!

Have a great weekend everyone!

jennifer forbus - new photo friday

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.

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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.

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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!

New Photo Friday

I know, it’s not Friday. Most days I have a hard time remembering what day of the week it is. When you work from home (and don’t have kids going to school or activities), those logistical details start to blur together. But today I do know it’s Tuesday. I’m talking about New Photo Friday today to introduce you to this weekly feature and invite you to join along if you are interested. I’ll have the first official post–first official new photo–this Friday.

I’m starting this feature as a way to motivate myself to purposely make time each week to work on my photography. To look for new subjects and techniques, try new equipment when I’m able, etc. If you’d like to participate you can use this feature however you’d like. If you’d like to use it as a reason just to post a photograph on Friday, that’s great. If you’d like to request feedback from your audience on your photo, super. I’ll be talking about what I liked or disliked about my photo–I may not always post my favorites. I may post ones I was disappointed with for one reason or another and talk about what I might have done differently, or ask for suggestions on different ways to approach my subject. For me, I’d like it to be motivation and learning and improving. For anyone who participates, I want it to be what you would like to make it. Let’s celebrate photography and just have fun with it–together!

I’ve also had requests for specific topic ideas for each week. I, personally, have found I don’t stick with those. I’ve tried to do the photo-a-day with given subject ideas, but I fall off quickly. For those of you who like that structure, I’ve made this list for each of the Fridays to the end of the year. You can use this for inspiration if you like, but please don’t feel like you can’t participate if you didn’t use the assigned subject.

Also, there will be people who are not bloggers participating. They will be submitting their pictures to me and I’ll include them with my image. So if you’d like to participate that way, you’re welcome to do so, I’ll just need your pictures and whatever you’d like to say about them, ask about them, etc., by Wednesday evening to be included in that Friday’s post. And if you’re interested in participating that way, please send me a couple sentences about YOU with your first picture.

I think that about covers it for New Photo Friday, but if you have any questions, please just drop me a line. And finally, I made this graphic you can use if you’d like. If you’d like me to send you the original image file or just code you can paste into your posts, give me a holler.

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Whether you’re participating or not, I hope you’ll stop by on Fridays to check out the photos. I look forward to your thoughts and insights.