Thursday, January 31, 2019

Wide Angle

For this picture, I had similar settings for the exposure but I changed how narrow the picture was. I put on my wide angle lens to take this picture. I wanted to get the entirety of the sunset. From the night sky to the still bright sunset. The hardest part about taking pictures of sunsets or anything at night is making sure there isn't too much grain/noise in the picture. Grain is caused by a high ISO to make the picture appear lighter. For this picture, I kept my ISO at 100 and lengthened the exposure. This resulted in a crisp and ungrainy picture.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Night Sky

I took this picture, late into the sunset when the dark blue sky began to take over the red sunset. I set my camera so that the sunset looked very full and bright. I didn't want to have the sky take over too much of the sunset, but I also didn't just want a sunset as the picture. I settled with this picture and two others. I also like how crisp the rest of the silhoutetted objects are.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Light in the Night Sky

This is my last picture of the lunar eclipse. The Earth had just begun to move up from between the Sun and moon. As more and more light was able to reach the moon, it became harder to take pictures of it. The contrast between the light and dark parts was so vast that either one part of overexposed or one was underexposed. I chose to make the dark part of the moon the star (haha, star and the moon is a star) of the picture and have it be exposed correctly. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019


Happy Sunday! Because I wanted to post this picture but also wanted to make space for the Lunar Eclipse pictures, you get a special Sunday post. On this flower, I was able to get a multitude of information from the focus. The viewer can see the inside, petals, and the dark spots on the petals. This is what a macro lens is made to do. It is built to get close to the object being photographed while retaining a sharp and crisp focus. It helps to show the world small objects that might not be able to be seen by the naked human eye.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Stars at Night

When I was taking pictures of the moon, my camera also captured some tiny stars. In the top left of this picture, there is a little bright spot which is a star. There is also another one on the bottom right. To capture all of the stars, you would want to set your camera to the darkest possible settings. Have the highest aperture, lowest ISO, and slowest shutter speed. This would allow the most amount of light to enter your camera and allowing you to see the stars.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Blood Moon

I used to not be able to take pictures of the moon but now I am, how, might you ask. Here's how, to take pictures of the moon, you must have a camera that has a detachable lens. Any point and shoot camera (lens doesn't detach) won't be able to capture a very quality picture of the moon. If you have a camera with a detachable lens, you want to use the light meter but instead of having it in the center, you want it to be completely over-exposed. This will allow you to get definition on the moon instead of taking a picture of a bright white light.

Thursday, January 24, 2019


This lunar eclipse won't occur again in the United States until 2021. A lunar eclipse is when the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned in a straight line and in that order. On all other days, the sun shines on the moon and the moon reflects the light onto the Earth. In a lunar eclipse, the Earth blocks the moon from getting any of the sun's light and makes it appear red. A solar eclipse is opposite. The order of the three planets goes sun, moon, Earth. The moon blocks the sun from reaching the Earth.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tree Branches

Just after the sunset, when the moon had just risen, it became blocked by tree branches. I found it annoying at first but the utilized them to help manipulate an interesting picture. I positioned my tripod and camera to capture the branches in front of the moon. This worsened the definition of the craters on the moon but instead made an interesting design on the moon.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lunar Eclipse

The night of January 20th into the early morning of January 21st there was a lunar eclipse. It began at around 9:30pm and continued into the early morning hours but I went to sleep at 12:30am, just as the white started to return to the moon. I took this picture at 11:48 pm, as the sun merely started to cast its light back on the moon. I believe it is my best but I still have many others from the first time the moon was blocked from sunlight by the Earth to the sun returning to the moon.

Monday, January 21, 2019


I've taken macro pictures of flowers before but these flowers are different because of how small they are. I was able to get multiple bunches of flowers in the frame and have them fill the entire picture. I set the focus on the front of the flowers to capture the flowers and water in focus. I think this might be one of my best macro pictures yet.

Saturday, January 19, 2019


On this leaf, it had a very intricate pattern on it. The veins appeared to look almost like a stained glass window. The glass pieces making up the window crooked but arranged to make a rectangular window. For the leaf, the pieces are the veins and they are arranged so that they create a leaf. Maybe this is where the idea of stained glass came from.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Up Close 

Moving away from raindrops, I focussed on other objects I can photography with my macro lens. One of the orange leaves from yesterday's picture was this redder than orange-colored leaf. With a macro lens, I am able to get extremely close to objects. I set the leaf behind another leaf and photographed the design on the leaf. There are the sharp edges, veins on the leaf, the tip, and the dark spots on the colored leaf.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


The next raindrops I took pictures of with my macro lens were these two. I angled my camera so that they were in front of a tree still full of orange leaves. I admire how the background of leaves is deeply blurred but if you look in the raindrop you can see a vague outline of the leaves. I also admire the crisp distinction between the left raindrop and branch. You can easily tell where the raindrop ends and the branch begins.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


