Back to Photography

I took an unplanned break from photography last year while we focused on house renovations. Other than during our trip to Glacier National Park, I did not take many pictures last year. Today is probably the nicest weather day we’ve had so far in 2019 so I thought it would be the perfect time to go to a local park and get some pictures.

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You can see other pictures I’ve taken at this park here (2016) and here (2013).

Have a great day!

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Middle of Winter

It’s the middle of winter and although we’ve taken a break from the large house projects, we are continuing to make some small changes.

The first is we’ve replaced the outlets and switches in our entire house because the old ones were dirty, yellowish, and some also had paint on them from when walls were painted previously. Note – if you decide to replace outlets on your own, make sure to turn off the power to the outlet and use a multimeter to confirm no electricity is running through the wires.

 


We’re also working on something we hadn’t anticipated — filling cracks in our new trim that resulted in lower temperatures and humidity. I bought caulk that has “crack resistant” written on the packaging. I’m really hoping this does the trick because having to re-do work I’ve already done is a huge bummer.

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I’ve also had some time to take pictures. One of the negative aspects of 2018 was that I didn’t have a lot of time to go out and take pictures because almost every weekend was consumed by our house projects. I’m trying to take more pictures in 2019.

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What have you been doing this winter?

Creating an Autumn Scene in Photoshop

I’m not sure about you guys but I’ve found the Photoshop tutorials on the YouTube channel PIXimperfect super helpful. There is one tutorial that is only 1 minute long and shows how to make a picture look like it was taken during autumn. It’s really effective! I used the technique today on a couple of photos I took while we were in Savannah, Georgia a few years ago.

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It’s not 100% perfect (a couple of the leaves in the street sign picture turned cyan instead of yellow and I had to do some correction) but it’s a really quick and easy way to get started.

If you’re interested in using this method on any of your photos, you can find directions here:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMrvLMUITAImCHMOhX88PYQ/videos

Of course, you could also go outside during October and take some real pictures of autumn colors like I did yesterday.

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Have a great weekend!

Glacier National Park

We recently visited northwestern Montana and spent a few days in Glacier National Park.  Neither of us had ever been to Montana before but we heard good things about the park and couldn’t wait to go.  I took over 300 pictures during our few days there and we were both blown away by the beautiful scenery.

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If you have been to Glacier National Park, what did you think?  What was your favorite part of the park?  Are there other National Parks you’d recommend?

Enjoying the Outdoors

Yesterday I decided to take my camera out and go exploring a bit.  I found a footbridge that goes across a lake we have nearby.  I knew the lake was there, of course but I didn’t know about the bridge and I was surprised by how many people were there exercising, walking dogs, or spending time with their kids.  It was fun walking around and taking pictures.

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I hope you had a nice weekend, too!

Food Photography

I’ve taken some food pictures for this blog but I never put much thought in to applying  the best techniques for food photography.  That is, until yesterday.

I am trying to put together a list of recipes that I use often and one of the stipulations I have for myself is that I need to include a picture that I’ve taken of the food to include next to the recipe.

Yesterday I made a breakfast sandwich and I could not get a picture I was happy with.  I used my 18-55mm lens and it was just not working out.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

I got frustrated with the 18-55mm lens because it would not focus if I got too close.  But if I got further away from the food, the picture lost some of the detail that I wanted to capture.  I thought maybe I can spruce up the picture in Photoshop. Nope.

So I read a few posts about food photography and two of the recommendations that stood out to me were 1.) use a macro lens and 2.) use natural light if possible.

So, that’s what I did this morning.

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photo taken with 60mm macro lens and natural light

Huge difference!  Before I took the picture, I wasn’t sure if it would work because there was barely any light coming in through the kitchen window.  But my lens knew how to make it work.  I like this picture because it shows the detail of the food and the lighting indicates that I was about to enjoy the sandwich in the morning – which I did.

Don’t get me wrong – I have taken decent pictures of food with my 18-55mm lens, like the one shown below but I think I’ll stick with the 60mm macro for a while.

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photo taken with 18-55mm lens and artificial light

What tricks or tips do you have when taking pictures of food?