Project 365: Anticipating summer and sunshine

by DaniGirl on May 14, 2011 · 2 comments

in Photo of the Day

This was, even by my usual standards, an insanely busy week. It was the kind of week where a saner person might actually put down the camera and say, “Heck, let’s pass on the photos for this week, there’s just too much else going on.” Instead, I continued to snap madly, and just let them pile up on my hard drive, but still managed to pick out a favourite for each day.

The week started out with a bit of an “oops”. I forgot to dial down the ISO when I was shooting this one of Lucas and Beloved, but I worked it until I had recovered it a bit and noticed it had a bit of a vintage vibe, so I played that up.

135:365 Up Daddy!

More cuteness for the sake of cuteness. Forgive me.

139:365 Lucas on the play structure

Lucky for me, the only thing in more abundance than cuteness was nature’s glory, finally blooming after a long, drippy spring. I took these ones with one of those screw-on macro filters. They’re only about $20 for a set of four on eBay, great fun if you want to dabble in macro photography and get a little closer to your subject. These have very little post-processing, aside from creating the diptych in Photoshop.

136:365 Tulip macro dippy

And the same tulips straight on the next day. (You can tell they were taken on different days, because an overcast day makes the colours more even and more saturated like the first shot, whereas the second one is very constrasty with the back-lighting.)

138:365 Tulip trio

Who knew spring had so much fiery orange? It’s ordinarily a colour I associate with autumn, but there’s a lot of it going on in my yard right now. These are the baby leaves on our red maple, just waking up for the season. (Apparently I’ve also got a backlighting theme going on this week!)

141:365 Wake up, little leaves!

This is Kym. I’ll tell you more about her in an upcoming post!

137:365 Relishing

I was really pleased with most – heck, ALL of my pictures this week, but the sentimental favourite gets the last-but-not-least spot. We won a family pass to one of those parking-lot mini-fairs in Barrhaven, thanks to the fine folks at OttawaStart.com, and we enjoyed ourselves quite a bit!

Funfair collage

This one turned out EXACTLY like I’d hoped it would. To replicate this, you’ll need to set your shutter speed to something slow like 1/30 of a second or slower (or if you’re shooting in aperture priority, make your aperture very small. The macro setting on your point-and-shoot might work, too.) I waited until the sun was indirectly falling on him and the most colourful section of the background was behind him, and since we were moving at the same speed relative to each other, the background came out blurred. It’s called panning.

140:365 On the carousel

He may be growing up way too quickly, but he’s not so big he can’t still enjoy the carousel. šŸ™‚


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara May 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Love the shot of the leaves and your adventure to the fair. And I can’t wait to see more from your shoot with Kym šŸ™‚

2 Mary @ Parenthood May 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

Love the shot of the merry go round! I ‘m going to have to try that!

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