Year of Creative Habits 2017 – 73/365

Day 73

This photo is best viewed in full-screen as it holds an incredible amount of detail!

Today’s shot is one of my favorites so far because – keeping in mind that I’m no expert – I feel this image has really great composition overall. As far as I can tell, at least. Of course the pine-cone is the main focus, but there’s also a lot of other details going on, with not a lot of empty space.

The detail is pretty incredible when viewed in full, actually. And to be completely frank, I’m not even sure how I got this image. I took almost 50 photos when I was out there (yesterday), and it was so snowy and cold that for most of the time I wasn’t able to see exactly what I was shooting. I was more worried about keeping the wet snow off my camera, then what I was taking pictures of.

I saw the layer of snow on this hill where I took the shot, noticed the lone pine-cone and the twigs around it. I prepared the shot by zooming as much as I could, and then took a few shots from different angles. I proceeded to turn on this “Creative Mode” feature on my camera, and it took a few special shots. Those shots included the black and white, as well as some extra zoomed in bits.

Basically, whenever I zoom in on my own things always end up blurry if I get too close to what I’m trying to shoot. Not that I’ve experimented a whole lot with it yet (waiting for nicer weather), but basically the camera has trouble finding something to focus on if I’m too close to what I’m trying to shoot. For some reason though when I activate “Creative Mode”, it’s seemingly able to zoom in further and take clearer shots on it’s own. I should spend some time today messing around with some settings to see if I can get this figured out where I can do this on my own, without using that special feature.

I’m not going out today though as I’m feeling pretty awful. Sick. It’s terrible. Chest congestion or whatever, sore throat, and I’m exhausted. Hopefully tomorrow is better, rather than worse!


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