Photo Friday: Send Yourself On a Field Trip

 

Beautiful bottlebrush bushes

Beautiful bottlebrush bushes

Photo Friday photo tip: Send yourself on a neighborhood photo field trip! Armed with your camera, you never know what you’ll find that will make an interesting subject. This also is a great chance to get to know your camera better. Experiment with different settings; change up your lenses if you’re using a digital SLR. Without the pressure of having to get a great shot or document an important event, it’s easy to have fun!

Recently I slapped my wonderful Nikon 105mm macro lens on my Nikon D300 and walked around my neighborhood to take photos of the beautiful blooms of spring. Flowers are great subjects for photo shoots. They usually stay still, so it’s easy to keep them in focus. You can practice shooting wide open (aperture set on a small number, like 2.8 or 3.5) and changing your focal points for different effects.

Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush

Flower photography cries out for a macro lens, but it’s not a necessary expense. Just move in close and focus.

Lilies

Lilies

My next-door neighbor, Tami, is as great at gardening as we’re bad at it. The contrast between our yards? Let’s just say it would help her win numerous yard of the month honors. These are beautiful lilies for us to admire.

Oleanders

Oleanders

These gorgeous oleanders hang down over our backyard fence, courtesy of our other next-door neighbor, JJ the organizational whiz. Others might have planted these beauties so close to us in order to mock our lack of green thumb talent. But JJ is too nice to do that . . . I think.

Here are more flowers that I admired on my photo field trip:

Red flower

Red flower

Pink flowers

Pink flowers

Cool-looking whitish flowers

Cool-looking whitish flowers

Yep, I like the flowers in the ’hood, but I have no earthly idea what they are! The Mister and I had admired the above whitish flowers outside of our local P.F. Chang; I was surprised when I saw a bunch of them (“bunch” . . . is that the proper gardening term?) near our house.

Extremely off-topic sidebar: For you “Lost” fans . . . if Miles’ dad, Dr. Pierre Chang, had the middle name of “Frank,” he’d be Dr. P.F. Chang! Sigh . . . the #1 son didn’t think it was funny, either.

Sometimes taking close-ups of flowers can yield very unexpected results. You never know just who or what will be hanging around, glad to be pictured in a blog!

Hey, little guy!

Hey, little guy! Thanks for visiting!

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4 responses to “Photo Friday: Send Yourself On a Field Trip

  1. Thats a great tip. I always tell people to work their camera’s in their own backyards before going on an expensive trip and getting disappointed by the results. It’s like driving. The car (camera) must not get in your way of enjoyment.

    • That’s great advice about practicing in your own backyard. Cameras should add to a journey, not be a point of frustration.

      Love your website! It’s so helpful.

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