Welcome to July’s Wandering Camera linky party. Thank you so much for sharing your photos, and also for leaving such lovely comments.
The month of May ended with me caring for my post-surgery kitty Taffy, and that continued into June. The first couple of weeks I was home with him the whole time. We cuddled together; he purred, while I worked or read. He healed exceptionally well and fast. Thank you so much for your well wishes!
We had some spectacular cloud formation in the early part of the month. It was wonderful to be outside working in the yard under the canopy of passing clouds. I also visited my beloved park to be a bit closer to the trees and plants. At first glance it looks like the summer dryness is all-consuming, but I keep on finding new plant life every time I look closer.
It was also a busy month for me, designing custom patterns and working on the events happening here. I mentioned them on my earlier Summer Events And Finishes post.
It was nice to take a break here and there with the camera in my hand. So here they are – photos for the month of June in chronological order –
1. First flower of the season on my mini-rose plant
2. Glass lights on my neighbour’s patio, lit up by the afternoon sun
3. New mittens, I have been wearing them regularly
4. Eve’s Pudding – our new favourite!
5. Wonder what story the cloud-quill will write
6. My new paintbox, a gift from my husband
7. Taffy sticking his tongue out at the world (or at me) after his stitches were removed.
8. Blooming teasel. I have yet to find one that is completely covered with the white blossoms.
9. Even on overcast mornings, these flowers are bright blue
10. It’s always a pleasure to see Montague relaxing. He had a hard life before he joined our family.
11. Iridescent clouds
12. Found a new park with beautiful big trees
13. Moon and a jet
14. Violin watercolour sketch
15. Dry straw, new flowers
16. Dew-covered buds warming up in the early morning sun
17. My husband is off to go racing for the weekend
18. Bowl of cloud
19. A touch of cloud-softened sunlight on the rose
20. Charlie! ( I have no words to describe this )
21. Floating At Dawn, a June finish
22. Coming around the dark corner for some sunlight
23. Backlit grass ( I’m still playing with grass photo composition )
24. Yarrow everywhere
25. Afternoon walk
26. Growing roots on a cut Basil
27. Twin Suns of Tatooine
28. Charlie trying to cause trouble!
29. Above the clouds
30. Gently waving in the morning light
Since this is my first post in July, I thought I’d mention the two events that are coming up this month. Sarah from Confessions of a fabric addict is hosting a Christmas in July Blog Hop. It will be running from the 14th – 24th with lots of fun projects, big and small. My day is on the 18th.
Then the Lego Harry Potter quilt along starts on July 28th.
A lot of times I find myself taking photos when light isn’t perfect. That typically results in over-exposed or under-exposed photos. I am not very fond of being sloppy on the field and then covering up my mistakes during post-processing. I would rather at least try to take a good photo to begin with. For that reason I use the Exposure Compensation feature of the camera all the time.
I talked about ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed being the three pillars of a well-exposed photo. Your camera picks a combination of these three that should theoretically result in a good photo. That is often not the case.
It may pick a high ISO resulting in photos with too much grain/noise. Aperture may be too low, so parts of the image may be out of focus. If the shutter speed is too low, you get a blurry photo of moving objects or even a blurry photo of stationary objects, if you find yourself without a stand.
Sometimes, the camera simply gets it wrong and picks settings that result in either over- or under-exposed photos.
So I pick my own settings by using the exposure compensation as a guide.
This is a picture of exposure compensation on your camera.
Although the mark at 0 works most of the time, it is not always right.
If your photos are overexposed, then you probably want to take photos 1 or 2 notches under 0 to avoid that. I find that to be true in broad daylight.
In low light, you would want to go a little over 0 to get all the detail.
Cameras with full manual setting
You will see something similar to the exposure compensation picture above, either through your viewfinder, or on your LCD screen. You can move the notch by changing your ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
If I am doing landscape photography where I don’t really care about the shutter speed, I typically set a low ISO value to avoid grain, a high aperture value to get a fully focused photo and then I set the shutter speed. Of course if that value is too low, I use a stand.
