Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nifty Fifty: Sunflowers & Robo Raptor

This morning I woke up, made coffee, fed the birds then went to check my e-mail. I sat in front of my computer for several minutes then thought I'd be more productive if I went out and took some photos. So, I went upstairs, grabbed my camera and 50mm f/1.8 lens and went outside. My first stop was the sunflowers.

Nifty Fifty: Sunflower

Nifty Fifty: Sunflower

Nifty Fifty: Sunflower

I made several other stops throughout the yard, but, the sunflowers are the only photos that I like from this morning's batch. After I went inside, I didn't feel like I was done taking pictures. So, I grabbed my Robo Raptor from the shelf and brought it to the living room where the sun shines in perfectly every morning.

Nifty Fifty: Robo Raptor

I'll probably try for some more photos of my Robo Raptor. I'm disappointed that I wasn't paying attention to his hands. They really should be in the shot, as well as the top of his head. I love what the bright sun did for the background. I really need to get a shoe-mount flash for my camera!

All things considered, I'm rather excited about this "Nifty Fifty" project I've started. I have learned a lot, such as exposing to the right, experimenting with perspective and shooting from different angles and paying attention to what's in the background. I have a lot to learn still, but I think I'm progressing.

One last thing... I've had several encouraging comments from several people in my blog comments, on Flickr, via e-mail and face to face. Thank you all for your encouragement! I'm having fun.

3 comments:

His4ever said...

HIYOU! (As my son says when he greets someone). Love the flowers!! It looks like the morning sunlight was a lot of fun!! Great Job!

~His4ever~

Dorky Musician said...

The morning sunlight was great yesterday. I wish I had more time and more variety of sunflowers to shoot! They are a great flower. I'm looking forward to them withering. That should prove to be interesting.

Thank you for commenting!

Amy Frazier said...

This is such a great project idea! Although, since I'm in my new infatuation stage with my 50mm, I don't think I need a project right now to motivate me to shoot more with that lens!

I absolutely love the tones on the sunflowers (and a very cool perspective on that last one). I would have totally guessed magic hour, with the sun setting down on them. But as I was reading, you said it was morning. You are quite ambitious!