Careful !! – Weekly Photo Challenge

“Be careful what you set your heart upon – for it will surely be yours.

James Arthur Baldwin

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This week I was out shooting with a friend to share some photography techniques and ideas. We were gifted with a beautiful afternoon filled with some of nature’s best offerings. I thought the sharp-toothed fellow in my opening shot was a good way to begin my response to this week’s “careful” challenge.



“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”

St. Francis of Assisi

Of course it’s obvious we need to be careful when photographing alligators! But our day in the field included many other “careful” examples. In the shot above for example, we talked about taking care with composition. The placement of the floral stem moves the viewer’s eye from left to right and the focal point of the butterfly and flower are carefully located off-center. The use of a wide aperture presents the bright, colorful subjects within a soft, non-distracting bokeh.



“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”

Oscar Wilde

The seemingly ungainly pelican above presented us with an opportunity to talk about the best way to approach shooting wildlife. It’s a good idea to be careful to shoot from a non-threatening distance. Then, by continuing to shoot while moving closer and closer you are sure to get at least something, even with the most skittish creatures. If you’re using a zoom lens, it’s important to leave yourself enough room to capture the whole subject when it moves. Of course, with a motion shot, it’s also important to be careful to use a shutter speed fast enough to catch the action without blur.



“If you are too careful, Love will not find you.”


If strong shadows are impossible to eliminate, why not make lemonade out of lemons and feature them in your shot? Shadows can often present us with leading lines to draw the eye into the photograph. Interestingly, it was while studying the shadows on this walkway that I came upon the pelican featured earlier – voila, two for one thanks to open eyes and minds!



“Be careful not to let your fear stop you doing things.

Francesca Annis

Sometimes when the sun is very bright we must be careful to look for different opportunities. Of all the images I made that day, my favorite was a series of some bright green leaves. There were very distracting shadows at play but if I placed my lens carefully within specific areas of the plant, I was able to shoot some of the beautifully lit lines and angles without shadowy interference. Or, as in the shot below, to take advantage of the shadows to create additional interest.



“Intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them.”

Peter Ustinov

Finally, there is always an opportunity for artistic images created by careful panning. Setting a very low ISO together with a small aperture and a dark lens filter can create magic 😊.  I loved the colorful grasses in the shot below, capturing the marsh grasses as they begin their transition to fall.



“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”

Michael J Fox

With thanks to my good friend for suggesting the day, I wish you all a week filled with interesting opportunities carefully created πŸ˜„

103 thoughts on “Careful !! – Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Beautiful series Tina, the butterfly on the flower stem is simply beautiful…screams to be framed with the quote ~ β€œWhile you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” Great shot. The other one which I enjoyed, almost got lost in was your last shot with movement…just as nature intended for grass.

  2. Absolutely brilliant shots….the ‘stripes’ jump out at me….mesmerizing…..!! Loving Michael J fox’s quote….😍

  3. Wonderful shot of the pelican, and lovely thoughtful post as always. I like getting a little view into how you take your photos.

  4. Tina your quotes for those photos were all great. I like Michael Fox’s quote that excellence is God’s business. And intelligent mistakes are the worst ……, and be careful not to let fear stop you from doing things. Really good thoughts. Thanks for sending them my way. Xox Pam

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. What a good day of photo shooting, Tina. I loved all the images and what variety. Inspiration on point. The pelican shot is brilliant. I’ve always struggled to get the shutter speed just right when capturing animals moving or performers dancing – I really want to keep the ISO as low as possible. Grain is not my style (though I’d say it can work). It really is all about trial and error until you find what works for you and your camera πŸ™‚ Love the Rumi quote. Love, always elusive but always coming around when we least expect it πŸ™‚ ❀

  6. Well you certainly hit the mark on ‘careful’ right off the bat with your opening shot Tina. Great timing on the pelican with his feet pushing off the dock and love the two leaf shots…nicely captured.

  7. Hi T! Thanx for sharing your photos tips !! I learned stuff while enjoying your beautiful images & thought provoking quotes. The Butterfly/moth? is my fav. See ya soon! πŸŽƒd

  8. Ah these are splendid Tina ! Love your pelican take off …
    *smiling at the thought of you creeping e v e r so carefully closer πŸ™‚

  9. A thorough and thoughtful post with terrific photographs. What an exceptional day you had with your friend. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your accompanying quotations for further consideration, Tina.

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