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

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

Behind Bars

Behind bars

Behind Bars was taken at the local zoo. The animals there are very well taken care of, but this is still one of the saddest pictures I ever took. What do you think?

The picture was taken with a Canon EOS 350D Digital camera.
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 300 mm
ISO Speed: 400

Of the balcony

Here it is. This photo “Of the balcony” was taken in an old area that is now part of Jerusalem and is called Ein Carem.

The picture was taken with a “HP PhotoSmart C850” camera and had the following stats:
Exposure: 0.017 sec (833/50000)
Aperture: f/10.4
Focal Length: 52.2 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Old streed in Jerusalem

full size pic here.

Now you can kill my pic. 🙂

Welcome to Kill My Pics

Welcome to Kill My Pics.

This blog’s entire purpose is to get you, the reader, to criticize my pictures (pics for short). Every week few days I will post a picture I took at some point or another and will let you criticize it. 

Every week few days one of my pictures will be “hung on the wall” for you to kill. The main idea behind this blog is for me to get better at photography and hopefully, as the critiques get more serious and advanced so will others. As nice as it is to get feedback on the lines of “this is a great picture”, or |”this is nice” or even “wow! great” it doesn’t help me learn what I can do better next time. This is what I hope my blog ,with your help will do for me.

Because of the idea behind the blog and it’s name I have to approve each comment before I let everyone see it but unless the comments are inapropriate I promise to post them all.

One last thing before I show you my first picture; All pics are taken by me and are subject to copy rights (unless I have stated otherwise).

Ok, and now to the picture:

 Inside - outside

Here is the full size picture.