I’ve just become familiar with the concept of hyperfocal distance, so I’m experimenting. I didn’t have a full grasp on the concept when I shot these today, though, so I need to keep working on it! Plus, I found a nifty iPhone app to help me.
I’m making an effort to work with my tripod more, so I took it out into the backyard this afternoon. It was wickedly hot so I quickly retreated to the shade of the deck. While there I set up my camera to focus on an area the dogs like to play on: the roof of their dog house. Buddy was too smart to do anything but lay in the shade but, happily, I managed to catch this shot of Nina as she was about to leap off the roof of the dog house.
Posting a flower would have been too obvious for this week’s photo challenge, so I searched through my files and found this shot from last March.
On the good side, the Olympics are fun to watch. On the bad side, Dad is back in the hospital and what’s going on is pretty scary. I don’t know if I’ll be hopping a plane soon or not.
Anyway, I played with my new toy in the backyard this morning using the silver reflector and diffuser panel to provide fill light against some pretty bright backgrounds. I used my flash to fill in what otherwise would have been dark shadows cast by the morning sun.
Sweetie left his work gloves in the wheelbarrow and a windstorm blew them out into the yard. We think Nina did this.
Grape leaves against the sky. I love that I didn’t blow out the sky and that the grape leaves in the shade were perfectly exposed.
Buddy is a bit camera-shy sometimes. He’ll sit still, but he doesn’t like to look at me when I’m holding the camera to my face.
There was a photographer (Bruce Press) at TAM using this interesting bounce device and I was so fascinated, I had to ask him about it. Bruce told me how it throws 80% of the flash straight up and only directs 20% onto the subject. Very nice for indoor event photography. I just had to get myself one and it arrived today.
And of course, I had to test it out. But not too much. After all, the Opening Ceremonies are on, and I love, love, love the Summer Olympics.
No harsh shadows, pretty nice. I can’t wait to work with this some more. Like, maybe shooting some people for a change! But tonight, it’s the critters again. Not bad for on-camera flash.
Gotta go. They’re about to light the torch.