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Fall is in the air

Taking my daughter to school this morning felt like a fall morning. The ground was still wet from a little rain fall earlier this morning, the sun just coming over the mountains. Seriously… the sun couldn’t rise at a more perfect time for us. Every morning on our walk to school the sun is just coming up over the mountains. I am making up for all the sun rises I have missed in my life.

Every morning I drop my daughter off and go for a 30 minute walk or run before I start the day. Some mornings I bring the camera some days I just bring my MP3 player. This morning I choose the camera as I walked out so I could take in the fall morning at a much slower pace.

This first picture I took I used my EF-S 55-250mm lens at F-Stop 6.3 shutter speed 1/40sec, aperture priority. If I had noticed the 1/40 sec on this photo I might have taken another one at 1/60th, but I think it came out o.k. for hand held. There is a dark house behind which made a great back drop and by bringing up my contrast in Photoshop it made it look black.

Here are a few more from my morning adventure. I love the feelings I get when the seasons change each one bringing a different wave of anticipation. Fall makes me feel a need to start racking before the leaves have even fallen. Pull all the hoses inside so they don’t freeze during the winter months. Pull out the sweaters and pour myself a cup of hot tea instead of iced tea.

Garden of One Thousand Buddhas

This past weekend we did something different!  There is a place not to far from where I live called the  Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. I have never been there before but have heard great things about it. There goal is to create  One thousand hand-cast Buddha statues  that will be arrayed around the central figure of Yum Chenmo, or the Great Mother. On Saturday they celebrated a peace day a fundraiser for the garden to reach their goal.  It was a very fun peaceful day full of music and great food.


These were taken in a shed were they were storing some of the buddhas. There was a crowd of people when I came in to take a picture. I knew it was time to leave this particular spot when I looked down and saw my daughter putting her pink necklaces around the buddha in the front row.

Sunny 16

Sunny 16

I just found out a new technique! Such a simple easy to remember rule… When taking a picture in 100% sunshine you set your F-Stop=16 – ISO=100 and shutter speed=100. This will produce perfect exposure in the sun every time.

This picture was taken using Sunny 16 at an incredible fun maze right before Halloween this year. The maze was 1 mile of twists and turns which connected to a corn maze.  There was even a guy who maned the center just in case you found your self lost but really that is what you  hope will happen if you find yourself in a maze.

A few conditions to keep in mind when using Sunny 16

1. The sun  must be high enough to be bright

2. Subject must be in the sun

3. Make sure the sun isn’t behind a cloud must be full sunshine.

4. Conditions should be average meaning no snow or sand etc.

Interesting Fact: Shade is about 3 stops darker than sun (8x’s darker) When using Sunny 16 with some shade in the picture you can decide what you want to do either zoom in on your subject so there is no shade or maybe open up 1 stop and see what happens your shadows might look better and the subject would probably be o.k.

If you have a starting point in the sunshine you can edit and play!

Setting the AF Point

When you are in the basic zone mode your AF points will all be active.  The camera will decide what it thinks your subject is, and the camera is pretty good at doing this.

If you have your camera set on any of the creative zone <P>, <TV>, <AV>, and <M> you will have a say as to where you want to focus. The camera has 9 individual focus points you can use individually or separately.

Press the on the top right – backside of your camera use the dial on the top to change your AF Point. If all the red lights are on – automatic AF point selection will be set. By turning the dial you can select the individual AF point that flashes in red. Press the shutter halfway down to focus, and click.

Different types of metering modes – Canon XSi

This affects how the camera evaluates the light in a given situation, and consequently what exposure settings your camera recommends.

Evaluative metering – meters the whole scene, the camera automatically sets the meter to suit the entire scene.

Partial metering
– Takes a partial metering of the scene so if your background is much brighter than the subject you can meter just a small area.

Center Weighted – meters the center of the scene and then is averaged for the entire scene.

Spot Metering – meters for only a specific spot of the subject or scene.

Set up my first Flickr account!

LightDarkI set up my first Flickr Account http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalcamfan!

This past weekend I took my new Canon XSi out for a spin in the woods.  The kids and I packed up and took a short little drive, the sun was out it felt warm today. Always fun to go on an adventure I had my camera, and my son had the Olympus together I think we took around 300 pictures.

I tried all the different settings on the camera, played with depth of field and had a blast. When we got back we took a look at our pictures I was extremely happy with the quality of the pictures I took.  But really the pictures I took were all ones I would have taken with my point and shoot. I do enjoy my point and shoot, I have not missed one month of my kids lives with the camera. I take so many pictures of them, but all the pictures are just making sure it is not blurry and you can see the kids in the frame.

I want to find my artistic eye, I want to take pictures that provoke an emotion. A few years back a photographer friend did a photo shoot for 2 hours at the park with my then 4 year old son. My son was all over the place throwing leaves at the camera, running circles around all of us. At the end, I apologized and asked it we could try again next week because obviously he wasn’t able to capture anything. But the next day he sent me about 80 pictures each one more amazing then the next. He managed to catch the spirit of my son, the fun we were all having. I was blown away by them. That is what I what to be able to do. I want to capture a moment in time, a feeling. Not just a picture of someone to remember, but a moment.

I understand the art of photography is behind the lens, it is an art that I respect and admire. Anyway I have a long way to go and maybe I will never get there, but the journey is what it is all about.

I set up a flickr account with my pictures, any advice is always welcome. Thanks!