Week 37 – Judy

Wired Leaves

Was out for an early morning photo walk and spotted these leaves all in a row hanging from the barbed wire. I liked the simplicity of the shot and the backlit leaves. Took many shots of different things, but this was my last one…seems to happen frequently, that I like the last shot the best. And, I used back button focus! Yes Lori, I finally figured it out!

Settings were ISO 200, f/8, 1/320 sec at 269mm (70-300mm). Applied some cropping and Topaz Adjust 5’s Pop Photo filter and then brushed out everything but the leaves to keep the background soft.



Week 36 – Becky

ArtistNamedBec | Nature Photography | Sunset
Sunset on Max Patch Bald

As Judy mentioned we attended a photography workshop with the talented outdoor photographer, Lori Kincaid

This was my first workshop and it was well worth the money.  Lori was very good about instructing us on shooting sunsets, sunrises, waterfalls, and macros.  This a photo I took our last night there of the sunset on Max Patch Bald.  My settings were iso200, f8 and 1/15sec.

Week 36 – Robin

Ramalina (ding-dong) Stenospora

A ramalina stenospora lichen I found in the yard. At least I think that is what it is. Taken with my 100mm Macro and Canon 6D. I never noticed that it had tiny “satellite dishes” until I saw it up close. 🙂

Week 36 – Judy

Getting the Shot

Becky and I attended a great photo workshop, in the NC/TN mountains, given by Lori Kincaid (http://kincaidphoto.com). This is one of the many beautiful places we went to shoot. Becky ventured out onto this small spit of sand and Lori pointed out what a great photo it would be, especially with the red shirt Bec had on. Thanks Lori. Highly recommend attending one of Lori’s workshops!

Applied a little bit of cropping and lightened up some of the greenery. Settings were ISO 100, f/16, 1 sec, at 20mm (17-55mm).

Week 35 – Judy

Blue Leaf

This was a really boring photo of a red leaf I laid on top of the water in our pool. So, to add a little interest, I used Topaz Adjust 5’s Solarized Dreams II filter. First time I ever used this filter. Still not that great, but a little better.

Week 35 – Becky

ArtistNameBec | Nature Photographer
You wanna hug?

First white spider I have come across. Usually I see their green counterpart.  They sit on the flowers with their legs spread out ready to pounce on their prey.  Disconcerting when the spider opens those legs when it spies you with those eyes as you are trying to photograph it! Shot with my Olympus TG-4.  Not as sharp as I would like.  Settings were f4.9, iso640, and 1/400sec.   Mainly tried to sharpen it in Photoshop.

Week 35 – Robin

The Storm

This was taken on Thursday this week after I had driven through one of the scariest Florida summer storms ever! 😯 Lots of thick streams of cloud-to-ground lightning, torrential rain and wind pushing on my little car. I wondered… should I pull over or keep on going? I kept driving. 🙂 When I got home I saw it in the distance and I decided to to capture it from the unfinished road near home. I was lucky to get lightning in the shot. It only took 5 shots.

Used the Canon SL1 and Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens. It was quite grainy, but you get the idea. 🙂 Settings were manual f/14 (I think), 1/60s, ISO 6400.

Week 34 – Robin


Saw some flowers at Lowes and decided to plant a few in my yard. This one is sort of like a black-eyed susan, but has a brown center. So much going on in that center! I decided to get my macro lens out and have a closer look! A simple flower isn’t really that simple when you look closely. 🙂

Used the 6D the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens. Settings were 1/80s, f/6.3, ISO 200.

Week 34 – Judy

Christmas is Coming Sunrise!

Kind of a strange photo, but it caught my eye. I was doing a photo walk in my yard early in the morning and spotted the reflection of the sunrise in this Christmas ornament. Several weeks ago, a neighbor of ours threw away an old Christmas tree. The garbage collectors left several of the ornaments from the tree laying in the street. My husband picked them up and tucked them in the boughs of cut palm fronds in one of our palm trees. And there they still are. 🙂 One never knows what will be spotted just in your own yard!

My settings were ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/640 sec at 122mm ( 18-135mm). I had the camera set on shade white balance, which added the warmth to the photo, which I liked. Cropped a little and applied Topaz Star Effects to add some interest to the sun.

Week 34 – Becky

ArtistNamedBec | Nature Photography
Hello There 🙂

Yes this is another Backyard Photo shoot 🙂

This little guy was on the edge of my yard.  He freaked me out because he followed me with his eyes.  I mean, if I moved he would move his tiny head and look straight at me while he cleaned one of his legs.  Weird.

Shot this with my Olympus TG-4 on telescope mode. Settings were ISO800, 18mm, f4.9 1/320sec.