Weekly Photo Challenge: Fifty Shades of Pink – Well, Kind Of

For this week’s photo challenge of PINK, I decided to turn my attention – and in turn my iPhone camera – to the abundance of Crepe Myrtles in Oklahoma. I’m not sure if it was because of all the rain or the cooler than normal temps this past summer (don’t worry, August is making up for it), but the crepe myrtles are exceptionally beautiful this year and the blooms seem to be going on and on! So naturally, I wanted to capture all the wonderful colors that Oklahoma has to offer in this particular flowering bush/tree. There are two that don’t actually fit the category, the white and red ones, but I couldn’t leave them out as they are my favorites! Some images are just as God intended them, but a view have been pinked with the help of HD and Photoshop!

This is the white in its natural state

This is the white in its natural state

The white of photoshop steriods

The white on photoshop steroids

lavender

lavender

Antiqued

Antiqued

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light pink

light pink

light pink hd

light pink hd

light pink antiqued

light pink antiqued

Dark pink

Dark pink

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dark pink antiqued

The Reds!

The Reds!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

I have a nasty habit of “just skimming” things that come into my email; so I didn’t really tackle the entire challenge of focus. I have a very shallow depth of field with the trail of mushrooms and a bit deeper dof with the single mushroom top. I suppose I could scour my images to find one with deep depth of field, but I’m lazy!

Anyway, what I really wanted to say about this challenge is that I love the emotions different depths of fields provoke. From the ethereal (shallow) to the pragmatic (deep) depths of fields, focus has the ability to take our minds to places other than just what the image portrays.

No matter what plane your focal point is in a shallow depth of field, it makes for an interesting image.

No matter what plane your focal point is in a shallow depth of field, it makes for an interesting image. With the focal point in the middle, it leads your eye through the image.

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I love the far away feeling of a front focal point in a shallow depth of field.

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This was a deep crimson flower, not one you would think would look good in black and white, but when I converted it, I found I loved the lack of color better. Without the distraction of color, you can see the flower for all its hidden beauty.

This is another example of shallow dof, but I liked it, so it made the cut!

 

Okay, so I found one that I took on vacation two years ago. Its not that remarkable of an image (in comparison to some of my blogging friends) but it does demonstrate the use of a deeper depth of field.

Okay, so I found one that I took on vacation two years ago. Its not that remarkable of an image (in comparison to some of my blogging friends) but it does demonstrate the use of a deeper depth of field.

 

Weekly Photo Challege: Carefree

Because even grandpas can be carefree!

Remember grandpa to stop and smell the flowers!

Remember grandpa to stop and smell the flowers!

Just In The Nick of Time!

Those of you who know me better will remember that an unfortunate car wreck rendered me without any camera equipment since May 6. I spent the whole summer playing with “phoneography” as my iPhone was my only camera.

The wreck hurt more than my physical being, it hurt my livelihood.

The wreck hurt more than my physical being, it hurt my livelihood.

This might not seem like a big deal to most, but my camera is how I make my living – as a photojournalist and a portrait photographer. To be without a way to earn income was a real drag, but mostly it was stressful. As I battled with the insurance company, a previously contracted wedding date was looming near! Because my equipment although in good working order was older, I did not get a decent settlement to replace my camera, lens and flash. I was forced to finance part of it and because of the cost, had to make due with a less than desirable used lens. I just couldn’t see investing in equipment that was inferior to what I was using, so had to shell out bigger bucks for the new camera and flash!

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I got my new Nikon D800 camera, SB910 flash and a used Tamaron lens just days before theĀ  wedding on August 3! Not much time to learn the new equipment, so I pretty much put it on auto ISO and white balance and shot away!

This was shot from a distance of about 4.5 feet and cropped to achieve the closeup!

This was shot from a distance of about 4.5 feet and cropped to achieve the closeup!

This one was also shot from a longer distance

This one was also shot from a longer distance; I’m in love with this shot!

The new gear (although much heavier than my old equipment) is AWESOME! The D800 shoots at 36 mega pixels and the flash is brilliant! Like I said, the lens is not the best and does not have macro capabilities or stabilizers. This made shooting closeups of the rings difficult. I had to shoot from several feet away and then crop, crop, crop the image to get the extreme closeups I was needing. Fortunately, the D800 could handle it. The weight was bit of a problem after six hours of non-stop shooting, and my arthritic hands really let me know about it before I was finished. Also, because of the size of the images, it takes me MUCH longer to edit, but I can deal with that! All in all, I’m very pleased with my equipment and am counting the days, if not my pennies until I can get better lenses!

The camera performed well with the flash and with natural light; with a ISO of 6400, it can handle most lighting situations.

The camera performed well with the flash and with natural light; with a ISO of 6400, it can handle most lighting situations.

This was taken at dusk outside with natural lighting, not too shabby.

This was taken at dusk outside with natural lighting, not too shabby.

When capturing reflection shots, a flash is your worst nightmare. It 6400 ISO capability takes away the worries of low lighting indoors.

When capturing reflection shots, a flash is your worst nightmare. The D800’s 6400 ISO capability takes away the worries of low lighting indoors.

The couple used sparklers for the send off. This was the shot I was most worried about with not being able to learn the equpment. I took the sparkler shots on auto ISO and auto flash and just hoped for the best. It performed beautifully! I was able to light the couple and surrounding area without washing out the sparklers! Unfortunately, because of the high heat, everyone was spread out for fear of burns.  A BIG thanks to LEANNE COLE for creating a mat of "sparkles" and creating this composite for me - and all the way from Australia! Gotta love modern technology!

The couple used sparklers for the send off. This was the shot I was most worried about with not being able to learn the equipment before hand. I took the sparkler shots on auto ISO and auto flash and just hoped for the best. It performed beautifully! I was able to light the couple and surrounding area without washing out the sparklers! Unfortunately, because of the high heat, everyone was spread out for fear of burns.
A BIG thanks to LEANNE COLE of Leanne Cole Photography for creating a mat of “sparkles” and creating this composite for me – and all the way from Australia! Gotta love modern technology!

Now, I’m waiting for the insurance company to pay our medical bills! Grrrrr!

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot Two Ways

Okay, this isn’t anything stellar in the field of photography, and considering that I now have my new Nikon D800, not very impressive at all. But a shot fromĀ  Apronhead Lilly had me remembering my trying to capture my baby granddaughter walking. And the first shot is very blurry I’m still learning my new camera.

So it is what it is, I was hoping to get out and do some real shooting, but have been very busy.

Coming

Coming

 

. . . and going

. . . and going

 

 

Frustrated!

This is for all my blogging friends. I am sorry I haven’t commented or LIKED your posts in a long while. I am having issues with WP! I switched browsers to Firefox and I guess WP is not compatible.

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Half the time, it won’t post a comment with my wordpress name, so it wants to create a new login for me. It won’t let me LIKE a blog at all and Now, after I get everything right, it gives me a message, “sorry we are unable to post your comment right now!”

I’m really frustrated. I promise I’m reading and viewing your blogs and posts, I just can’t make my presence known!

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Just Call Me Rosebud

I brought home a little souvenir from the wedding I shot this past weekend! Shot with my new Nikon D800

I brought home a little souvenir from the wedding I shot this past weekend!
Shot with my new Nikon D800

Sunshine Incarnate

To Brighten Your Day!

Lantanas are such delicate little flowers. I love them and they love sunshine! Mix in the color yellow, and its a win, win situation!

Lantanas are such delicate little flowers. I love them and they love sunshine! Mix in the color yellow, and its a win, win situation!

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