Recent Photography: Sunsets, City Lights, & More + PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES

Happy Pi Day, everyone! How has your day been so far? Here’s a throwback to Pi Day of 2016, when I had the brilliant idea to make a pecan pi:


Lovely, isn’t it? XD Have you done anything to celebrate today?

I know it hasn’t been a very long time since my last recent photography post, but I’ve been taking so many pictures that I’ve got to post some or I’ll never catch up! I decided to do something a bit different in this post – along with the photo captions, I’m going to link to some helpful photography resources that I’ve discovered since I bought my dSLR. πŸ˜€ Let me know if you like the format of this post! Let’s get started, shall we?

There’s this huge, beautiful tree in one corner of our hayfield that blooms these red flowers in the spring and fall. Does anyone happen to know what kind of tree it is?

The first resource I’m linking to is the Click it Up a Notch blog. There are quite a few helpful articles on here that are full of interesting photography inspiration. Click this link to check it out!

I’m so glad that our woods are finally budding/sprouting/generally exploding with color!
Taking 3 kids into the woods is fun but tiring. It’s extremely hard to keep track of all of them at once, especially when they’re all running in opposite directions. XD

One of the best resources I’ve found for learning to use a dSLR is this free and incredibly simple series of tutorials created by Aimee @ It’s Overflowing. You can click hereΒ to see the first part of the course. The link to the next part is at the end of that post, and so on. It’s super helpful and I highly recommend checking it out!

Lila picked an enormous bouquet of flowers and insisted I take a picture of her with her masterpiece. XD

I looove this picture of Ezra. ❀ Isn’t he adorable?

Photography Mapped is a super unique and completely free resource. It’s a digital rendering of a working dSLR camera in which you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, just like on an actual dSLR. It’s great for learning how a dSLR works, or for just playing around if you already know how to use the settings.

We went into the woods around the golden hour, so all the plants were sort of illuminated with light, which made for some interesting photos!

The PicMonkey blog has created an “Ultimate Photography Cheat Sheet” that is extremely helpful for learning to use Manual mode on a dSLR. It explains aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure. It’s really simple and easy to understand!

Photography LifeΒ has a great page on their site that links to dozens of photography tutorials on everything from buying a dSLR to the best photo editing resources. Click here to check it out!

When we returned from our explorations, my younger brother Abram kindly agreed to blow some bubbles for me. πŸ™‚

A useful photography tool that I bought about a year ago is the Amazon Basics wireless camera remote. It costs less than $10, and it’s great for low-light situations where you need to take a picture without moving your camera. It’s really useful for star photography and light painting! You can see it here on Amazon.

I didn’t get very many bubble pictures – I was rather cold and it was super hard to focus on the bubbles, so we went inside after a few minutes. πŸ˜›
Here’s a photo I took a few weeks ago of Abram washing dishes. I really like this picture, though I’m not quite sure why. Maybe because it sort of captures “real life”. What do you think of it?
Abram was reading a book in bed the other night, and his lamp was reflecting off the pages in a pretty way, so (surprise!) I took a few photos. XD

Improve Photography wrote an excellent article on 101 photography projects that you can start right now. Click here to read it!

I turned on the black-and-white filter on my camera the other day, which is something I haven’t tried in a while, and it was fun! I got a few pictures of Ezra playing with one of his Transformers.

I found this really neat YouTube channel called RealWorld that has quite a few easy-to-follow tutorials for beginner dSLR users. Most of the videos focus on using an entry-level dSLR and kit lens to create amazing images. You can click here to check it out!

Now for some photography I did on a trip to Indiana last month. We stopped in Nashville on the way home, and I got this silhouette photo of the skyline. I absolutely love Nashville – it’s such a neat place!
When we were somewhat closer to home, I took a few photos of the city lights in the rain. I discovered that focusing on the raindrops on the car window makes really neat bokeh.

Here’s a not-so-funny story for you. XD A few weeks ago, we were inside a restaurant. I opened my backpack and my camera slid out, fell almost 5 feet, and landed on the hard floor. *winces* I was pretty convinced that it was broken, since the focus stopped working right. However, when we got home, I played around with it and tested some different things and it started working again! I was really relieved, and I’m definitely going to be more careful with my camera in the future.

Anyways, all that to say – a great and helpful photography item I’ve discovered is aΒ small and inexpensive camera case that protects your dSLR in a bag or backpack! I own this and I love it (though I wasn’t using it when I dropped my camera -_-). You can click here to see it on Amazon. πŸ˜€

TechRadar wrote a great list of 52 creative photography projects to try every week of the year. You can click here to read it!

