Lens Revolution: Composition

Friday, April 24, 2015

I got some really great shots for Samantha's latest Lens Revolution assignment! Composition is the element of photography that allows the most freedom. I love playing around with it and trying to figure out why photographers chose the set up that they did.

The challenge this week was to play around with four types of shots. I went outside to my favorite little tree because it happens to be showing off right now. These were taken on a cloudless day with my Canon Rebel XTi equipped with a 55-250mm zoom lens.

Let me know which shot is your favorite!

I've always known that I tend to take shots according to the "rules". My pictures are usually composed according to the rule of thirds and I like to zoom in so that I leave very little negative space. As a blogger, negative space comes in handy when creating graphics. I've really wanted to work on that style simply because it doesn't come naturally to me.

This week's challenge forced me to play with negative space. I'm pretty sure that that last shot is my absolute favorite.  I learned more about my style and also got to go through about 50 shots to see what I feel works and what just doesn't work for me. 

Be sure to check out Samantha's blog for the next assignment

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Week Three: Understanding Lighting (n/a)
Week Four: Tri-Pod Selfies (n/a)


Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 22, 2015

The last few weeks have been FULL in the best way. I have so many things to share with all of you.     I've been working in the flower beds (weed patrol), reading so many good books (The Book Thief, The Giver, The Island of Dr. Libris, and The Eyre Affair), spring cleaning, and discovering new things on tv (Life With Elizabeth and Mr. and Mrs. Murder). I got to go to my friend Heidi's house three times over the last month and her daughter spent five days at our house. CYT classes have started up again. It's spring and life is moving at exactly one million miles an hour.

My sister will be 17 a week from tomorrow! She continues to amaze me with who she is becoming. She wants sheet music, Sue Thomas on DVD, a palomino, and peace in her life. That girl reminds me so much of myself at 17. Every day is bursting at the seams with places to be and jobs to be done. She's trying to figure out where she is going in this life and how she'll get there. The uncertainties overwhelm her at times, but then she stops and realizes that it's all going to be okay. 

Meanwhile, my friend Alice turned 91 two weeks ago. I've been trying to spend more time with her because I know how much it means to her and I don't know how much longer we'll have. On my visit last week, she brought up what she called "waste basket memories". I've been going over her words in my mind and I'm looking forward to writing about them here. 

Life and blogging can be strange. Sometimes the balance is easy and comes naturally. Other times, it seems like we're forced to choose between the two. You know how it goes. Here's to not waiting 20 days before I post again! :)

What have you been up to?

What did you get for your 17th birthday? 

The Reason Why

Friday, April 03, 2015

January 25, 2015

"...for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me [Jesus Christ] and have believed that I came from God." John 16:27

I've been going through the book of John over the last few days. Today, that verse in chapter 16 stopped me in my tracks. I've read over it countless times, but on Good Friday 2015, I realized that Jesus Christ made clear the REASON for God's love. 

Scripture tells us that the fulness of God dwelt in the person of Jesus. That's what made Him THE Christ. Everyone did not believe that. That's what made them gather together with shouts of, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" 

Sometimes I wonder what that day was like... What did those who DID believe go home thinking? What was it like for the sky to go dark and for the earth to quake? Were there people IN the temple? How far away could the voice of Christ be heard?

Today, Christians throughout the world are remembering the day their Savior died. We are contemplating what He did and looking forward to celebrating what came next in just a few days. That Friday was good because it was a day that the glory of God was on display. Nearly two thousand years later, we haven't forgotten. 

May we praise God for making Himself known to us. May we praise Christ for taking the wrath of God that we deserve for our sin. May we praise the Holy Spirit for teaching us what He received from Christ. As we love Christ and have believed that He came from God, may we know that that is the reason for the Father's love for us. 

We go by the name "Christian" for a reason....On this, the day He died, may we pause to ponder yet another facet of exactly what He accomplished.  

Lens Revolution: Understanding ISO

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Samantha's Lens Revolution is a chance for me to challenge myself and to learn more about what makes for a great photo.  

When I found out that this week's challenge would involve ISO, I decided to take my gear outside! I chose a shady spot where the early morning sun was coming over my shoulder from behind me. I used my Canon Rebel XTi, a 50mm lens, and my brother's tripod. 

In each shot, the aperture was 1.8 and the shutter speed was 1/1000*, the only thing I changed was the ISO.


ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600 

When I first got my DLSR, ISO was the first thing I learned about. It is the element of photography that I have the deepest understanding of. Basically, the more light that is available the better. The better the lighting, the lower the ISO and the cripser your image is going to be. If the light is poor, you're going to need to have a higher ISO.

The toughest part about this week's assignemnt was NOT messing with the shutter speed! I've gotten used to shooting in all kinds of light conditions. The secret to creating good photos is choosing the right ISO and then complementing it with the best shutter speed. I mess with the shutter speed without even thinking about it. *It turns out, the shots with an ISO of 800 and 1600 actually have a shutter speed of 1/4000. Oops!  

And this guy gets to make an appearance because he really wanted to be in the pictures! He followed me all around the yard while I was wandering around deciding what I should shoot.

Which of these pictures do you like the most?

Have you ever taken part in a photography class or challenge?

What element of photography comes easiest for you?

The Lens Revolution at Through * For * By:

Week One: Understanding Aperture and Shutter Speed

Be sure to check out Samantha's blog for next week's assignment!

Currently: April 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

March 29, 2015
You guys, I went all out and spring cleaned my room on Saturday! The closet is jam packed and there is still a corner of papers and books and STUFF that needs to be dealt with. BUT, for the most part, everything is SPARKLY and CLEAN. I also cleaned up my cutting garden and sorted out all my gardening tools and seeds. It was a productive day which got me in the mood for a few more projects!

Let's hit the pause button on all of that to link up with Jenna and Anne! I'm currently:

Wearing: Gardening gloves. Dressing for spring is always soooo confusing because you never know what the weather is going to do. The one thing that IS predictable is the time I will be spending in the garden!

Sipping: Mostly water. I've been craving chocolate malts a lot and I did have one of those!

Wishlisting: Another trip south. :)

Writing: More guest posts than usual these days. It's a good kind of pressure! Be sure to visit my latest post over at The Quiet Place. :)

Exploring: Calligraphy and 18 Hour Sourdough Bread making.

What are you up to?