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Pictures for Pam, Day 96: Snowy Acorns

Pictures for Pam, Day 96: Snowy Acorns
{+6 insets!}

Photography is a bottomless pit of learning opportunities. We are constantly reminded that it's easy to make mistakes but it's also easy to learn from them too.

A few days ago I went out to take pictures of the snow that blanketed everything on our property. I brought my flash attachment and had a lovely time finding fun subjects with snowy hats or otherwise adorned with snowy fluff.

I have lately been swapping between my macro flash settings and my aperture priority settings and if I'm not paying attention I will end up with dozens of garbage pictures. Like I did the other day. *groan* When I'm in my usual set-up, aperture priority, I use my index finger to raise or lower the F-stop. I take sets of pictures with a range of apertures so I automatically do this as I roam around. However, if I'm in manual mode, for flash images, that same index finger movement switches the speed, not the aperture. If I'm not paying attention, I'll take a set of pictures and what I end up getting are a bunch at the same F-stop but at different speeds, and therefore blown out or too dark. AKA: junk. The way to adjust the aperture in manual mode is with my thumb on a radial dial on the back. Once again, if I'm not paying attention, I'll use my thumb to adjust aperture when I'm in aperture priority and that adjusts light balance...to the tune of +4 exposure compensation...which, once again, equals junk pictures. Sometimes I can recover enough detail in one of those pictures that it's ok to use but there's no getting around the fact that the whites are blown out.

I am especially annoyed with myself because I got lots of really neat pictures of wasp galls, acorns and oak leaves with snow balanced precariously on top. Almost all of these pictures are disasters. It's not like it snows on a regular basis around here so I'm pretty unhappy about this. Granted, the bites that really hurt remind me not to do that again but the pictures are still garbage. I am going to see if any of these pictures are savable. We'll see. I'll finish this post later and let you see what I come up with.

Well, I managed to get some nice pictures from the pile of +4 exposure compensation monstrosities! Some turned out better than others but I'm pretty surprised that I was able to recover any of them at all. Most of these pictures were almost WHITE from careless overexposure. However, since I use RAW image format, I can recover a lot of detail. It's not a miracle worker--if something's totally blown out or too dark, there's no way to add detail if there isn't any at all--but It can be astonishing the power you get with more pixels to work with. I needed to work on the backgrounds and make sure the subjects were properly lit to the best of my ability. I know a couple are kind of "meh" but I am happy with what I came up with. :) (Of course, this means that we will get several days of lovely snow falling where I can retake all of these pictures properly…if I didn't try to fix these, it would never snow again until we moved! MURPHY'S LAW! HA!!)

I am sharing six insets to go along with the main image--a pair of acorns that decided they didn't want to fall from the tree! In case you were wondering, the background has been replaced!

Pam, as I've been wandering around in your archives, I find myself extremely attracted to your collages. From where I sit, it looks like you sometimes begin with an image that's too busy but it's got a lovely subject. So then you get to work with artistically messing with the surrounding area to soften the busy aspects, and then you add more pictures to create a truly beautiful display. I love that you aren't willing to abandon an image just because it has some challenges, and that's what I did with my pictures today too! :) I hope your day is going as well as can be! *BIG HUGGGGGS*

Explored on 2/13/19, highest placement, #2.

fifi, Sami Serola, Ulrich John, Susanne Hoy and 39 other people have particularly liked this photo

33 comments - The latest ones
Dinesh club
Thanks for the post ~ I love the "write"
20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome winter shots!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
uwschu club
schöne Winterserie, solche Motive habe ich dieses Jahr so gut wie nicht.
Angenehmen Tag für Dich
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Quelle belle série
20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Well seen and done...
20 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
this is a wonderful motif ***
presented perfectly, Janet !
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
A wonderland of winter details, all of them gorgeous macros!
20 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Wieder eine wunderschöne Serie von Makros, Janet!
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Great find(s) and great photography.
20 months ago.
 Ko Hummel
Ko Hummel club
a beautiful collection of winter pictures. great
20 months ago.
Boro club
20 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful image, excellent PiP's
20 months ago.
Stormlizard club
Acorns, food for Eastern grey tree squirrels and not to forget 'Scrat* from Ice Age..

