I knew I wouldn’t be able to accomplish 20 challenges in 20 days, but I hadn’t meant to have so many days in between. Several things got in the way of being able to shoot a scenic landscape; I haven’t been feeling well, there were several appointments and obligations on my calendar, the weather has continued to be uncooperative, and most of all I was having a hard time coming up with a scenic landscape to photograph.
Today we were finally blessed with a lovely day, I only had one appointment early on in the morning, and I was feeling well enough to take a short excursion for a photo shoot. I finally came up with the “brilliant” idea of driving to nearby Dundee, Michigan to attempt photos of the Raisin River, the dam and the historic mill.
Dundee is a wonderful little historic town. It is picturesque and peaceful with great walkability. It boasts some really great restaurants, cute shops, lovely old homes, and to top it off Cabela’s – the outdoor superstore – is just outside of town.
Since my camera does not have a landscape mode as suggested in the book (Better Photo Basics by Jim Miotke, for those new to my blog) for this assignment, I decided to use the DSLR recommended settings. I put my camera on Aperture Priority mode, used a small aperture (f-8) and a low ISO of 100. I have included a gallery of four of the best photos from this outing. (Click on any photo to see a larger view.)
I am not sure I’m completely satisfied with the results, I think I have a little ways to go in truly understanding landscape photography and developing an artistic eye. But these aren’t horrible considering I don’t live in an area rife with scenic landscapes to shoot. I think my favorite is the last shot, although I might have gotten too much of the tree in the foreground, I like the effect of the railing.
After I left Dundee, I attempted to drive the back roads coming home, hoping to spot a scenic barn or silo, but unfortunately it seems in this day-and-age you can no longer meander along country roads at a slow pace. It seemed like every road I chose to travel I ended up with someone on my bumper, even when I was doing well over the posted speed limit.
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If you are new to my blog, you can see the results of the first photo challenge – Flower Macro – here. Happy Shooting!