I've been working on my camera skills a bit over this summer. Some of the items I'm most proud of are fireworks pictures and recent family pictures.
Our location wasn't great for the fireworks pictures because we were about two miles from where they were being fired. However, I got some great ones with my longer lens.
It was pretty windy on the beach, so I had the tripod dug into the sand as best I could to help stabilize it. Of course I set a long exposure, set my f-stop at about 11 so I had a good long depth of field, manually focused and didn't touch it after that, set the ISO really low so that there was little noise, and I used the timer to fire at least 3 shots before I had to press the shutter again.
I also set the tripod up for beach family pictures on our last night. The worst part—aside from the 30 mph wind gusts—was the lens fogging up. I fought with the darn thing for at least 20 minutes. It was probably the most humid day we had while we were there. These turned out pretty good, regardless. I wish there'd been a little better lighting situation where we were because I was forced to bump up my ISO to speed up the shutter speed. But there were several that turned out pretty good.
Probably some of my best work recently, was an evening shoot with my family when we were all together in July. The lighting was great. I had lots of good natural light and reflectors. I was able to use the camera settings I wanted to get some good quality, sharp pictures. My two favorites are this one of my sister and her family…
Now I'm really looking forward to fall to arrive. Mitch and I want to take Gaby down the Katy Trail to a neat old bridge and set up some family pictures there. I'm also thinking about a few other locations we can get some great outdoor shots.
I had a great photography class in college; now I'm wondering why I waited so long to really pick it back up again. I'm also considering what it would take to set up a darkroom in our basement—but I've probably got enough on my plate right now. But I did really enjoy the hands on photography from start to finish, from film to darkroom development. Maybe someday.