Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cool tools!

I have a birthday coming up...
and if I had an extra $1,199.00 plus tax laying around,
I would get me this Tilt-Shift Lens from Amazon.com
(linked here)!!
I saw this in Digital Camera World magazine, January 2013 issue,
and the article says Samyang (not familiar with them)
 is launching one at a reasonable price. 
Maybe I can justify this purchase in a few years
when I drag my husband to the UK.
I can't wait to click all the architectural beauties there!
Just dreaming...
***
Did I mention that I stripped a crank on my tripod
while on a photohike ~ below freezing weather ~
the frigid weather just snapped it!
Or did I,
maybe we worked together on that one...

Though it still works (manually),
 in my dream world, I'd buy me a new tripod,
because I think I deserve one
and I learn from my mistakes!
Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs 
with Multi-Angle Central Column System, 
here on Amazon.com for $330.00.
IT swivels, to shoot upside down!
...shrieking with excitement...
***
And of course Amazon.com would throw in the Vanguard SBH-250 
Magnesium Ball Head with Sliding Quick Shoe
 ~ a $70.00 freebie (oh I wish) just for me, cause I'm worth it...
Remember, I'm dreaming here!
***
In the REAL world, I'll buy myself a new LensPen...
I lost the old one.
LensPen NLP-1
I love these ~ for around $9.00 at Best Buy.
Then the plan is to go see the exhibit at 
Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK,
where the National Geographic has
their Greatest Photographs of the American West!
And I'll drop by my favorite park
to play with my camera...
***
Maybe the "Hubineer" (Hubby Engineer) will take me out to dinner?!
After all I've been good...
I'm only spending around $30 on myself
~ it could have been closer to $1,600.00,
 in my dream world!
Happy Click'n!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Week 5 of P52!

This week's sweet shot is one of the bracelets I made.
A double wrap, made of leather cording and faceted jasper beads,
shot on a mirror with natural light.
Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!

A favorite quote ~

"I believe that in order to get the perfect shot,
one must be persistent and passionate."
Hermawan Wong

Happy Click'n!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Macro Mondays = Wisdom 01/27/13

This week's theme seemed crazy difficult for me..."wisdom"
...how do you capture wisdom in a photo?
Though I still question anyone will think "wisdom"
when they see my macro,
this theme ended up being a great learning experience for me!
I began the process of thinking about the symbols that represent "wisdom",
for example ~
elephants (no they're memory),
owls (to me they're knowledge, but my hubby reminded me of "wise old owls")
...finally "pearls of wisdom" came to me?!


Eventually I thought about what wisdom means to me ~
true wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true.

I think of a wise person as being older, having life experience and
one who offers support, comfort and direction with his wisdom (pearls).

 Do you get it?
(My husband hates this artsy fartsy stuff, so what, I'm ALL in!!
When I showed him my macro, he just shook his head...
sorry honey, that's NOT comforting...DRAT!)

Anyways, I'm eager to see what is submitted to
this week's Flickr group Macro Mondays, especially after all the recent controversy...
Yeah, you should check us out!
***
I shared my photo with three Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, "Macro Mondays" (here),
studio waterstone
then  "I heart Macro" a Sunday photo showcase
(here) at Studio Waterstone blog,
MM3 
and  "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
***
"Certain things catch your eye,
but pursue only those that capture your heart."
~ old American Indian saying regarding wisdom
***
Happy Click'n!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

~ Developing your Personal Style

I've been thinking about what I'm
attracted to in photographs, what I like to shoot
and how I like to shoot.
Flickr, is a great place to view
numerous styles of photography
to help determine what attracts your eye and interest.
Or just look back at your prints and picture files,
they should outline what you seem to shoot naturally.
That's probably the best way to determine your style elements.
In an online article Alain Briot made these points ~

"Developing a personal style is not copying someone else's style.
Developing a personal style is finding who you are and 
making your work be the extension of your personality." 

"Subject is what you photograph.  Style is how you photograph it.
You can photograph several subjects in the same style."
5 Elements I Love in a Photo ~
1)  Macro/Close ups
2)  Natural Light
3)  Making the Ordinary Interesting
4)  Both B&W and Color  
5) Simplicity

I'm sure after time, my style will develop and change
but thinking about this early helps determine what to shoot
so I can concentrate on technique and camera skills.
Or at least that's what I've read.

I invite you to share what elements you love
either in my comments or in your blog,
but please comment here so I can check your blog out...
Happy Click'n!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Orange you glad it's Friday - 01/25/13

Above ~   Shades of Orange Frankoma GOP Mugs.
Now that Framkoma Pottery has closed,
we don't have to worry about acquiring the annual GOP Mug.
Yea!!
(Our collection is complete.)
***
Anyways, this is my shot for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).
***
Happy Click'n!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Week 4 of Sweet Shot Tuesday P52!