This picture is of the same raindrops as the last picture. In this picture, I changed the focus and exposure. I set the focus to the trees mirrored from inside the rain and I darkened the exposure. I like how the viewer can see inside the raindrop. It is something that I didn't see with my bare eyes until I adjusted the focus.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Morning Glare

I took this macro picture of hanging raindrops soon after the sun rose. I wanted to showcase the water and how it reflects light. The water that is on the branch casts a very harsh shadow toward the camera. Almost making the picture overexposed. To know when a picture is overexposed, the photographer has to see their picture on a bigger screen than the camera. When I took this picture I thought it was exposed correctly, but on my computer, I can see the blue, red, and green that make up the display. This is one of the biggest indicators of an overexposed picture.

Monday, January 14, 2019


I came back to this plant for a second time to showcase the dew. It always seems to have dew on it because I went but after this picture for a third time, and there was still dew on it. I like how the focus is on the hairs and there are objects blocking the main focus of the plant.

Saturday, January 12, 2019


With my macro lens, the closest I am able to get to an object is 0.98 feet. Since my camera has a focal length of 90mm, I can get extremely close to an object. With this picture, I got as close as possible to the raindrop. I then set the focus to the bottom of the raindrop to make the entire raindrop in focus. The raindrop also magnified the part of the leaf underneath it. The brown and pink colors in the raindrop is part of the leaf.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Circle of Water

In the center of this plant, was a circle of water. Only in that circle was water, everywhere else on the plant was dry. I don't understand why the water made a circle like that. It could be water likes to stick to itself or that the sun 'burned' a hole in the water and left the other part still wet.

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Near the rainbow leaf, was this leaf. This leaf was partially above water and had a deep wedge in the middle of it. I took the picture with the sun behind the leaf. The made some of the water glisten and reflect the light. I put my camera very close to the water to get the best reflection. I made sure to capture the entirety of reflection to percieve the complete star.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Rainbow Leaf

One of the leaves that fell into the water underneath the sweet gum tree, looks almost like a rainbow. The leaf is red, orange, and yellow, and where the water touches the leaf is blue. Under the rainbow leaf are a dead leaf and some mud. The dead leaf almost seems to have scales on it. There are spots of a darker brown and spots of light brown.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Sweet Gum

Looking up from the flowers, I found this sweet gum tree. Even though I took this in late December, there are still leaves on this tree. I noticed the lighting from the left side of the ball. It lit up the left side while the right side remained very dark. The ball also appears to still be wet from the rain storm as well. Some of the light reflects while the parts where the light doesn't reach that part of the ball seem dry.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Wall of Water

On another similar flower, instead of focussing on the center of the flower, I focused on the pedals. On one of them, it was covered with raindrops. From this picture, it is clear to see the extreme depth perception of a macro lens. The raindrops and petal that are in focus are all the same distance to the lens. Anything else, even if it is a few millimeters farther from the lens, is out of focus.

Saturday, January 05, 2019


This flower has the same 'hairs' that the first flower when I took pictures with my macro lens has. After the rain, the 'hairs' must have become filled with water. This makes them almost look like icicles. The light reflecting off of them, they are white like ice and straight. When I was taking the picture, I didn't notice the brown object on the 'hairs.' It isn't too big so it doesn't completely ruin the picture, but it is still bothersome.

Friday, January 04, 2019


On the flower next to the last one, the raindrops were hanging off of it. I purposely had the focus on the raindrop instead of the flower. I also like how the viewer can see the complete circle of the raindrop. Since the raindrop is hanging, it becomes a sphere. Unfortunately, the raindrop reflects light. This made finding the right exposure extremely hard, causing the picture to be slightly brighter than I would have liked. Luckily, a quick fixing of the exposure in Photoshop fixed it.

Thursday, January 03, 2019


After a heavy nighttime downpour, I took these macro rain pictures. This first one is of a single raindrop on a flower. The hardest part of taking a picture like this is making sure the focus is correct. The water magnified the air bubbles on the leaf. On the bottom of the droplet are tiny white dots which are the air bubbles. I tried to have the focus directly on the air bubbles which would also help to have the entire droplet in focus.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019


In the center of all flowers are filaments. It's the object that sticks up out of the middle of the flower. I like this picture because of the natural contrast in colors. The bright pink is the main part of the picture, but it doesn't overpower the light green. The focus on macro lens' is very sharp and small. There is a tiny line where the object is in focus and everything else is out of focus. The farther the object is from the focus line, the more out of focus it gets.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019


The second to last and my favorite picture in the first trial with the new lens is this picture. It is of a flower that hadn't grown its flowers yet. When I was taking this picture, I didn't notice the dew. Looking over it later, I found the 'hairs' sticking off the flower and dew on the hairs. It is my favorite because of the precious focus on the forefront flowers and the drastic decrease in focus as the viewer looks farther back in the picture.