Explosion on Flickr

Posted in Photo with tags on April 26, 2012 by Mike Procario

I had a massive jump of view on Flickr on April 25. 2012. I had 738 views. I tend to average about 50 views a day and have had days over a hundred.


A single photo that I took of the terminal at Dulles airport was responsible for 295 views.

Looks Cool from this Angle

I like that shot, but I have had many better shots. I must have been featured somewhere on flickr that I don’t know about.


Spring Evening in Baker Park

Posted in Photo on March 22, 2012 by Mike Procario

After dinner I took some photos of our weeping cherry, which is blooming now. I then drove over to Baker Park with my camera. The sun was setting but I had about 30 minutes to take some photos. The first one that I got that I liked was of Carroll Creek and the setting sun.

Carrol Creek at Sunset

I then started walking towards the Bell Tower and I took this photo.

Bell Tower in the Spring

I toned the highlights to blue in Lightroom. The sky was dull gray without the toning.

I then walked past the Bell Tower and took a shot with the setting sun behind the tower. I think this was my favorite shot of the evening.
Baker Park Sunset (64/366)

I thought I was done, but as I walked back to the car I saw these trees spanning the walking path. I think the dog walkers added a nice element to the shot.

Walking the Dogs

Good Day for Photos

Posted in Photo on February 25, 2012 by Mike Procario

The light was dramatic today and constantly changing.  I would see something that was nicely lit, but I had a bad angle on. By the time I got to a good angle, the light had changed. I finally lucked out and got some shots of old farm on Butterfly Road.

Silo against the Sky

My favorite one is of the whole farm with the dramatic sky in the background. I even caught a flock of birds flying above the barn.

Old Farm Down the Road II (47/366)

Most of the photos were overexposed due to the high contrast and the bright sky. I was able to recover detail in the sky when I processed the photos in Lightroom. Digital photography is quite forgiving.

The photos are posted on flickr. You can click on them and got there to see bigger versions.


Take What You Get or Try Harder

Posted in Photo on February 18, 2012 by Mike Procario

I am trying to do the photo a day challenge that is so popular on Flickr. I am doing it to improve my photography. Today, I took a picture of my wife’s Valentine roses. They have opened up a bit since Tuesday, so it seemed worthwhile to photograph them again.

I placed them on the dining room table, and I took some shots with my 50mm f1.8. They were lit only by the dining room light and the program mode on the camera chose large apertures. I thought parts of the photo looked in focus, but I was not satisfied. I suspected that I did not have enough depth of field.

I had two choices. I could get my tripod or add more light. I got my tripod. I took shots from f7.1 to f2.0 in aperture priority mode. At f7.1 shown below the small white flowers still show detail.

I knew about depth of field for years. What I really learned today, is that you can take what you get or you can get serious and work to get what you want.

One Month Down

Posted in Photo with tags on February 1, 2012 by Mike Procario

I successfully got through the first month of the Flickr photo a day resolution. I took at least one photo for every day in January and posted them on Flickr. I used our pet rabbits as subjects for six of them. I would have posted seven or eight others to Flickr, if I wasn’t doing photo-a-day. Seven of the photos were taken with my iPhone, four were taken with my Canon A590IS, and the rest with my DSLR.

The big thing I have learned so far is a better understanding of my fairly new camera. I have worked on aperture priority mode. I adjusted the default hand held speed in program mode from 1/30 sec to 1/50 sec.

I have been struggling for subjects. After a long day at work, I just have time snap a few shots around the house. The photo below is of our kitchen cabinets. I used the noise reduction in Lightroom for the first time on this photo. It was shot at ISO 1800 with visible noise, but it cleaned up quite nicely.


Foggy Morning

Posted in Photo with tags on January 24, 2012 by Mike Procario

It was foggy this morning, and it got foggier as I got closer to work. After I parked the car, I took this picture. The sun was fighting to break through the fog.


The photo is in color. If you look closely at the bottom you can see some green grass. It is another photo taken with the Canon A590IS. I really have to think about taking my DSLR to work with me.

Black & White or Color

Posted in Photo with tags on January 22, 2012 by Mike Procario

It snowed Friday night, and after I shoveled I got out the camera to take some shots. There was no a lot of snow, so I couldn’t get one of those shots where the snow softens the shapes of everything. It was also still very overcast, so it would not be a shot of colored objects against a blinding white background.

I ended up selecting this photo for my photo of the day. I ended up with a square crop. I was trying to emphasize the empty swing and the potted evergreen bushes. The fence provided a swath of color in a somewhat muted scene.


I posted the shot to flickr as my photo of the day, but I continued to play with it. I converted it to black and white and recropped it. I went with a broad landscape crop which emphasized the fence cutting across the photo. I think I preferred this one over the original, but I left the original as my photo of the day.