Monday, March 3, 2008

AOL Community Photo Challenge - March into Spring {Advanced}


This week's challenge is MARCH INTO SPRING...Is spring popping up in your neighborhood? Daffodils and crocuses popping up through the snow? However spring is arriving (or did in the past, if you're still snowbound), share it with us!

This week's Photo Challenge made me take a close look around and, sure enough, there it was!  Spring popping up right there in my yard.  Here is my entry for the March Into Spring Photo Challenge.  The top pic is the official entry, the second one I included because I thought it was a good shot and deserved to be seen, too.  There is still plenty of time to join the Challenge, all are welcome to participate.  Click the Photo Challenge banner above, or right here:  Community Photo Challenge.

I used a new set of close up filters that I recently purchased.  This is the first time I have tried using them.  There are three in the set with a magnification of 1X, 2X, and 4X.  They are stackable, so you could have the equivalent of 7X if you cared to.  For these two shots I stacked the 4X and the 2X.  I found I cold get closer and more detail with these filters than I could with the macro setting on my camera.  I shot some with that setting two, for later comparison, and I really did like the new filters better.  I did not crop these at all they are framed just as they were in my viewfinder.  I also played with contrast, color temperature and saturation when I developed the raw files.

The trip to Athens came and went without incident.  I did not get to shoot any pictures while I was there.  My fault more than anything else, but I'll blame horrible weather on the second day.  I spent the first day driving around the town and walking around the campus of the University of Georgia.  I fully expected to come back the next day and shoot anything of interest I had noted.  However, the skies opened up on that second day and it was not fit for man or beast outside.  I'll plan and execute better next year when we go to the same training seminar.

Well, I'm looking forward to getting around and seeing all the other entries in this week's Challenge.  I'm sure I'll be treated to a lot of good photography!