Shooting Practice

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With camera, not a gun. As I was leaving worship this morning, I noticed these cascading leaves in front of where we parked and decided I would return with camera. The day was beautiful with the sun filtered by thin, high clouds. I also decided to take my inexpensive tripod instead of my unipod because I haven’t been real excited with the clarity of my photos with the unipod, but started using it because the tripod is awkward to use. I’m thinking I may want a new tripod with a ball head.

This turned into a time of experimenting with camera settings and of trying to capture falling leaves. It also meant I practiced patience as I waited for leaves to fall in the right place – the place where my camera lens was pointed.

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A shooting leaf.

fall leaves 031 Tomorrow Julie & I are going out for some early morning light and color so maybe I’ll try again. I like the excitement of being at the front end of my learning curve where I’m bordering on being clueless.

19 thoughts on “Shooting Practice

  1. Beautiful and those colors are stunning! I have tried so many times to capture leaves falling. The only times I had a bit of success is when I pointed the lens up to the sky on a breezy day. Have fun!


  2. I broke my very cheap tripod, and my husband talked me into just buying a decent one. I opted for a Manfrotto designed for travel (even carried it on a 15-mile hike over the weekend), and I really love it! It doesn’t have a level built in, so I have to pay pretty close to horizons when setting everything up. Don’t forget that you’ll need to switch off image stabilization on any lenses when they’re on a tripod, too, or you’ll be disappointed that your photos *still* aren’t crisp 😉
    Can’t believe the fall color down there already! Inland up here, things are looking fall-ish, but still rather green along the shores.


    • Thanks for the info. I either didn’t know about turning off the image stabilization or forgot it. Thanks. i bought a Manfrotto and a jManfrotto joy-stick ball head.
      It surprises me that you don’t have much color. We have a few trees that have fully turned, and a lot of bright branches sticking out of the green.


    • Thanks. I’m working on doing a better job with my camera settings and less work with the post-processing. I use Lightroom to make my photos look like they did when they caught my eye. 🙂

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