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Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/400 sec.

I have been taking some more pictures with my new 50 mm F 1.8 lens.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/125 sec.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/500 sec.

I am very pleased with how the lens blurs the background and highlights the subjects. However, I started wondering as a was editing how some of these images would look run through my HDR processor.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/100 sec.

So… below is the same photo modified in Photomatix. Normally, you would take three images for HDR, but you can use only one and still get some pretty cool effects.



Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F 1.8, 1/250 sec.

Here is another. . .


IMG_8198_tonemappedHmmm. Next I will try the new lens with three bracketed shots for some true HDR images. I will report back on that later.

Keep shooting 🙂



Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/200 sec.

I posted last time about my new Canon 50 mm F/1.8 lens and how it captures only the subject in focus. I couldn’t wait to try it out for some portraits. My cats were more that happy to pose.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/40 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/125 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/125 sec.

As with any portrait, clear focus must be on the eyes. That meant that I had to manually focus every one of these shots to make sure the eyes were clear.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/250 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/500 sec.

Since the eyes were not visible on this shot, I chose to focus on his beautiful eyebrows and whiskers.

Soon, I plan to try some shaped Bokeh with this lens 🙂

I’m so excited about my newest purchase.


Taken with Motorola smartphone

Yes. I bought a lens, something I seldom do, because I am on a very limited budget. This one, however, was totally affordable on Amazon and takes the most beautiful photos.


Canon Rebel, F/1.8, ISO 400, 1/800

It is a simple 50 mm F/1.8 lens, which means the depth of field is very, very shallow. This is the type of lens needed for those beautiful Bokeh shots and blurred backgrounds on portraits.


Canon Rebel, F/1.8, ISO 400, 1/500

The subject, when taken with this lens, is the only thing in focus.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/640

The foreground and background remain out of focus.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/400

When you pull out slightly on the subject, the effect is similar to that of a tilt-shift lens.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/500


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/500

I did discover quickly that I could not trust my auto focus with this lens.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/800

I allowed the auto focus to choose where to focus for the above shot and it chose the closest point. I wanted the flower head to be the focal point of the picture. If I had manually focused on the flower head, this shot would have been perfect.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/800

I was pleasantly surprised to  discover that you can also take landscape shots with this lens, as long as the subjects are within the same plane of the photo.

Next, my cat portraits with this lens. They are purrfect 🙂


Canon Rebel, F-3.5, ISO 100, 1/80 SS

Club and organizational photos are very similar to senior portraits. They are a type of environmental portrait, meaning the surroundings are important to the personal statement of the portrait. For these portraits of my son, who is in Future Farmers of America, I wanted to pose him in a farm setting. Fortunately, we live on a farm and we were able to take the photos literally in the backyard.


Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F-4.5, 1/60 SS

As with any outdoor portrait, natural lighting is one of the most important things. It was sunny when these were taken, so we had to look for areas that were shaded, like the barn door.


Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F-5.6, 1/25 SS

Hey guys like flowers too. As long as they aren’t too girly. Daisies over the fence serve the purpose nicely.


Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F 3.5, 1/80 SS

Props are essential to environmental portraits. In the case of FFA photos-tractors, horses, cattle, hogs, etc. My son chose the tractor. I like the way the orange tractor crosses the color wheel with the navy blue FFA jacket. Once again, shade is preferable, especially if the props are shiny and can reflect sunlight back at the camera. I have included the setting data for each photo. I hope this is helpful to some.

You will notice that the ISO is always 100. That is the lowest ISO that my camera will shoot. The lower the ISO, the better quality your photos will be. The downside of shooting at a low ISO is that it takes more time and exposure to get a good shot. I always attempt to shoot at 100 ISO, but sometimes conditions limit that ability. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Keep shooting your children. LOL

IMG_2550The rule of thirds (that rule about putting the focal point of a photo in the intersections of the image broken into thirds vertically and horizontal) is usually the best use of space in botanical photography. The photo above is a good example. The very center of the flower is in the intersect point. Imagine if the flower were in the center of the image. Would the photo be as interesting?

IMG_2551For this photo, I decided to make the focal point the upper left corner of the flower’s center. Since this is a closer shot, simply placing the center of the flower in the intersect points would have thrown the flower too far to the left.

Of course, I don’t always use rule of thirds, very few photographers do all the time. It is a good practice to begin. If your camera has built-in gridlines on the viewfinder, turn them on. They help.

Keep shooting 🙂


IMG_2128There is a stump in my yard that has stood unadorned for several years. The other day, I noticed that it is almost completely covered with this interesting fungus. It grows entwined with the moss on the north side of the stump and alone on the rest. If anyone know what it is, let me know.


Winter is a tough time for botanical photographers. Not only is there not near as much to photograph, but I have to don way too many clothes to take pictures of what there is.


That’s why I love evergreens. They provide a much needed dash of color in an otherwise brown landscape and I have them close enough to my house that I don’t have to put on a coat.


I shot these after a recent snowfall using AEB and processed them in HDR.
Merry Christmas to all my followers.



This year, I have the privilege to exhibit at our local chamber of commerce during the holiday season. It’s a great honor since the building gets a lot of traffic during the holiday season, because the chamber shares space with a delightful little cafe that is frequented by a lot of people who are shopping downtown.

I decided to make the theme of the exhibit Christmas stills taken in HDR (of course). The exhibit goes up at the end of November. If you are in the neighborhood of Cynthiana, Kentucky, check it out.


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