Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Autozone and Invisible Cars

I have been participating in a 365 photo challenge, where I take a photo each day. As a result I have found myself photographing some interesting (and sometimes bizarre) things.

For example, the other night we were on our way to Costco and Autozone to pick up a couple of things. I wanted to photograph a big clock near our house, so I brought my camera along for the ride.

As we got near the clock, I realized that the picture at night would not turn out like I wanted it to. But I had my camera out so I started playing around. I have only had my Canon XSi for a year or so and now that I am more comfortable with it I have been playing around with the manual modes more often.

Did you know that by changing your exposure time you can make things disappear?

 

I thought it was pretty cool that I could take pictures of a car headlights and make the car itself disappear! I actually took this picture from the passenger seat of our van, so that's why it's a little jiggly, but I still think it's pretty cool.

I think I am going to have to set up my tripod sometime (at a more photogenic location) and take some more long exposures to see what I come up with!

As for the next photo, I have no explanation for this random picture of air fresheners. I just think they are colorful... and there weren't a lot of people at Autozone to stare at me while I took the photo.

  

25 comments:

  1. aoh that is cool. I have a ton of settings on mine but have not gone there yet lol.. I is skert

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  2. Beautiful. I need to figure out how to use my camera.

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  3. Try thunderstorms on the mountain behind you at night or even in the daylight with the tripod and long shutter setting.

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  4. I took a night light pic this week too, but it's not nearly as cool as yours. My tripod and I have a date in our very near future as well. :)

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  5. ok...as odd as it may be...I really really like the air fresheners shot!!

    I skipped posting last week - I really need to post my pics this friday!! I think I might have missed another day too....oh well...

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  6. I just got a nikon d200 and am trying to figure out the manuel modes. There are just too many of them!! But how cool is that picture?!

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  7. I love the lights, very cool. The bright colors of the air fresheners makes a good subject too. Great photos!

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  8. I love taking pictures like this. Isn't this project fun??

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  9. That's so cool! Reminds me of one of those neon art works you see in diners and stuff!

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  10. I more or less take my camera wherever I go and I get stares, too. I then just pretend to be a tourist! :)

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  11. Very cool! Every time I take photos at a store, I get reprimanded. But then, I've never tried taking photos at Autozone. lol Who air freshers would be so photogenic?! Great shot!

    Happy WW!

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  12. That is a very cool photo. I really, really like it.

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  13. Ohh that is colorful! I just started my 365 project. I can't wait to take some cool pictures of random things.

    Fun shots chica!

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  14. Very cool! I need to play with my camera settings more often... ;)

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  15. Those are some neat photos. I love the one at night. My night photos always turn out blurry.

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  16. That first photo is really neat! And the air fresheners are pretty cool too! :)

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  17. Good work with the 365 photo challenge!
    I just can't stick to anything i guess but have today promised myself that i'll try it all over again from today on.

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  18. It is fun to mess with long exposures. Great night shot.. and you are braver than I am.. I don't think I could take my camera into the store and take a picture, don't know why... just can't for some reason.

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  19. how cool.

    Don't ya just love photography?!

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  20. What a cool shot of...oops! They've disappeared! I'll have to play around with the exposure time on MY camera. :)

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  21. ohhhh - good to know! My xsi is IN THE MAIL and I am beside myself giddy with excitement. I may have to pick your brain! I like that shot of the invisible car :-)

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