P1W3 – Flora/Fauna

Looking out for shots of flora and fauna was a great opportunity to take advantage of the priority modes. Whether it was bringing out the colors after sunset or catching a dog mid-bound, the aperture and shutter priority modes worked like a horse. Because you know, horses work. They pull and carry stuff and whatnot.


Sokka Pose
Date: May 07, 2014, Late Afternoon
Location: Rexburg, ID
F-Stop: 5
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Black & White

This photo was the result of a happy accident. I’ve been trying to catch good poses and angles of this dog all week, but he just moves so much that even with a high shutter speed it’s hard to compose the shot well. I waited outside the car while Sara ran a short errand, turned my camera on in a whim, turned around and caught this as Sokka was busy watching through the windshield as people walked by.


Waterfall Buds
Date: May 11, 2014, Evening
Location: St Anthony, ID
F-Stop: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

This wasn’t as much luck, I have been watching the weather and lighting conditions like a hawk, waiting for softer light without rain. One of my opportunities came Sunday evening, and I rushed out the door with the camera. This was taken at the park, some newly-budding flowers on some kind of tree, heck if I know what it’s called.


Bounding at Sunset
Date: May 10, 2014, Evening
Location: St Anthony, ID
F-Stop: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Crop

Unlike the two above, this was purely the result of hard work and perseverance. I have been determined to catch a photo of Sokka mid-bound. He can run like the wind (even though the wind doesn’t really run), and his fur flows like Lassie when he does it. I shot on high shutter in continuous mode, catching a good couple hundred photos of this guy, but as I said earlier, he moves so fast it’s near-impossible to get a decent composition. I ended up cropping for the desired effect. Even so, I’m determined to get a better one one of these days.

3 Responses

  1. Heidi Stanfield on May 13, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    Sam, I really love the photo of the waterfall flowers. I feel that they are in perfect focus with the background being so blurred. Great job on that! The composition also is great how you can see that blur to the right of the photo so that we can really tell that the flowers are in such good focus. I think that the photo could be a little bit lighter, but maybe that is just my personal preference. Good job!

  2. Julia on May 15, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

    My favorite photo was the last one, which appeared to be your favorite as well. I am impressed that you were able to catch a photo of the dog mid-bound and for it to look so good too. The shadows even work in your favor in this picture because they are pointed to the dog. Looks good. Your hard work paid off.

  3. Doug Collins on May 15, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

    I like the black and white photo of the dog. The way the white fur flows back from the head makes it blend into the white part of the photo. It is a well composed shot.