Several years ago I started some fun photography online courses with Kat Sloma.(click on name) In fact that is the genesis of starting this blog.
There was a group of us who stayed with Kat's series and often left comments on one another's blogs. It was certainly a feeling of "community."
(Kat is starting these classes again, you might want to check them out.)
One of my favorites, Brenda Gottsabend who writes How to Feather an Empty Nest (click on name) is worth a visit on a regular basis. My but she has blossomed in her art/talent and website design.
Brenda has an eye for structural compositions, light/dark, positive /negative space. Her style is very distinct.
Everyone once in awhile I find myself taking a "Brenda" shot. I see something I feel Brenda would "shoot" and go for it. One day I will post some "Brenda-inspired" photographs.
Brenda is hosting a fun and challenging opportunity for all of us, 3rd Thursday Challenge. The only prerequisite is to try something "different" from what we normally do. What might challenge us as photographers.
This is my first posting.
I have a dedicated macro lens. I love close up shots that peek into the more minute details; but the challenge for me is "clarity and crispness."
The challenge is due to a physical interior tremor that is permanent and only worsens with time. So handling a big, heavy camera with a tremor is a challenge in all circumstances, but particularly macro.
I do have a good tripod, but find it a "pain" to use, it really slows me down to the point I lose interest. But after my last batch of macro photos shot last week, and shown today on this posting, I realize I will have to use it.
My Thursday Challenge is holding/bracing the camera steady, and most likely moving to more usage of a tripod.
(Anyone with tips on using a tripod quickly is welcome to share.)
It was a very rainy day. The sky rolled in gray batting, huge raindrops leaking downward and I worried about our bird feeders' seed becoming soggy, for lack of a better word.
When the steady rain wound down, it was time for seeing what damage the rain brought. And while at it take some shots.
To counteract my tremor I decided to go for BIG BOKEH, thus masking some of the automatic blur I knew I would have.
Here are the good and not so good.
STAR OF THE DAY: THE BIRD FEEDER
Note the tiny green leaf/middle of bottom tray. This is where I focused.
Charmingly, the seeds fell down on the broad green leaves. It reminds me of a fairy banquet.
Focusing on a few raindrops dripping off the feeder and a bare branch, the challenge became very acute.
On our porch is one lonely, forlorn and drooping geranium ...simply clinging to life begged to be photographed.
I suppose these are more "distant" macro shots, but so much of the subject was interesting that I didn't focus in on a single minuscule element. I also recognize that I "like to tell a story" and that often times requires showing a bit of the scenery along with the star.
I do love the close up, as long as the camera isn't focusing on ME!
Thanks Brenda !