Exactly one week from now, I will be celebrating my sixth year in digital SLR photography. It was on February 4, 2010 when I received my very first DSLR – a new Nikon D3000 as a birthday present from my husband and my daughter. It wasn’t a surprise. I knew I was going to get it because I requested for it. I had been anxiously waiting for it in the mail.
I owe my introduction to the wonderful world of photography from my brother Alex. He used to have a SLR camera and shot with it occasionally. During Christmas break of 2014, he brought his new Nikon D3000 camera with him when he came to visit. I was so curious and kept asking him questions so he let me borrow it. I remember my very first shot was not good at all. I didn’t know how to make the camera work – I didn’t even know the proper way to hold it. I didn’t know what all the buttons and dials were for and what the numbers meant. I didn’t even know how to focus properly even though it was set on auto focus 🙂 But as I kept firing the shutter, I got more and more curious. I asked my brother if he will give me his new camera, but my pleading didn’t work.
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This year, I am participating again the Pflugerville Photography Exhibit at the Pflugerville Public Library. This is a great way to showcase the work of talented local photographers who are passionate about their craft. I have four photos on display. Three of which were printed on 16″ x 20″ canvas, while the other one was printed on a 20″ x 24″ metal.
On display at the Pflugerville Library – Len Bishop Photography
The exhibit will run from October 4 to November 18, 2015. So if you are in the area, I am inviting you to browse through the photos at the library. And if you’ve already been there, thank you for visiting. Now go tell your family and friends about it. This will help spread the word, and hopefully will get other photographers to join the exhibit next year.
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Tagged art, gallery exhibit, landscape, Len Bishop, nature, pflugerville, photography, sunset, texas
You’ve probably seen some photos online of weird but interesting looking tiny planets. This isn’t a new Photoshop project but I thought I’d make some of my own photos into my own Tiny Planets.
To start with, I selected a photo from our family’s recent trip this summer to the Northeast. The photo that I found that I thought would make a good Tiny Planet was shot in Maryland while we were on the road. My husband was driving and I was on the passenger seat of our motorhome.
My criteria for selecting this photo are:
- Clear sky
- Interesting subject
- Similar things on each end of the photo – in this example I have trees that are quite similar in height and looks so I can easily blend them together.
Maryland farm with red barn – Original unedited
As you can see, this is just an ordinary photo, with boring sky, power lines, and some movement at the bottom since the vehicle was moving fast. I didn’t even roll down the window when I took this photo. Nothing exciting here, just a snapshot.
In order to use this for my tiny planet creation, I had to make it into a panorama. I cropped the top and the bottom of the photo and I also did some minor adjustments to make the colors pop a little. This is what it looks like after some minor tweaking.
Maryland farm with red barn. – cropped with minor editing.
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Happy Easter everyone! While I wasn’t really thinking of writing a post today, I thought I should because something happened yesterday that was very timely with Easter. Of course to me, Easter means the resurrection of Christ, but to kids (and many adults), Easter means something different.
Yesterday, after a fun day trip to Buda, Texas which ended with a really good meal at a local place called Chavelo’s Mexican Restaurant, when we were at home, my husband decided to take on a project of taking out the weeds that have been growing in our bamboo beds. With Spring in Texas coming in earlier than most everyone in the colder states, the weeds have really taken on the bed and they are thick, thorny and hard to pull out. To pull a whole weed plant out requires a hoe. So while he was hitting the ground with a hoe, he heard some screeching noise. He was so surprised when some baby bunnies came out of the hole. Worried that he accidentally hurt the bunnies, we looked in the nest to check for some signs. Thankfully, the bunnies seem fine. After looking around we found the bunnies that escaped. My husband was very careful when he picked up the bunnies, inspected them and put them back in the nest. Then he covered the nest with grass. I was able to take a few shots of one bunny before it was put back in its nest.
Finding baby bunnies in our bamboo garden.
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