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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Odds Are In Your Favor

Although I finally figured out how to darken the background in a photo I would much rather let Nature do the work for me. A walk through the forest carefully searching out for a thin band of sunlight illuminating something of interest, well that is the enjoyment in the hunt for me. 

Sometimes though the sunlight just isn't there and you make-do with what you have.
I'll not go in to how many pictures I took during this little walkabout only to accept these two somewhat worthy of display. I guess the most important thing is learning from your mistakes and to go back out there again the next day, which is what I am probably doing right now as you read this post.
Have a great weekend and get out there and shoot 41 pictures or more. One or two of them are bound to come out halfway decent.
The odds are in your favor.


17 comments:

  1. I have to laugh at the number of photos you take...I do the same thing, hoping for at least one that is decent! On my last walk through the nature preserve, I took 355 photos, and in the intial pass-through, pared it down to about 125. The next pass will probably cut those down to about 25, which I will save util I need something to post! I loved your first shot!

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  2. The darkened background is nice to show off this little guy. I always like my photos to be as original as possible too, that can be hard at times! By the way, sorry, I said I'd take my comment moderation off and then forgot. But I've got it off now!

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  3. i play those odds all the time! :) enjoy!

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  4. I certainly subscribe to the photo philosophy that the more you take the better your odds of getting something that people won't laugh at. You did a great job with these SOOCs.

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  5. Wonderful images John... less than a hundred taken on a trip out?.. I must try that sometime lol..
    I have to trawl through hundreds at times..
    Take care

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  6. HaHa..if at first you don't succeed try try again! A photographers motto! Its all about getting the right light n angle and settings...so much to remember!!! I like the two you posted...love the bokeh!

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  7. well yes; is't it always, the thrill of the chase! Two beautiful photos you've shared. By the way, I adore your side-bar photo above Sinbad's; your van with that glorious sky; what beauty!

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  8. I must admit that I enjoy the thrill of the hunt. And you are so right that the more photos you take, the better your chances. But some days are so much better than others :)

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  9. I'm sooo glad my camera is digital! I can't imagine what it would cost me in film to get just the *right* shot out of dozens!!
    I love the two you chose! :)

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  10. Being able to take many photos is one great thing about digital cameras. We can snap away and weed out the not so perfect ones.

    The two you picked to share are wonderful. Sometimes cloudy day or low light photos are interesting too.

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  11. I prefer the natural look too. Beautiful shots.

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  12. Sometimes things don't go as I expected... Whenever possible I come back to the same place to try better shots, and obviously, learn with my mistakes too.
    Have a good Sunday John! :)

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  13. How beautiful and delicate looking.

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  14. The first shot is just perfect. That's the same theory I have~if I take enough pictures, at least one is bound to turn out okay. :-)

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  15. Sorry, but I would be up to 61, at least. I have been culling bad shots coming and going since all of my troubles with the computers. Wish I had nerve enough to dump ‘em all and start over from scratch. These two captures are plum gores. The simplicity of the images make them all the more beautiful. Both are so delicate and whimsical. Great job, my friend. genie

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  16. Nice job finding the light and the dark background. I tried to do this with columbines once. It's trickier than it looks.

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  17. I am an amateur photographer and the only thing I have going for me is that I love taking pictures. I agree that the pictures that stand alone on their own are the best ... but I am not afraid to tweak them if they need it. I am probably out of my realm on your blog, but I am here to learn and glean new ideas. I hope you don't mind.

    Andrea @ From the Sol
    http://www.fromthesol.blogspot.com

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