Day 227—The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is Falling

Well, not exactly but it seemed like the sky was falling when I decided to take a few quick shots of my hens and chickens for my photo of the day after my planned photo op with Fabian [yes, THAT Fabian] fell through because my friend, a charter member –perhaps a lifetime member?– of the Fabian Fan Club was unable to accompany me to Fabian’s Italian Bistro for a “meet and greet” over Philly Cheese Steaks. Since I’d just been there for lunch and I’m NOT a former, let alone lifetime, member of the Fabian Fan Club I decided to skip the festivities and find something around here to photograph.

What I thought would be a couple of quick, easy shots, turned into an hour of in and out, setting up and setting up again. Sheesh! I am always amazed at what I encounter when I try to take a couple of quick photos. This afternoon was no exception. The late afternoon sun cast some interesting shadows onto the patio and the pinkish green hens and chickens in a pot on the patio table were lovely in this light.

I set up the tripod and first discovered that I was too close for proper focus so I placed the pot of succulents on the lawn. I soon realized that one of the tripod legs cast a shadow directly over the plant. Note to self: check out shadows from all sources and remove undesirable ones before shooting! When I finally downloaded the photos, they were out of focus. I’d set the tripod on the lawn and when I depressed the shutter it caused a bit of a jiggle. Back out again, this time moving to the patio concrete. This batch was also out of focus. Oh no! I guess I didn’t tighten the tripod fittings sufficiently and that probably is what caused the slight movement. Third time’s a charm so I went back out but this time I used my shutter release remote and got the photos I was seeking. I also adjusted the white balance to direct sun and tweaked the color until I got the exact color of the hens and chickens. However, the sunlight changed while I fiddled and I failed to recheck the settings so the final few, in focus, photos were slightly underexposed. I made a slight adjustment in Levels to get the correct exposure. So, Chicken Little can rest easy tonight. The sky isn’t falling.

Focal Length 200mm
ISO 100
0.4 seconds

One thought on “Day 227—The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is Falling

  1. Great composition on this shot! I like the story too, because I AM a former Fabian fan. I think I threw away my autographed photo finally (one of my mother’s high school friends was his tutor in Hollywood). Anyway- I think this is a nice photo!

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