Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Hey, it’s February! Let’s start it off on a weak note! I like yesterday’s picture. A lot. Today’s picture? Meh. Filler, that’s all. Some purple flowers. Whatever.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/80s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 100mm.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Okay, today’s post will actually be a quick post, unlike yesterday, where I said it would be a quick post, but then I proceeded to include 3 chapters from my upcoming memoirs.
Took this one a couple years ago (yes, with my crappy lens), at Galena Summit, in Idaho. I’ve posted other pics from that day here before, perhaps one or two that are almost identical to this one. I actually didn’t even do my homework, I didn’t go back to check which ones I’ve posted from here before, all I can say is that I haven’t yet posted this exact image. To my knowledge, I have yet to re-post a single picture. I’ve posted very similar pictures, and I’ll continue to post pictures that are even more similar to each other. But I’m going to hold off from actually using the exact same image a second time as long as I can (but believe me, it’s coming eventually, the number of days in the future is greater than the number of unique pictures I have now plus the images I will take between now and the future. So, umm, do the math…)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/60s, f/32.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 109mm.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Well, okay, whatever, maybe they’re not daisies. Seriously though, what are they?? I don’t know, and none of you ever feel like telling me. So, eff it, they’re daisies.
I like a lot of the elements of this picture. But I’m only posting it today so I can talk about what I *don’t* like about it. Because not only do I feel that it didn’t live up to its potential, I don’t even think it’s a particularly good picture. Why? Well, it’s too dark, and there’s not enough contrast.
For whatever reason, things that are really strongly red or orange really play tricks with the camera sensor. The redness maxes out way too early, leaving the rest of the image a bit dark. I tried to brighten this one up, but when I was able to get it to the point where I was happy with the overall illumination, the deep red and orange petals were way beyond blown out. So, the only way to be able to maintain ANY of that red vs. orange details (which is the most interesting part of those flowers, if you ask me), was to keep it kind of dark like this. And I guess if you’re not looking at it in the context of any other pictures, it’s not too bad. But I’m not super happy with it.
Then, there’s the contrast. I was trying to go for the effect of having those two flowers in front really pop out, but I also wanted to create the idea of them being in the middle of a huge flower bed full of them. Unfortunately, in this result, it’s hard to catch the difference. There’s just not enough of a difference between the in-focus ones and the out-of-focus ones for your eye to grab on to. A lot of times, you can use focus vs. bokeh to provide that contrast that I was going for, but with the strong reds and the lack of a sharp edge on the far petals, in this case they just blend together. Another option would have been to put a little bit of green just above that close flower, I should have gone with that. It’s of course easy to say that now, I just wish I had thought of it then.
Oh well, maybe next time, huh?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. 1/320s, f/9.0, ISO 400.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Hey everyone! I realize I was kind of poopy this week and only managed to post two pictures. Bah, whatever, reading my blog is a privilege, not a right! That, and yes, I am lame. Maybe next week will be better? Hmm, we’ll see. Probably not Monday, as I’ll be out of town. But maybe Tuesday will be AWESOME. Yes, perhaps. Tuesday has the potential to be AWESOME. It also has the potential to be a lot of other things, as it turns out.
Today’s pic takes us back to Galena Summit in Idaho. It’s a little ways north of Sun Valley, sort of right smack in the middle of the state. The name is a bit weird, ending in the word “summit”, rather than “pass”. But hey, those Idahoans are wacky, they do things their own way. Whatever.
I’ve got to run to catch a plane now, that’s all you get.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/60s, f/32.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 168mm.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Well folks, we made it! One whole year. Holy effing crap, that’s way longer than I expected I’d keep this thing going for. Granted, the vast majority of you weren’t around to see those days, but whatever, you’re here now! (Actually, that’s not even true, most of you – “you” being defined as the set of people who subscribe to my RSS feed or otherwise regularly read the blog – don’t actually read the blog. So you’re not actually here now. But that’s fine, I’m going to count you anyway.) So.. Now that we made it to a year… now what? Hmm, good question. Let’s do some homework: your job (each and every one of you) is to go talk to no fewer than two of your friends, and convince them to become followers of the blog as well. Or, alternatively, explain to them why following the blog would not be in their best interest. The important thing is to have the conversation. And take notes, I want proof! And, you should also click on the Facebook like button down below (well, it’s only there if you’re actually looking at http://picture-of-the-day.com, not if you’re looking at this post in, say, Google Reader, so if that’s the case, click through!!) A few of you did a good job following directions when I first put that thing in there, but then the enthusiasm significantly waned.
As for this picture.. You may recognize it as the image that’s used as my avatar when I post comments, as well as the image that’s used as the favicon for the site (the little picture that shows up on your open browser tabs or in your bookmarks list). Also, it’s used as my profile picture on my Facebook page. It’s not that it’s one of my super-favorite pictures or anything though. The truth is, when I first made my Facebook page a year ago when I was bored, it was one of the first few images I saw, so I just grabbed it and tossed it up there. I figured it actually looked decent enough there, so I just kind of stuck with it. But I never got around to actually posting it until today. (Saying “I just grabbed it” sounds wrong – I did actually take this picture, it’s not like I just grabbed it from some random site on the internet or anything – and by the way, none of you are doing that with my pictures, right??) Occasionally I think about freshening things up a bit, and picking a new image to use for those purposes. But… whatever, it’s fine, it’s good enough, and I’m lazy. So this picture it is.
Okay, see you all next year on my 2 year anniversary!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 300mm