An Old Barn.

old barn

50mm; 1/80 sec; f/6.3; ISO 640

Hi, I am cheating a bit. Supposed to be a Wordless Wednesday post- however, I was just so excited with these pictures of old farm buildings. Every day I drive by these and always say to myself, “I want to take pictures of this place.” Well last night was the night. The sun was just beautiful. Now I want to have enlargements made and hang on my wall! Below is the complete set of old farm pictures taken.

old barn

Best Wishes,
debra

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A Snowy Day.

Hi, it’s March and snowing! Last week it was spring, 70 and sunny. Not this weekend, 28 and snowy. A good day to stay in, making meatloaf and homemade oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips. My kind of day.

meatloaf-snowy-day

Both images 16 mm; 1/50 sec; f/5.6; ISO 3200

Kevin just put up the Martin bird house last week during our 70 degree Spring weather!

birdhouse snowy day

50mm; 1/400 sec; f/9; ISO 320

Easy to make moist oatmeal cookie recipe here.

I like adding chocolate chips to my oatmeal cookies. What do you add to yours?

Best Wishes,
debra

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SHARP ACTION PICTURES

action pictures

Hi, taking pictures is what I do. Sometimes I just need to play; to remember why I love photography so much. Have you ever wondered how to take sharp action pictures? Here are the simple sure steps to freeze a picture while shooting in manual mode.

FOCUS MODE: AF-C
Select AF-C that continuously maintains focus on a moving subject while the shutter button is held halfway down.

FOCUS AREA: WIDE
Select Wide that automatically focuses on a subject, wherever it is positioned within the frame.

DRIVE MODE: Continuous Shooting- Hi
When shooting a moving subject, select Continuous Shooting that takes continuous shots while the shutter button is held all the way down.

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/500 sec. or faster
Try to select a fast shutter speed, so that the subject doesn’t become blurred.

The family image above settings info:
Focal Length: 70.00 mm (in 35mm: 105 mm)
Exposure: 1/640 sec; f/3.5; ISO 200; Manual

If you are just beginning to shoot out of the Auto mode, set your camera to the Shutter Priority mode (S or TV on camera top dial). Next set your Shutter Speed to 1/1000 or simply 1000. Then continue with the Focus Mode, Focus Area and Drive Mode. Note: With a shutter speed of 1/1000, this is very fast. You will want to be in a very bright area; outdoor action photos. An excellent reference is the camera manual. I keep mine in my camera bag. A pdf copy is on my smart phone as well! In case you have miss placed your manual, simply Google your camera make, model along with the word manual. This is how I saved a pdf copy to my smart phone.

Exciting events: While writing this post, Kevin asked if I would stop for a bit and walk down to the pond with him. Sure– how fun. I grabbed the camera. Good thing I did. Merle went with us and when Kevin cast his line out, Merle would go into the water after it!

kev-merle-fishing-action-pictures

dog water action pictures

Images on this website, I use the Sony Nex-5n and Sony a6000 exclusively. If your camera settings do not match the ones given above, please refer to your camera’s operating manual.

This was a time I wished I grabbed the zoom lens. Post edited the zoom in Photoshop for the images above.

Lens: E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Focal Length: 50.00 mm (in 35mm: 75 mm)
Exposure: 1/1000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200; Shutter priority

Have I inspired you to get out and freeze some photos?

Best Wishes,
debra

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