Saturday, April 13, 2013

Simplicity

It's time for Donna's Personal Photo Challenge this month and our theme for 'Simplicity' has had me thinking hard about what this means.  I still only shoot on Auto so can't give many details of my photographs but do know I'm learning more from the monthly challenge than I'm able to share.
I have figured out by using the Landscape mode, that the focus will be on the subject with background  blurred.  By focusing on a single daisy, rather than the whole clump simplifies my intention of capturing this flower. (and I hope this makes sense)
A frog partially hidden by viburnum lantana leaves and hopefully the background doesn't take away from his mysterious presence.
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29 comments:

  1. I frequently use my auto mode instead of the other settings. I guess I'm a bit of a lazy photographer...lol
    I like these shots especially the frog

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  2. Yes, it makes perfect sense and is one of my favorite types of photos...the subject in focus and the background blurred. Sweet little daisy!

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  3. What a nice effect on the daisy but of course I love that little frog the best! What a cute little shy guy!

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  4. I just can't wait to be in my garden but we had an actual blizzard on Tuesday! That little froggie is keeping his eye on you! Darling photos!

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  5. Like you I mostly use my auto focus. Have a new Olympus and not good at all the bells and whistles yet. Love the frog.
    QMM

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  6. Simplicity is often hard to determine in a garden - always so much going on to fill the space! You did well here though by getting close up to your charming little visitors.

    I do use macro setting for my point and shoot cameras often in the garden, and get great shots. With my Canon DSLR-7D I'm still set on P but, with the great lens I added, I usually am happy without having to worry much. I'm a lazy photographer I guess, but at this age it's too late to get bogged down with so much technology, ha! ha!

    Have a great Spring weekend Judith - hope it's warming up in Ontario.

    Mary (A Breath of Fresh Air)

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  7. Yes, yes, yes! You're getting the hang of it! The theme was intended to stretch your thinking hard about your composition and your subject. I adore the first one with the flower. You got just the right amount of bokeh in the background and made the one flower with the bee stand out. And the frog hiding on the second one really gave me a giggle! (He was thinking, she can't see me, LOL.)

    I am so glad to hear that the challenges are helping you grow with your photography skills! Seeing what others do is inspiring too. Let me know when you want to try to get off the auto mode! I can lend you some assistance and we can correspond.

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  8. Thank you! I just learned from you about the landscape mode. I normally just use the auto mode too. Have a great weekend.

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  9. It does make sense. Nice job on the photos!

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  10. Great choices Judith. The flower is pretty and you did blur the background so it stands out. I love the frog one! Interesting that his eye is peeking through the hole in the leaves. Very nicely done! Pamela

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  11. I just remembered about the landscape mode. Thanks, Love your frog. And how did you not get stung? Enjoyable post.

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  12. I'm not a photographer, but your photos are very impressive to me!
    I can't wait for the arrival of warm weather in Michigan to spend more time outdoors.

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  13. Both great! The first one beautifully simple, the second simple and cute. Both made me smile.

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  14. Love your critters frog and bumble bee. Very nice.

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  15. Great photo, Judith. I like having the background blurred out, too, with the focus on a single flower. I mostly shoot on auto settings, as well.

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  16. I've only recently started using different setting on my cameras. Though I find if I'm taking photos of birds they flit so quick I don't have time to adjust settings so just use auto.
    Love the simple daisy ... my favourite flower.

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  17. I'll have to try that approach, but just the fact that you usually use "auto" seems the best of simple to me, and these images are wonderful and to the point,

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  18. Oh my gosh, that is a great picture of the frog.

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  19. Judith you are not the only one who relies on the Auto feature on their camera! LOL!
    I love both of these shots but that frog shot is really quite a feat! Timing is everything they say! :D
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  20. I loved both shots, Judith. Way to go in exploring ways to use your camera. I have a long way to go.

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  21. I think both your pictures are lovely. I especially love the flower!

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  22. The daisy is my favorite. I remember being terrified to take my camera off auto. Now I never use it. Once you get the hang of it it's like riding a bike. Good job on these!

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  23. Oh Judith
    The daisy close up is simple and yet stand out too!
    I would love to be able to do focus on my camera... I've been hunting for the book goodness knows where it is!
    Aww that sweet little frog minding his own business - quite unaware he is the focus of attention!!!
    YOU prompted me to have a go - but I'm late commenting as I've been re-doing the garden pots on this mild Autumn day!
    Shane ♥

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  24. Great photos. Obviously you are doing well with your camera.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  25. Love the daisy, very simple, and quite beautiful too! Cute froggie too! Enjoying reading the rest of your blog, that Soda bread looks very yummy!

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  26. Lovely simplicity in the garden and you captured beautifully Judith! Hoping to join in this meme once I retire.

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  27. Great photos! I enjoyed seeing the frog. Very cute! I also like the daisy and the pollinator. I saw a few pollinators in my gardens this wknd; they were enjoying the Siberian squill. I was interested in what you taught about use of landscape setting on your camera. I thought it was for taking a shot from far away. I use another setting for close ups but you've inspired me to experiment.
    Hugs, Beth

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  28. Sorry to be late! I was out of town...
    I LOVE them Both! I'm bad about using Auto as well...Trying to find time to learn more!
    hugshugs

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