Category Archives: nature
Monochromatic: derived from a single hue.
Please continue on to Arlington, VA’s Julie Ciatti to see her monochromatic image.
Coated in dirt. Sand in my hair. A little windburned. These are all signs of a good photography adventure.
Yesterday, my friend Sharon and I took our kids out to the dry lakebed in Jean (near Las Vegas) to explore. I like this lakebed better than the one near Nelson. That one is fun, but this one has more cracked earth and fewer rocks.
Love. Love love LOVE that place! We had a great time. The children…they thought it was a long drive for no slides and swings. But, wow! Check out that cracked earth. And those clouds. We so rarely have clouds. It was a fantastic day.
Who’s up for a photoshoot out there??
The mountains, the blue sky, the sun setting, the remoteness of the whole place. Isn’t it lovely? It’s only 30 miles south of Las Vegas…
I thought it would be best to capture its beauty with my 15mm fisheye lens. It’s the widest angle lens I own, and it was perfect for the dry lakebed.
Please head over to the awesome Kasia Gilbert in Florida to see her ‘wide angle’ image for this week.
We’re starting off the new year with a few interesting and somewhat challenging topics. Last week’s image was ‘new’, and this week’s is ‘DOF’, or Depth of Field.
DOF refers to sharpness and clarity, and how much of the image is in focus. As a portrait photographer, I typically shoot with a more shallow depth of field (a low-numbered f-stop, or a large aperture – they are one and the same), which means that only part of the image is in focus. By using a large aperture, generally f2.8-f5.6, I can draw the eye to the subject of the image, while leaving the background or foreground soft and blurry.
This 52-project is about expanding our horizons, however, so this week I chose to focus on (haha) some more landscape photography. I don’t shoot a lot of nature photos, so I spent some time at Mt Charleston during a snowstorm, taking photos at varying depths of field, just to see what different apertures would produce.
This is the sort of DOF I usually shoot:I tried to expand my horizons with deep depths of field in the images below. See how everything is in focus? That results from the f/13 aperture setting.
On my way back down the mountain, it was considerably more Las Vegas-like (no snow).
Which types of images do you prefer? Do you usually shoot with a shallow or a deep depth of field?
Please continue on to Julie Ciatti’s post to see her DOF image!
Happy New Year from Las Vegas! I hope you had a great holiday, and are ready to take on 2013! I think it’s going to be a great year.
I’m starting out the new year with a different group of ladies from around the world, as part of an even larger 52 project than I participated in last year. I’m excited to see everyone’s work, and I hope they’ll keep me motivated to grow as a photographer, and to learn new ways of shooting and processing.
I always think snow is so beautiful when it’s new. It might have something to do with the fact that I live in Las Vegas and we so rarely see the beautiful white stuff (unless we head up to Mt Charleston, like my family did last week). It’s so pretty, though, isn’t it?
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And if you missed these images from Mt Charleston, be sure to check them out! I am LOVING shooting in the snow.
Please head over to Julie Ciatti‘s blog to see what’s new in her neck of the woods!
I was coming back from Tucson, Arizona, last week, when the weather started to look a little stormy. I stopped to take this panorama with my iPhone, not realizing just how crazy those clouds were going to make the next few hours. Not long after I took this, the rain started falling, and the ride got rather bumpy. At one point, I had to pull over on the side of the highway because I couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of my car. That was nerve-wracking!
The inclement weather followed me to Las Vegas and we got a couple nights of amazing thunderstorms, which are rare here. The lightning lit up the night sky above my house, producing some amazing looking clouds!
Please check out Melanie Kay Photography’s blog post about this week’s theme.