A Challenge Update

August Challenge

I have to admit I was not doing very well collecting images this week. I was not exploring during lunch and when I got home everything seemed to work against me in my attempts to go out and explore after dinner (OK, it was the comfy chair that stopped me!). I did manage to try out the new trail along the Mohawk River (twice!) and luckily it provided me with a few of my images. I also finally got back to Delta Lake. While walking the river trail on Saturday an idea for one of the images popped into my head so I drove up to the park to give it a try. I ended up with two images for the challenge and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the beach.

I also finished reading Light, Gesture & Color this week. If you are looking for a photography book and you want see better than I would suggest reading this one. I think I’ll use my Barnes & Noble coupon to get another of Jay Maisel’s books, It’s Not About the F-Stop.  This is the book I read about online but decided to start with the other as the F-Stop book is second in this series.

08/07 – relax

This is the image that popped into my head as I was walking the Mohawk River trail. Of course, I forgot to bring the remote shutter release with me and I was too lazy to walk back to the car. I ended up changing the timer to 10 seconds and quickly getting in front of the camera. Due to shooting into the sun and the lower light levels, I captured a three exposure bracket and used an HDR workflow on this one.

iheartchallenge-relax Nikon D7100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, {1/13, 1/25 & 1/50s bracket}, 15mm, f/16, ISO 100

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Nikon D7100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, {1/13, 1/25 & 1/50s bracket}, 15mm, f/16, ISO 100

08/10 – feet

I did walk around the shop one day after eating my lunch. I’m still tying to get the feel for my Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera. I love the size of this camera. It captures great images (when I point it as interesting stuff, lol). I just need some more time to learn how it works. The micro four thirds format is definitely different than my Nikon camera.

I was exploring some color and light in the shop when I looked down as I was capturing a tow motor sign. There were my feet across the yellow line and it hit me that feet was one of the challenge themes. I must have looked interesting standing there with the camera pointed straight down as I adjusted my stance to get the best view of my feet and the colors.

iheartchallenge-feet Olympus OM-D E-M10, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 800

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Olympus OM-D E-M10, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 800

08/11 – up high

This is from my first walk along the river trail. I was attempting to use what I had been reading and look for light and color. I also remembered what one of my Disney podcasters says… “always look up.” The color version of this image is pretty good too but I liked the B&W version for the detail it brings out in the tree.

iheartchallenge-up high Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/180s, 17mm, f/8, ISO 400

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/180s, 17mm, f/8, ISO 400

08/14 – in the sun

Another of my images from my return to Delta Lake. I had some time before the sun would be in position for my relax image which allowed me to explore the beach area. The water level in the lake, actually a reservoir for Rome, NY, is pretty low. I could walk along the shore like I normally do in the winter. This is the view from the out cropping of trees in my relax image. Normally all those rocks are under water.

Again, this was a challenging lighting situation. I captured a five exposure bracket for what I knew would be an HDR image. The difficultly for me with this image was getting the tripod in the right position to capture the sun peeking around the upright log. I know the them is in the sun but all week I had it in my head that it was into the sun, but this image works for both. lol

iheartchallenge-in the sun Nikon D7100 Tokina 12-28mm f/4, {1/10, 1/20, 1/40, 1/80 & 1/160s bracket}, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100

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Nikon D7100 Tokina 12-28mm f/4, {1/10, 1/20, 1/40, 1/80 & 1/160s bracket}, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100

08/15 – circles

This one is an example of finding an image while not trying. The new river trail crosses Floyd Ave. in Rome. I must have walked ten to twenty feet past the crosswalk area when it hit me. The non-slip plate in the cement I just walked over is full of circles. I walked backed got down on my knees and started clicking away. I think the kids on the bikes were not sure what to think of me. Didn’t matter, I got the image!

iheartchallenge-circles Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/250s, 35mm, f/8, ISO 200

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/250s, 35mm, f/8, ISO 200

I can cross off some more of the challenge themes this week. I did miss a couple but I have an idea for one and a thought for the other. I plan on getting out more this coming week. No more excuses. Stop back and see how I do…

More Challenges

August Challenge

08/05 – messy

I went back-n-forth on various possibilities for this theme. Nothing seemed to sit right with me. I put it off so long that I thought maybe this would be one of the days I skip. And then I walked around the yard last night. I spotted this mess of cobwebs in the opening of the split rail fence… I had my messy.

iheartchallenge-messy Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 400

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 70mm, f/8, ISO 400

08/06 – two

This one has a dual meaning for me. Yes, it is two leaves on the path along the Mohawk River but it is too darn early for the leaves to be falling. Come on Mother Nature, it is only the beginning of August!

iheartchallenge-two Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/60s, 17mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/60s, 17mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

08/08 – blurry

Blurry could be an easy one… put the camera in manual mode and capture an image out of focus. That would have been my last resort. Luckily I remembered something I had read about using plastic wrap to create a unique view through the lens. I crinkled it up (as best you can plastic wrap) and covered the front of the lens. A quick walk across the road at sunset and walla!

iheartchallenge-blurry Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/80s, 24mm, f/8, ISO 800

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Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/80s, 24mm, f/8, ISO 800

08/09 – horizon

Being the lazy person I was this weekend I didn’t venture far from my yard after dinner. Good thing I have a nice view of some multiple horizons across the Mohawk Valley from my house. A zoom lens and a nice sunset help!

iheartchallenge-horizon Nikon D7100, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6, 1/160s, 105mm, f/8, ISO 1600

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Nikon D7100, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6, 1/160s, 105mm, f/8, ISO 1600

For those of you keeping score at home, yes, I skipped August 7th. I am still working on the relax image. Every time I get comfortable in the chair to take a nice relaxing picture I fall asleep… maybe tomorrow.

Interesting Night Ahead

The i heart faces summer photo challenge is still in progress. Each day in June there is a different theme to use in capturing an image. I learned about the challenge from Karma on her When I Feel Like It Blog. I started out fairly well the first few days of June and have since fizzled.

Here is my contribution for today, which is themed clouds. I noticed this formation as I was returning from town. Of course I used a different car and did not have my camera with me. As I raced home I knew they were morphing, I just hoped there would still be enough for an interesting image. I grabbed the camera, ran into the field across the road and clicked away.

Interesting Night Ahead Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/400s, 70mm, f/16, ISO 200

Interesting Night Ahead
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/400s, 70mm, f/16, ISO 200

Tomorrow the theme is hat. Since I am seldom without one, maybe there is something I can do… I can’t let another couple of weeks pass, the month will be over.

Half

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to post an image for the iHeartFaces June Photo Challenge today. The subject today is half and nothing caught my eye while I was out exploring after dinner. And then it hit me as I started up Lightroom to import the latest captures. The image of the barge canal I grabbed yesterday will work if I get a little creative. I hope this counts… 🙂

Half Nikon D5100, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6, 1/200s, 100mm, f/7.1, ISO 400

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Nikon D5100, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6, 1/200s, 100mm, f/7.1, ISO 400