Day 20 goal: Use a photo editing program to tweak the contrast in your photos.
After a long day of working in the garden (and sunburning my shoulders — ouch!), my daughter and I decided to dispose of an old, wooden tomato trellis by burning it. The boards were soaked from five inches of rain that had fallen the previous few days. With several handfuls of paper out of the recycling bin, some additional dry sticks, and about 20 matches, we finally triumphed and managed to get a cheery fire going.
Here’s the initial fire in our homemade fire pit:
It looked much more dramatic and impressive when I took a photo without the flash — talk about an image with high contrast!
Here is the same shot with a longer exposure time, which causes the flames to have a more solid and blurred appearance:
The rest of the evening was spent relaxing in the gentle heat of our little fire while experimenting with camera settings. I tried several different settings for exposure and flash, and I used nearly every shutter speed my camera had from 15 seconds to 1/2500 of a second. I personally enjoy the higher shutter speeds which capture the details of the small, licking flames.
Here’s a gallery to share the results of my playtime. Sorry there are so many. I had trouble choosing!
Awww…my third and final round of WordPress’ Photo101 class has ended. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
There will still be many more photos on this site in the future, I’m sure. Hopefully my skills will continue to improve with practice, and my photos will be more and more pleasing and interesting to view.
Look for upcoming Macro Mysteries guessing game posts, too, since macro photography is my favorite style to pursue!
I’m always desiring to learn and improve upon my photography. If you have the time, I’d really appreciate hearing your opinion: Would you compare this post to the previous two and leave a comment telling me which one you like best and why? Thanks!
Triumph 2.0 — What a precious and picture-perfect subject I had to work with for this image! I wish you could meet her and see that sweet smile; she could brighten anyone’s day!
Triumph 1.0 — The first time I participated in Photo 101, I showcased the ultimate triumph I am striving to achieve — the thing that brings me the most happiness and hope in my life.