Monday, September 30, 2013

Dilemma...please help!

How do you store your photo files?
Hard drive or online storage or another way?

I suspected there was a problem with my external hard drive
and today, my Seagate external hard drive stopped working.
Another hard drive crash...the second failure in a year's time, geezzzz!

Give me a floppy drive! I never had a floppy disc loose data...
give me the "good old days"!

I need any advice you're willing to give.
Thank you!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Ringgg" and about to click your camera...

Do you answer?
After two and a half days of phone tag,
I DID answer!
Next time maybe NOT...
The spider scampered away...
After I finished my chat, the morning dew was gone, RATS!
I sprayed a little water on the web, 
and snapped a few shots...
then the web actually rolled up!
Luckily those spiders are running around that tree
so maybe tomorrow I'll try again.
What would you have done?
Click'n Camera!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


"When your cat acts aloof, ignores you, 
not in the mood for petting etc...
that's a cattitude!
Defined by Urban Dictionary.
I see it as just being a cat,
you cat owners know what I'm talking about.
Bogey Bear has a double dose of it!
Oops, he caught me...
It's so cute when cats sleep!
I had to get my macro lens out and try to capture Bogey's cuteness.
Bogey is a tuxedo with an actual cumberbun marking across his belly.
He fetches only blue toy mice, is handsome (I mean look at him!)
but like a lot of us has body issues...he's built like a dachshund and
a little on the fluffy side (pudgy).  Don't touch the belly!
A rescue group found him in a tree with a broken arm. 
Soon he developed respiratory problems. We adopted him
at about 4 months old, his chosen day is March 16th. Then at 7 months,
we almost lost him to the coronavirus...the vet
had diagnosed him with FIP and had given up on Bogey.
We gave up on THAT vet and found an amazing veterinarian
 that worked his magic on Bogey.
Bogey's now about 10 1/2 years old!
Here Bogey is helping me make jewelry...
yeah, he's a BIG help,
watch the beads fly!
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What makes a photograph an abstract?

I've been questioning what makes a macro/close up photo an abstract.
After shooting a "study" of our air conditioner,
and posting one of those shots (here) to various sites/blogs, someone
commented that my shot made a cool "abstract".
This got me to wondering what the definition for 
a macro abstract would be.
I thought my shots were "just" close ups alone...
 Clive Branson defines abstracts this way ~ "Some kinds of macro photography can be considered as abstract. The end result can still be recognizable, but taken in such a way that it is unique to the viewer’s perception. Flowers, plant life, anything colorful or provides reflection will make great abstract subjects. With macro photography, the aim is to crop tightly using the whole frame, emphasizing color, texture or pattern."  (Here, great article.)
 Looking at this gallery of abstract photography
helped me immensely! 
 I also liked this video interview with Kathy Nichols on YouTube here,
her abstracts are outstanding! Love her work!
So if you're interested in researching more on this subject ~
 Ron Bigalow offers more in depth articles
here (Part 1) and here (Part 2) on Abstract Photography.
Maybe it's in the eye of the beholder,
as, I'm still not sold on calling these shots abstracts...
What is your opinion?
Happy Click'n!

Monday, September 16, 2013

I Love Macros ~ 09/16/13

why do I love them?
Let me count the reasons...
Same reasons I love cats, the mountains,
Ruffle potato chips and the Hubineer,
 I just DO!
Hmm, maybe not in that order.
(First eyeing this scrap of paper that blew into our yard,
I thought, I'll shoot that for this week's theme "typography"...
later, I cracked up when I read the heading through the viewfinder!
Apparently this was an article/opinion in the Urban Tulsa Weekly,
no offense intended with this photo,
 I just thought it was a funny thing to find.)
(Obviously our air conditioner is in bad shape!)

I submitted these shots to...
Macro Monday intro badge photo MM2badgeintrofinal_zps09e45e9a.jpg
"Macro Monday 2" (here)
and "I Heart Macro" (here).

And I also submitted this shot to
the themed "Flickr Group Macro Mondays" (here)
and "Ipernity Group Macro Mondays" (here).
This week's theme is "Typography",
defined as:
1. the art or process of printing with type.
2. the work of setting and arranging types and of printing from them.
3. the general character or appearance of printed matter.
Happy Click'n!

A Personal Photo Challenge ~ "Windows and Doors"

This month's challenge  ~ "Windows and Doors" ~
is the subject for "A Personal Photo Challenge" (here).
(Located in Santa Fe, NM ~
215 E. De Vargas St.Lower Old Santa Fe TrailDowntown.
 Billed as the oldest house in the United States;
800-year old Adobe house.)

While on hiatus, I took these photos,
vaguely remembering that this meme
had a theme coming up for doors.
Thank you Donna for listing the upcoming themes,
it's so very helpful to me!
(Located at Snakedance Condos in Toas Ski Valley, NM)

These shots were all taken before I read Donna's post
and her always helpful links.
(Located at Snakedance Condos in Toas Ski Valley, NM)

I would like to think if I had done my  homework, I would have 
taken better for this month's challenge, it is what it is
and a post of this subject to review when needed.
Tips for next time I find an interesting door and/or window:

1)  A composition may include many elements or use a simplistic approach that excludes extraneous items that detract from the window or door subject. 

