cup…SS 1/800 f1.8 ISO 2500…deep depth of field, frozen motion


frozen…1/1000 f1.8 ISO?…frozen motion, shallow DoF


blur…1/100 f6.3 ISO?…deep DoF, blurred motion…a lower shutter speed would have worked better in this situation making water to appear more silky…


chair…1/160 f2.8 ISO?…deep DoF


carving…1/125 f1.8 ISO 800…i cropped this for close-up, intended for shallow DoF but it’s hard to tell because it’s now in close-up


candy (looks like candy to me :))…1/250 f2.5 ISO 2500…shallow DoF, off center focus


mask…1/125 f1.8 ISO 800…deeper DoF but I wouldn’t call it deep still quite a bit of bokeh


column…1/200 f5.6 ISO 200…captured through a window…deeper DoF…objective to have detail of column (not in silhouette) without the BG getting totally blown out


lamp…1/160 f5.6 ISO 2500…deep DoF, off center focus…unedited


window…1/100 f5.6 ISO?…deep DoF


shaft…1/320 f1.8 ISO?…shallow DoF


Klara…1/640 f1.8 ISO 2500…off centre focus, frozen motion


owl…1/200 f1.8 ISO 1600…off centre focus, shallow DoF

All shots taken with a Nikon D90 85mm lens.

Tuesday I had my second Basics of Photography session with my mentor Nicole. She really is a fantastic teacher. Keeps it very simple, easy to understand. And she’s so nurturing…I feel very blessed to have her in my corner. I want to reach for more more more learning and know I can do anything with her on my side.

She focused mostly on aperture…how to achieve frozen and blurred motion, shallow and deep depth of field. A deep Depth of Field (DoF) is when most if not all of the photo is in focus, very little or no bokeh (blur) providing the viewer with more detail. This is achieved with a higher number of aperture (f-stop). Thus the opposite is true for a shallow DoF, lower f-stop. See the guide below…as you can see I definitely should have used a lower shutter speed to blur the tap water.


We also talked about using the light meter in my camera seen through the viewfinder. What I love about Nicole is that she really stresses not getting hung up on the numbers. These are guides for sure which I need to know in order to get the shots I want. But the exact numbers are not important, make sense? The meter is also a guide which we have the choice to follow or dismiss depending upon what look we want. It is an extremely helpful guide in my world 🙂

In terms of lenses I learned that the smaller the number of the lens the wider the shot, larger frame…higher number smaller the frame.

Next step for us is learning Photoshop. Itching to get my new laptop and get at it!! And continue shooting of course. Nicole has created a closed group on Facebook for all her students to contribute their work in order to get feedback from Nicole and the group itself. Really useful I find…loves me some constructive feedback!

My homework is to create photos using A. Shallow depth of field (DoF) B. Deep DoF C. off center focus (rule of thirds) D. Blurred motion E. Frozen motion. I focused more on the deep DoF as I tend to use mostly shallow.

Anyhoo…hopefully this information is useful for those of you still learning or needing a gentle reminder. I’m really enjoying shooting in Manual, I shall never go back. I will be out shooting more next week. Lily’s March Break this week plus her getting sick has kept me out of service, thus the lack of postings.

Sending you all peace, love & light for a stunning weekend!

Thank you so much for dropping by…always deeply appreciated.

Big love,



28 thoughts on “Homewerk

  1. sheldonk2014 says:

    It’s one thing to have a teacher yet it’s far greater to have someone who really cares. As one who knows you can’t keep unless you share, I can hear the happiness in your voice,it make my heart sing, my prayers for you are to spread your wings and fly.
    As always with great love

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    • Julia Manuel says:

      Yes and she cares very deeply. She said she’s never so fulfilled than when she’s teaching…and it’s obvious from this students’ point of view ☺ thank you. Your support means so much S.


  2. sheldonk2014 says:

    We have been there and back I’ve seen you and you have read mine,if you succeed that only helps me to see more
    The Professional Cannon

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  3. aladywrites4u says:

    Wonderful shots, you’re getting better and better

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  4. sheldonk2014 says:

    The water coming from out of the tap is priceless,great shot,I’m not sure just yet but there mite be a poem in there

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  5. sheldonk2014 says:

    The frozen one it’s just so much of an image, very striking

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  6. sheldonk2014 says:

    I don’t think I need the image if it happens I will let you have it if you like

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  7. sheldonk2014 says:


    Frozen as time
    the waters of
    the faucet

    I knew it was cold
    but I had no idea……..

    The house was my home
    and it’s warmth
    were my closest

    Now the pipes
    and it’s waters are
    now ever frozen

    As mother natures spoke
    her breath was the

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  8. smilecalm says:

    nice exhibit
    and lesson, jules 🙂

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  9. sheldonk2014 says:

    It’s much easier to say hello than it is………..

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  10. sheldonk2014 says:

    oh it was a quiet Sunday lots of meditation and cooking supper,not much of anything,how about you

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  11. sheldonk2014 says:

    Then will you be taking pictures today,if so I can’t wait to see them,especially now you’ve got the rite stuff,the know how

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  12. I’m so glad you have a good teacher to teach you. I also can see how fast you learn. Keep doing your homework and I know you will fly soon. Have fun and enjoy your lessons! Good luck sweetie! ❤ 🙂

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