Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Review of Tuesday Photo Themes


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Throughout 2014, I have been posting photos based upon  "themes" suggested on the website GPP+ Photo Pages. It's been a fun project which hopefully helps me be more creative with the camera.

One of the Tuesday Photo Themes is #TreeTuesday
I keep returning to photograph this tree on Witt Road in Jaffrey, NH

Tuesday Slide Show (takes time to load)


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Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Review of Monday Photo Themes


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Throughout 2014, I have been posting photos based upon  "themes" suggested on the website GPP+ Photo Pages. It's been a fun project which hopefully helps me be more creative with the camera.

As the year draws to a close I thought I would post a slideshow of my previous postings starting with Monday. These photos were chosen loosely from this list on the GPP+ Page
2014 is almost over

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday Photo Themes (Including #Caturday)


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As the year comes to a close I'm starting to work on those pesky New Years resolutions. The regular stuff. Lose weight, exercise and get healthy. But I can guarantee that there will be more music and more photography in my life. That is not as onerous as not eating and getting on an exercise machine.

I've ignore this blog for a while so I'm adding some content today. A few repeats probably but I've lost track. Happy New Year to all.

Mojo has no fear of Godzilla
Scanned slide from the 1980s

Sculpture by the sea at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH

Sitting by the Souhegan River in New Ipswich, NH

It doesn't get much more rural than the back roads in New Hampshire

Sustenance for the tree
Central Cemetery in New Ipswich, NH

Sunset in New Ipswich

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Ipswich Photo Club - Aperture and Animals

12 Days till Christmas
The New Ipswich Photo Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6-8 PM at the New Ipswich Library. Each meeting we review photos taken with a theme and have discussions about the science and art of photography. We also plan a field trip and theme for the following month.

The theme for our January 14th meeting will be "Abstracts" and we'll be discussing shutter speed. Meeting times and themes will be posted on my blogs under the Calendar menu  (top of page)

I created a Flickr Group for the Club, which has a few of our group photos. A more extensive display is planned for an exhibition at the library.




We discussed Aperture settings at the December meeting, as it related to depth of field. Aperture is the "iris" of the lens, the opening that allows light to strike the film or sensor. It is a ratio of the focal length divided by the diameter of the entrance pupil. The key point to remember is that the lower f numbers mean a larger opening. The number is expressed a a f/ number.

This photo was taken at f/3.2 at 1/40 of a second

If I had taken the same photo at a higher "f" stop more of the casings would be in focus. This is referred to as depth of field.
Higher f numbers = smaller opening with greater depth of field. The blurred background tends to add a nice three dimensional look to photos, especially portraits and is referred to as bokeh.

However the second photo was NOT taken with a higher f stop,  although that would have achieved this result. Closing down the opening would require a MUCH slower shutter speed, one that that couldn't be accomplished easily.
Smaller opening = less light meaning more time for exposure.
This photo utilized Photo Stacking,  Ten photos were taken at f/3.2 but each one was focus on different plane of objects from the nearest casing to the furthest. The camera has the ability to combine 10 shots into a single photo in which all are in focus.
This technique can be done manually with software, but is a nice feature to have in camera, especially for macro photography.

Our Photo Theme for December was Animals

I had a nice visit with the goats in New Ipswich 

A community

Mom and chicks - Scanned 35mm slide

Breakfast - scanned 35mm slide






 The TG-3 has in-camera focus stacking and some other fun features. I find myself using this as my "carry-with-me" camera. The best camera for photography is the one that you have with you,
You just don't know what you may see. Happy clicking!



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