Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Focused Attention.

If there’s one thing you need to have when taking photos of nature, it is focused attention. Paying attention to your surroundings is crucial if you want to spot and capture something that looks good to the eye. Sometimes, timing is important if you’re trying to take photos of animals, or even skies, which can change any minute. Focus is mostly needed when you’re taking photos up close, in macro mode.

I just received my brand new Canon Powershot SX500 IS a couple of days ago (it felt like Christmas all over again!), so I played with it a bit yesterday, trying to focus on the raindrops that are everywhere because of the rain. It was fun comparing the photos I took of raindrops on the same tree with my other camera. I’ll be doing a full post on these raindrops later this week, but here’s a preview of it. Focused attention can get you a nice shot of raindrops on a thuja tree branch.

Remember you can click on each photo so you can see it in a larger size.

Sunday Post: Focused Attention - raindrop on a tree branch

Sunday Post: Focused Attention – raindrop on a tree branch

You also need focused attention when trying to capture a moving body of water on camera. I did that recently and I still have to go through my photos to pick a select few. Here’s one that came out alright, I think. The sun was already over the hill and the whole aread being shaded gave the water a blue tint. A pretty neat effect.

Sunday Post: Focused Attention - stream water

Sunday Post: Focused Attention – stream water

That same day, I could see the moon high up in the sky in the late afternoon. I wanted to take a picture of it, but I knew it wouldn’t be a great photo if I had nothing else in the photo but the moon in broad daylight. So I looked around and found a way to add to the picture and give the moon some perspective. I’m pretty happy with the way the photo turned out. What do you think?

Sunday Post: Focused Attention - moon in bright blue sky

Sunday Post: Focused Attention – moon in bright blue sky

That’s all I have for this theme of focused attention. I hope you enjoyed it!

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

7 responses »

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    It would be neat if you did a post where you showed the same image taken with a phone camera and with your fancy camera. I’d like to see how different the images would be. 🙂

    • mpejovic says:

      You’ll see one of these images in tomorrow’s post, since I didn’t have my camera with me to take a candid shot. A phone camera (3MP or more) is OK for generic pictures. For close-ups and and large prints, forget it!

  2. jakesprinter says:

    Beautiful entry Milka ,I really love your Nature photography
    …… thanks for posting my friend 🙂

  3. They are all great, but that first one caught my focus immediately!

    • mpejovic says:

      If you like that first photo, then you’ll really enjoy all these raindrops. I love how they hang so low on the branch, yet they don’t fall.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. […] Sunday Post: Focused Attention « Milka Pejovic → January 28th, 2013 → 1:01 AM […]

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