Archives for the month of: June, 2012

My teenaged children regularly go to a park in town to practice soccer and usually their dad takes them so I can catch up on household chores in the evening.

Two nights ago, however, I told him I would take them. I don’t play soccer, so I decided to explore the creek nearby. I’m so glad I did. I drive by this creek everyday at 35 miles per hour (at least). It took slowing down on foot to appreciate the creek’s value.

Most of these shots were taken as the sun was setting with a Canon Rebel, set on AV at F5.6.

As it got darker, the AV setting caused the shutter speed to slow down considerably. I really needed a tripod, but didn’t have it with me. I compensated by sitting down and propping my elbows on my knees and changing the f-stop to 2.8.

Slow down and take a walk (with your camera, of course) and see what you discover 🙂

The tiny plants and the dark water look like an abstract painting


Have you ever taken a landscape photo that just wasn’t what you expected?

Try turning the image to black and white. This photo was taken right before a storm. The sky was two distinct shades of blue and the barn was sillouetted. I expected the blues to look more powerful than they did when I downloaded the photo to my computer.

I tried various Photoshop manipulations to increase the contrast, but nothing captured the powerful cloud that threatened the barn.

As a last resort, I decided to take the original image and convert it to black and white. Voila! Suddenly the power of the clouds was evident and it brought out detail in the barn.

I worked for many years at a newspaper where most of my pictures were published in black and white, so I tend to shy away from that selection now that I don’t have to use it. This photo has convinced me that I may need to revisit my old medium occasssionally.

This picture was shot with a Canon Rebel, set on AV at F22.

Have fun with your camera, 🙂

This summer, some of my photos will be on exhibit at the Good Foods Coop in Lexington, KY. The coop’s space is dedicated to artists that are working to help the environment through reduce/reuse/recycle practices.

The goal of my exhibit is to make people aware of all the insects that have a positive affect on plants. One carnivorious insect, such as the mantis, can eat its weight in plant-devouring bugs in a day; and insects that sip nectar from flowers, like the bee, help that flower to pollinate.

The exhibit will be hanging throughout July and August in the coop’s cafe’ gallery.

Next time you are photographing flowers, look for creatures that may be hard at work helping those flowers.

Have fun with your camera, 🙂


Close up plus 1

Close up plus 4

Close up plus 2

As an incredibly financial-strapped photographer, I am faced with not being able to afford all the equipment I would like to use. For instance, I would love to have a macro lens, but it is hard for me to justify the cost of one, when only about one-eighth of the photos I take are extreme close-ups.

Promaster’s Close-up Filter Set saved the day for me. The little kit is three filters , close-up plus 1, 2 or 4, can be mounted on your regular 55 mm lens and is basically like mounting a magnifying glass to your lens. You can use one, two or all three at a time, depending on how much magnification you want.The results are not as good as an actual macro lens, but for a “starving artist,” such as myself, they are far more realistic than the alternative.All the photos shown were taken with a Canon Rebel, set on AV at F5.6. Occasionally, when using these filters it is necessary to stop up one or two stops, especially if you are using all three Close-ups at once. Have fun with your camera,L.H. 🙂

How can you go wrong with this subject

First off, let me say portrait photography is not one of my strong suits. However, recently a friend wanted me to photograph her little boy and considering he is one of the most adorable children I have ever seen, I agreed to give it a try. We took many shots of him at different locations around my farm and they turned out great. One shot, in particular was sheer perfection. While I was teaching a photography class to a group of adults this past spring, I spent a great deal of time scrawling diagrams on the board illustrating the rule of thirds and the golden mean used in compostion. However, I don’t always practice what I preach. The same can be said for lighting. Sometimes, despite my best intentions, the subject of my photos is not very well illuminated.

This photo illustrates all of the rules of composition and lighting combined. It was by far the best shot I took that day. Every once in a while, with the help of a peak of sunshine and a beautiful subject, the teacher gets it right.

This image was shot on a Canon Rebel, AV set at 5.6, 400 ISO.

Have fun with your camera,

L.H. 🙂

Taken at F22

Taken at F5.6, focused on the background


For those who are still confused about the F-stop and its function, I have illustrated with one of my favorite subjects. F-stop seems to be one of the most confusing things about photography. I hope these images will help.

Have fun with your camera,L.H. 🙂

Taken at F5.6, focused on the foreground

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