Nice photos Janet.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Une belle série macro ! De jolies images faites à partir d'un détail infime, c'est tout un art.
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
superb again Janet!
20 months ago.
Zulma club
If you move the pointer very fast through the insets, what a trip my dear Pod Sister. Well, that's what I did. What a wonderful wonderful experience you have in your shootings...I would love to be there to watch your enjoyment with photography and all the planning you do. A real learning experinece my friend. Huge hug!! and a smile back at you.
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely main image and an interesting series of PiPs, Janet. I found your notes interesting and the theme familiar, with a few variations, to my own experiences. I guess we all have bad days, but you have done a great job of retrieval here and yes, RAW is certainly the way to maximise the options.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Wunderschöne, gekonnte Makro- Aufnahmen.
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I really like this image...............the little acorn sitting in it's basket with it's conjoined twin hanging underneath is so cute..........especially with the coating of snow which really makes them stand out from the background.

The PiPs have all turned out pretty well............I especially like the ones with the oak leaves (PiP No 3 is excellent).

With regards to your disappointment in getting lots of junk images............it's not too bad when you think back to the days before digital cameras. Taking a whole roll of photos, sending it off in an envelope to be developed, waiting two weeks - and THEN getting a pile of junk..!!
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo d'hiver avec notes. Nicole.
20 months ago.
cammino club
Wonderful perfect close-ups!
20 months ago.
 @ngélique ♥
@ngélique ♥ club
splendide Janet *********comme d'habitude c'est parfait j'adore *
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful oak studies!
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
un bel ensemble !!
20 months ago.
RHH club
Great series of photos and you've been copying me, Janet. I was out earlier taking photos of the snow on different things, too, only I didn't have those beautiful Oak leaves to photograph. Not much here but Alders, Aspens and endless Ponderosas. The only Oaks are those people have planted in their yards. Miss the variety of trees we had on the other side of the mountains. I think the one you've posted is my favorite but the third inset is a close second.

Shoveled snow again this morning. Had 1-2 inches overnight, but the mountains are getting buried. I-90 has been closed several times the last few days since lots of snow always means lots of accidents, but there was also a lot of avalanches and a very high danger of more. Trust you and Steve are both well and eagerly awaiting spring, as we are.
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What beautiful photographs Janet - I know I shouldn't say it, but it pleases me to hear that you too make mistakes like me, yet you take incredible photographs compared to mine. That is the beauty isn't it - being able to take loads of photos, just in case you manage to capture one superbly? This digital age is amazing - we can take as many pictures as we want and can delete them if they're no good, leaving more space for more pictures. I remember taking my first pictures with a manual 35mm SLR - the first camera that I was able to adjust the lens and F11 etc. Of course I had to wait a week for the film to be processed and photographs sent back to me and it was a gorgeous mistake of mine, as I had dropped the contrast and the sunset picture came back with beautiful colours and contrasts. Nowadays I don't have to wait. It's wonderful
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
20 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
A wonderful series Janet, such a pleasure to view. Thanks for posting.
20 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Si beau, si délicate!!
20 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Terrific shots of winter leaves and snow Janet. I love this series!
20 months ago.
trester88 club
Eine wunderbare Serie zum Thema "Der Winter geht"!
Leider haben wir dieses Jahr in Norddeutschland keinen richtigen Winter und kaum Schnee :-(
20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
Such a beautiful winter series. The ice crystals enchants the leaves, acorns and wasp galls. I like the insets of the wasp galls best. The first one looks like a Halloween lantern and the second one looks like a Christmas tree ball.
20 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
it are great fragile winterpictures from the oak
20 months ago.

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