364: Misty morning

I was up and out early this morning, taking another barefoot walk through the dewy grass.  Although it is still technically summer, the autumn mists seem to have settled in as our morning greeter.

Just after sunset last night.

I took a series of really awful shots this morning.  I would have posted them as examples of what not to do, but I’ve become very efficient at deleting.  With all the photos I’ve been taking due to my outdoor commitment, I’ve had to learn to be ruthless to keep from overloading my computer.  I don’t have to do that quite so much with the new computer.  Yet.  Best to get on with it right away rather than have to go back and thin the herd.

Detroit at night. From the 57th floor of the Marriott.

The reason for this morning’s series of bad photos is related to last night’s just-after-sunset capture.  I have not explored night photography very much.  Partly because I don’t think my camera can handle it well.  Mostly because I don’t have a clue as to what I’m doing.  Every now and then I give it a try, and something works (such as the shot taken from our hotel room of Detroit at night).  It is not the best nighttime cityscape I’ve ever seen, but it isn’t the worst.  I deleted a bunch of those.

A couple enjoying Sammy Figueroa & the Latin Jazz Explosion on the J.P. Morgan Chase stage at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

So last night I took my camera and tripod outside to see what the camera can do.  I tried all sorts of things, including long exposures.  Most of it was, to put it bluntly, crap.  I jacked up the ISO, and then forgot about it.  It was the forgetting about it that caused the series of awful photos early this morning.  Eventually I noticed the high number in the right hand corner of the viewfinder, lowered it, and continued on.

This morning's view of the pond.

I don’t think nighttime photography is my niche, so to speak.  It is fun playing around with it.  Early morning, though, is my favorite time of day for photography.

I did not see any praying mantises today.  Either they are blending in better than usual or they are hiding out deep in the meadows.  Yesterday I found a pair of them mating.  Or just about to mate.  Or just finished mating.  It’s hard to tell.

Whatever the case, I interrupted them and possibly saved the male from being devoured.  He dashed off quickly after the female let go.  I don’t believe she was very happy with me.

The dragonflies are scarce now.  The Queen Anne’s Lace is almost finished blooming.  Autumn is moving in.

There are still plenty of flowers in bloom.  The goldenrod, of course, and the asters are going like gangbusters.

Others have gone to seed.

The asparagus ferns are just beginning to turn yellow.

See what I mean about the misty mornings?  The light is incredible.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks so much for dropping by and joining me on my rambles.  🙂

29 Comments on “364: Misty morning”

  1. What I’ve discovered about night photography, is that you actually have to keep your ISO very low (100-200) in order to avoid all that messy noise that can ruin a beautifully dark photo. A tripod is a necessity, because your shots will be long exposures (anywhere from 5-30 seconds, or longer, depending on your camera settings). An aperture of either f16 or f22 is good if you want those “starbursts” for any outdoor lighting. I’m probably telling you stuff that you already know…. but I find nighttime photography fascinating – I wish I could get out for more!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Holly, for the tips. I don’t know why I got it into my head that I should increase the ISO. It’s not the first time I’ve gotten it backwards. lol!

  2. Karma says:

    Your autumn mist seems to be making for some beautiful warmth in these photos. Looking down at Detroit is a pretty cool shot! Looks like there must be a ball game going on – neat! I can’t believe tomorrow is the last official day of the commitment!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. 🙂

      You’re right. There was a ball game, and those lights! Amazing, aren’t they?

      I can’t believe that’s the end of it either. It went by so quickly.

  3. Kel says:

    funnily enough, last night displayed a gorgeous starry sky and i tried to photograph it
    to no avail – all too technical for me 🙂

    love your night cityscape

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kel. 🙂

      Maybe we can figure out this starry sky thing together. I’m gonna need a better camera, though. I can’t get the long exposures needed for a night sky.

  4. The early morning misty meadows are so beautiful!…soooooooo beautiful!

  5. I am absolutely dreadful at taking nighttime photos, but then I have no earthly idea what I’m doing either. Oh, well.

    I love the photos you’re taking of the colors changing. Gosh, I love fall!


  6. Kala says:

    Gorgeous light and tones in that first image. You are almost to the finish line Robin!

  7. You should see all my awful night photos from France… I’m trying to figure it out, too…
    Your morning shots are lovely – we’ve got mist, too, but no sun behind it. Just icky, grey clouds. Happy 1st day of Autumn!

  8. Night photography certainly is a whole different game isn’t it… but I love it whenever the opportunity presents itself… You really need to look at using remotes / tripods and the manual settings on the camera to make the best of it… Stick at it though Robin, as when you get it right, you can get some really stunning and ultra interesting images.. Do love your night time cityscape shot though… 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Brian. 🙂

      I’ve got the tripod, and have used the timer setting on the camera. I haven’t given up. I’ve made this point and shoot do things I didn’t think it could do. Who knows? I might even manage a good night sky. Nothing like what you do, of course. But something interesting. Maybe.

  9. ladyfi says:

    That first shot is perfection!

  10. lynnekovan says:

    Lovely post. Lovely shots. Wow! I have never even tried night photography.

  11. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I like the black and white (?) of the flowers gone to seed the best. You are right about the morning sun. Probably your pond puts enough moisture in the air to create a lovely glow. Jane

  12. Every shot in this post is even more beautiful than the last. Thanks for sharing, Robin!

  13. ElizOF says:

    First off, I love your new gravatar with the purple background and black feet… cool. The Detroit shot is stunning and I wish I could take a night shot that beautiful… Autumn is well on its way in your area… It has barely touched down here so my fall shots for the challenge will have to come from elsewhere… excellent post as always Robin. 🙂
    Finally catching up again… where did the time go? Phew! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth. 🙂

      Autumn is really just getting started here unless the storms that are on the way nip it in the bud by blowing off most of the leaves. It is very windy this morning.

  14. Hallysann says:

    I like your night shot of the city, I took a couple of night shots in the Isle of Wight a while back and had one or two good ones once I’d deleted the rubbish. I don’t know what I did, or didn’t do, to get the good ones though. If you work it out, let me know.
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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