Photog Show and Tell: A Look at Past Photos

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Bethany, over at ngnrdgrl, and Bethany, over at Whistle and Ivy, have decided to host a Photog Show and Tell link party, and I’ve decided to participate. (I didn’t realize Bethany was such a common name. What a coincidence!)

This is the first link party I’ve ever tried to join, so we’ll see how it goes. Here’s how Bethany at ngnrdgrl describes it:

The Details
The link party will go live on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6 am Eastern Standard Time. The first link up will be this Tuesday! We will keep the Linky going for 3 weeks. So don’t worry if you don’t have a post ready for Tuesday, you can link up as you post. Feel free to post multiple posts throughout the month.
Here with me, the ngnrdgrl or with the other Bethany at Whistle and Ivy.
Feel free to share any of your posts related to photography. Here are some ideas of appropriate posts:

  • share pictures you took that you would like feedback on
  • share tips that have helped you or something that you figured out
  • share a review of some of the articles or books you have read
  • share an artist that inspires you
  • share a DIY photography prop or backdrop

If it’s photography related, then share it!

Now, because of the late notice, I think I’ll ease into the festivities with a few favorite photos I’ve taken from the past. I’ve noticed that I tend to gravitate towards landscapes, flowers and nature photos.

I also love taking photos of people, but I’m usually too shy unless I’m traveling in a foreign country. Terry once asked me why that is. I think it has something to do with the fact that people already expect a tourist to take photos, so asking them is much easier than just going up to a random somebody in my hometown and asking if I can take a picture of them!

Looking through my past photos, I can tell that I’ve improved. There are quite a few shots where the horizon is slanted one way or the other, or where there is something distracting in the background or in the frame.

That being said, there are quite a few things I need to work on! Terry and I have this ongoing Couple Cookbook project that we’ve been doing on again, off again for years.

Unfortunately, all the food photos that I take never come out well. They’re either too dark or too flat. To be honest, I’m not sure exactly why they always come out badly, but they end up making the food look so unappetizing it’s hard to justify putting it into a cookbook! I’m hoping some other link party participants will have a few tips for me to try in the future.

I’d also like to learn how to take better photos in dusk and twilight situations. I’ve considered getting one of those little collapsible tripods,since I think half my problem is that my hands get shaky. However, I figure I have so much to learn that I should be kept busy without spending additional money for awhile!

Another thing I’d like to start learning more about are the manual settings on my camera. I’m ashamed to say that I typically stick to the presets. I have purchased a few photography books in the past, but haven’t fully utilized them. Reading the books and actually putting the information into practice with the camera are two different things for me.

Not to mention, I find it hard to take multiple shots with different shutter speeds and apertures and then come home and remember what all I did. I’m hoping this little project will encourage me to venture past my comfort zone and start fully exploring my camera’s capabilities.

Speaking of cameras, I should probably mention what I’ll be using. I purchased a Canon EOS Rebel XTi about six years ago in 2007. I lucked out when I got it. We had a Costco membership and there was a special box set that came with the camera, two lenses; both a 75-300mm and 18-55mm, and a camera bag.

Here’s a slideshow of some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken over the years. It’s kind of a hodgepodge of things. The gallery includes photos from Ireland, Peru, Switzerland, Seattle, California, Boston, and Maine. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it gives a taste of the kind of photo subjects I like.

PS: I am not code savvy at all! I had some difficulty figuring out how to embed my flickr set into my WordPress blog post and figured I’d share what I learned, just in case anybody else has trouble with this. Apparently, WordPress used to embed flickr sets just by copying and pasting the URL into the post, however, that isn’t the case any longer. I found an article HERE that provides a gigya code for easing embedding. Hope this saves other people some time and effort!

Photog Show and Tell


8 comments on “Photog Show and Tell: A Look at Past Photos

  1. Beautiful photos! As I read your post, I thought that I my attitude is similar to yours. I just was intimated to get off those presets. Also, I was using my camera when I absolutely wanted a good photo, and was afraid if I tried to “practice” with the manuel settings, I would miss the photo op. Hopefully, this link party will get me practicing more and i can learn to use my camera better. Your photos really are wonderful! Thanks so much for linking up to Photog Show and Tell!

    • Janyaa says:

      Hi, Bethany! That’s exactly why I have a hard time moving away from my presets. I always wait until I’m in a situation where I actually want my photos to turn out, and at that point, I’m stuck with the presets. I should go take a bunch of photos of things I don’t necessarily care about so I can doodle with the manual settings more. Maybe as the weather gets nicer I’ll be inspired to try that. Especially now that I have this photog link party to spur me on.

      Thank you for the comment and compliments!

  2. ngnrdgrl says:

    Yay!!! You linked up! Your photos are wonderful. I even recognized a few Seattle shots. I love all the pictures from traveling abroad.

    I too am shy about taking pictures of people. I end up taking pictures of nature or when wondering the streets its typically inanimate objects with maybe the few wondering people by luck. But actually asking someone for a photo? I don’t go there. I bet if we started asking, it would get easier.

    Speaking of getting easier, it will get easier for us on the manual settings. If you want to start easing yourself into it, the aperture priority and shutter priority settings are fun to start on. It’s like a step towards manual as you get to control one of the settings, but let the camera take care of the other. I especially like having control over my aperture, as you then have control over whether the background is crisp or fuzzy.

    I am so glad you are linking up!

    • Janyaa says:

      Yup, my very first link party post. I don’t know if I went over board on posting the little button you provided. I was checking out all the other posts, and it looks like I’m the only one who did it that way. But, hey! Like you said, the more the merrier! 🙂

      Last I checked, there are already 11 posts listed. That seems like a pretty great turn out for the first week. I’m really enjoying the large range of photos being displayed, too!

      I haven’t really thought about what I’m going to try and tackle first. (I have a few ideas for future posts.) However, I know aperture is definitely on the agenda.

  3. kerri says:

    hey, i really dig your photos!

  4. lisastuf says:

    Your photos are beautiful!
    I found you from the Photog Show and tell.
    Thank-you for sharing!
    Lisa H.

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