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My Other Side - Night Photography

Not many people know this about me, but I enjoy night photography in the city. Unfortunately, I don't do it often enough. However, the last two Saturdays my hubby (who is an amazing street photographer by the way- you can see his work on Flickr) and I went in to town after dark.

Our first outing was two weeks ago. The Mesas Arts Center hosted "Fantastic Planet" by the Australian artist Amanda Parer. Unfortunately I didn't have my tripod with me that night, so I handheld my camera to photograph. I was able to capture only one of her marvelous creations. Unfortunately all my images didn't turn out. The next two images are from the same night walking in downtown Mesa.

Canon 28mm - SS 1/160 - f9.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/160 - f9.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/100 - f2.8 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/100 - f2.8 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/500 - f4.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/500 - f4.0 - ISO 1250

Last weekend, we went to Tempe Town Lake. What a bustling place on a Saturday night. We were surprised that so many people like to walk around after dark. After all, it was only 89 degrees, and a wonderful breeze coming up from the lake made the air feel cooler. Here are some of my favorites from that outing (this time I had my tripod with me).

Canon 28mm - SS 4 sec - f7.1 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 4 sec - f7.1 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f16 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f16 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f10 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f10 - ISO 400

Now you have seen another side of my photography. I hope to do this more often this summer and hopefully my hubby will join me on the outings.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time...try something new and exciting.

Iris (TGTG)

Macro Monday - Volume 2

Yeah - Macro Monday. I have to get really creative the next couple of weeks for Macro Monday. The heat is on here in Arizona, and photographing in our home a hurdle I have to overcome. However, I am very terminate to continue the new blog circle through the Summer months. Here is my contribution for this week - Summer Strawberry: Summer Strawberry

Settings: SS - 1/640; f9.2, ISO 1600, Tamron 90mm Macro Lens

To find more Macro Monday images, please visit my friend and follow macro photographer, Jessica here: The Gaggle Photography by Jessica Nelson.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)

Macro Monday - Volume 1

I have teamed up with some ladies from CM to share macro images. Today is my first Macro Monday share; back-light is challenging, but oh so fun: Macro Monday 1

Settings: SS - 1/320; f9.2, ISO 1000, Tamron 90mm Macro Lens
Tiffany Kelly is not only an amazing macro photographer, but she is also my teacher. Her class was amazing and has put me on the macro journey. Check out Tiffany's Macro Monday share here: Tiffany Kelly Macro Monday.

Until next time - keep smiling :)

Iris (TGTG)

More Macro Images - Favorites

As I was sharing last month in this post, I took Tiffany Kelly's "The Art of Macro Photography" workshop through CM's Click Photo School. Today I wanted to share some more macro images with you; actually my favorite to date. All images are taken with the 90mm Tamron Macro Lens. Mini-Carnation-copy

SS: 1/160 - f6.3 - ISO 1600

Mini-Carnation-2-copy

SS: 1/160 - f6.3 - ISO 1600

Mini-Cala-Lily-copy

SS: 1/1000 - f8.0 - ISO 1000

Macaroons-copy

SS: 1/640 - f7.1 - ISO 1600

Morning-Light_1-copy

SS: 1/800 - f6.3 - ISO 800

Moody-Morning-copy

SS: 1/1600 - f7.1 - ISO 1000

Mini-Mums-copy

SS: 1/320 - f6.3 - ISO 1600

Mini-Carnation-Day-3-with-Texture-copy

SS: 1/160 - f6.3 - ISO 1600

Macro photography has become my own little place of peace. I don't have to drive somewhere to take the photographs. I can even wander out in to my backyard early in the morning. The soft morning light is amazing and I am thankful that my friend and mentor, Jennifer Carr, challenged me to seek different light.

Next time you find yourself in a rut, try something new. Take a photography workshop online, or a class at the location community college. Trust me, trying something new will get you out of a rut in no time. You may even find a new passion, like I did with macro photography.

Until next time, keep smiling :) ... Iris (TGTG)

The Art of Macro Photography

I wanted to write about different light sources, but I have fallen short with that series. Instead, I have been embarking on The Art of Macro Photography journey with the talented Tiffany Kelly of Tiffany Kelly Photography. I have always loved macro photography and actually purchased a macro lens about 2 years ago. However, I was not able to work with it properly and the lens collected dust :( . First I thought that the lens was not working properly; come to find out it was operator error. Honestly, macro photography is indeed an art form and you need to forget a lot of things in order to grow in it.

I am so thankful that Tiffany is teaching this course on Click Photo School (formerly known as CM University). Although we are only half way through the course, I have learned a lot...and still need to learn a lot more. Next week we will be learning about lighting our images; I am looking forward to that.

Here are some of the images I took last week and I will show you a pull back so that you see how tiny my subject actually was:

Mum-Macro_2-copy

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/320 - f6.3 - ISO 1,600

Mum-Macro_3-copy

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/160 - f6.3 - ISO 1,600

Mum-Macro_4-copy

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/1,600 - f6.3 - ISO 1,000

Mum-Macro_5-copy

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/320 - f6.3 - ISO 1,600

Mum-Macro_6-copy

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/600 - f6.3 - ISO 1,000

Pull Back (using a third-hand tool): Mum-Macro_Pull-Back-copy

Tamron 90mm Macro Lens - SS 1/400 - f6.3 - ISO 1,000

Like I said many times before: no matter how long you photograph or you think you don't need to grow, think again. I have to say that I am thankful for communities like Clickin Moms. It is a great and safe environment to learn and grow. Although I was rejected to their pro program last year, I will give it another try this year. Maybe 2016 will be my year.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time - keep smiling Iris :) (TGTG)