Foto Friday CXXXIII

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This picture makes me smile as much today as it did when I took it. As I was wandering around the Uni Parks I spotted a young family making the most of the weather and fall colors. Basically the Dad was taking pictures of the little girl running around, and the Mom was throwing leaves everywhere to try and make it an amazing photo. I don’t know if any of their photos came out, but the little girl could care less about the leaves. She was just running around having a fun time. I didn’t feel comfortable taking more than this picture, which is why the subjects are out of focus. I still like the way it turned out.

1/250s f/5.6 185mm ISO 400. Contrast adjusted. Au revoir until next week.

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Foto Friday CXXXII

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I took this picture about ten minutes after the one I posted last week. While chasing the sun around the park, I happened to spot a student feverishly writing into a notebook and thought I’d try and snap a picture. I got lucky with the timing, he left this bench as I was adjusting the settings on my camera after the first shot.

1/250s f/5.6 200mm ISO 1600. Contrast adjusted and vignette added. Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXXI

8191_3 copy I took advantage of a sunny Saturday this past weekend and went for a nice long walk in the University Parks. Although the peak colors had passed and the rain brought many leaves down, there was still plenty to enjoy looking at. Autumn is probably my favorite season, I like the crisp air and bright colors. I also really like trees. This tree is located along the east side of the park, and I’m standing almost in the River Cherwell. The sun was in just the right position in the sky to really light up the bright yellow canopy, and I love the contrast with the bark and shadows below. This tree is much larger than it appears and it was tough to capture without getting wet. Hopefully you can’t tell, but this is a composite of three images.

1/30s f/5.6 18mm ISO 125. 3 images merged and contrast adjusted. Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXX

NicholasBrideauMoon_2This is a special edition of Foto Friday because instead of picking a picture form a pile, I went out this week with a purpose – I was trying to capture the blood moon. I set my alarm to 02:45 and headed on my bike to the center of town. It was fun riding through the Broad street area, giving a gentle nod to other photography enthusiasts along the way, all while trying to find the best angle. My goal was to capture some of the old architecture and the red moon in the same image, but it was actually more difficult than I thought it would be. The moon moved across the sky very quickly, and for some reason I had a really hard time getting it to be in focus. My lens was all the way out and on infinity focus, but it took me over an hour to get a shot in which the moon wasn’t blurry. The image above is actually a composite of two of the last pictures I took, you can even see the eclipse ending and the moon returning to a bright white color. Although I was frustrated with the way most of my images turned out, I really enjoyed the fresh morning air and just watching the lunar event. I posted two failures on my instagram feed, and my picture was featured on a tech blog that I read.

10s f/8.0 200mm ISO 400. 2 images blended and contrast adjusted. Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXII

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I can’t believe that it has been more than a month since my last FotoFriday post.  I also can’t believe that a month has gone by so quickly.  I have many important deadlines approaching and have been too busy to take pictures I guess.  Aaaaaaanywho, one morning this week I was up extra early and actually made breakfast (if coffee, toast and raspberries count as breakfast) and decided to take 5 min for some photography.  This picture nicely captures the morning light coming through the dining room for a fresh start to the day.

1/60s f/3.5 60mm ISO 3200. Vignette added.  Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXXI

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This week’s edition of FF actually includes a picture that I took this week for the first time in a while.  To the delight of many, earlier this week Oxford was greeted by a dusting of snow.  This is good for me because it continues my streak of seeing snow ever year (which was in serious jeopardy living in the UK and not going on a ski holiday).  The snow didn’t stick for more than a few hours overnight, but it was pretty to watch it fall, and I was up early enough in the morning to see it again.  This poor little flower must have been confused though – although I’m a little confused why a flower was in bloom in the first week of February anyway.

1/150s f/2.6 4.6mm ISO 100. Cropped, blur added.  Au revoir until next week.

Foto Friday CXVII

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I bet you get cold just looking at this one.  For the first time this winter, the temperature has stayed below freezing here in Oxford for more than a day.  I dragged myself out of my warm bed in hopes of some snow on the ground, but only found frost.  Even though it was cold, I still managed to take pictures for about 35 minutes.  It turns out that frost/snow is very difficult to photograph because is really reflects light, and I had trouble capturing the shots I envisioned with my macro lens.  Maybe that just means I’m out of practice with my camera.

1/160s f/5.6 60mm ISO 100. Cropped.  Au revoir until next week.