Here’s a bit of a different resource – a book! This free ebook, DSLR Photography Made Easy, is “designed to walk you through the hobby of photography and how to deal with your newly-purchased DSLR camera.” You can see it on Amazon here.

I took this picture and the next one when there was a really pretty sunset on the night we got to Indiana. My mom was taking a picture with her phone, so I took a picture of her taking a picture. XD

Here are some more sunset photos taken on various different days.

The Thirteen Thoughts blog wrote a great post on 10 Photography Tips for Bloggers! The post breaks down how to get beautiful lighting for your blog photos.

Most of you probably remember that I’ve been doing a series of posts in which I feature photographs inspired by 104 Things to Photograph, a creative book that is full of interesting photography prompts. You can click here to check it out!

Now onto animals! On yet another trip that we took to the lovely state of Florida, we went to a small zoo and I took a few photos there.

PhotoBlog wrote a great list ofΒ 20 creative and unique photography hacks that will get you amazing results. Click here to read it!

This is a pony named Sweet Tea that belongs to a friend of ours.

The last resource I’m going to talk about is a free photo editing software that I love. It’s called RawTherapee, and it’s designed to edit .RAW files, though it can also edit .JPEG and .PNG images. I used it to edit all of the images in this post – I absolutely love how easy it is to use! You can click here to learn more about it.

I hope some of those resources were helpful! Now it’s time for the final photos that are some of my favorites… SHELTER PETS! *applauds enthusiastically* This dog is Skipper. πŸ™‚

Here’s Rocky…

This kitty is Fiona. πŸ™‚ I mentioned that we bought a photography studio in my last post, and has been so helpful for taking photos of the shelter animals!

This is Peanut…













Stella, who has since been adopted. πŸ˜€






And this Star, Storm, Skip, Sandy, Sunny, and Sky. XD Aren’t they adorable?

I hope you all enjoyed my photos! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post – I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful day! ❀

Which photo in this post was your favorite? Least favorite?

84 thoughts on “Recent Photography: Sunsets, City Lights, & More + PHOTOGRAPHY RESOURCES

  1. oooh, lovely moss shots! and i like the bubbles. πŸ™‚ AND OH MY WORD THOSE SUNSETS. so colorful, so purple. i love them too much. ❀
    NEVER MIND THE KITTENSSSSS ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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  2. Clara, did you read my mind! Lately I’ve been looking for some good photography blogs/websites, and so your links were exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much! I clicked into most of them while I read your post. πŸ˜€ As for my favorite photos in the post, well, I really liked the bubbles ones and the sunset ones. Great post!
    P.S. Happy Pi Day! πŸ™‚

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  3. Happy Pi Day to you too! My math teacher didn’t plan it, but we actually learned about circles today. A classmate brought cookie cake for everybody, which was AMAZING.
    I love your rain boots! The pattern is very pretty. Thank you for the resources! I’ve opened a bunch of tabs, and I’m pumped to read them all. They’re going to be so helpful. Ooh, I love that picture of him washing the dishes too.

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  4. THESE ARE ALL SO AMAZING. Seriously, your photos are such an inspiration to me. I love the bubble photos! But my favorites have to be o the shelter animals. THEY. ARE. SO. ADORABLE. I would adopt them all if I could! I especially love the litter of kittens. ❀️❀️❀️

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  5. AHH so lovely, Clara!❀️I loved this post, thank you for sharing your beautiful photography. I think my favorite picture was either the one of Ezra in the hat (he’s so adorable) or the one of Abram washing dishes. I don’t really have a least favorite. XD If I had to say…maybe the one of the railroad/trees surrounding it? Oh, and I also loved the pictures of all the shelter animals. They’re so cute!πŸ˜„

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  6. Wow, stunning photos Clara excellent intro to spring, you are so talented. This post is inspiring me to go out an take some photos. Its not really warm enough for things to start to bud in CT but its warming up.

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  7. THIS. I love these photos! Thanks for the useful links. ☺ EZRA IS SO CUTE. ❀❀ I love the bubble photos, especially the one of your brother doing dishes. Oh, and the one of the train tracks. My least favorite photo was probably the one of your mom taking a picture, but even that one is really good (duh). πŸ˜€
    P. S. What’s a math teacher’s favorite dessert?

