This morning my mother went outside because she saw something in our pool making ripples. She came inside in a panic, grabbed a net, then ran back outside. Like myself I had to go see what it was. There was a baby bird in the pool!! She carefully picked it up with the net and went inside to get a towel to lay him down on. When she came out to dry him off there was only one thing I could do, get a camera. I ran inside looking for any kind of camera to use. The closest thing I could find was my IPad. So I grabbed it. Luckily the bird didn't fly away. Now, for my IPad, they were some pretty good pictures.
 
 
Today I was playing around with White Balance. I was fascinated with my results.  I chose the best ones and the ones that stood out.  The first one almost shows a warm feeling, the second one shows a cold feeling, and the last one shows a warm feeling too.
 
 
Today I practiced some depth of field using dominoes.
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In this photo the camera focused right in the middle leaving the front and back blurry.

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The focus on this photo is on the second domino.

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This one is focused in the middle.

 
 
Today's lesson was on shutter speed. Shutter speed is how long the shutter is open to take a photo. If you turn the shutter speed to 1/100ths of a second the shutter will open and close really fast, if you turn it to 10 seconds it will be way more slow.
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This was taken at 1/4th of a second. It was so fast I couldn't finish what I was drawing!

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This was taken at 4 seconds. I acted fast when I realized how fast the shutter was going to open and close.

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This was taken at 10 seconds. I was able to write out "hi". (When writing something out in the photo be sure to write the word backwards, the word not the letters.)

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This one was taken at 30 seconds. Lots of time to draw this.

 
 
I started a photography class (though it's through homeschooling). Today it was about the Aperture. Simplest way to sum it up is that the smaller the f-stop (Ex. f/5.6) the more blurry the background, the bigger the f-stop (Ex. f/22) the more focused on everything including the background.
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This was a flower we brought in from outside. We used f/5.6. You can really tell that the main focus is on the flower and not the stem on the other flowers on the top.

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In this picture we used f/22. It is focused more on the entire frame than of just the flower in the center.

 
 
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Someone emailed me asking me what camera I use. Very good question! I use the Olympus E300 with a variety of lenses. I also use a Canon Powershot G6.

 
 
Hey, I'm Crystal! I'm interested it photography and wanted to share my work. I could use some help along the way though. If possible, email me in the contact forms to give me advice.