Using Props at the Park

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I took these images at my neighborhood park. There is one small section that has trees and shrubs.  There are not too many places like this where I live so I was happy to find this great location.

For props, I used existing flowers & branches and my jean jacket.  Even though I had it on- I definitely consider a jean jacket a handy prop.  You can pull the jacket down around your shoulders, put your hands in your pockets or even wear it over one shoulder.


Canon 70D, ISO 1000, F/3.5, 1/250 sec, 24-70 mm


Here I used the branches to frame my face.  There is some blur in the background with using an aperture of F/3.5.  The lens I have will open to F/2.8 (the L Series lens you can change the focal length and the aperture will remain the same).   This was a cloudy day so I did have my ISO higher so I would get a faster shutter speed. I generally shoot in aperture priority (so my shutter speed adjusts automatically).  Purists may think this is cheating a bit- but hey, it makes it easier since I take my own photos.  🙂


Canon 70D, ISO 1000, F/3.5, 1/500 sec, Lens 24-70 mm, Focal length 48 mm


Saw this opening through the trees so I thought it would be nice to have a back side shot with this view.  It’s a bit more static than I would like. Probably would have worked better to have more motion.  I should have walked slowly away from the camera seconds before the shutter was released.


Canon 70D, ISO 1000, F/3.5, 1/320 sec, Lens 24-70 mm


It’s fun to place objects right in front of the lens. This causes a lot more blurring in the background.


Canon 70D, ISO 1000, F/3.5, 1/400 sec, Lens 24-70 mm


Here I decided to wear my jean jacket; I thought that my green dress would bunch up once I sat down.  I was going for variation with blowing the white puff balls.  😛


Canon 70D, ISO 1000, F/3.5, 1/250 sec, Lens 24-70 mm


This was my last one from this shoot.  It is just my preference, but I don’t like to look at the lens for every single one.

I’m a firm believe that no matter where you live, you can always find a place to shoot.  As I’ve noted earlier in some of my posts, don’t wait until you have the fanciest equipment to get started. It can be intimidating when you hear photographers say they have the top of the line equipment. I still have a 70D!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. Please leave your comments below.  Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Have…an Amazing Day!

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