Springtime through the Lens

I took some photos when Spring arrived in Chicago and the trees and flowers began to bloom. I love taking pictures on beautiful sunny days but I know I need to practice night time photos as well because that’s where I struggle the most. Through the rest of spring; summer and fall I hope to keep up with my photography and post my progress on the blog.

I shot these photos in aperture mode and when taking them repositioned myself to see what angles worked best in the light. When I uploaded them I did some adjustments to the contrast or brightness in photos on my Mac.

If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment! What’s your favorite subjects to photograph outdoors?


O Christmas Tree…

I love getting creative during the holidays and when the weather turns cold and the days are shorter I crave crochet projects. There’s nothing better than starting an afghan in the fall to keep you warm while you work on it all winter long. But for me I like to work on projects while I have blankets in progress because sometimes it’s nice to take a break. I found a pattern for Christmas or winter trees that I wanted to make and Mike was 100% for them. I made one evergreen style, one snow covered, and one Christmas tree style. You make the trees and then place them over styrofoam cones to keep their shape. The trees look perfect on our new walnut table that Mike made himself.

Once the trees were complete I practiced using my DSLR to take some photos. Oh the options you have with yarn and crochet!


Chicago 11.26.2017

On Sunday Mike and I traveled downtown for the day to explore the city. One of the best things about living in Chicagoland is you’re not far from Metra stations, we are very close to a commuter train station and then have another station in the neighboring town plus more! And what makes it even better is you can purchase a weekend pass and ride the Metra as many times as you like Saturday and Sunday.

I took my camera with me to continue my practice and used the aperture setting. The day was beautiful for taking photos outdoors- sunny, blue skies, and we even saw a bride and groom outside the planetarium. I wanted to see the Christmas tree so we went to Millennium Park where the outdoor skating rink (one of my bucket list items) and the bean are located.

After lunch at the Italian Village- great restaurant- and one of few open on Sunday, we walked to Adler Planetarium. I took photos indoors too because while I love outdoor photos I know I need to practice indoor too. The Adler Planetarium has Gemini space capsule from NASA which was super cool to see and I love stars and the solar system. We only paid for general admission which doesn’t give you access to the movies and that was fine with us.

Before heading back to Union Station I took some pictures outside of the planetarium adjusting the white balance. I’ve seen what a difference custom white balance makes using the Light Room software but for the pictures I took of the skyline I simply switched between, daylight, shade, and auto white balance and there was certainly a change between each one!

Here are some of my favorite photos and maybe some not so favorites so I can continue to learn and improve with my photography.

I love this picture of the bean but with some editing we would be able to see the blue sky that is visible in my other photos. That is where a custom white balance would be beneficial.
The back of Gemini space capsule at the Planetarium- the heat shield.
This photo turned out wonderful with the vibrant colors, I was impressed after taking it.

Below is a slideshow of the photos I mentioned where I adjusted the white balance. It was about 3 pm in the afternoon and the sun was to my left shining on the buildings – you can tell in photo #2.

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November Photos

This week I took a photography class where I learned more about the functions of my Canon DSLR. The class helped me learn about ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed and to prevent me from using Auto mode. Now I’m trying to apply the principles I learned to taking better photos and using this knowledge to feel more comfortable behind the lens. Here are some photos I took, these are the ones I find best, and hopefully you’ll see more from me that display improvement!