Today’s Photography 101 theme is the natural world.
I was super excited last night when I found out what today’s theme is. The natural world is my favourite thing to photograph. In fact, my first outing with the camera I use for this blog was to take these photos of forest decay. Those images would have been perfect for today’s theme if I hadn’t used them already on this blog.
I made the decision when I started this site that I was only going to share photos taken with my Canon 70D. I’ve only had the camera for two and a half weeks, so I don’t have a lot of material in my archives to chose from. I had to go out and snap new photos for today’s assignment. I chose this funky looking tree fungus that’s growing on a dead tree near my compost pile. I love its texture and form, as well as the textures of the tree trunk it’s growing on. I also love the contrast of the fresh green growth in the background. I have to say though, it was not an easy subject to photograph. I had a difficult time with both the focus and the composition. I actually made a second trip out to take photos because I didn’t like any in the first batch. In my second trip, I moved some green growth out of the foreground because it was throwing off the composition. After that matter was taken care of, I had to figure out what to do to improve the detail and focus. I ended up moving further away from the tree and zooming in. I also found a slightly better angle to shoot from. I’m still not 100% satisfied with the result, but I’m not going out for a third time today. I’ll save that for another day.