The temperatures sure are interesting around here.  Yesterday it was 39F in the morning and warmed up to 77F by late afternoon.  Even the foliage is showing signs of the dead winter and the buds of spring.

Barat Sunset 06Barat Sunset 05

These trees were literally right next to one another!

personally-blue

Not feeling these last few and can’t quite put my finger on it.  Macro is hard.

f/11, 1/15, ISO 400

purple-berries http://offshoots12.com

Like yesterday’s white berries, I am not sure if these are actually “berries,” or what this plant is called. I suppose I could research it, but…nah. 😉

f/11, 1/40, ISO 1600

yellow http://offshoots12.com

I started using a new photo editing program a few weeks ago that I really like: Capture One Pro 9. For Sony users the price is very cheap. The reviews are great, the support is above par, and it has lived up to everything it’s promised so far. Now, to just keep improving my own technical skills. 🙂

50mm prime
f/11, 1/20, ISO 800

As I stated yesterday, the photos in these posts are special because they are straight from the camera with no post-processing edits. They are the results of my deliberate manipulation of shutter speeds and positioning of the flowers near a brightly lit window. It was fun experimenting with exposures in this way.

All photos:
f/2.8
Exposure times vary between 1/8s to 1/100s
ISO-100

Linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

These and the rest of my daisy posts this week are straight from the camera – no post processing edits aside from some minor cropping on a couple. I had fun playing around with shutter speeds to over- or under-expose the photos, using the natural bright light coming in from a large window to assist me in creating various effects with my camera that I would normally achieve with photo editing software.

I slowed down the shutter speed on the shots below which over-exposed the them, and since I was holding the camera and not using a tripod there was some camera shake which cause the blurring. I think it gives the photos an impressionistic, oil-painted look. What do you think?

All photos:
f/2.8
Exposure time 1/4-1/5s
ISO-100

Linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

This is for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Abstract. I had these dumped out every where on my counter, but it turns out they look much cooler sitting in the container they came in. I dialed up the highlights during post-processing to give it more of a vibrant, artsy feel.

abstract offshoots12.com

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