Trees on a dreary day

I went out today to take pictures of trees. It was dreary here, but not too cold to spend time outside. I put the camera around my neck when I went on errands. The first photo is one I took outside the bookstore. The others are from my yard.

Richard had had the camera before me and had it set with a very high ISO (8000, I think) so he could get some images inside with low light. As soon as I took the first image and checked the histogram, I knew I had to change the settings. It’s so nice to get that information from the camera in the field and not wait until a roll of film has been developed.

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trees outside Lemuria
nest in Japanese Magnolia
magnolia with spots on leaves
twin bunches of magnolia leaves

6 Responses to Trees on a dreary day

  • Patty says:

    Dreary sure is right. I ventured out only to get something in the mail to Emilie and then when I realized it wasn’t bad I took stuff out to the garden shed, brought the trash can back to the garage, fed birds etc.

    Glad you checked the histogram. It sure is helpful. Is the cluster in the second image a nest? I am always curious when I see a cluster like that too high up to check out.

  • julie says:

    A drizzly day for sure– felt a little like England. Did you get any good books at the bookstore? I’m almost finished with lasts year’s “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” Very good.

  • Dave says:

    Can pictures of ugly things be beautiful? Obviously, they can be well composed, properly exposed, skillfully angled, but can that overcome the ugliness of the subject? Just musing.

  • Dave says:

    By the way, the first photo reminds me of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73, “bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang.”

  • scampbell says:

    @ Patty. I took these Tuesday. Today was drearier. The cluster is a nest. I should take a photo of it from a different angle — it’s near the sewing room so I could probably get a shot from the window.
    @Julie. I didn’t buy any books. I was hunting Joe to ask him about a signing for Emilye’s new book.
    @Dave. I think pictures of ugly things can be beautiful. I’m not sure I got there this time, but I bet I could come up with some gall or gumball or something that would be beautiful.
    Thanks for the Sonnet reference.

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