August 08, 2011
Categories: Shoot and Edit, SOOC
Shoot and Edit: Week 31 – Turn the Hose On! SOOC
Welcome to the 31st week of Shoot and Edit: Part 1. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes and past tutorials. This week our theme or prompt is “Turn the Hose On!” (this is just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot…much like I did this week). You have until Wednesday each week to link your SOOC shot up on Jill’s blog. On Thursday, you can link up your edits with ME after following some of my tips on how to edit your shots (or just post your edit on Thursday and you can pick up my tips for next week).

You’ll be so proud of me this week…I actually went out last Tuesday and took brand spanking new photos for today’s challenge (only because I knew that this past weekend would be a bit busy with our niece in town). I guess it helped that I was responsible for watering the flowers…so I made a point to take my camera outside. It’s quite tricky getting close enough to capture the water without getting wet. While I was watering the plants, I decided to experiment with shutter speed and focus. Anyways, since I couldn’t decide which SOOC shot I like most, here are my three SOOC shots:
Sprinkler 1
In this first sprinkler shot, I decided to focus…but use a slower shutter speed (slow enough to capture the movement – fast enough that it’s still in focus). My histogram below is showing a nicely exposed image – notice that I’m using a tiny aperture. Too bad I don’t have any kids running through it.
Sprinkler 1 EXIF

Sprinkler 2
In my second shot, I decided to increase my shutter speed, widen my aperture and  stay in focus. I’m a bit overexposed but that can be corrected in processing.
Sprinkler 2 EXIF

Sprinkler 3
Finally, in this last shot, I decided to go for sprinkler bokeh. Essentially, I’m using the exact same camera settings as the previous shot…I just switched to manual focus. It’s a bit over-exposed, but I think once it’s processed (aka fixed), that bokeh will look really nice.
Sprinkler 3 EXIF

I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do this week with regard to editing. I will probably start in Lightroom as the only way to learn any software program is to force yourself to use it (if you don’t have LR, no worries…continue using whatever program you’re currently using – this is also a great opportunity to review previous lessons). I’m considering combining a couple of these images, but I guess you’ll just have to wait until Thursday to see what I do. With that said, be sure to check out other “Turn the Hose On!” SOOC shots at:

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    Great shots!

    Have a nice day:)

    Wow, those first two shots look like fireworks!


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    Thank you for the information on your shots, Ashley. I always find your tutorials helpful. :)

    awesome.. waiting to see what ya do with them…. i cna not pick a fav or the SOOC.. I like them all for different reasons…

    love that first shot – truly looks like fireworks! have a great week!

    Nice. i like the middle one.

    The second shot is great but I really like the bokeh in the last shot too.

    ok seriously Ashley – even unedited these are INCREDIBLE shots! your creativity is awesome :)

    Beauty in a sprinkler… who knew? Great job with these SOOC!

    These are awesome, I love the lighting too!

    I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    I can’t dedide which of the first 2 I like more, but it would be one of those! ;) Definitely awesome sprinkler shots, and I kind of dig the composite idea for editing!

    Great shots. The second one is my favorite. :)

    Marla @

    Those are really cool Ashley- I am always so interested seeing the result of different settings as I am still learning things like “if I set it to __ it will do ___ to the photo”. Always so much to learn & way too much to remember- which is why my notebook is getting so full. If I practice enough it may eventually become second nature. :) I hope.

    Cool shots! I think I like the second one the best.

    I am loving that last bokeh shot. Can’t wait to see your edit!

    Great shots! They look great SOOC!

    Wonderful SOOC. Love the last one.

    love these shots…FYI my google marks you as IMPORTANT! it must be true! glad google filled me in =0) Thank you for all the encouraging remarks and for getting me hooked on this Shoot and edit challenge..great doors have opened for me because of the knowledge you and jill have given me( one of which is a teching position at a Christian school, i could not take the position this year becasue of my twins entering kindergarten but the school may open a saturday class instead…)hope you have a great week

    LOVE the detail. Sprinklers are a wonderful thing during my runs, these days! :)

    Curious why you feel the last one is overexposed. It looks like your histogram falls perfectly to the bright edge. Or are you thinking it has to brought back down a bit before you add contrast or it’ll go over?

    I’ve been processing wedding photos like a crazy fool, my dad (who really knows nothing about photography) said something about them being overexposed… and now I’m second guessing what I’ve done. Ugh.

    I didn’t even think to get creative like you and Jill~so much to learn still.

    I cannot decide if I like the second or third one best~all three are beautiful~but I just love bokeh and shallow depth of field. I cannot wait to see your edits! Maybe then I can choose.

    The first one makes me want to jump through my computer screen :)

    I’m all over that lighting in the water-beautiful and golden. I like the 2nd image, but I’m sure you can make any of these amazing.

    I love the sprinkler bokeh!

    This is gorgeous – thanks for sharing, Ashley! I think the second one is my favourite! Can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing here!

    these are cool! Its really interesting to see how different a shot you can get by changing your settings.

    Proof I need to pull my camera and experiment with settings again. So beautiful, can’t wait to see what you do with them.

    I didn’t think someone could turn a water sprinkler into art, well done. Richard from Amish Stories.

    Excited about these. I’m sure the finished product will be pretty cool too!

    I tell you what I love about your blog… the way you share all your tips with us all, so we can all become better photographers. :)

    great shots – love how you included variety with the same perspective…

    Can’t wait to see how you edit these photos!!!

    I really want to try out some fun pictures with running water and shutter speed! Love when water is blurred so I think the second shot is my fave but that first one looks sooo awesome too!! Thanks for the sweet comment today friend:) The wedding wasn’t actually at the Highgrove…wish it was as that place is gorgeous. The wedding was at a tiny, dark chapel in the country;0.

    Yay you! look at you go!! Getting some inspiration back I see! :)

    Out of the 3, the 2nd one is my fav!! You got the awesome bokeh in the front, the sparkling diamonds in the grass in the middle, and the movement in the water in the back/side. And even if you think it’s overexposed, I’m loving it sooc!

    hehe… it would seem we’re both being inspired by Kate to make some OOF shots! :) Your last one is pretty awesome too!

    These are all great, Ashley! I love the out of focus one!

    Gorgeous! It looks so refreshing!

    I like the second shot the best! You always have the coolest edits and thorough explanations of what you did :)

    Loving the unfocused shot.

    Yesterday I removed a shoe from a photo in PS. Baby steps here. I’ll post my first “real” edit in PS tomorrow.