A bright, sunny, warm day today, with a high temperature of 79–not a typical February day even here! I went outside several times with my camera and the 55-250mm lens. I’m continuing to use manual focus with ISO set today on automatic. I had to go back and check that when I saw that all the photos in this post had an ISO of 400, but the setting was on automatic. Today I tried a few different things. For some photos I changed the metering mode from the default evaluative mode to partial or spot metering. I also took my first few pictures in RAW and post-processed them in Digital Photo Professional, the software that came with my Canon Rebel XSi.
There were plenty of birds singing and calling outside today, but not very many to be seen. This is one of the few I spotted, a mockingbird sitting at the top of a grapefruit tree two houses down the street from me. Settings were f/8, 1/640, ISO 400.
Another shot of the mockingbird later in the day. I like the silhouette of the bird against the sky. Settings were f/7.1, 1/2500, 1/400.
Here are a pair of pine cones in one of the big pine trees in my neighbor’s yard, using spot metering. The only post-processing was the crop and some sharpening. Settings were f/6, 1/1000, ISO 400.
A surprise today was spotting a squirrel stretched out on a branch up in a tree at the back of the yard. This is the full photo and the only post-processing was sharpening and resizing to post here. Settings were f/5.6, 1/500, ISO 400.
A closer look at the squirrel. Settings were f/6.3, 1/500, ISO 400.
These are chokecherry buds that will be opening into small white flowers in a few weeks. Settings were f/6.3, 1/160, ISO 400.
This is one of my RAW shots of Sophie. I post-processed in Digital Photo Professional, and then saved it as a jpeg and resized it to post here. It was quite easy to do–I was expecting something a little more complicated. Settings were f/ 8, 1/400, ISO 400.
And one last photo of Sophie. Depth of field wasn’t deep enough and the top of her head and her ears are soft, but I love her dramatic pose for the camera–and the single drop of drool at the corner of her mouth. Settings were f/6.3, 1/320, ISO 400.