Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody!

New Year’s resolutions. Everybody has them. I’m no different.

For me, there are 5 things I want to improve in 2018. Those 5 things are diet and exercise, photography, videography, writing, and computing programming – namely Python and Machine Learning.

This morning, I went on a walk with my family around town and took my camera with me to practice photography.

What I really want to improve on during the beginning part of the year is my photo composition.

Here are some of the shots I took this morning, with some lightroom edits to the exposure, etc.

I’m using a Nikon D5200 with a 105mm macro lens.

Union Station in Tacoma, WA. I used a Lightroom present called Intense Cinema. ISO 200, f/13, 1/100th.

This might be my favorite picture I took this morning. I cropped it. I also leveled the photo. I jacked the clarity up to 100 in Lightroom.

What I like best about this photo is the composition. I think I did OK here. I like this photo.

ISO 100, f/13, 1/100th.

Another picture I took this morning that I like.

This was taken on the Chihuly Bridge in Tacoma.

I also threw this one into Lightroom. Jacked the contrast up. I brought up the clarity as well.

ISO 100, f/16, 1/80th.

Nothing special here. I guess I’m satisfied with the composition. Please keep in mind I’m a true beginner, so I don’t really know what I’m doing at this point. My main goal is just to get in hours and reps.

Here I did some auto-correcting in Lightroom, and increased the clarity.

ISO 100, f/13, 1/80th.

Another landscape shot. What I learned is the 105mm macro is not a landscape lens. It does OK. But it’s not what it should be used for.

ISO 250, f/18, 1/60th.

This lens is pretty good, however, at taking pictures of people. It’s ideal use is taking pictures of things close. But it does really well with people too.