Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring brings my beloved daffodils!

Finally a quiet morning to sit among my daffies,
 before they too disappear along with Spring. 
 Last summer we removed our overgrown garden, 
leaving the choice trees and shrubs.
Before winter, I was able to add a few new daffodils...
maybe one year I'll have so many daffies growing
you won't notice the crazy lazy lady sitting among them.
Hope you all are enjoying Springtime!
Happy Click'n!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cute Cats!

My cats do cute things when my camera
isn't in hand, so I've been practicing catching them in action or
should I say napping...boy they do a lot of that!
(I usually have my iPhone in my pocket.)
Anyway, here Bogey was checking Facebook and 
slipped into another nap.
Katie excited (notice the blur,
she is moving her head side to side)
about dinner time,
like she needs another one.
We're working on that!
 Bad cat on the table, but at least
he doesn't do that while we're eating.
 He likes the warmth of an open
dishwasher.
(The quality of these pix
are disappointing. I wonder which
cell has the best camera.)
Back to work...
Happy Click'n!

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge ~ Shadow Play

This month's challenge  ~ "Shadow Play" ~
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
 "Shadows may either take center stage and command your attention, or else they may complement the subject matter. You have the freedom to decide if you want shadows to have starring or supporting roles in your images."
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What a bad time for me to have such a fun and interesting
theme for this challenge, you know?
The "Winter Vortex" has really got us Okies hiding
 in the house these days, huddling by the fire, if we got one.
I did try to venture out a time or two when I spied the sun out...
but my creativity froze each time! (I'm not use to 7 degrees!)
I call this "cat on table"...he, he...
(Metal sculpture on the table ~ my pets stayed inside.)
Most the time the sun has not been casting any shadows...
So I dug into my files and found this one taken
when it was a pleasure to go outside!
***
My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ 
camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF
if not otherwise stated,
Canon lens EFS 18-135mm
and I use Adobe Elements 11 for processing.
***
If you are interested in joining "A Personal Photo Challenge", 
a link to Donna's blog is at the beginning of this post. 
Thank you Donna for hosting this great challenge!
A Personal Photo Challenge

I hope you will join us for these monthly challenges,
you're invited to hop over to the other participant's
blogs to see more photos.
Comments are always welcome! 
***
I'm looking forward to see every one's posts
and I wish us all better weather...
stay warm friends!
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Macro Love!

The only good thing about an ice storm
is getting to go out to take photos,
afterwards sitting in front of the fire sorting through the shots taken
drinking a cup of caramel coffee...
What could be better?
***
I shared this macro photo with these Macro groups:
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Saturday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
***
Happy Click'n!

Monday, December 16, 2013

rats, Rats, RATS...not again!

The last two years have been so disappointing!
I've tried taking photos of our family opening 
their Christmas gifts with disastrous results.
(We celebrate early each year with our kids.)
I've gotten shots like "above", embarrassing...
I rarely take photos of people indoors.  
Only four of my photos are worth showing!
Why these turned out, I don't really know.
Maybe it was earlier, before the sun shine was pouring in thou the windows.
My Canon 60 D was set on AF, Sport with no flash,
the shutter seemed to be extremely slow and 
I didn't recognize my need for a tripod, until to late...
Could my camera have gotten mixed readings?
Anyway, I'm posting the following instructions to reference
for practice using the manual setting. 
Your comments will be appreciated!

Settings for Indoor Photography:
*  Put you camera onto M for manual (this is the setting on Canon’s, not sure about other models).
*  Set you aperture to as big as it will go eg. F4.0 or F2.8.

*  Set your shutter speed to around 1/60. It is hard to shoot handheld with anything below 1/60. As a rule of thumb you should never shoot lower than your focal distance while handheld. Eg on a 50mm lense you should never shoot lower than 1/50 sec.
*  You will then need to use you external flash, if you can bounce your flash do this, if you have a catch light reflector built into your flash even better.
*  Take a few shots and see what they look like.

*  If they are not bright enough try bumping up your ISO to 200 then 400 and so on until you achieve an acceptable result.


Update 12/23/13:  Or set the camera on CA ~ you can adjust the Flash (with or without), set on AFQuick, choose how you want to shoot it (single, multi or timed), type of lighting and background blur.  Just don't resort to shooting on "action/sport" (that's what has been the problem)!  Someone told me to always shoot kids on the action/sport setting ...Wrong!
Other helpful links are photoplusmag.com  and digitalcameraworld.com.
Next year I hope to nail it!
Happy Click'n!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Personal Photo Challenge ~ Let There Be Light!

This month's challenge  ~ "Let There Be Light " ~
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
Our assignment:   "In this exercise, light takes center stage and commands your attention. It can be dramatic or softly caressing. It can be natural light or it can be man-made: backlight, sidelight, spotlight, candlelight, light beams streaming from clouds, twinkling lights, lamp light, street light, reflected light. There are so many possibilities, and you have the freedom to decide. But light should play a key role to support your subject or actually be your subject."
***
Managing time for this challenge was tricky!
But I'm sure most everyone is busy this time of year...
...with a macro slant to this challenge, I finally got working.
My first shot is a shadow on the wall ~


This lacy pattern was created by pointing a flashlight
through one of our snowflake mantel hooks (on which
we hang our Christmas stockings) on to a wall.
The above shot shows the result of having light, shadows.
The next shot~

Is a closeup of the snowflake mantel hook,
again the light shining through to the wall 

the light is enhancing the subject.
*
I'm not sure I completed this challenge as instructed but
I learned a lot about the importance of light in photography!
*
Oh wait, one more, this one shows the reflection of light...
Once again a fun challenge!
***
My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ 
camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF,
 Canon Macro  lens  EF 100mm 1:2.8 L,
and I use Adobe Elements 11 for processing.
***
If you are interested in joining "A Personal Photo Challenge", 
a link to Donna's blog is at the beginning of this post. 
Thank you Donna for hosting this great challenge!
A Personal Photo Challenge
I hope you will join us for these monthly challenges,
you're invited to hop over to the other participant's
blogs to see more photos.
Comments are always welcome! 
***
"Let There Be Light" Tips I want To Remember:
1)  Think about the quality of your light. If the light source is intense, there will be distinct shadows that provide contrast. Be careful and don’t let the light source fool your camera meter. Use exposure compensation to get the image you want. Think about the direction of light in relationship to the camera and the subject. Change the locations of the light source, subject, and/or camera, and the image can be drastically altered. Think about the color of light. Is it warm, cool, or balanced? Control the light temperature in your final image by using your camera’s white balance settings to match the lighting conditions. Make further adjustments, as needed, in post-processing.
2)  Other sources for ways to use light that Donna shared with us:
*Love this quote*
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it.
 Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, 
and you will know the key to photography".  George Eastman
***
Now to see the other participants photos...
Merry Christmas to you all!
Happy Click'n!