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New Photo Friday - Depth of Field

New Photo Friday: Week 17

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Happy Friday! I hope your first week of 2017 was wonderful. Mine has included snow, so I’m not sure if we’re at the wonderful level, but I did have the opportunity to do a fun photo shoot on Monday, and I’m headed to the West Side Market with the Erie Shores Photography Club tomorrow for a day of shooting there. So, besides the snow, it’s been a pretty decent start to the year.

On Wednesday the photography club did a workshop with depth of field and focus. I played with some crayons, so my photo this week is one of those from my workshop. I shot this with my new-to-me Canon 85mm lens using an ISO of 200, an aperture of 1.8 and a shutter speed of 1/80 of a second.

New Photo Friday - Depth of Field

Depth of field is one of my favorite aspects of photography. And I’m having a blast with some of my newer lenses that are allowing me to get apertures in the 1.8-3.2 range. The effects you can create are fun, sometimes dramatic. What are some fun ways you’ve used depth of field or seen others use it?

I’ll try to make good use of it this weekend at the West Side Market. Hope your weekend is enjoyable, whether you’re doing something exciting or relaxing from the week. And if you’re in weather similar to mine, stay warm!

New Photo Friday - Maddee James

New Photo Friday – Week 12

Happy Friday everyone! And I apologize for no photo last week. I just ran out of time before I had to set off for Milwaukee, which is where this week’s photo comes from. In our workshop for the Erie Shores Photography Club we worked on family portraits using flash photography, which was a great exercise. And in my class this week, we photographed a dancer. I’m also entering photos in our club’s competition for the first time this month. Cross your fingers for me. So a lot of fun photography stuff going on.

Jen

The picture I’m sharing this week I took when I went out for a little stroll in Milwaukee. I just did a little jaunt around the immediate neighborhood of the Irish Cultural Center. This little weed caught my attention so I played with some depth of field on it. I shot this at an aperture of 2.8 and 1/160 second shutter speed (ISO 100). I don’t have a macro lens, so it lacks a lot of the great detail a macro would have brought in, but it still tickled my fancy.

New Photo Friday - weed

Maddee J.

Maddee is infusing this week’s post with some color! Here’s what she has to say about her photo this week:

“I know I seem to be rose-obsessed but I’m really not at all… in fact I just removed a bunch from my yard! BUT — I love taking photos of them because they’re so luscious and layered! This is taken with my iPhone early one morning and the cool thing is that I wasn’t wearing my close-up glasses so actually had NO idea that morning frost lined these petals. It was a beautiful surprise when I got home and downloaded them to my computer where I could really see! Anyway, the colors of this rose are like orange-strawberry sherbet! One of my favorite flower shots I’ve ever taken. :)”

New Photo Friday - Maddee James

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos week. Be sure to let us know if you have one you’d like us to check out. I hope your weekend is filled with great books and photograph-worthy moments!

New Photo Friday - long exposure

New Photo Friday – Week 11

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Happy Friday friends! I hope you had a great week. Mine was a whirlwind it feels like. How is it the last Friday of October already? As I mentioned last week, I went to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park last Saturday with my photography club–Erie Shores Photography Club–and shot beautiful nature. We saw three different falls and a nature trail. It was such a wonderful–and exhausting–day.

This weekend is going to be a little mundane as I have a lot of work to catch up on, but next weekend is Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee. Are you planning to attend? I’m looking forward to a fun bookish weekend since I had to miss the last two M&Ms.

So let’s move on to this week’s photos!

Jen

I had a hard time picking which photo to use today. We had such great content to shoot. I have a few heron images that came out nice from the nature trail, but I opted for a water image because I used long exposure for these and I really haven’t done that technique in the past. And I was like a fascinated little kid. I’d adjust my settings to use the fastest shutter speed I could and then I’d go to the slowest, and then I’d play with the ones in between. So I ended up with a slew of the same shots, just different water effects. (It really doesn’t take much to amuse me!)

This one ended up being one of my favorites. The leaves aren’t spectacular, we’re having an overall disappointing color change this year–maybe due to the strange weather–but there’s still some color. The shot was taken with an ISO of 100, an aperture of 18 and a 20 second shutter speed. Obviously I took this on a tripod at that shutter speed. 😉

New Photo Friday - long exposure

Maddee J.

Maddee is sharing some faith with us this week. She has a lovely church, and this is what she shared about it:

“I took this in San Miguel de Allende, like last week’s photo.  It’s this amazing church in the main square.  Taken with my iPhone in the evening so the edges aren’t sharp… but the lighting was so pretty, and I adore palm trees so the lone one there next to the church made me happy!”

New Photo Friday - San Miguel de Allende

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed our photos this week. Definitely let us know if you have pictures we can come check out. And have a wonderful last weekend of October!

