Ahh, it’s been a little while since I updated this photography page, hasn’t it?? I think I left off with some failed fireworks. I am working on a regular posting routine over here, and thought I would start by getting you updated on some new camera equipment that I’ve purchased since we last chatted. First this camera strap, which will be followed by posts on my new laptop/camera bag and a new lens. Enjoy!

At long last, only a mere four months after asking for help in choosing a camera strap, I finally bought one. Ironically, the one I ended up buying was not one of the options that I included while begging for opinions. I can be super indecisive like that. After not being able to choose one, I started doing more research and around the same time my friend Kelly bought one of the Black Rapid straps and raved about it. I checked out their site, and coincidentally not long after Digital Photography School did a review of the Black Rapid RS-7 strap. I was really drawn to the sling design and liked the idea of the camera hanging at my hip instead of around my neck, leaving my arms free to move at will.

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This past weekend I took my Chief Culinary Consultant to Saturday’s opening weekend Pirates game as a Valentine’s Day gift. It was a fireworks night (the first of the season!) so I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to try to practice shooting fireworks. Before going to the game, I read a tutorial on Digital Photography School and gathered some tips. Since I wouldn’t be using a tripod or remote release (two primary recommendations), my main takeaways were: (1) Use a slow shutter speed; (2) Use an aperture in the f/8.0 to 16.0 range; and (3) Use a low ISO (recommended was 100).

I ended up only taking a handful of shots because I wanted to actually enjoy watching the fireworks and not be totally worried about photographing them, but I was disappointed in the ones that I took. I didn’t get the “raining” effect of fireworks, you can see a lot of the smoke, and I felt like my timing was definitely off.

I started out with my ISO on 100 and it was way, way too dark so I ended up switching it to auto. I kept my shutter speed at 1/125, which was probably way too fast, and my aperture at f/8.0. Below are the photos…

Would love to hear about any tips or experiences you have regarding fireworks photography!

Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 3200, Aperture f/8.0, Exposure 1/125


Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 3200, Aperture f/8.0, Exposure 1/125


Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 3200, Aperture f/8.0, Exposure 1/125


Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 3200, Aperture f/8.0, Exposure 1/125


I have been doing a lot of searching for a camera strap and fell in love with the August Blossoms collection on Etsy. Not only are the designs super cute, but you can wear them across your body AND they have a little pocket for the lens cap (that sealed the deal for me!). The only problem is that I can’t decide which one I want, too many cute choices! I narrowed it down to my five faves and would love for you to weigh in. Which do you like?

Brown Woodland Delight:

Black and White Damask:

Blue and Coral Woodland Bloom:

Gray Stones:

Ivory and Bubblegum Poppies:

If it helps, or even matters (hey, I’m a girl, I think in terms of coordinating accessories!), this is the camera bag that I am getting:

Daily Challenge: What's Cookin'?

This challenge certainly had my name written all over it! It just so happened that I was already planning to bake this morning, so I seized the opportunity to try some different shots aside from the typical “finished food product” that I take most of the time.

One of the articles that I’ve found really helpful in learning about the different settings on my camera is this photography tutorial put together by Kevin & Amanda: A Quick Guide to Understanding Your DSLR Camera. I’ve referred to it countless times in the last few weeks, and one of the things I wanted to work on today was adjusting the shutter speed to achieve a purposeful motion blur to illustrate speed. And what better subject than my whirling mixer?!

I shot this on manual and started with a super low exposure speed of 10 (the whole picture was blurry since I didn’t use a tripod) and kept bumping it up to see what the shots looked like. I kept the aperture set t 4.0, although I’m not sure if I should have increased it? I ended up liking this shot the best – the mixer bowl is in focus but you can see the speed blur affect I was going for with the mixer blade.

Moon Pies for everyone! :)

Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 1000, Aperture f/4.0, Exposure 1/100

Daily Challenge: Macro/Close Up

This challenge definitely has me yearning for a macro lens! So while the “macro” part of the assignment couldn’t be achieved to its full extent, I enjoyed the close-up. I tried some different shots – plants, things around the house, etc. and in the end my pup’s nose while he was napping won out as my favorite shot. He barely opened his eyes while I was snapping the pictures. Ahhh, to have a dog’s life!

Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 100, Aperture f/4.0, Exposure 1/500

Daily Challenge: Starts with A

Today’s Daily Challenge was something that starts with the letter ‘A’. I was out running a couple of errands and grabbed my camera as I walked out the door, hoping that I would spot something really creative or artsy. And then I got into my car after one of my stops and realized there was an Applebee’s across the parking lot. It seemed obvious at that point ;-)   This was actually good for me since I don’t have much experience taking photos outside yet. Winter cabin fever + lots of food photos = lack of outdoor shooting experience. I’m hoping with spring right around the corner that will start to change!

Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 800, Aperture f/4.0, Exposure 1/1250

After finally delving into the world of SLR cameras, I have been trying to do a lot of reading and learning. I won’t lie – it’s much more complicated than I imagined it would be. I love seeing the resulting pictures, but I definitely still have a ton to learn about aperture, exposure speed, ISO, composition… and the list goes on and on. Not surprisingly, most of my camera practice has come in the form of photographing food, and while it has been great practice, I know that I need to branch out! Much like the motivation behind first starting my food blog (track my progress in the kitchen and try new things!) I am channeling the same motivation for improving my photography and learning as much as I can. So, welcome to my little photography corner of the web!

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Daily Challenge: Topless Without People

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Daily Challenge: Afternoon

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Daily Challenge: Square

January 15, 2011 | 1 Comment | Email | Print

Daily Challenge: Square

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