Posts Tagged ‘still life’

Nurture Photography Fall Photo Challenge: Finale

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Rebecca and Kristi are crazy talented and their photo challenges are beyond awesome. I always learn something new,  find beautiful new to me blogs to follow, and get inspired to shoot something different.

I panicked when I realized the photo challenge finale was near and I hadn’t yet shot anything fall like. The weather here is a bit bizarre. Most of the trees are barren due to the Hurricane Sandy winds and rains we received a few weeks ago. There was a frigid stretch of winter like weather. But now it’s sunny, warm, and gorgeous out.

Not complaining but its bizarre weather for November in the Northeast.

Oh well, I’ll take it.

I decided to share a single photo for my finale post. A still life I shot while the kids played nearby at the playground. They devoured my model once I was finished.

I’m drawn to photographing apples because they’re abundant, in season, don’t move, and are very pretty. I found this apple in the peck and it was perfect.

One of my favorite things about fall.


Nurture Photography Fall Photo Challenge


Thursday, September 20th, 2012


My new lens.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

It’s my favorite time of the year. I’m in love with the chilly mornings, warm afternoons, changing leaves, and crispy air. Football is on, my sweaters are out, and the darkening sky has tricked my children into sleeping earlier. It’s heaven.

My new to me lens is a 50mm macro*. I chose this lens because I really love the focal lens and Tracey Clark recommended it in one of her books (I’m a big fan of her work so I take her written advice seriously). My 50mm 1.4 is my favorite lens but it doesn’t focus well very close up. The macro, while it isn’t going to give me true macro shots like life-size insect images (which is the last thing in the world a chicken like me wants to shoot), focuses much closer up than my 1.4.

It’s a fabulous lens and I’m happy with it but I obviously have no idea what I’m doing. I know nothing of macro. I’m mostly walking around like “Hmm, let me get really close to this shit”. I’m having a good time but have a lot to learn.


I tried taking shots of this tree in the past. The crinkly texture and pretty rust color drew me in. They never looked quite right with my 50 1.4 or 35 but I like these.

It’s just such a cool tree. To me anyway.

Any macro tips for a newbie?



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