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The Red Gate

Today’s Photo:  The Red Gate

The time around sunset offers so many photographic possibilities that, for me, they are endless.  I really like the opportunities to photograph cloud movement and mix it with long exposure photography.  It makes the clouds streak across …Continue Reading Here…

Whirl Wind

Today’s Photo:  Whirl Wind

This is a cool carousel.  It sits in a building in Coolidge Park on the North Bank of the Tennessee River.  The carousel is over 100 years old and still in use.  Talk about things not being made like they used to.  Have you ever heard …Continue Reading Here…

I have been in a very cold mood lately. Not as in my attitude, but as in “I can’t wait for winter”. However, I have to confess, the weather was not too bad here. I can only have Irene to thank for our lower than usual temperature and nice cool breeze. On the other hand, my heart goes out to all those who have been affected by this massive storm.

Today’s Photo: Fishing

I love to go fishing and I don’t get to do it as much as I want to.  However, I must say that I hate to take the fish off the hook.  I don’t know where this fear comes from, but it is there none the less.  I guess that has to go along with my fear of heights, but I love to rock climb…go figure.  I took my daughters for the first time several weeks ago and they were successful little fishers.  Enough so that I had to take a few photos of the event.  This is one of my wife and daughter sitting patiently.  Of course, I think the shutter speed was cranked up to around 1/2000th of a second because I know they were not still that long.

Just after this photo, the little one actually caught a good size large mouth bass.

Fishing©2011 Just Shooting Memories (all rights reserved)


Photographing movement can mean two things, movement of the subject or movement of the background.  You accomplish this feat by using the same mechanisms for both, a slow shutter speed.  For me, creating movement during the day has been difficult.  There is usually so much light that you cannot get the shutter speed slow enough. I guess with the right kind of filter, I would be able to, but I just have a polarized filter on the camera for now.

I have found that to blur the background, I set the camera to shutter priority and the shutter speed around 1/30 of a second.  This allows me to get fairly good crisp photos of the subject and, depending on the speed of the subject, good movement in the background.  Decide what area of the subject you want in focus and then follow the subject with the camera and attempt to keep the subject framed as you want.  The beauty of this technique is that most of the time, the background colors are the only thing that matter.

On the other hand, to blur the subject, I set the camera on a tripod, shutter priority and a shutter speed somewhere below 1/30 of a second.  To keep camera shake out of the picture, use a remote shutter release.  As the subject moves through the photo, push the button.  If the subject is not blurred enough, make the shutter speed slower.

Today’s Photo:  The Drive-By

I decided to take sometime with the family the other day and just watch my children ride their bikes.  I promised myself prior to going out that I was going to put the camera down.  Of course when I got outside, I began seeing all the photographic opportunities.  So, I had to get the camera.  My youngest was riding her bike at a very unsafe speed, at least I don’t think I ever rode that fast when I was that young.  I convinced her to drive in circles around me while I took photos.  I found out quickly that she has the precision driving skills of an Indy Car driver.  Or maybe like the Drift Racing drivers, she almost had enough speed to start drifting and was only about 6″ from me most of the time.

Here is another portrait of my Little Treasure.  And don’t miss last Friday’s Daily Photo.

The Drive-By©2011 Just Shooting Memories (all rights reserved)

I have been so busy yesterday that I only got a few photos.  This is a travesty for a weekend.  Especially for such a beautiful day.  Maybe tomorrow will bring better luck.

I am thinking of getting a couple of lenses soon.  I was thinking of a 50mm 1.4 or so and a some type of zoom lens larger than 200mm.  Does any one have a suggestion and why you like them?

Today’s Photo:  An Experiment in Light

This was an experiment in light from several years ago.  The bad part is, I was not able to recreate it.  I tried several times and made some very cool other stuff, but not this same effect.  It is amazing how different light affects the photo during low light photography.  I set the camera on a timed exposure, I think it was 30 seconds and walked with a speed light across the field of view.  Every few steps, I would fire the speed light manually.  I love to paint with light whenever I have time.  I know I am not the only person.

An Experiment in Light


So, I missed a day, but here is another one for you.

Shutter Speed…  so, shutter speed is used to capture movement.  There are two different ways of stopping movement.  One: stopping subject movement and Two: stopping camera shake.  And, shutter speed is probably the easiest to get right.  You can either stop all movement or allow it.  In order to have a long shutter speed, you need to have a tripod.

And, photography in it’s simplest form requires only two changes, shutter speed and aperture.


I did not think I would like macro photography until I took this photo.  I believe this is one of the photos which began to trigger my artistic side; which I still think I am lacking at.


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