Foto February Week 2

// Canon 5DMKII Nikon 28mm f/4 1/125 ISO 640  // dawn light challenge //
I decided to bring my big camera along with us to IKEA over the weekend to try out my new fancy sling and because I don’t actually think I’ve ever brought it with us to a trip there. It was fun. My sling turned out to be pretty awesome and I wore my camera most of the day with no issues. It was fun having it handy to capture some fun IKEA Lincoln moments (is our love of IKEA too strong? Maybe?) and some fun times with Uncle Christopher who we don’t get to see that often. This photo was just a few minutes into our trip down I-40. It took me a long time to get the shutter just right so I didn’t wash out the colors (that sunrise!) and to get the movement of the lines on the highway without a car right next to us and the trees in a way that I liked. Basically, how did/do people ever shoot film? I seriously trial and errored like 100 pictures of this sunrise until I got one I liked, and still flagged four and chose between them and kept this one. Mad props. 

Also, decided to just pick an aperture for the day/series with my Nikon lens. It saves the ISO and shutter info since that’s done on the camera. I just really love the colors and the angle of this lens too much to stick with my 50mm all month. 

// Canon 5DMKII Nikon 28mm f/2.8 1/500 ISO 1250  // self portrait challenge //

Hi, IKEA bathroom selfie. So not adjusting/straightening this image is stressing me out a tad with all the crooked lines but those are the rules! And one handed manually focusing this photo was a hoot. Just after this Lincoln grabbed my lens (eyeroll emoji) but I just liked his face here and that I look pregnant from the front! I have been feeling huge, but my huge feels don’t really translate into photos except in this one I think it is communicated well. Stripes help I guess. 
// Canon 5DMKII Nikon 28mm f/2.8 1/500 ISO 2500  // movement challenge //

Oh storytime! I already technically did the “movement” challenge but storytime was such a blast on Wednesday I wanted to include one. There’s usually quite a bit of light in the storytime area of the library but it was a very gray and rainy day so had to lower my f stop to 2.8 and bump up the ISO quite a bit to get clear images. A weird juxtaposition of slow enough shutter to get enough light (to not have to adjust in Lightroom) and not too slow to get blurry jumps. I like how it turned out and that you can see the SHEER JOY on the boy’s face because jumping is his favorite. It’s so funny to think that just maybe even like 6 months ago (or less?) he couldn’t jump yet. He would say he was jumping but he would just kind of shuffle and then one day he just… jumped. Both feet, off the ground, he landed  and the rest is history. It’s fun watching these little people turn into people. Can’t wait until I’m not pregnant and we can go back to the trampoline place. He loved it.

// Canon 5DMKII Nikon 28mm f/2.8 1/8000 ISO 5000  // landscape  & fastest shutter challenge //

This is the view outside of our playroom window. If you sit just right on the futon you can’t see any of the houses across the street and just trees and sky and I pretend we are in the mountains sometimes. I was trying hard to angle it to get the funny little clouds and no houses but in the bottom right corner you can see the ever slightest triangle of a rooftop. Suburbs problems. I’ll probably hit another landscape (and combine it with a really slow shutter, just have to think of a fun place to do it) but I am technically checking it off with this one. Such pretty Carolina blue skies today with the faintest hint of an upcoming spring. Now I’m wondering though, is it a landscape photo if there’s no actual land in it? Just trees that are technically connected to the land? Yeah I should probably just do landscape again. 

I’ve highlighted what remains! I’ve really neglected the shutter thing and ISO specifics.

Rambly thoughts: 
I was going to get Lincoln some glowsticks for a fun dark bathtime on Sunday, I need to remember to do that. That will be a good way to hit max ISO, nighttime, slower shutter, etc. 

Shooting at church on Sunday, I’m sure I’ll hit some of the fun light ones (except flash). I need to find my flash. 

Oh shooting a TON this weekend. Cousin birthday party, newborn session, blog photos for a friend (and her dog). Lots of opportunity to experiment, just need to keep ISO in mind. 

This is really fun, I just wish I had done different ISOs instead of the ones I have listed. 

Animal portrait will be no problem. Luna is already ready for her close up. Might use my 85mm for that 
    • f/ highest a lens goes
    • f/11 (this week!) 
    • f/8
    • f/4
    • f/lowest gear allows (for me that’s 1.8!) 
    • SLOWEST it goes 
    • 1+ second shutter 
    • 1/30 shutter
    • 1/300 shutter
    • FASTEST it goes (this week!) 
  • ISO
    • ISO 400
    • ISO 800
    • ISO 1600
    • rim light
    • external light
    • flash
    • dawn or dusk light (this week!) 
    • nighttime 
    • self portrait
    • landscape 
    • animal portrait 
    • water
    • movement 

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