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Fotography Friday

Where the heck did this week go? Am I the only one that remembers Monday but then the rest of the week is just a blur? Trust me. I am not complaining about being Friday. Just wondering if I entered a time warp or something… because that would be cool.

Even though I am falling asleep and my head is currently on my desk not looking at the keyboard as I type (so that might explain any spelling errors), I just wanted to get up the next FF assignment.

Your assignment if you choose to accept it: APERTURE PRIORITY

Due: February 27, 2008

Hope everyone enjoyed reading about my experience with Flash last month.

For any new peeps who wanna join. Its very low stress.

1. Bust out your camera.
2. Read the manual (or if you are like me just press all the buttons on your camera and learn as you go) and concentrate on the current assignment.
3. Upload pictures to FF flickr group (optional)
3. Blog about it any (or every) Friday within the month.

No need to email me (or Jen) to participate unless you just wanna AW your blog b/c I completely understand that.

Easy peasy right?

Now if you’ll excuse me. It’s Friday night.

I need a nap. Stat.

Do I know how to party or what?

February 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm 5 comments

FF: [Flash]

You may remember a couple weeks ago when I wrote about Fotography Friday. No? Well let me refresh your memory. Ah. Now its ringing a bell huh?

Our January-February assignment is flash.

As a foodie you’re kinda brainwashed to hate flash. Since I am easily brainwashed. I hate flash. So you can imagine I wasn’t sure how much use I’d get from learning about flash. Because honestly I only take food pictures. I have more pictures of cupcakes than my husband.

But maybe its time to branch out, no?

A couple weeks ago I took my camera over to my IL’s house and in the middle of the front lawn, next to a leaf-less tree, in the middle of aging flowers I found this one perfectly pink flower. (Anyone botanist readers know the name?) I don’t know about you but there’s just something about the brilliancy of a flower. It provoked me to lay on the wet grass and take a picture (or 10).

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Auto is pretty self explanatory. The camera chooses all the specs for you. You have no control. It picks a suitable power outage (intensity) so that your image is well exposed as long whatever you’re shooting within your flash’s range. Its great for the amateur photographer like me who confuses easily if there are too many choices.

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Again pretty self explanatory. No flash means no flash. You don’t get any extra power outage from your camera. All the light in your environment is all the intensity you get. Obviously a good choice if you are shooting in good natural light and you don’t need any supplemental power. If I remember correctly (that aint saying much with my memory), I shot this picture in the morning so there wasn’t alot of light yet. If you compare it to the auto flash picture above you can see the difference in light intensity around the flower. No flash picture seems more subdued to me.

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You can use this on a sunny day or a cloudy day. The camera’s metering system will evaluate the light intensity and either lighten shadows on a sunny day or provide more light compensation on a cloudy day. If you compare this picture to the no flash picture above you can see that the fill flash provided more light to bring the flower out of the background so that its not as subdued.

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After you choose the mode (ie Program or Aperature), the camera will set a slow (long) shutter speed. The longer exposure time will take in account the surrounding ambient light but without affecting the flash exposure. What does that mean in English? Well think about it this way. Let’s say you want to take a picture of the Las Vegas strip that includes dear ol husband in the picture too. Usually the lights get kinda washed out but using slow sync flash option keeps the Vegas lights from interfering with the flash and you get the best of both worlds: Vegas and husband. Not sure my subject in this picture really demonstrates it well though. I’ll be going back to Vegas in July (omg am I really turning 30??) so I’ll have to put my money where my mouth is.

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Conventional photography flash fires at the start of exposure but rear sync flash fires at the end of the exposure. Have you ever seen those city pictures that trail light from cars? This flash option produces those motion streaks that follow the cars. Obviously since the flower wasn’t moving you really don’t get to see how that works but next time you are standing in the middle of oncoming traffic… Try it out! (Warning: Do not stand in the middle of oncoming traffic. We are trained professionals.)

There you have it.

Who knew you could do so many things just by changing the flash. Maybe I am not a flash hater anymore?

January 23, 2009 at 7:29 am 3 comments

Fotography Friday

I don’t know about you but when I see a gorgeous picture on a fellow foodies’ blog, I literally start drooling all over my keyboard and it hypnotizes me to cook or bake whatever it is. Does that happen to anyone else?

Who knew that food blogging was so much more than just cooking or baking recipes? I think blogging provides me that medium to improve 3 of my hobbies – cooking/baking, writing and photography. If you think about it. Food bloggers are multi-talented that way. Maybe that’s why I love blogging so much. I love that I can get feedback via my comments too.

Speaking of photography.

(I promise I am getting to the point of this post soon. HAHA)

Santa was very good to me this year and brought me a Sony A200 DSLR for Christmas. It’s been on my wish list ever since I started blogging. Not to toot my own horn *toot toot* but I think I got the cooking and writing part down so I really want to work on my food porn-ography skills.

Recently, I was talking to Jen from BeanTown Baker about her DSLR camera and we started brainstorming how we’d love to really learn more about our cameras (She has a Nikon D40.) and thats how Fotography Friday was born.

Every month we’ll focus on one DSLR camera function, practice shooting in that mode and post our pictures/experience using that function. Anyone is welcome to join us! Its nothing strict. You can post any Friday within the month. Participate as often or as little as you can. Feel free to email me if you have any camera function suggestions you want to learn more about.

Assignment #1: Flash (auto, no flash, fill flash, rear flash etc)
Due by: February 1, 2009
Flickr group:

What you waiting for? Get out there and start clicking…

January 2, 2009 at 7:17 pm 16 comments

Welcome to the Peep Show!

Sometimes there are no words necessary. Just the picture will do…

Thanks to my friend, KT (Miss Anti-Blog), for sharing the seedy past-times of these beloved marshmallow confections.

March 7, 2008 at 11:16 am 3 comments

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