I say part 1 because, obviously, I have work to do. The right side of the picture is out of focus even with an aperture of f22. I did use manual focus and a tripod but I did not get out my rail. A little back story, I decided to do some purging in my office so I have piles of junk all over my office. One of those piles is books; textbooks from PT school mostly that I'm going to have to just throw away since no one wants 12 year old textbooks. Even though the current edition has changed by less than 5% in my estimation. I suppose if they took them, they'd be inundated with them though so it's just standard policy.
Anyway, it got to be evening and I hadn't taken a picture yet so I decided to take a break from purging and take a picture of the mess. The stack of books caught my eye so I decided to pop my macro lens on and start up that learning curve. While cleaning, I found wireless remote that I had forgotten about (isn't great when you clean and find things like that!) so I plugged that in and took a few shots. Upon inspection, I noticed the reflection in the thumb notches of my Taber's so I repositioned and shot a few to highlight that. The lighting was terrible as the only light source was my overhead light which has orange glass shades but it's what I had available.
I was also getting a JOb nr message the first few times I used a long exposure which I was confused about at first. I thought nr meant not recorded. Turns out, it means noise reduction. It's a setting in my camera which reduces noise in long exposure shots. Essentially, it takes a second picture with the shutter closed of the same duration and the camera then looks at the 2nd image to identify noise and removes it from the first. Since I was set at ISO 100, that wasn't really necessary so I turned it off. It turns a 25 second exposure into a 50 second wait to see the picture so while it's nice if you are shooting in low light that requires a high ISO, turning it off was a time saver. So, lesson 1 learned; technically, re-learned because I think I new that at some point in the past but obviously needed a reminder.
Back to the picture: I cropped it just a bit and played with the color. It was very pink and I'm still not wild about the color but I think that is because the right side is out of focus and is making it look strange. I boosted the yellow luminance to make the reflection pop a little more and enhanced the contrast a smidge. I hope you enjoy and maybe learned something.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun