I found this theme really difficult and, although I've managed to end up with three reasonable photographs, they are definitely not my best - I wouldn't bother to print any of them.
Why was it so difficult? Well the back garden was overrun with brambles and has been sprayed to kill it off so definitely not a photographer's paradise - full of dead brambles and cleared patches of soil, all very 'brown' looking! The front garden is not much better, just the concrete drive, some gravel and a wheelchair lift for my partner.
With no real chance of taking any 'beautiful' photos I've tried to work on technique aiming at improving depth of field and focus. I haven't been entirely successful, so any tips to point me in the right direction will be very much appreciated.
All photos are straight out of the camera, taken on a Nikon D3100 using the 18-55mm zoom lens. I forgot to take note of the actual set up for each photo, sorry.
1 - the first photo
This is the first one I took and is a 'slightly out of focus' shot of the only green thing in sight - no idea what it is, probably a weed, found growing in an opened bag of sand. I'm pleased with the out of focus background but am struggling with my new camera to get the subject matter completely in focus.
2 - the best/favourite photo
Despite the fact that this is a 'nothing' sort of photo with boring subject matter and I wouldn't have it on the wall, it is my favourite one. It's one of the handrails on the wheelchair lift (thought I'd tell you that so you didn't waste too much time trying to figure out what it is!). I'm pleased with the depth of field and for once the focus, although still not spot on, is on the correct place.
3 - the final photo
This is some peeling wood on the back of the shed. I think it could have done with some more contrast by use of light/shadow.
Not a good start to the challenge and I promise to do better next time (but I have my fingers crossed as I don't know what Karen has planned!). Well done to everyone who took part and I'll be visiting later to comment. Thanks to Karen for organising the challenge.
Linking with Karen @ Me, My Camera, Eye