nature photography

Macro Photography

A commenter recently said that, "Macro photography takes time and practices, especially to get the bokeh background." You know what? They were right.

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY: noun

photography producing photographs of small items larger than life size. 

Dreamy Bokeh| Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Macro photography can be intimidating but it doesn't have to be. I first began macro photography when I had 55-200mm lens mounted on my camera and thought, "Hmmmm, I wonder what that flower will look like if I take a picture of it up close?" I figured out my distance for focus by stepping forward and backwards, and then snapped the shutter. It was all an experiment. 

Fall Close Up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | ©2016 All Rights Reserve

Tips for taking a macro photo without a dedicated macro lens....

~The longer the zoom the better. This will help with that bokeh background. You will want to shot fully zoomed out.

To capture a bokeh background you want to create space between the camera and the object, and the object and the background. The further away the object is from the background the more bokeh you will achieve. 

~A lower f-stop helps. This too will help create a nice bokeh affect, but it can be the most frustrating thing to wrap your brain around. 

In basic terms, setting your f-stop to a wider value (a lower number i.e. f1.4, f2.5, f3.5) creates a shallow depth of field which focuses the attention on your subject. 

Click through to read more... Photography 101: Understanding Photography Basics- Aperture & Depth of Field

Click through to read more... Photography 101: Understanding Photography Basics- Aperture & Depth of Field

~ A tripod is not necessarily a must.

I vary rarely use a tripod when I am taking nature photos. Gasp, I know, I know, I should be using one, but let's be honest it's not convenient. So instead, I ALWAYS rapid fire shots. Holding my camera steady, elbows against my ribs, I take a deep breath, hold it, and fire away. At a minimum I take three shots, but usually five to six. More than likely, one out of the six will be tack sharp in focus.

Dangling Fall | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography | ©2016 All Rights Reserve

~Wind is not your friend, or even a slight breeze.

When you live in a windy place, like I do, macro photography is much harder. Even the slightest breeze can make your shot blurry.  I always try to shoot macro nature shots on a still day, and if I have a slight breeze I up how many pictures I take of an object. 

~ Finally, practice makes perfect. 

I have a dedicated macro lens now, but it took time to find it's sweet spot. I still find myself practicing to figure it out completely. To me photography is always about practice, every day I am practicing when I pick up my camera and shoot, that's half the fun of photography.

Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

The Random....

We are beginning to say farewell to the colors of fall in our area. Today is also the last day of our Colors of Autumn Photography Challenge. Kristy is announcing the winner of our give away today. Be sure to pop over to her site to see who won and to congratulate them. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

In my part of the world we are entering a month where thankfulness should be lingering on every second of our day. But, all too often, it is easy to entangle ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and we forget to breath deep and contemplate our blessings. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

The Good...

Will you join me this year on Instagram in #CapturingBlessing. I do not have a prompt list this year because I want you to find the blessing in your every day moments, not search for them. I want you to linger in the seconds of the day and capture the essence of your personal blessing. I want you to stop in a moment so overwhelming powerful you cannot help but try to capture the blessing. I want you to capture what is blessing to you!

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Colors of Autumn; A Final Farewell

Colors of Autumn: Crimson

"It was one of those days you sometimes get latish in the autumn when the sun beams, the birds toot, and there is a branching tang in the air that sends blood beating briskly through the veins." ~P.G. Wodehouse. 

Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography| Colors of Autumn
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography| Colors of Autumn
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography| Colors of Autumn
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography| Colors of Autumn
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography| Colors of Autumn
Lisa Kerner | Life Thru the Lens | Simply Living Photography| Colors of Autumn

I love to celebrate the seasons through photography and cooking. In the Spring, I hunt for new blossoms of color and I begin to dream of fresh fruits and veggies. So, fresh salads play a big role in my menu planning. The summer is all about capturing adventure and fun. Barbecue is the main focus of our meals because there is nothing like a good charred burger after a day of excitement. Fall always comes in with a rush in our house. To find some calm in our lives, fall becomes a time of slow hikes among the trees, capturing the splashes color around me, and filling the house with the essence of fall through spice laced baked goods. I find solace in winter. It is a time to capture the quiet of the landscape blanketed with the cover of snow, and then to return home to a soul warming bowl of chili, soup, or stew. 

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE THE SEASONS???

~ Do not forget to hashtag your photos on Instagram, we are on our last color of the month  and Friday I will feature some of our favorites at Lisa.Kerner  

#ColorsofAutumn_Crimson

~ Today, Kristy is sharing about How to Create Personalized Stationary with Your Photography. 

~ Do not forget about the giveaway, you only have a ONE MORE week to enter... hop on over to Kristy's site at Life-n-Reflection to enter for a chance to win, to be announced October 31st. 

Life Thur the Lens 26/52.... Purple Fusion in the Garden

I am not quite sure where the month of June went. For us it was a stress filled month checked with moments of pure gratitude. 

A June Gratitude List...

~ the good....baby bunnies romping in the yard

~ our Chloe, who chases the baby bunnies in blundered attempts to play with them

~ a deer and a fawn tucked neatly into the valley of our neighborhood

~ purple fusion rampant in the garden

~ the random... a hike to the tip top of Bear Butte, and a conquering of my fear of heights.... more to come

~ a Volksmarch graced with chit chat and catching up on life

~ the forest floor quilted with the color of wildflowers

~ a sunset so magnificent we had to pull over and watch its glory

~ the fun... the great adventure of searching for a forever home begins

~ the smell of the book store, and a summer reading book club

~ watching the momma turkey hens peck for bugs with their babies

~ Dreamer, me and The Great Race... more to come

“When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows." ~ Ann Voskamp

WHAT MOMENTS OF GRATITUDE HAVE YOU BEEN PURPOSEFUL TO SEE??


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