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    1. Thank you so much, Sara!! ❀ ❀ I’m so glad you enjoyed my photos, and thanks for telling me your favorites and least favorites. πŸ˜€

      -Clara ❀
      P.S: Umm… pi? XD

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  8. Happy (late) Pi Day!! Did you have pie? I did! I had apple which is my favorite kind!! πŸ˜€ Your siblings are so cute!!!!! ❀ I like the picture after Lila’s bouquet of flowers! Also, you have pretty rain boots! πŸ™‚ I love the bubble and book pictures! Haha, your brother is like mine! A few days ago in the car my brother got hot for some reason and off went his shirt. It was so funny to see him sitting in the back seat, reading a book with his shirt off! I love the picture of the railroad tracks! Also the sunsets! I love sunsets! That picture of the snake looks so cool! Aww…Sweet Tea what a cute name! Also a cute pony! πŸ˜€ All the animals are ADORABLE!! Haha that picture of Peanut XD XD Awww wittle kitties dies of overdose of adorableness from all the dogs/kitties πŸ˜€ Amazing post!! ❀ ❀

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    1. Happy belated Pi Day, Liz! Yep, I had some apple pie. πŸ˜›
      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ Haha, our brothers sound quite similar. XD Haha, I agree, they are adorable! Thanks for leaving a comment, Liz! πŸ˜€

      -Clara ❀

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  9. These photos are amazing!! Thanks for sharing those photography help links. I’ll definitely look into some of them! And the pet shelter animals are so cute!! 😍 Mail those kittens to me?? Pretty please? XD Their eyes are so blue and adorable. I hope they get adopted soon!! (I don’t see how anyone could NOT want to adopt them. :P)
    I really enjoyed this post! My favorite photo is probably the last photo of Sweet Tea. I adore ponies and that photo is just so pinterest-y. XD

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicole!! No problem. πŸ™‚ Haha, I wish I could, but they all got adopted by some lady in Michigan. XD
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Haha, I like that one too. πŸ˜€ Thanks for leaving a comment! ❀

      -Clara ❀

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  10. Amazing pictures, and I especially love seeing the adorable shelter animals you get photos of ☺☺☺. Hopefully your pictures will help them get adopted quickly! Winnie is cute, and Shadow is adorable! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you so much, Gracie! πŸ˜€ Yes, hopefully so – several of them have been adopted since I posted this, actually! πŸ™‚ Thanks for leaving a comment! ❀

      -Clara ❀

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  11. NOOOOOO I JUST WROTE A HUGE COMMENT AND IT DIDN’T POST. wails And we’re getting ready to go back to the new farm, so I’ll just write an abbreviated version…
    I LOVED THIS POST SO MUCH. As always. ❀ You had some super neat photo opportunities and I LOVED all the unique pictures you got like the animals in the zoo, the bubbles, and the city lights.
    A few of my favorites are the picture of Ezra in his hat (ADORABLE!), the one before that with the little red leaf (I love the composition and pop of color!), the last picture of Sweet Tea (also adorable!), and the one of Abram (I loved the extra-ordinary aspect of it – ordinary everyday life, but beautifully captured πŸ™‚ ).
    A few of my least favorites were the dandelion picture (super cute but the flower was a bit too washed out, in my opinion), the first one of your mom taking a picture (I love that idea but it was a bit too grainy to be able to make out much in the first one), and the first city bokeh picture with the pink raindrops (a little too blurry and not as interesting as the others πŸ˜‰ ).
    sniff Sorry it didn’t post the other one, but this said mostly the same things in a less roundabout way. XD As I always say, “Once again I LOVED this post, Clara!” Because it’s always true. πŸ˜‰

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      Oh dear, I hate it when that happens! Thank you so much for taking the time to re-write your comment!
      Aw, yay! Thank you! πŸ˜€ Yeah, I’ve been able to get some pretty interesting photo opportunities recently. I’m so glad you liked the pictures!
      Thanks so much – those are some of my favorites as well! And those are also some of my least favorites. Seems we have similar tastes. XD
      Thank you again for leaving a comment! And aww, same for all of your posts. πŸ™‚

      -Clara ❀

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      1. Heh heh, I FORGIVE THEE. XD XD
        Yes… sigh But oh sure, you’re welcome!
        That’s great! And I sure did. πŸ™‚
        Ha ha, what do you know? We must. πŸ˜›
        Thank youuu and you’re most welcome!

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  12. Clara, at the beginning you asked if anyone knew what kind of tree the red flower one was. It is possible it is a redbud but I think it is more likely that it is a Japanese Maple. Both of these are small trees. I don’t know what size your mystery tree is but google images of both of these trees if you want to verify. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the resources and you do well with your photography. Keep at it! πŸ™‚

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  13. I love the city light photos! So cool how you caught the detail in the rain drops too! The one where someone is taking a photo with their phone is really awesome as well!!!!

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