|Rain Drops or Falling Stars?|
I'm not a professional photographer. Heck I just upgraded from a Kodak Easy Share to a Canon Rebel. I know the camera doesn't make the photographer but its weight is pretty comforting as it sits in my hands. I'm entering mostly because I like to learn. Even if you don't win you get critiqued by a professional. My entry picture is one taken totally by accident. It's pretty funny actually. I went out to take pictures of a massive lighting storm. I stood there by my sliding glass doors when then it hit me. I had no idea what I was doing. How do you take a picture of lighting at night? All my pictures were turning out black. I started fiddling with the dials and buttons then took a picture. All of a sudden my flash popped up. First let me say I had no idea it even had a flash built into it. Yes, that's right...I didn't know it had a flash. Secondly, it scared the living crap out of me so much I almost dropped the camera. Thankfully I have one of those side strap doohickeys that prevent accidents. The first picture was awesome with its octagonal bokeh with flash playing on the huge rain drops as they fell down. It looked like fairies floating in space. I wanted to see what happened when I tried to focus on those raindrops I couldn't see. This is the picture that resulted from that. I have yet to learn how to take a picture of lightning at night but I do know now how to make the flash pop up! My husband loves this picture. He's an astronomy fanatic, "It's looks like falling stars", he said. So I call this photo "Falling Stars".
Subject for this month's Gardener's Gone Wild Contest is: Show The Motion
"Motion blur caused by long exposures, or more precisely exposures not short enough to still motion, are often thought of as the enemy of the photographer but may in fact be used for a variety of purposes- everyone is familiar with the look of a waterfall or other moving water source left exposed for enough time to blend the coursing water into a pleasing “mist”. Other opportunities include the dynamic interest added by the sense of motion, highlighting static elements such as a bench or wall in contrast to the motion surrounding them, showing action with the course of a motion trail, or in much longer exposures often measured in minutes or hours, the motion trail of stars or to exclude from showing the surging crowd at a public space."