Category Archives: The Homestead

Images taken of my living space.

Old man cactus

This past weekend I payed around a bit with my prime lenses set at various shutter and ISO settings at f/4 and below. This example is a tweaked crop of the top of the old man cactus on our patio. When I took the shot the cactus was in full shade and the backdrop was a totally hot midday sunlit field. Obviously, the depth of field was VERY shallow. I used Photoshop to pull the detail out of the shadows which, in turn, homogenized the background. Why not?

Top of the old man cactus

Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. 1/1000 second at f/2.8, ISO 400.

Canon T2i playing with extremes.

Neighbors lights at night

Neighbors. In my immediate vicinity, both of the two closest ones like strong, harsh night lighting and more often than not forget to turn them off. Drives me crazy because I like going out into my yard at night to look at the sky. Alas. So I got creative with it last night. And… It’s now 5:30 PM the next day and these lights are still on–they’ve been on all day. Happens all the time. And, yes, I’ve asked.

Neighbor's BBQ lighting

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 28mm. 3.2 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 800.

Canon T2i looking over the fence.

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