Day 249 – Petunia Zoom Blur


Another zoom blur shot, this time of the petunias by the side of our house. I like the kaleidoscope look the effect gives, and you can still see the grass and the gate in the background. This is a hand held shot with a 1 second exposure at f22. I shot in raw then processed in Lightroom and underexposed it, then bumped up the clarity, vibrance, and contrast to bring back some of the detail lost by having the long exposure. I’m going to try using a tripod next time.

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Day 248 – Zoom Blur Effect


I read an article on “How to Take Photos with the Zoom Blur Effect“.  The photo above is my attempt at using this effect.  It’s relatively simple, you use a zoom lens and a long shutter speed, I used 1 second.  Then you press the shutter and zoom either in or out while the shutter is open, working hard to hold the camera steady as you zoom.  I am anxious to try this technique on some other subjects.  This one is just a shot of our breakfast nook area.  There are some nice examples in Darren Rowses’ article.  This is just one more technique to help us be more creative while we are out taking photos.

Day 184 – Candle Light Bulb

This is a close up of one of the candle light bulbs in our kitchen chandelier. I didn’t have a lot of time today for photos, so I was scrambling around the house looking for my shot. The light was coming in through our kitchen window providing a filtered back light, the grass provided a nice gradient background. I like the effect the back lighting has on the glass lamp shade and the bulb, creating silhouette with the fine filament.

I have passed the halfway mark, actually passed it a couple of days ago without taking notice. I have learned a lot with this photo a day challenge. One of my goals was to take more pictures, because that is really the way to improve, practice, practice, practice. Something else has happened along the way that I had not anticipated. I really did not expect to have followers, and that is a pleasant surprise for me. This blog has become a conversation piece when I see my friends. I really appreciate the encouragement and feedback I have received, and the “Likes” really are appreciated. I feel like I am part of a growing community of fellow WordPress bloggers, a community that I never knew existed. Thank you everyone for taking the time to view this blog, leave a comment, and thanks for pressing the “Like” button. 🙂