Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Want a hug? I do!

Our daughter Emily and best friend Angie
were lucky enough to experience their first pregnancy together,
and now their children are besties too.
 I married into a family which give amazing hugs...
isn't it the best feeling to get a "real" bear hug?
I mean, you KNOW you've been hugged!
Our grand-daughter won't be spoiled
because she is the only girl,
but because she has the most vivacious, 
adventurous and loving spirit I've ever seen in a child!
Precious, precious, precious are our grand-kids!
Okay, guess I've put it off long enough...
gotta get my run in before it gets too hot.
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Being in the moment!

Nap time for this chocolate lab...
this guy was not tied down, making it tempting to take him home with me.
He was so peaceful, I didn't disturb him...I love labs!
Being in the moment allows you to notice the unexpected.
Thank goodness for the camera app on my iPhone!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fireball

This was taken during my morning run...
I remember sitting in that line of traffic before my retirement.
Looks like a fireball (sun) with a tail (clouds). Might be what that asteroid headed for Earth will look like if it does come our way in 2880.  
Ten more weeks till the 5K I registered for in Tulsa, on Oct. 25th.  Besides the 5K, and feeling so much better physically and mentally, the wildlife where I've been running has been so much fun to watch! 
Thank goodness our summer has been unusually cool and wet making us hopeful for a beautiful autumn! 
All these photos were taken with my iPhone which I carry with me to mainly aid my running (tunes, gps, and interval training, oh yes, and if I get inspired along the way). 
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weekend Reflections ~ Crazy Joker Mannequin!

A "Joker" like mannequin stopped me in my tracks...
at first, the mannequin seemed funny,
but now it creeps me out!
(A boutique in Durango, Co.)
Visit this meme and see wonderful photos capturing reflections.
Click to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.
Happy Click'n!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Personal Photo Challenge ~ Animals

This month's challenge  ~ "Animals" ~
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
 I haven't been blogging much this summer but I peeked in on my favorite group today,
 "A Personal Photo Challenge", and didn't want to pass up the opportunity to share a couple of my photos from our recent camping trip
(our cats go with us).
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This shot was taken in Colorado
during a lunch stop.
If Bogey wasn't such a freak,
he would be wearing his harness picnicking with us!
The following two photos came from my archives
(napping kitties are so precious).
Katie is our camera shy cat.
She loves napping on the center console
and didn't notice I had my iPhone handy.
Oh, wait, she is ON my cell...that sneaky girl!
Did I mention she hates having her photo taken?
I remember now, I took this with my hubby's cell,
I showed her...
Once again I got lucky and whipped out my
cell to take her photo.
They love to sleep on papers, magazines and books, why?
Dang I missed last month's "Portrait" Challenge
I really need to brush up on this topic too (here)
now that we have FOUR grand-kids!
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My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ 
camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF,
 Canon lens EFS 18-135mmm,
and I use Adobe Elements 11 for processing.
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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
You're invited to hop over to the other participant's
blogs to see more photos.
Comments are always welcome! 
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 I will use these tips 
next time our family visits a zoo, 
a common activity for this family!
1)  Animals begin taking on their day shortly after sunrise and it typically extends to late morning. This is their prime time for interacting with other animals, feeding, singing and moving about. This is your prime time for capturing animal attitude in action.
2)  Camera settings ~ For small animals, using f-stops in the f/7.1 (and sometimes higher based on lighting) to f/9 optimizes the tiny details. For larger animals, depending on their size and the amount of desired detail, shifting to an f/11 to f/12 may be needed. Knowing the sweet spot of the lens happens with practicing in the field.  
3)  Be Patient:  Give the animal some time to get used to you being around and to relax. 
4)  By shooting in Av you can set wide apertures to blur distracting backgrounds and make the animals really stand out in your shots. Your camera can then take care of the shutter speed, which will change dramatically if the sun keeps going in and out.  Don’t be afraid to put your ISO up to around 400 or 800 to get faster shutter speeds for sharper, more dramatic wildlife shots. It barely matters because, even at that high level of ISO, you’ll still have minimal graininess thanks to Canon’s brilliant digital sensor technology.  
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Can't wait to see everyone's posts.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Click'n!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Golf Photography ~ See the ball, BE the Ball!

We returned home this week from our camping trip in Colorado and New Mexico. Our trip was great fun even though we were chased by rain all week long.  The decision to move camp to Durango, Co allowed us to enjoy some time outside playing Dalton Ranch Golf Course (my husband played golf and I played with my camera). Thank goodness for our weather apps!  The breaks in the rain allowed us to spread 18 holes of golf over two days and kept us from going steer crazy in our trailer!
 
The weather conditions worked in my favor
giving my photos vibrant colors.
If you are a golfer or photographer,
keep scrolling down because I did some
research and have some 
photography tips at the end of this post.
I can't wait for the next PGA Tour to hit Oklahoma
 so I can apply what I've learned!
Golf Course Photography Tips:
1)  It’s usually best to shoot golf using Tv (shutter priority) mode and to set a fast shutter speed of around 1/500 sec, which will enable you to shoot with a long lens handheld. Shoot in Continuous mode, and set your camera to the fastest burst rate possible to maximize your chances of getting the perfect shot.

2)  Ideally, the best times of day to get interesting shots are early and late. Golf courses really come to life when the sun is low and the shadows emphasise every undulation on the course.


3)  Keep an eye on the background – it can really make or break a shot. Tee areas that have impressive backdrops make for great shots, as do elevated greens. And when you’re cropping in really tight with a long lens, try and find an angle for a clean background in order to keep all the focus on the player.


 4)  You see beauty with your brain not your eyes. Your eyes are merely windows for the brain. Your brain has an aesthetic and emotional connection to your world, the beautiful blue sky, the yellow flag stick and your golfing buddies.  But your camera only records pictures of shapes, colors and light.  Your goal is to be able to use your camera to produce images along the lines of what your brain told you was worthwhile about taking the picture in the first place.


5)   If you shoot with the sun behind your back the image will tend to be a bit flat and devoid of depth. If you must shoot in this direction, wait until the last of the sun to get a really warm image. 


6)  Find some images that you admire and then ask: "What is it about this image that appeals to me?" That alone should help you in your quest to create better golf course images.  (To start, check these photos by  Aidan Bradley, here.)

My husband is a golf-aholic,
so I'm sure I'll get more opportunities to 
practice these tips!
Happy Click'n!

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!