May 102014

Fog №3

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Nikon D300; 1/145 sec @ f11, ISO 250 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 105mm (157mm EFL); focus distance 33.5m

This wasn’t exactly what I “expected” to see on a foggy morning in spring. Once I let go of those ideas and realized what I was seeing, however, I had great fun on this walk.

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Apr 032014

Window Blind №11 (Unruly) ©2014 April Siegfried

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I seem drawn to photograph window blinds, perhaps because they suggest qualities of the life lived behind them.

A fellow photographer from Thailand commented on this image, “Naughty!” That made me smile, and led to the subtitle “Unruly.”

Nikon D300; 1/45 sec @ f16, ISO 320 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 70mm (105mm EFL); focus distance .89m

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Apr 032014

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Stepping outside to run errands, I discovered this present on our front steps. Except for a very light touch of contrast and sharpening in post-processing, this image is as seen.

Panasonic DMC-FZ40; 1/15 sec @ f4.4, ISO 100 (handheld);
Focal length: 82mm (460mm EFL)

Mar 162014

Centrella ©2014 April Siegfried

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Well…the snow was melting; then we got more. Needing groceries, I saw this while walking to the store—and had to laugh.

Nikon D300; 1/60 sec @ f11, ISO 200 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 44mm (66mm EFL); focus distance 4.73m

Mar 162014


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Nikon D300; 1/90 sec @ f11, ISO 200 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 150mm (225mm EFL); focus distance .89m

Untitled—Plastic ©2014 April Siegfried

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Nikon D300; 1/45 sec @ f16, ISO 280 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 200mm (300mm EFL); focus distance .79m

As 6½ feet of snow begins to melt in Chicago, some surprisingly beautiful treasures are revealed in the “trash” left behind.

Feb 282014

Three Vases ©2014 April Siegfried

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Sunlight changes so quickly. This moment made me stop, and then run for my camera—adjusting settings on the fly. There was no time for a tripod setup.

On first review, I was dismayed to see that even at f11—the best exposure I could capture handheld—focus on the foreground vases was soft. Then I realized what actually caught my eye was the background shadow and light, and that is sharp. Yes!

This camera has been my best friend for 6 years now, and is showing some signs of age. I know it so well I can shoot without thinking, and it’s going to be hard to move to a new system. However, the Fuji XT-1 sounds very appealing and would bring me full circle to my first love affair with digital: Fujifilm FinePix E900 (dating back to 2006). I still have that one, though it was re-purposed for a “shoebox camera” in 2009.


Nikon D300; 1/15 sec @ f11, ISO 3200 (handheld);
18-200 mm f/3.5–5.6 @ 112mm (168mm EFL); focus distance 1.5m