Smooth as glass

A piece of Italian blown glass in the shape of wrapped candy

Every once in a while, I get a little hint that my photography skills have moved forward, even if it’s just a bit. The success of this photo is one of those hints.

You see, I’ve tried photographing this piece of glass candy before, and it’s never worked out. I haven’t been able to capture the light properly, to get the texture of the wrapper ends. Or manually focus well enough that the pattern on the candy appears sharp. Or find an angle that that presents the candy in a way that I’m happy with.

This time, though, everything just seemed to click (no pun intended), and I wound up with a picture I’m really quite happy with. I love the way the light glides smoothly from the piece of candy down to the end of the wrapper.

Sure, it may not be perfect yet–it didn’t fill the frame in quite the way I wanted it to–but it still turned out better than I expected. And that’s really all I could have asked for.

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My challenge for an auto-focus slump

A close-up of a Unicorn tea infuser

Every once in a while, I feel like I’m relying on the auto-focus in my camera a little too much. I don’t like that feeling.

Do you know what I like to do to fix it? I pick out a white–or mostly white–object and practice shooting it in manual focus mode. I find monotone objects, white in particular, challenging to focus on. Once I get the hang of focusing on that object, I’m more likely to do it with my other photo subjects again, too.

Maybe that’s the same thing other photographers do, or maybe it’s the complete opposite. I’m honestly not sure. I just know it’s something that works for me.

Admittedly, this chubby little unicorn isn’t quite as in focus as I’d like him to be. I still need to practice on him, and maybe some other objects, more over the next little while. But I’ll get there again.

Dainty

A white strawberry flower

I have a few new, tiny little flowers on my strawberry plant. I’m not sure if they’ll grow into actual strawberries yet, but I’m hopeful that they will. It would be nice to get a few more before fall hits.

These flowers, though, have some of the daintiest petals I’ve seen on my plants. They’re tiny, and they look like they could blow off with the slightest breeze. And yet, they’re staying put. Which is surprising, considering some of the winds we get where I live.

I’m definitely not going to complain about that. I’m quite happy to have a few dainty-but-strong flowers in my collection.

 

Rosebud

A white rosebud on a dark background

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this photograph, other than that it came out so much different–and so much better–than I was expecting. I thought, when I took it, I’d get a fairly simple picture of a white rosebud on a dark background.

Somehow, though, the leaves in the back gave me a bit of a swirl effect. The colours blended together wonderfully, adding to that in a beautiful way that I just didn’t anticipate. And that white rosebud jumps right out of everything in the best way possible.

At least, that’s what I see when I look at it, and I love the picture for all of that. I’m not sure that you see the same things I do. Maybe you’re shaking your head right now, thinking that it’s a terrible photograph. Which you have every right to do, of course. I hope, though, that you enjoy it at least a little bit.

Favourite five: Posted photos from 2017

Welcome back to another Favourite Five list! I know I missed a couple of months there, but I promise I’m going to try to get back on track with these.

First up, I’m going to give you a run-down on a few things that are pretty close to my heart: my favourite five pictures from 2017–those that I posted, at least. There are plenty out there that other people took that I love, too, but today’s post is focused on my own pictures. I’m not sure I could go back and find all of the pictures I love that other people took.

So, with that, let’s take a look!

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