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.

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    • 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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  1. 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.

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    • 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.

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  2. 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!

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