The New Blog is Here

With the new year came a new resolution. I’m starting to invest in this project again. And this time I have an actual plan to keep it going. It also means I will have to get back to more serious photography. Something I’ve rather missed doing in the past year or so.

Anyway, the image below is one I really like for it’s colors and subject matter and I think it was a rather good shot considering it was taken from a boat. but I still think it could be improved and that’s why it’s posted here now.

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Hats, hats and more hats – Thailand floating market

Spring is here! and so is my next photo

The spring is here, bringing with it the promise of yet another hot! summer. But until then why not enjoy killing one of my old but favorite closeup (macro) pictures of a flower in bloom.

The plant is called among other names Queen Anne’s lace and has a really nice flower.

Now, feel free to either enjoy the photo or “kill it” or both.

hint: the picture is best seen in it’s large version:

 

Queen Anne's Lace - Macro
Queen Anne’s Lace – Macro

Kill My Pics is revived

After a very very long break I have decided to revive my blog.

As before, once a week I will upload here one of my many pics  for you to critique or in other words “kill”. You don’t have to be a photographer for that just a person with an opinion and a desire to share it.

The more you write the more I (and others) learn so feel free to express yourself.

And now, here is my latest picture for you to “kill”:

Dry Leaf Macro

(click the photo for the large version)

Cup of tea anyone?

Winter is almost here and the tea is back to warm up our days and evenings.

I love a god cup of tea or coffee (even better) while sitting next to a big window watching the winter outside.  That’s why I like this picture. It was taken exactly 2 years ago in a tea/coffee house in Detroit while outside was raining.

The picture was a spur of the moment thing with no planning (that’s why the stain is there 😦 ) but I still like it.  I would prefer however, to know what could be done to improve this image if I was to take it again – this time putting some thought into it before (and having a better understanding of light and photography)

Spot the difference

I have been interested in photography for the past 7 years or so and I have been actively taking pictures for the last 4 or 5. I am shooting with digital cameras and I do think I have a good eye for making interesting pictures but I never really took any photography lessons, untill now.

All I can say after this morning is: What a difference 2 lessons can have! Even if my previous pictures were good now I know I could have made them even better. Like I wrote in my previous post, the photography course I’m taking is mostly about light.

Understanding the way a camera uses light when taking a picture is what will make the difference between a good picture and a great one (if the composition is the same obviously).

This video explains camera metering and how it affects the image and is very similar to what we did this morning (our instructor was somehat livelier that the comentator in this video 🙂 ).

I have added here 2 pictures, one taken today and one taken last year, both in the same place. the setting is slightly different and I actually prefer the first (older) image to the new one but it is not a good picture. Today I know what I did wrong and how to fix it. This is a great example for the importance of understanding ligh and the way your camera uses it:

Old pic:
colored fishing nets
colored fishing nets

 New Pic:

Colored fishing nets 2
Colored fishing nets 2