Sunday, February 24, 2013

February: Finding Beauty in Bad Weather

February 23rd, 2013
Mountains of NC

Every month I want to do something photography related to improve my skills. Here is a link to what I did in January.

I have hit some bad luck as far as photography goes lately. My plan for February was to buy a used prime lens from a friend, one that would help improve my portrait AND my macro shots. I had big plans for setting up a studio in baby boy’s room, and to take a macro photography class in March. The possibilities were endless. But, it was too good to be true.

The lens was not compatible with my outdated camera body. If I want a prime lens, I need a new camera.

I research this idea, and emailed a bunch of people who know and love Nikons. If I want to go pro, the D700 runs between $2000 and $3000. I do want to go pro someday, but not while I have a child in daycare.

The next options are the D5000 or D7000, which run between $500 and $800, both are cameras I can do A LOT with, but still, they are expensive. The third choice is to buy a used camera, which I have given some thought to as well. There is the possibility of renting a camera and lens for trips too, and seeing how much I like them. If I rent, I can see if an update in cameras would be worth it for me. All of these decisions, though, are for down the road.

So, with my outdated trusty D60, I decided on a photo expedition to the mountains for February, to practice my skills learned in January and to add to my portfolio. The forecast: rain, clouds and fog. I heavily debated if I even wanted to go to the mountains in that kind of weather. I was not going to find many scenic views . . .

But I did find water droplets. Hundreds of them. Okay, I might have been able to find them in my backyard too, not 2-3 hours away, but the drive was still worth it. I actually wish I had taken more pictures. I would definitely visit the mountains again in conditions like these just to get more pictures of these droplets reflecting trees. 

As far as skills go, I just clicked away on both auto focus and manual focus. I think I still took some nice "macro shots" even if I couldn't get any closer to the drops of water. These pictures were taken at about 4 inches away. I do wonder what pictures would look like with an actual macro lens. Sometimes my camera refused to focus on them, but for the most part I think I have some lovely pictures. I am happy with them. If you are not a fan of water drops or fog, do not visit the blog this upcoming week!


  1. Karen, you are an amazing artist. Your ideas and concepts of what makes a great composition are just beautiful. I sure don't know a thing about photography so cannot offer any advice. However, I wonder what gear was used by past astists and how they may have pushed what they had to the limits, thus making their work stand out. Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Karsh, and someone else who took photos dureing the Depression era...can't recall his name if it was a "him".(Walker?) People who photograph for National Geographic of yore certainly had/have talent (perhaps vs. equipment). Anyhoo I enjoy your work and seeing you stretch your comfort zone...with a baby in tow no less!! Musch love to you and him

  2. hello,

    I am a huge fan of water drops!
    I have a Nikon D90 and am quite happy with it. But then again i am not interested in the technical abilities of a camera. I know odd right! But i do have a macro lens that i love. pricey.

    wishing you dreams come true.

  3. lucky for me, i am a huge fan of water drops and fog...
    great shots!!


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