Once again, I have to apologize for the delay since my last post. I am well-meaning, but somehow the days just get away from me. I have a number of odds and ends to share with you before I share my photo for this week. The first is the December Nerdy Special List. Those of you who have been following from the old blog know that I contribute to Pop Culture Nerd's monthly Nerdy Special List. The end of year list for 2016 is rather nice, especially if you might be looking for a last-minute gift idea. There are some great titles over there. Shelf Awareness had their favorite books of 2016 issue and I have two non-fiction reviews included in that list. And today is the last day to enter AudioFile's contest to win 6 months of free audiobooks in conjunction with their editors' favorites of 2016. I have three reviews in various categories for that issue. Check it out...and enter to win! I'm into my 2017 books now, so I'll be posting my favorites lists soon. Be on the lookout. O.k. so that brings me to this week's new photo. It comes from my photography class on Sunday where I was again working on lighting. I've been using the Cactus RF60 Wireless flash. In my set-up for this shoot I was using two flashes and the V6 transceiver. I have been quite impressed with the Cactus products. They've been easy to use and make the shoot go smoother, which is a plus for a photographer who's still mastering all this lighting business! In addition to the flashes I used a Godox softbox on one flash. I need to get a grid to go with my softbox, but for what I paid for it, it's a good, portable, easy-to-use diffuser. The kit I bought comes with the S-type bracket, but you can buy kits without that and pay a little less. My photo was taken with my Tamron 17-50mm lens at an aperture of 8.0. My shutter speed was 1/100 and my ISO was 100. So what's your favorite equipment that you use for lighting? Do you have any tips or tricks that you like to follow for lighting? Feel free to share with us. And share a photo if you have one today. I'd love to stop by and see it. Hope you have a great weekend. I'm going to help out with a Santa photo shoot. I'm sure I'll have fun stories and pictures to share after. Stay warm. Happy reading and shooting!
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.
JenI 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 JMaddee 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!
Hi friends. Some of you may be brand new friends and others may be coming from my previous blog, Jen's Book Thoughts. Brown Dog Solutions and The Inquisitive Introvert blog are the result of a WordPress class I was taking and my desire to include additional content on my blog, like photography, travel and animals. So here you will still find significant book discussion, but I'll also be sharing some of my other passions. I hope you'll visit often, join in discussions and enjoy the content. Jen's Book Thoughts will remain as an archive of the previous eight and a half years of book talk. I may, at times, reference reviews, interviews or other features there and provide you links. However, I won't be accepting any review requests here. I'm at a point where the majority of my reading time is committed to reviews I'm doing for various publications. Additional reading is simply going to be books I want to enjoy personally and are not in my work list. I so very much love to read, and I'm promising myself I will keep it that way. I have started to create some galleries of my photography. This was an excellent exercise for me, as I've been taking new classes to regularly improve my skills, and it's been motivating me to finally organize all the digital photographs I've taken. These galleries will be updated regularly and I will also share some fun photos here in blog posts. Fridays will be dedicated to a series I'm calling New Photo Fridays. More on that soon. There is a section of the site for freelance work. You can find information there about the skills I have for hire as well as how to contact me for additional information. I'm honored to work regularly for several small businesses, so additional jobs I accept will be determined by available time. I've given my freelance business the name Brown Dog Solutions in honor of my own dogs...who have all been brown. Thank you for stopping by my new little corner of the Internet. Come back soon.