Last Leaf

NIKON D200 @ 70mm — ¹/500 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
365:22 - Last Leaf

I’ve noticed this last leaf hanging on for a week in morning’s half dawn. I was sure it would fall off before I’d actually be home with available daylight. Thankfully, today was absolutely beautiful and sunny so I took the opportunity to get the long anticipated shot!

Vase Bottom

NIKON D200 @ 55mm — ¹/8 sec, ƒ/16, ISO 100 | zoom in
365:20 - Vase Bottom

Sometimes, lighting things from different directions can make for interesting shots. This is a large vase my wife has. I really like the colors and pattern, so I put it on its side and lit it from the inside.

Plugged In

NIKON D200 @ 70mm — ¹/40 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
365:16 - Plugged In

I figured that I’d try to find a cooperative model so that I could play with some different lighting options. The USB cord for my card reader doesn’t have much fight in it, and I was able to take shots with multiple different lighting setups without any protest from the “model”.

Lighting for the above shot was done with a strong light camera right slightly in front of the end of the cable. A slightly dimmer light (achieved by moving it away from the lightbox a slight bit) at camera left. I think out of all of them, it was my favorite.

All post processing of these was really simple. In Lightroom, I simply adjusted the blacks slider (black clipping) until the whole background was clipped. This is important as it ensures that any changes to exposure won’t bring back details that I didn’t actually want. I was then able to slightly raise the exposure.

For the left outtake, the lights were moved such that they were slightly behind the cable end. This gave a more dramatic look, which I also like. For the right outtake, I had both lights about even with the cable end.

Which one is your favorite?

Hot Peppers

NIKON D200 @ 70mm — ¹/3 sec, ƒ/7.1, ISO 100 | zoom in
365:15 - Hot Peppers

Anyone who knows me knows that I love spicy food. And while it may not be super creative, I figured it was as good a subject for today’s photo as anything.

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