Monday, September 7, 2009

Notes from Labor Day

I don't have much to blog on. I was planning on posting about my fabulous 32nd birthday party which was going to include all of my dear friends and heapings of lovely baked goods. And then I got a mild head cold. And then that head cold headed south and became severe bronchitis/pneumonia that has lasted so far 6 days and counting. I cancelled the party and spent the entire weekend holed up in my apartment watching TNT movies, reading and resting and that's it. Today has been my first day to really venture out since my lungs didn't sound and feel like I had a bunch of rocks in it. I skipped the Greek festival in Forest Park and met up with my sister and my friend Elena for lunch at The Majestic in the Central West End. It was wonderful. I felt like a prisoner glimpsing freedom.

After lunch, not wanting to give up on getting some fresh air, I decided to walk to the park and read...and I also brought my camera. I've been learning about shutter speed and thought I would try and take some photos at various speeds. The photo above was taken at 1/30th of a second - it's not the slowest setting, but it's pretty darn slow. As you can see the fountain water is blurry and smooth looking.

The above photo was taken at 1/500th of a second and you can start to see the individual water drops as they fall in to the pond.

This last photo was taken at 1/2000 of a second and my goodness can you see the detail or what?! You'll also notice, though, that the photo becomes progressively darker as the shutter speed gets higher. I'm sure you can control for this on an SLR camera, but I haven't figured out a way to change this on mine. Regardless, it was a neat experiment. And it was nice to get out of the house!


jaxmom said...

I'm so sorry you've been sick! Glad to hear you got to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, though. I know that I can only take about 2 days of being indoors before I start feeling like a caged animal!!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Oh, no! I'm sorry you were sick, but I'm glad you're better. It sounds like it was pretty bad :-(

Love your photos! It's fun to try out all the features, isn't it? Sometimes we don't have time to learn all of the cool things our electronics can do.

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag! XO from Holland

LauraBlab said...

Ah geez, so sorry to hear how sick you have been. I hope you are sort of feeling back to "normal" now.

lucylucia said...

Lindsey - I thought I was going to go crazy. Horrible!

JAPRA - Yes is has been so fun just trying the settings out! I haven't been doing too much with the photos lately, so it was nice to get it back out again!

laura - I'm doing okay! I still hanve a cough, but at least it doesn't sound like I am hyperventalating so that's good!