Photo Friday January 3, 2014


Welcome to a new regular series of posts on AnLiNa Designs:  Photo Friday.  Twice a month, I will post unedited photos I’ve taken in that month and discuss what I like/don’t like about them.  I hope that you will take the opportunity to join me and add links to your Photo Friday posts in the comments.


January is bereft of growth and blooms in most of the northern hemisphere, but I’m far enough south that I am blessed with some plants that continue to put on beautiful displays.


This photo was taken on my back patio with a Nikon D80, ISO 800, 1/1000s exposure, f/5.6, with a 300mm lens.  It’s culinary sage in a pot on my back patio with a southern exposure around 3pm on New Year’s day.  The light is afternoon sun coming in from the right.


This photo, also taken on New Year’s Day, is from my flower beds, which I wacked back on December 28th.  The only plant left blooming is this purple sage.  Technical details:  Nikon D80, ISO 800, 1/1250s, f/5.6 with a 300mm lens.  The light is afternoon sun, shining direction on the flower from the upper left.


I nursed my holly back to health this year after it was attacked by a fungus.  With the help of my local nursery, I located a fertilizer that I used semi-regularly and I was rewarded by plants covered with berries this winter!  Technical details: Nikon D80, ISO 800, 1/400s, f/5.6,  with a 300mm lens.  The light is afternoon sun, partially filtered by clouds, coming directly into the frame.

I hadn’t checked the ISO setting on my camera prior to taking these shots.  If I could, I would take these again with a lower setting, more in the range of 100-200.  I like the contrasting colors in these photos and the play of light and shadow.