Thursday, January 30, 2014

{Has Anyone Seen My Camera}

When I started blogging, I promised myself I would never be one of those people who got too busy.  I've enjoyed this blog immensely and it has been such a great creative outlet for me.  I've enjoyed all my followers and readers <3... but sadly.... I got too busy :(

I started working part-time in my degree field of Counseling back in August.  Juggling work and family life has been harder than I thought it would.  I held on to maintaining and updating the blog until the holidays hit... then I just gave up.  Something had to give and the blog was put on the back burner.

Since my last post (all the way in November) I've accepted a full time position at my same job (so I've gone from 24 hrs a week to 40+).  I am also preparing for my licensing exam later in February.  I have SO many blogs I've written in my head and even shot photos for, but they are still stuck in my cobweb filled brain right now.

Long story short... I'm not going to make promises as to how often I will post, because that is setting myself up for failure, but I am going to try to post more than I have.

I went looking for my camera to upload my photos from the past few months (there aren't many) and couldn't find it.  I had to literally hunt around the house to locate my forlorn camera.  This is the first time that has ever happened.  I am grateful for my job and the experience it is offering, but I am also looking forward to plugging back into photography.  I need that outlet for my sanity and I also kinda love it <3

Here is a photo I took on New Years Eve at the Zoo Lights in Jacksonville, FL.  (Full blog post to come on that.)  I am a sucker for night-time photography and bokeh.. you combine the two and I am in heaven!

 Jacksonville Zoo Lights
ISO 640 ~ 117mm ~ f/5.6 ~ 1/20 sec
© Corrie M. Avila

Capturing the Moment <3


Monday, November 18, 2013

Butterfly Watch

One day as we were getting ready to leave the house, my husband made the mistake of telling me there were butterflies outside.  He then rolled his eyes as I grabbed my camera and yelled "just give me five minutes" as the door slammed behind me. 

Passion Butterfly
ISO 250 ~ 60mm ~ f/5.0 ~ 1/500 sec
© Corrie M Avila

Here are some tips for shooting butterflies:

Create a temping environment.  You know the quote from Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come."  Well, that rings true here too... "If you plant it, they will come."  There is an abundance of information online that will walk you through how to create a butterfly garden.  I don't have anything elaborate, just a few plants that the butterflies prefer.

Make sure your shutter speed is fast enough.  They are quick and if your shutter is too slow, your photos will be blurry.  I took this shot midday but still needed to raise my ISO a bit so that my Shutter Speed would be fast enough.

Be patient.  If you see butterflies attracted and fluttering around a certain plant... make sure your camera settings are ready to go, sit down near the plant, and be still.  The butterflies will probably fly away when you approach, but if you are still enough, they will usually return.

Focus needs to be on point.  I almost always have to use manual focus to make sure what I want is in focus.  The spots on the butterfly confuse the camera's autofocus feature making it difficult to get a clear and in focus shot.

Think of the background.  Try to arrange the shot so there is pleasing/complementary color in the background as opposed to something like the side of a house or a weed.


Capturing the Moment,

Corrie <3