sun-flare-flower

f/2.4, 1/10000, ISO 400

This post is being posted up a bit later than usual, isn’t it? Today’s prompt is Sun Flare, which is something I’ve never done before. To top it off, today’s weather has been touch and go with the sun trying to decide whether or not it wanted to make an appearance. It finally came out when I was at work…of course. So all day I had my fingers crossed it would stay out long enough for me to get home and take a photo of a sun flare. Thankfully, the sun cooperated with me and I was able to get this photo. It is of one of the lilies that are currently growing outside of the house. You should have seen me trying to get in the right position to capture to spot at the same time as trying to avoid crushing any other flowers that were growing. But this is what I got!

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

june-camera

f/2.4, 1/60, ISO 100

I had a couple of options for today’s FMS Photo a Day Prompt, but the photo I went with, I didn’t actually take with my camera. I took it with my cell phone and it turns out that it fits perfectly with the prompt. Let me explain, today we were supposed to have a photo of what June looks like. Most of June I’ve been concentrating on learning how to use my new camera. The other day, I was out in the yard sitting with my husband on the grass because it was such a beautiful day. The scene in front of us was calming and I wanted to get a picture of it. I picked up my camera and an idea came to me to take a photo of me taking  a photo. I think it’s a pretty cool photo. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably spotted this picture turn up a couple of days ago, but I wanted to share it here as well. So this is what June has been looking like to me, beautiful weather and a lot of picture taking.

What has June looked like to you?

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

duck-drinking

f/5.6, 1/20, ISO 100

Today’s prompt is In this Moment. Originally I wanted to take a new photo of a groundhog I saw outside, but I tell ya, those animals move fast! So, I couldn’t take a picture of that and instead, I’m using a photo I took on Saturday. Yes, I know, that isn’t technically this moment, but this is one of those photos I’m really proud of. I was using manual mode, which I’m currently teaching and training myself. But not only that, in this moment, I discovered that my husband really does know how to do a duck call. That’s right, this duck is close to me because he called it over. To say the least, I was impressed and excited at the same time. I guess I’m not allowed to doubt his ability to call over ducks now.

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

  • June 24, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    AnonymousWhat a cute subject. Since you asked for CC I just wanted to say that your shutter speed is really low for a moving subject. I would try to keep it above 1/100. If your photo then looks too dark I would open up your aperture to 3.5 or so depending on how wide your lens goes. It is a great start to learning manual. Keep practicing and soon it will be 2nd nature to you!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 9:57 am

      AnonymousThanks so much! I love taking pictures of animals and was happy I was able to capture this adorable duck. Also, thanks so much for the CC! I did read this comment previously (though I’ve been slacking on replying to comments) and always keep it in mind. Manual is quickly becoming 2nd nature, I just keep practicing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    AnonymousCute subject! I agree, you need to increase your SS. The duck looks a little blurry (possibly motion blur since your Ap is fine). Open your Ap a little more or increase your ISO and then you can increase your SS. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 9:58 am

      AnonymousThanks so much for the CC, Amanda! I really appreciate it and have been working on learning manual and hope that I’ve been becoming better at it. All of the CC is really a great aid!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    AnonymousWay to go learning manual!!! 🙂 Great photo!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 9:58 am

      AnonymousThanks so much! I’m really happy I decided to learn manual!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    AnonymousI would have to agree that you need a higher shutter speed. Also, try different angles.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:00 am

      AnonymousI switched over to the shutter priority setting so that I could learn how to adjust my SS. I think I’ve finally started getting it.ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    AnonymousWhat a cute subject and way to go for learning manual!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:00 am

      AnonymousThanks so much, Robin! There is a ton I’ve learned from switching to manual and can’t wait to learn more!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

    AnonymousGreat job using manual! I agree, a bump in your SS might help with wildlife 😉 Great job capturing the colors of the duck!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:02 am

      AnonymousThanks so much, Alyssa! Bumping up SS is a great tip I’ve gotten and used since this photo. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    AnonymousYou’ll be so happy you learned manual!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:03 am

      AnonymousI am ecstatic to be learning manual! Gives me so much more freedom to be creative.ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Anonymousvery cute subject! I agree with others – bumping you SS will help decrease motion blur. I have a shaky hand so I’m often 1/160 or faster depending on the lens.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:06 am

      AnonymousThanks so much, the ducks were adorable! I got a new lens not long ago that doesn’t have the IS setting, so it’s forced me to learn when I need to bump up my SS. My hands are shakier than I had originally thought!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    AnonymousGood work, shooting in manual! I think everyone here gave you great advice about bumping shutter speed and ISO.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:07 am

      AnonymousThank you, Melissa! The comments left on this photo have been so helpful to my development as a photographer.ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2014 - 1:01 am

    AnonymousGood job! I love going to the park to see the ducks and wildlife. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:09 am

      AnonymousThank you, Aubrey! I need to go back down to where the ducks hang out to take some more photos of them.ReplyCancel

grow-flower

f/4.5, 1/60, ISO 100

There are so many things that grow in the world, it was difficult to pick what I would use for today’s FMS Photo a Day challenge prompt: growing. I decided to pick this flower, which I watched grow for weeks until it finally blossomed into a beautiful flower. Over the summer, I plan to continue to watch the flowers grow along with the animals that have been roaming around our yard. And maybe one day, I’ll get to watch my own children grow and capture precious moments of them as well.

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

dog-here

f/5.6, 1/100, ISO 800

Today’s FMS Photo a Day Challenge prompt is “Here I am!” I was originally going to take a new photo of myself, but then my dog was out and about in the garden. I found her behind some bushes, looking at me as if saying “Here I am, what do you want? I’m exploring!” I had to take a her photo and post it for you all to see. She’s so adorable on her adventure. I’m glad that I was able to find her and capture a photo.

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

cross-waverly-hills

f/4.5, 1/50, ISO 2500

 

Woo-hoo! Today I have finally caught up with the FMS Photo a Day Challenge prompts! Go me, right? So, June 14th’s prompt was cross. When we were at Waverly Hills Sanitarium, we were leaving the body shoot (yes, I said body shoot). Above the door, there was a cross, which I found extremely interesting. I took a photo of it and love the way it ended up coming out. So, of course, I had to use it to represent June 14th’s prompt.

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

thermometer-friday

f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 6400

Today’s prompt is “YAY” and I have a few things to certainly celebrate. The first one being that it’s Friday, meaning, the end of the workweek and beginning of my weekend. Not that I’m doing anything excited, at least not yet. Also, the weather has finally cooled down a bit. I’m not sweating just sitting in the living room, I’m actually kind of cold. I’m contemplating getting a blanket, which is a nice change! The windows are open as are the doors, letting in the fresh air.

What are you celebrating today? What makes you say “Yay!”?

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

P.S. This is one of my first photos shooting in manual mode. It’s not too horrible, but I have a long way to go!

simply-rhododendron

f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 100

I have to admit, every time I think of this prompt, I get the song Wonderful Christmastime stuck in my head. Either way, that’s the prompt and I decided to go with a picture of a flower. I’m slowly discovering that I love taking nature photos and I’m sure you all have probably started noticing that as well. But I wanted to show this flower because I think it is simply beautiful. It’s not exactly simple because what in nature really is? It caught my eye though and I couldn’t help but take a shot of it.

What would you have used for the simply prompt?

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.