Life at f/stops – Part 1

Sometimes I just need not to cook, not take one more food picture but get out of my kitchen and enjoy the outdoors.

There is so much to be captured through our lenses and kept forever with us.

So with this thought, a folder “Life at f/stops” under “My Pictures” was born… It is getting bigger each day. Here they are, just a small portion of them. You will find some every Thursday here. I am not a pro, be prepared for grainy pictures and not so perfect ones (turns out a still apple is much easier to take picture of than a playful 3-year old). But they show a snapshot from my life, my day and surroundings.

Please feel free to join and give me tips on how to improve, show your examples.

With this very first post, I want to thank Brian, my infinitely patient, humorous coworker and friend, who is a wiz with the camera, drops everything in hand and answers my questions in great detail (about cameras, pumps or plant design), lends me his precious books and loves his cameras and lenses to death. Thanks for the inspiration to try something other than my pitiful point and shoot camera!

Here we go… The Winthrop Park in our backyard… Tarchin’s favorite place to snff!


(f/6.3 , 1/250 sec, ISO 6400)


(f/5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO 100)

(f/5.6, 1/50 sec, ISO 400)

(f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO 400)

Below all 35 mm Nikon, BW film




  1. by Peggy
    9:53 am
    Aug 21, 2011

    They are absolutely beautiful pictures Ilke! I’m actually part of a Flickr group (Capture The Word) that posts a new word every Wednesday, and by the following Monday, members post their captured interpretations of the that week’s word! It’s definitely helped with my own photography, and enjoying the views around me!

  2. by Ilke
    10:50 am
    Aug 21, 2011

    That sounds a great way of taking pictures, based on what that word reminds you. Will check it out and see your pictures!

  3. by Lisa @ Tarte du Jour
    1:38 pm
    Aug 21, 2011

    Great photos! Good for you on expanding your horizons!! It is totally different to photograph food than anything else, I agree!

  4. by Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen
    11:44 pm
    Aug 21, 2011

    Love this Ilke, what beautiful shots! I am in the process of learning my new DSLR, it’s quite a challenge. I love the quality of the pictures it takes, though… so different than the point and shoot!

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