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My photography journey 24May20

Walks around the neighborhood.

The last couple of months have included so many walks, runs, bike rides around the neighborhood.

Some of the scenery is the same. As the season has changed (and continues to change), different plants are out and about, so there is some variety.

The canal has water critters in it, and I’ve seen many turtles. I decided to go with Sir Nikolas Cameron (the Nikon, recently named; Nikki for short) and see if I could get some good shots of turtles.

I went out twice. Not a single turtle to be seen. (No married turtles, either hahaha)

I did, of course, get some other shots along the way.

First, the birds.



Because I’ve been out on the canal path nearly every day, I have seen these guys since they were just fuzzy ducklings. Kind of fun to watch them grow up.



This one made me laugh.

This little guy was in a proper tree and I wasn’t fast enough to catch him. (This is a serious down side to using all manual settings. I had been shooting in full sun, so my settings were set for that, and he was in the shady side of a tree. So either I miss him entirely or I have shots that are way underexposed.)

He moved to this plant and I snapped quickly. (That’s actually a parking lot in the background.) And I ended up with a photo of a bird wearing a party hat. šŸ„³



And, of course, plants.


So many sunflowers! They’re really all over the place, which is delightful.



Palo verde trees have lovely small yellow flowers on them. Many homeowners don’t like them because of the mess, but if you don’t mind them decorating the ground, they’re beautiful trees.



This was shot into the sun, which isn’t necessarily the best angle. I love the sun through the flower petals, and I love the white outline to that whole plant.



This is one of those shots that I really like and can’t articulate why and most other people who look at it don’t look for long but I’m sure that someone sees it the way I do and will enjoy it, so here it is.



I took quite a few variations of this one and had the Climbing Daddy and The Kid choose which they liked better. They chose different ones, of course, and that narrowed it to two. I chose my favorite of the two … and I didn’t tell The Kid, because it’s not the one he picked.



I love bougainvillea against the sky. Added bonus for the white wall.



I’ve walked past this tree at least 100 times and not noticed its bark. I’m continuously amazed at how many things I miss.



This guy had the gorgeous pink flowers from aĀ couple of weeks ago.Ā Still interesting to look at, just for different reasons.



I love this entry.



I haven’t learned any editing software yet. (It’s on my summer to-do list.) A few shots that have come out poorly and are useless anyway, I’ve been messing with just in the photos app. Here are a couple of those. (Everything else in this post is either exactly as shot or cropped but not otherwise adjusted.)



This last one, the sun was hitting it just right to show rainbow. The editing was just to make it stronger, but it actually was there to start with.


Posted in Sunday photos

My photography journey 17May20

Today: people and plants!

I did a handful of porch sessions … and most of the photos from them just weren’t very good. (Frustrating and embarrassing.) I have a lot to learn about posing people! For one set, the poses were great but they were all out of focus. I figured out why (and know how to fix it), but not while I was on site.

I have trouble seeing if photos are in focus on my camera. Not sure how to remedy that so I don’t have this problem again.

Anyway, I also went to a friend’s front yard and took pictures in her fabulous enormous saguaro cactus. (I wasn’t in the cactus, but birds were.)

Onto the photos!

Sadly, I don’t have any great photos of her family (I will get better at coordinating poses), but she asked me to take a shot of her with her “I didn’t kill it!” plant.



This family is so cute and wanted their shots in front of the big cactus in their yard.



The pooch was in the family shots but not in the best ones, but he looks good here:




Not all shots are posed … or traditional.



The sun was harsh for these, but they’re good-looking people!



Andā€”plants. Sharp, pointy plants. And the birds that love them.

These guys don’t look like what Saturday morning cartoons led me to believe woodpeckers look like.



Saguaro flowers are so stunning, and I love how the lighting in this one makes the flower stand out even more.



Finally, more of the mini-roses in our front yard.

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My photography journey 10May20

Discontent with the results from the first attempt, I went back to my friend’s house and redid photos out front. Took a little more time, took advantage of the setting sun. Much happier with the results this time!



And I’m just delighted with my mini roses! The pink onesā€”which were not my favoriteā€”are blooming candy cane now! So much more fun than pink. The peach ones look good, too. The yellows have come and gone. The purples are budding but not yet blooming.



And this one had some issues and wasn’t good on its own, so I messed around with settings. Kinda fun how it turned out.



If you’re in Phoenix metro and would like porch photos, the sign-up form is here.

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My photography journey 3May20

I’ve been indecisive about porch photos for a little while and finally just decided to do it. A little bit.

I chose a time and messaged some local friends to see if they would be interested and available. A few replied, and this is what we ended up with!

If you’re in the metro Phoenix area and are interested, go to my porch photos page, fill in your info, and I’ll get in touch with you when I’ll be in your area. Feel free to share!