moments in focus…

Always learning something new.



Although I have been holding a camera for 28 years (yikes, has it been that long) there are many many many things I am still learning.  I started taking pictures with my Dad’s old 35mm Konica camera on occasion,  then I attended a dark room class in college with the intention of setting up my own darkroom (always ‘good intentions’), after that I continued to shoot with film (purchased a 35mm Canon) until a bought a small digital point and shoot.  Finally, about 6 years ago I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon.  Since then I have moved on to a Nikon D300 (which by the way, I love).   Ok, now on to the point of this post, learning something new.

The basics: shooting in manual, understanding my camera, composition… -check.

Equipment: camera, lenses (always more on my list, yours too I imagine), tripod -check.

Software: PS4 (have it, can use some of it) -check

The elements: foggy mornings, really foggy mornings, dealing with the fog -no check here.

So, you can see the element are the actually the topic here.

Today I woke earlier than usual to head down to the beach.  I have been wanting to take some very slow shutter speed photos to get that washed out feeling of the surf, well, that did not happen as planned, but I did get some pictures that I like. What I learned today?  Fog=Water, which in turn means wet lenses.  I was shooting away, and then for some reason I looked at my lens. There was a layer of water on it!  I did not plan for this, I did not take my lens safe rag with me.  I typically don’t take everything everywhere (camera cases can only hold so much until they are too heavy to be comfortable carrying).  I used my cotton/polyester sweatshirt to dry my lens with.   I know, not the best ‘cloth’ to use, but it was either give that a try or head home.

In summary, I will begin to plan for the elements when I pack my gear from now on.  (I did plan for sand, I take cellophane and wrap each tripod foot, then over that I place a layer of aluminum foil to keep the cellophane in place, this protects the tripod from the sand)


10 responses

  1. Unfortunately, the length of a photographers’ wish list is always inversely proportional to his or her budget.

    01.31.2011 at 3:31 pm

  2. calvininjax

    I really like the middle shot. What I would guess is a slow exposure has given the image a dreamlike quality, especially with those muted colours.

    Great job!

    01.31.2011 at 4:39 pm

    • yes, it was a slow shutter speed. I would love to use a slower one and wash it out more. i will be practicing more next week (the weather is turning cold here in Texas and will be a bit chilly in the mornings high 20s-brrrrr for Texas). thanks for the comments. -Kim

      02.01.2011 at 12:07 pm

  3. Planning for the elements is very important. My recent addition of a new camera bag included a rain cover for the bag. I just need to remember to zip the bag closed so all the lenses don’t fall out again :)

    02.01.2011 at 9:11 am

    • Hi paul, yes, zip the bag- I hope no on was hurt! Good idea, I will add one of those to my list- a rain cover that is. thanks for stopping. -Kim

      02.01.2011 at 12:09 pm

  4. Waterfront pictures are some of my favorite. Love the information regarding preparing for the elements. I just got a new Nikon D3100 and am learning daily.

    02.01.2011 at 9:29 am

  5. New cameras are great, have fun- D3100 nice! Glad you liked the post, my blog is really about pictures, but it’s hard not to ‘blog’ every now and then. :) -Kim

    02.01.2011 at 12:12 pm

  6. Nandini

    Great photography :)

    02.03.2011 at 11:55 am

    • thanks Nandini for stopping and commenting- it always makes me happy when someone like what they see. -Kim

      02.04.2011 at 11:44 am

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