I committed to a photo a day (APAD) project for the month of July, 2013. I’d like to take you through some of my images and the reasons I chose them, how I shot them and even what I was feeling during this time.

Day 1: I am in Sydney, staying with my best friend. The property is a photographers delight; stunning bush backdrops for portraiture, ample specimens for macro photography and lovely landscapes including cliffs, creeks and mountain views. The weather had dramatically changed from being windy and raining the previous week to a perfect winter day – cloudless blue skies and ‘double-digit’ degrees celsius.  I am well and truly in ‘holiday’ mode, content to relax, unwind and recharge while enjoying the company of my friend and our children. I wandered around the property, the children coming and going, I had them searching for anything they felt looked interesting as it’s always good to involve them as much as possible. It was my daughter who spotted the unusual coloured mushroom which was to become my first APAD. Fascinating Fungi.

Sheryn-Ellis_APAD_D1_July2013To capture the fungi I needed to lay the camera on the ground, normally I’d be happy to lay on the ground too however it was extremely muddy due to the excessive rain the prior week. Instead of laying alongside my camera I used ‘live view’ to compose the image and focus and then put the self timer on as my shutter speed was low (I didn’t remember to take my cable release). I took 7 images of the fungi and chose image #6 as my best exposure and composition. My camera settings for the final image were: ISO 2500; f9; 1/30th shutter speed. I used my favourite lens: my canon 100mm 2.8L macro lens – I use it for most of my photography. The processing I chose was a simple square crop, contrast, vibrance and less than 1 minute of Adobe Lightroom 4 adjustments.

Sheryn-Ellis_APAD_1July_blogThe other images I took that day included an old burnt out fence post, a banksia flower and other fungi we found growing amongst the moss. My final choice was the unusual purple fungi as it caught my attention, being a colour I hadn’t seen before and I felt I’d like to share with you all.

With day 1 a tick, it was time to go back to relaxing.

Live. Love. Learn.

Sheryn Ellis, Portrait Photographer