For moving objects such as wildflowers, I start with a high shutter speed, then set the aperture and lastly move the ISO to get a well-exposed and focused photo.
The order of settings changes depending on your subject matter.
Point and shoot cameras
Most cameras nowadays have a setting for exposure compensation. On Canon cameras it is typically denoted by a +/- switch. Check the manual of your camera to find the specific setting. Use that to change the exposure. That will make a huge difference, believe me!
Couple of extra tips
If you are not getting enough shutter speed even after setting high ISO and low aperture values, you can set the exposure compensation to 1 or 2 notches under 0. That will increase the shutter speed. Although you will get a slightly under-exposed photo, you can increase the brightness and contrast using a basic photo-editing software.
For snow photos, over-expose a little. That will result in photos with dazzling white snow.
On cloudy days, over-expose a little to avoid dull photos.
In bright sunlight during midday outside, under-expose a little to avoid bright spots.
Take multiple exposures if needed. You can always delete the extra photos.
I hope you find this helpful. As I have been saying, play with the settings to see the difference. Once you get used to it, you are going to love it!!
Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them.
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Lisa @ LTTL July 21, 2016 at 19:53
Wonderful captures. You first set is my favorite, something about the colors in those shots really pulls me into them.
Lisa @ Life Thru the Lens
Janine July 16, 2016 at 09:58
I love to see your photos every month. You have captured some wonderful pictures of clouds this time :)
Cheryl July 13, 2016 at 04:59
Great pictures! I love the one of the cloud that looks just like a feather and of course the kitties!
Carolynn July 11, 2016 at 04:52
I love your cat photos this month! I have been trying to take more photos of my 3 kitties. I find they get often forgotten now that I am always photographing my kids! Also, your flowers above are beautiful. Do you use a macro lens?
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Patty July 10, 2016 at 07:56
Great photos and thanks for all the tips. My fav is the moon and jet!
Dixie July 8, 2016 at 17:08
My, such lovely photos. The clouds are fantastic. Love the moon shot. Kitties are beautifully charming.
O, and that blue flower and the roses. Wonderful.
Thanks for the great tips.
rosa July 8, 2016 at 16:09
Your photos are always so beautiful.Do you have a Reflex?Mine is a pocket camera,Sony cyber shot.
Wishing you a fun weekend.
Mary July 8, 2016 at 15:37
Your photos are always amazing – so clear and perfectly exposed. I love that quill cloud. I always wondered what that little +/- sign meant. ;-) I have learned so much during this series and have been more adventurous changing settings knowing WHY I was doing it.
So happy to hear the kitty nursing went well and life is getting back to normal for all.
Alycia July 7, 2016 at 18:45
Fantastic images! Love that your husband is off to race!
Kim Sharman July 7, 2016 at 15:07
Incredible photos! The cloud quill is amazing as is the bowl of cloud. What is it with clouds; one can gaze at them forever and always find something fascinating within their ‘nebulosity’. One could never be bored looking at clouds…..nor your amazing photos, Soma!! Once again…sublime!!
susie July 7, 2016 at 15:02
What beautiful pictures!! What a feast for my eyes! I love your subjects, and how artistically you capture them!
Janie July 7, 2016 at 11:48
This sounds like a fun QAL. I follow you through e-mail. I am enjoying your photos and the tips you share. Thank you so much.
Susan Spiers July 7, 2016 at 11:13
Very interesting-sounds like something very different & colorful. My kids are grown, but I do remember all the legos laying around the house-everywhere! Thanks for the camera tips, your pics are just beautiful!
shasta July 7, 2016 at 10:43
Haha I got you taking pictures of clouds! I’m sure you have been taking them all along. That cloud quill is magnificent! The pie looks delicious.
Carla July 7, 2016 at 09:23
The quill cloud is so delicate looking. Beautiful. Oh…..and I love the mitts : )
tubakk July 7, 2016 at 07:45
So many beautiful pictures. I especially like those feathered clouds. Have a nice day!