July 13: Path lights

We are house-sitting in a pretty flash gated community for the next month (while we work on our house) and I went for a wander down to the lake with my camera tonight. I was trying to get the reflections from the houses across the water but it’s a bit windy and the results weren’t so great… I turned around to walk back down the path and thought that this little scene would make a good photo. And the long exposure lit up the scene enough to see the detail in the trees behind so I’m happy with the result 🙂 Day 194 done!

July 4: Feijoa tree

Today is kinda a bit of a downturn after the photos yesterday that I was quite happy with. But I guess that’s the way with a 365 project – some you will really like, some you wont be so excited about. Anyway, this is a feijoa tree that grows just outside out kitchen and I have seen before but never taken photos of. I didn’t realise that the fruit grew in winter but it’s pretty much the middle of winter and the fruit are still growing away. And it was the coldest morning today so I thought they would have been killed off by now. Odd… Well, that’s it for day 185!

July 2: Golden leaves

I was driving home this afternoon and drove past the local cricket/football grounds. There are leaves everywhere and the afternoon sun was giving them an awesome glow so I got home, fed Brylee and we bundled up and went for a walk to talk some photos – even ended up watching some football as well. I discovered yesterday that if I use the 2 sec shutter delay and have the bracket exposure setting on, it will take all three photos after the 2 seconds. I had avoided the shutter delay before as I thought I would have to take 3 separate photos and that would take ages but happy to discover I don’t… Add that one to the  “new knowledge” box :-). Day 182 down – over the halfway mark tomorrow!! Woo hoo!

June 30: Clouds in the puddle

I left my photo a bit late tonight and it was getting dark by the time I took this photo. I know I’ve already used the reflection in the puddle deal on May 31 but this is better…. because it’s HDR and HDR is always better! I also like that it’s a bit darker but still light enough to see the grass and the puddle etc in the foreground. And I’ve just hit day 180! Only 2 more days to go until I’m halfway through my project 🙂

June 28: Dead end

Today I got home early so decided to head down to the river to have a look. I had an idea for a photo under the bridge but got distracted with this odd little bridge thing so will save the other photo for later. I took a few photos but went with this one because I liked the colours of the moss and the clarity of the wire on the fence. Done and dusted for day 178!

June 27: Winter trees

This photo pretty much sums up the weather right now… Ice cold wind and trees almost bare apart from a few holding onto their last remaining leaves. I’m not a huge fan of winter but do admit that I like shots like this with a few dead leaves showing the last traces of summer/autumn. And I’m out of time for day 177 so that’s it 🙂

June 26: Walk in the park

This is a little creek that runs into the lake at a gated community our friends live in. I was sitting in their lounge and I saw this and wanted to see what it would look like in HDR so I grabbed my camera and went for a wee wander. I didn’t notice until I got home and got the photos onto the computer how dark the clouds in the background where but I like the contrast between the peaceful foreground and the somewhat foreboding clouds in the background. And that’s the shot for day 176, thanks for stopping by 🙂

June 24: Winters afternoon

Heading home this afternoon and took a wee detour down to the Ashley River. Still learning with HDR but I like the result as you can have the effect of the clouds, see the snow on the mountains in the background and still be able to see the stones at the bottom of the water. This is the beauty  of the different exposures used in HDR and something that you wouldn’t be able to get in a normal photo. Still enjoy HDR on day 174 of my daily photo challenge! 

June 22: The sun breaking through

So I am now firmly in the HDR camp! This is kinda fun… Taken from 3 shots, handheld on the way from Waikuku to Rangiora this afternoon. This is the third day in a row that it’s been cloudy and grey all day but has opened up for the sun to come through in the afternoon. On Monday I noticed it in while I was in the car without my camera and Tuesday I was in the city so couldn’t get a very good view of the skyline but today I was in the car with my camera and in the country so I finally got a shot of it. Success! Another HDR for  day 172, I think I’m addicted!

June 18: Bus lane by night

Another late night… Heading home from friend’s and Brylee was sleeping so I had to be quick with taking a photo. This image was hand-held with ISO at 100 and a 1 sec exposure. Came out better than expected considering it was rushed and hand-held so I’m OK with the end result. While waiting for the photo to upload I was looking around WordPress and somehow ended up linked to the Stuck in Customs site (http://www.stuckincustoms.com/). I have heard of it before but never got around to looking at it. Wow, amazing! I am now inspired to get more into HDR photography after reading this blog and the HDR tutorial. So many awesome images which make me feel kinda stink about my own (still learning, I know) and I am putting some money aside now to buy Photomatrix Pro (http://www.hdrsoft.com/) which seems to be what everyone is using to create HDR images. I don’t quite understand deal with the editing but I’m sure I will get there! Stay tuned for future awesomeness! That’s all folks for day 168.