Happy Friday! If you’re observing Christmas this weekend, I hope you’re ready for the festivities. I’m not really, but it’s going to happen one way or the other. 😉
I mentioned in last week’s post that I would be doing a Santa Claus shoot last weekend and that’s where my picture today comes from, although probably not what you’d expect.
Because we were setting up the facility before sunrise, I was able to snap this shot outside in the parking lot at Lakeview Park where they have a lovely light display all over. I was tickled by this beach volleyball scene with gingerbread people. The volleyballs blink on and off so it appears as though they are going over the net. I shot this, obviously, with a long exposure so all of the volleyballs appear lit in the image except for the fourth, which was burned out.
This is a crop of the original image and I realized when I cropped it that my focus was in the center of the picture, so gingerbread man is sharp but gingerbread girl is slightly blurry. That’s my biggest regret on this image. The beach scene to the right of ginger-boy is sharp, but I removed that to declutter the image.
What I really liked about it: I got the long exposure and the volleyballs all came out lit. I love the reflection in the puddles on the asphalt. And it’s whimsical and fun. Festive for the season. I hope you enjoy it too.
The technical details: I obviously shot this on a tripod. The shutter speed was 4 seconds, ISO 100 and aperture 5.0. I should have used a larger aperture setting and a slower shutter speed to get little miss ginger-girl sharper. I may go back another night or morning and try again. I’ll also frame the picture to only include the volleyball part of the scene.
Next week I’ll have my end of the year lists for reading and a final new photo for the year. I hope you’ll stop by and check everything out. In the mean time, happiest of holidays to you one and all.
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!
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. 😉
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!”
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!