Pinks and greens on a sunny day

by Ginger on April 24, 2010

in Taking Pictures

It’s a beautiful day here in Southern California–sunny, with a light breeze, not too hot, not too cool. It’s days like today that make me so happy we live here–it may be expensive but damn if it isn’t gorgeous.

I was supposed to go to an honest to goodness tea party today (the kind with tea and croquet and finger sandwiches, not politics and signs and shouting), but circumstances conspired to keep me from attending. So instead I took some photos on our balcony while enjoying a bit of sunshine. Of course they’re all macro shots–because that’s what I like man–but I think they turned out kind of nice. I took some advice from a few of you and turned it to the aperture setting, and was able to get some great blur in the background and some real pop on some of the tiny details. Granted, there’s full sun, so I didn’t have to worry about low light, but baby steps folks, baby steps.

For anyone who is interested: I don’t have a dSLR. I have an Olympus sp-560UZ which is somewhere between a compact point and shoot and a full-scale dSLR. It’s got a lot of manual controls, but probably not as many as a full dSLR. It doesn’t have adjustable lenses. I consider it a good “in-between” camera: not as fully featured as a dSLR (or as pricey), not as compact & easy(or inexpensive) as a pocket point & shoot, but with features from both. Someday I’d love to upgrade to a true dSLR, but I need a little more time learning before that kind of investment is worth it.

Now, on with the pictures:

I had to play with the color on this one in Photoshop–anyone have any tips on how to get more true to life colors when I’m photographing flowers in particular?

I love how crisp the details are in this.

I love the layers of focus in this shot. And how the greens change depending on where they are.

I kind of wish that big leaf wasn’t right in the front, but in some ways I think it adds an interesting foreground, middle ground, background view.

The composition on this one is a little off for me, but I just love the background. These were all taken from our second story balcony, and I love that you kind of get that sense of height here.

And a gratuitous baby with bananas shot.  This shot was taken a few nights ago, in the kitchen (florescent overhead lighting) and a squirmy baby, so the quality isn’t great, but it’s better than I’ve been getting. He remains my hardest subject to photograph, but he’s cute enough to make up for a lot of my novice photographer mistakes.

Kt April 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

My husband uses Adobe Lightshop to play with colors and other features.

Bluebelle April 25, 2010 at 12:38 am

I like the leafy greens too, very nice!

Lizzie April 25, 2010 at 2:28 am

I love pictures of flowers, they make me warm and fuzzy 😀 Especially pink ones!! I can’t take pictures to save my life, but I always like to try out new things much to the confusion of my friends haha!!

Her April 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I’m glad you’re playing around with your camera! It’s so rewarding and fun. My favorite is of the kid though. 😉

Megan April 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Hey, I’m in So Cal, too! I guess I didn’t realize you were as well. 🙂

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