Friday, August 13, 2010

Storm Front!!!!

I'm in a bit of a rush today. I didn't get a lot of time to play. I had to make homemade pizza crust for homemade pizza tonight. Yep for all of you out there that have had my hubby's homemade pizza you are missing out on our dinner tonight. My husband's pizza is quite legendary. Tiny people have been known to engorge themselves on it and rumors get around town so that nobody wants anything else but his pizza when they come over to visit. Makes life easy for me.

Today as an early birthday gift for me, my wonderful husband Jonny got me a brand new lens. The "Nifty Fifty" as it is called!! It is a 50mm fixed, F1.8D Lens. I'm hoping to use it more with my portraits and the wedding that I am doing in September. The large aperture (F1.8) is great for low light conditions. It also does a good job of blurring the background which will be useful for portraits as well. Here is my photography geek picture for today of the new lens on my camera for my fellow bloggers to see. I took it with my el cheapo point and shoot Canon so I won't put the specifics down. I know, I know I'm breaking the rules. Whoever said that we at 3 Chicks and A Dude are even remotely good at following the rules? The lens itself as you can see is pretty small, so it will be nice and easy to carry around. I'm loving it!

Now Onward to my "real" photo.

I wanted to go play with my new lens, but..... Unfortunately it was disgustingly warm today and very sunny, but Mother Nature decided to give us a storm this evening. So that is what I practiced on. The picture is nothing fancy or special, but no fill lights or flash were used. Just the large aperture. It goes with Jay'me's cloud shot from yesterday. I saw the front coming on and rushed outside to photograph it. The temperatures had to have dropped about 30 degrees while I was out there and the wind picked up. I would love to have been able to get some lightning. Anybody have any advice on how to do that?

Nikon D2X
Lens 50mm fixed
F1.8, 1/500
No Flash, natural lighting

Until then I am off to have homemade pizza. Yummm!


  1. Ok, you have officially made me crazy jealous. This is the lens that I've been drooling over for sometime now. (FYI- I blame Scott for the drooling.) Super fab. Make sure you hubs remembers that my birthday is December 1st. :)
    I love the contrast of the angry fire with the ferocious looking sky. I'm assuming that the fire was there for a reason.
    Scott will be taking my place for tomorrow and I will take his Sunday. If he takes a picture of his f1.4 I very well may forget that I love the two of you.

  2. Hey Sere,
    This is a wonderful shot. You have absolute opposites ! This shot grabs me because the colors and movement. As you may very well know the colors of the fire and sky are across from each other on the wheel. The Paynes grayish-aqua tinted sky is a very unique color. The fire and clouds alone have ying & yang or left and right movement & hot and cold colors. Plus the short, fat, twin metal silos verses the single, tall, thin, wooden, pole add vertical interest to create a composition with turmoil and a ton of interest. Then you have this sweet little pink cloud standing peacefully and alone not to mention the compositional contrasts in the foreground that lay kitty corner and follows through to the opposite upper right corner... As a painter; I LOVE it.

  3. Thank you Jay'me! You just made my photo here fantastic! You are awesome!

    Haha Brandi! Actually this lens is one of the cheaper lens to by that gets rave reviews. Yeah the fire was for burning brush and amazingly enough it was still going after the storm passed through. And this storm was nasty it moved my dog pens a couple of feet. All pups okay but kind of a mess.

  4. What an angry photo Sere! I don't know wich is raging more the fire or that storm. I love it!

    Thanks for not including a photo of Jonny's delicious pizza to torture me.

  5. Okay, so I didn't even notice the pink. Thanks Jay'me. What a great detail and I can't believe I missed it. Sere, what a great yin and yang. I can't say it better than Jay'me so I won't try. Just know I like this shot. And congrats on the new lens. You'll love the razor thin DOF you get. And the low light abilities are just plain fun.