Friday, August 31, 2012

Carousel Motion

Last night I went to Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA to shoot some photos.  The sun was beginning to set, so it was difficult to get really good settings to compensate for the lighting - well, it would have been possible had I brought my tripod.  I really shouldn't leave home without it!  As the sun was setting my friend Susan and I walked along the beach and ended up at the Carousel, alive with lights and music and kids laughing as they went around and around.  I shot this image of the Carousel handheld.  I kind of like the motion of the lights, and the barely visible horses and children as they enjoyed the ride.  A better and sharper photograph would have happened had I bothered to lug the tripod with me!  When I return to Nantasket, with my tripod, I will shoot some more images of the Carousel.  It's a cool effect.  We finished the night with a delicious ice cream from the Carousel Ice Cream Shop and sat for a while enjoying the ocean breeze.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Macro Workshop

Just came back from a fabulous Macro Workshop taught by David from the South Shore Camera Club.  David showed us all the different choices of equipment a photographer can use for close-up and macro shots.  Macro lenses are the best for shooting close up, but if you are like me and you don't own a macro lens, there are close-up filters, extension tubes, and reversing rings to mount a lens backwards.  After the "classroom" portion was finished, we drove a short distance to the Bradley Estate in Canton, MA.  Gorgeous grounds and trails to walk, and to capture images.  I used close-up rings to shoot these two images. The bee was a challenge because bees just don't sit and pose for you! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Mini Chocolate-Cream Cheese Cupcakes

During August I shot another round of cupcakes for an upcoming Cupcakes/Cake Cookbook.  Each recipe in the book has been photographed and taste-tested for excellence.  These Mini Chocolate-Cream Cheese Cupcakes are a chocolate lover's heaven.  They are moist and just about melt in your mouth.  I enjoyed both shooting the image and eating quite a few afterwards!