New Photo Friday - Maddee Week 10

New Photo Friday – Week 10

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Happy Friday friends! We’ve hit a little milestone today at week 10 of the New Photo Friday feature. I hope you’ve been enjoying the photos. It’s keeping me on my toes and reminding me to practice, practice, practice. This weekend the Erie Shores Photography Club is heading out to shoot some waterfalls, so I may have a lovely nature photo for next week’s post.

Earlier in the week I was able to see the movie of A Man Called Ove. If you’re not familiar with the book or my fan girl obsession with it, check out my review from a few years back. My review was blurbed for an ad in the New York Times. My claim to fame. 😉 I’m working on a movie review, which I’ll hopefully post for you next week. Stay tuned.

Now on to the main event…

Jen

I worked on some portraits of my sister and her kids this week, so I thought I’d share one of these. My niece is a joy to photograph as she’s so natural in front of the camera. My nephew is a little more challenging. His smile often looks forced and he never seems to be able to relax when the lens is turned on him. So a number of pictures I caught of him that were unplanned ended up being some of my favorites. This one. I like the way the shadows play on his face and the contemplative expression he has.

I took this one with my 50mm lens. I used an ISO of 100, an aperture of 1.8 and a shutter speed of 1/640 of a second.

New Photo Friday - portraits

Maddee J.

Maddee has a beautiful nature shot for this week’s photo. Here’s what she has to say about this one:

“Taken with my iPhone on a cloudy/rainy morning walk.  When I took this, I tapped the iPhone focus to get the drops on the leaf in the best focus (as opposed to the flower in the foreground).  I was amazed at how beautifully clear some of them are.  I’ve taken [or rather, tried to take] many photos like this and it’s hard to get the focus to really kick in so I was happy about this!  I also LOVE the colors!!”

Me too!

New Photo Friday - Maddee Week 10

How about you? What do you think of this week’s photos? Do you have one to share with us? Leave us a link in the comments if you do. We’d love to check them out.

New Photo Friday - Bokah

New Photo Friday – Week 9

Happy Friday, friends! The leaves are turning colors here and I’m off this morning to take pictures. I hope you’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend. I’m going to dig right into our pictures today because I’m super excited about today’s selections. So here we go…

Jen

This year I joined my local photography club, Erie Shores Photography Club. And on Wednesday we did a workshop that centered around focus, depth of field and bokah. I had seen bokah before but had never done any photography with it. So we got this video ahead of the workshop. And another club member mentioned doing cut-outs for her lens, so I looked up information on that and found this site.

Armed with that information, I made myself some cut-outs and created this photo:

New Photo Friday - Bokah

My hearts didn’t come out quite as defined as I would have liked, but I was delighted at this result for my first time. These are actually Christmas lights in a clear vase. I shot the picture using my 50mm lens (on a tripod), aperture 1.8, shutter speed 1/40 sec, ISO 100.

Have you tried bokah before? I’m taking a Photoshop class right now and I might try some of my blending mode activities with this image. I’ll let you know how the results come out.

Maddee J.

This week from Maddee we have a picture from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (I love this frog!). She says, ” I’m a huge fan of fountains and take photos of them every chance I get. I just adore off-kilter images but I wonder if I would like it even more if I had gotten the entire fountain and cool frog sculpture in. Not sure; I kind of like it as is. What do you all think? (taken with iPhone, no filter)”

New Photo Friday - fountain

New Photo Friday - Carmel

New Photo Friday – Week 8

jennifer forbus - new photo friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a great week. We had a lovely week here in Northeast Ohio. I’m trying to soak it all up because I know it’s not going to stay for much longer. *sigh* I’ve had an especially busy photography week, doing more work on my class project and taking some pictures of a Halloween house. I had hoped to post a Woollybear Festival picture this week, but I didn’t end up staying long at the festival because it was SO crazy crowded. At least a half a dozen people told me Rufus looked like a woollybear. Too funny.

Anyway, this weekend is going to bring some photography excitement for me as I’m going to be a second shooter at a small wedding. Cross your fingers for me, and pray I don’t mess up. I’m a wee bit nervous.

Jen

Since I just posted about my project last week and I put the Halloween house on Facebook, I’ll share a picture I took this week of my spider. She comes out every night on my porch and spins her web. I’m trying to capture her for a creepy-crawlies competition with our Erie Shores Photography Club. This one isn’t going to cut it–it’s not very sharp–but I’m going to keep trying. I shot this one using my 50mm lens at ISO 6400, aperture f1.8, shutter speed 1/100s.

New Photo Friday - creepy crawlies

Maddee

This week Maddee has switched to her Canon Rebel, which she says is “the original model, actually, which shows how old it is!” She took this stunning image in Carmel, CA, just after the sun went down. She used her automatic setting and no filter. I love the clouds in this one!

New Photo Friday - Carmel

And that does it for another New Photo Friday. I hope you enjoyed our new photos for this week. Let us know if you have a new photo from this week that we can come and check out. In the mean time, I’m off to practice for tomorrow and try to keep from hyperventilating. Have a great weekend!