2)  Ideas for subject matter include emphasis on shapes, textures, contrasting colors, isolated details, reflections, light and shadows, symmetry, patterns, and compositional framing.

3)  As with most photographs, early morning and late afternoon is the best time to shoot doors and windows, not only due to the warmth of the light but also because porches, awnings, doorways, are out of the light path and no shadows are present. Side lighting is also interesting it will enhance the texture of the door or the window as well as its details.

4)  First thing is to remember your first impression, think about it and review it. What was it that caught your attention? The color of the door or window, the overall scene, the wall surrounding it, to door or window itself, the doorknob, the texture, or the window drapes. What ever it was, make sure you capture that detail, without it the image might lose its magic.

5)  If what caught your attention was the texture, rusting, peeling paint, the carvings, then move in closer and consider using a macro lens, you really want to capture as much detail as possible. Side lighting can accentuate those details, use the shadows to add depth to the texture, capture an image in two dimensions.
While in Santa Fe I ran across an artist who prints
photos of doors and windows on aluminum...eye catching!
Her name is Dona Calles,
her blog here
and a gallery of her awesome doors here.
She even prints your photos on aluminum.
My gear, if not otherwise stated ~ 
camera is a Canon EOS 60D set on AF
a EOS 18-135 mm lens or
my Vivatar Series 1 Zoom 28-300 mm lens
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! 
Wishing and hoping for good news regarding Donna's husband!
Lets keep them in our prayers...
Happy Click'n!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Orange you glad it's Friday ~ Oklahoma Panhandle

 They say nothing is out there, the "there" being
Oklahoma's Panhandle...
but look close because there are wonderful things out there to photograph!
Like this road into some one's pasture, 
the contrasts of green and what we Okies call our red dirt.
The dirt is more of a rust/orange, but we Sooners prefer saying "RED"!
It does work for this Friday Meme...
This is my shot for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Happy Click'n!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Outdoor Wednesday - Rio Grande Gorge

I love the outdoors, hiking and taking photos,
what could be better?
While in New Mexico I drove over to the 
Rio Grande Gorge to watch the sun come up.
This is the first time I've linked
to this meme...
Bridge over the Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico.
Taken for my Hubineer.
A new to me, meme called "Outdoor Wednesday" (here).
Join the fun by sharing outdoor photos and
 linking back to Outdoor Wednesday,
hosted by Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer.
Time to checkout all the photos...
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Macro Mondays ~ Time

A little slow am I for this week's theme...
finally I came up with "Harvest Time".
I ran out of TIME to enter this photo in the
 Flickr group, "Macro Mondays" 
which has a weekly theme (here and my Flickr gallery is here).
This week's theme was "Time" ~
"You can be literal and photograph a clock, watch or other sort of device that measures time. Or, alternatively, you may want to show the passage of time in a conceptual, editorial, or illustrative way. It is also possible to use a slow shutter speed and show time passing in a blur. "
Thank you J. Towbin for hosting and your helpful explanations!

Lucky for me, I got my photo posted to
Macro Monday intro badge photo MM2badgeintrofinal_zps09e45e9a.jpg 
"Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery blog
 (here) hosted by agical Mystical Teacher.
A relaxed place to share your love of Macros and
to view wonderful Macro photography!
Chile con Queso
1 1/4 pounds white American cheese, diced or shredded
2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced Anaheim chiles
1/4 cup chopped jalapenos
1/4 cup diced canned whole, peeled tomatoes
1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup browned ground sausage

Heat the cheese and milk in double boiler until melted and smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Transfer the fondue to a lit and warm fondue pot or small chafing dish. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.
Any suggestions on how to use the habanero peppers?

Happy Click'n!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mural Monday - Santa Fe, New Mexico

During my absence from blogging I was lucky enough to visit
New Mexico. I found this mural in Santa Fe,
unfortunately I don't recall the location,
nor do I know the artist.  But what I do know...I love the colors
against the adobe building, the southwest/Indian theme
and the "cat"!
If you would like to share a mural
or just like murals, check out this link to 
Monday Murals on Oakland Daily Photo blog (here).
Happy Click'n!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekend Reflections - On the road again

OK, so I shouldn't be click'n while driving...
crossing the line in more then one way!
An unplanned reflection on my hood.
Like reflections?
Check out this week's Weekend Reflections (here)
Don't you hate it when people drive and text?
Taking pictures is just as bad!
(This isn't something I normally do, I promise,
it really was my first time.
The trailer in front of me, belongs to my sister and brother-in-law,
and we're the only ones on this day driving along
 the Oklahoma panhandle, honest!)
(Here I've stopped on the shoulder
during the trip back home.)
Traveling reflections - I had a fun surprise when cars drove by
while I was trying to capture the reflection
in my side mirror, so I did a video next.
Happy Click'n, but not while driving ya'll!

Orange You Glad It's Friday ~ New Mexico

If the job opens up, I'm applying!
 While enjoying my drive around Taos, NM
I noticed this sign alerting the public to the Fire Danger.
Yes, I'd go back to work (currently retired)
 if I could be in charge of these signs!
What beautiful country around the Enchanted Circle.
Think of the hunky fireman you might meet too...
dream job or am I just a crazy lady?
These are my shots for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Happy Click'n!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Time passes quickly...

It's been over a month since I've posted's nearing the end of summer
...time passes too quickly!
Happy Click'n!

Thank you for your understanding!

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