Day 120—It’s Healthy

Today I experimented with depth of field and focus. I’m finding that although I love photos with a very shallow depth of field, I don’t always get the results I’m seeking when the aperture is wide open. I used my Gorillapod on the table to photograph a bowl of nuts and dried fruit; I discovered that there is a little “give” in the Gorillapod and depressing the shutter release often resulted in a slightly blurred photo. I started with the aperture set at f/1.8 and was dissatisfied with the results until I got to f/4.

35mm lens
ISO 200
f/4
1/4
Cropped/Straightened

Day 119—Later in the Day

Honora and I went for a drive this afternoon and found ourselves in Penryn at the Griffith Quarry established by Welsh Immigrant Griffith Griffith in 1864. The surrounding 23-acre park contains ruins of the first polishing mill built in California and some of the quarry holes from which the unique Penryn granite was taken. This site is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the California Landmark Program and provided some of the granite for the California State Capitol.

I took this photo of Honora ascending a granite stairway in the quarry.

Lens at 18mm
ISO 200
f/3.5
1/40
SOOC

Day 119—Eye of the Beholder

The hummingbird I tried to photograph this morning proved to be elusive so I took some shots of the water bubbling up in the fountain. When I reviewed what I’d taken, I was amazed at the fascinating shapes that appeared in the fountain. I know I posted this fountain yesterday, but I found today’s capture much more interesting. What do you think it is? Each of the photos I took looked like something other than water. This one looks like a very sad, green-eyed duck to me. The bokeh made it my picture of the day.

Lens at 300mm
ISO 320
f/5.6
1/640
SOOC

Day 118—Bird Bath

My new fountain is already attracting birds. I saw the birds, ran outside and I didn’t take time to focus properly or make proper settings because company was coming and I wanted to complete my “photo of the day” task. I had to crop, level, increase exposure, and add curves to this photo so this one isn’t straight out of the camera as is my daily goal (along with proper focus). There’s always tomorrow.

I’m not sure what this bird is. Perhaps a gray flycatcher. I’ll do more research when I have time and correct this post with the proper identity of the bird if necessary.

lens at 200mm
ISO 100
f/5.6
1/250
Corrections as noted above.

Day 117—WYSIWYG?

What you see is NOT always what you get, especially when you expect to see one thing in a photograph and you find much, much more. I walked outside and noticed that my pathetic Italian parsley that I planted last year and that never grew beyond the size of the two and one-half inch pot it came in, has developed a flower stalk. That probably means it will be going to seed once it flowers and will not ever produce the copious amount of leaves I was expecting for my cooking. I took a few photos to document the phenomenon and when I downloaded them to my computer, this slender, single stalk of parsley revealed an entire bugdom. A couple of aphid appear to be fighting a duel to the death; a slender web stretches between the thin branches; an unknown beetle-like creature rests beneath one of the bud clusters; a pair of tiny, seemingly body-less, iridescent wings hovers atop one of the bud clusters; and another unidentifiable bug, out of focus because of the shallow depth of field, hangs beneath a cluster. I took this photo with my go-to 18-200 mm lens; however, this type of result is pushing me ever closer to a macro lens.

Lens at 200mm
ISO 200
f/5.6
1/500
Cropped

Day 115—Asparagus?

. . . or 3-headed snake? Asparagus is my favorite vegetable. It’s usually in great abundance this time of year but the rain and cold seem to have kept the Delta crop, whence my favorite asparagus, in short supply. This asparagus is from Brawley but it was the only asparagus available today; and I haven’t had much yet this season so I picked up a bunch at the store late this afternoon. As I was washing it, I thought it would make a good photo of the day. After viewing the pictures, I decided this was the best despite the fact that it looks more like a 3-headed snake than asaparagus spears to me, but it has bokeh, so it gets the nod.


35mm lens
ISO 200
f/1.8
1/100
SOOC

Day 114—Shadow of a Doubt

The sun came out in Redding this morning and while I waited for everyone to get dressed to go for a walk in the Clover Creek Preserve with Mady, I took this picture of myself. Actually, there was not a doubt that this would be my picture of the day. But, I had the shutter speed set very high which made the photo a little darker than I wanted so I brightened it.

Lens at 18mm
ISO 200
f/5.6
1/4000
Auto Enhance preset

Day 113—Climb Every Mountain

Bobo and I are in Redding for a few days. Today Sue and I visited the local Farmers’ Market and Earth Day celebration; a rock climbing wall provided entertainment for the kids despite the drizzle and cool weather. I had the white balance set to cloudy but I needed to brighten it a little by applying Curves.

Lens at 65mm
ISO 400
f/5.6
1/1000
WB Cloudy
Curves, cropped

Day 112— Strawberry Fields Forever

I stopped at a nearby strawberry farm and picked up a flat of strawberries to take with me on my trip to Redding and asked to take some photos. They were happy to oblige me. I had the lens wide open to take closeups of strawberries and didn’t stop it down for this long shot to increase the depth of field. But I liked the result anyway.

Lens at 95mm
ISO 320
f/5.6
1/640
Curves applied in Aperture