Computer problems are getting in the way of my photography time,
RATS!
Computers crashing and new DSL service...
I'm hating electronics right now.
Above is the "Sweetest Shot" I have for the week.
The only electronic I still love is my camera!
***
Welcome to my 4th Week of 
Sweet Shot Tuesday P52!
Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!
***
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Micro Monday = Reflections

What a WEEK!
Busy, busy, busy...no time to go outside
to hunt down a reflection macro for this week's theme.
So I fetched the ole' black granite tile, 
then searched the closet...hmm, antique drawer knobs....
One,
two, 
 three
 It's a good thing
I found these drawer knobs
 because I totally forgot about the project they
were purchased, for until now!
***
I shared a photo with three Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, "Macro Mondays" (here),
studio waterstone
then  "I heart Macro" a Sunday photo showcase
(here) at Studio Waterstone blog,
MM3 
and  "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.

Because of this theme, I also submitted
one of my reflection shots on "Weekend Reflections" (here).
***
I love this time of week,
there are so many photos and blogs to visit...
Happy Click'n!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Orange you glad it's Friday - 01/18/13

Though it's been frigid out,
brrrrr,
I had a great time studying the ice on
the plants around our house.
Above ~ I love the glassy look of these Nandina leaves,
so this is my shot for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).
*** 
Today, is a big day for us,
we are finally changing our DSL service,
after twelve years cursing, unplugging, resetting,
plugging in and cursing again, THAT dang device.
Keeping my fingers crossed this will be a good move
and not another computer headache!
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Week 3 - Sweet Shot Tuesday P52

Another cold day in BA ~
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that is.
We had a little ice and sleet
this week...
(Hope our mugo pines survive another winter icing!)
I found a berry-icle,
(you know, an icicle with a berry head,
kinda like a dog-icle ~ a dog after playing in the snow)
and more berry-icles,
until, I found my "Sweet Shot"...
One single berry-icle!
(Does it look like an exclamation mark
 with the single bokeh circle at the point?)

The week before, these berries looked like this...
just your average winter berries.
***
Welcome to my 3nd Week of 
Sweet Shot Tuesday P52!
Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!
***
If you are interested in photographing ice formations,
I found a great link (here) to an article originally from
"Nature Photographer Magazine 2003/4 Winter Issue"
found on Chris Linder Photography website
and I like these wonderful tips from Greenwich Citizen (here)!
Bundle up on your way out...
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Macro Mondays = Rule of 3rds + 3

It seems, I consciously and subconsciously
use the rule of thirds when
composing my compositions.
Am I boring?
(Mental note - I need to brush up on the rules of composition
for more verity!)
The outer nails,

no the middle nail...
better...
I'm still timid crossing over to my manual settings.
I had a heck of a time focusing on my 3 subjects!
I wanted them all to be in focus...
though the middle shot is interesting,
if I do say so myself.
***
I shared a photo with three Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, "Macro Mondays" (here),
studio waterstone
then  "I heart Macro" a Sunday photo showcase
(here) at Studio Waterstone blog,
MM3 
and  "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
***
My Monday Macro Quote:
"There is no better time to crop a bad composition than just before 
you press the shutter release".
 - Bryan Peterson 
***
The above quote reminds me, when NOT shooting
macro, I have a natural inclination to compose my shot so
that my subjects are up close,
before I snap...sometimes this isn't a good thing and I'm
torn whether to break this habit.
I do think it can make a photo more interesting for the viewer
because it removes the boring background.
Maybe more experience will be the judge...

Happy Click'n!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Orange you glad it's Friday - 01/11/13

 TGIF!
Here's a macro for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).  In the shot above, the leaf with the scalloped edge was my reason to stop and snap this one, but once I got it enlarged I noticed my camera zeroed in on other foreground leaves...yeah, I'm still not all the way using manual settings but I'm trying to wonder over to that side of the dial more often.

Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Week 2 - Sweet Shot Tuesday P52

Welcome to my 2nd Week of 
Sweet Shot Tuesday P52!
This is my personal favorite shot of the week (taken during my last Photohike - linked here) despite all the things I would change about it.  I love hawks, they remind me of hiking the Rockies with my dad. The little curling tips of those strong wings make me imagine soaring in the breeze...
don't you love those flying dreams?
Anyway, it's my Sweet Shot.
***
Kent Weakley at "Photography Essentials" (here) is sponsoring P52!

The premise is to post your favorite or best photo each week on Kent's website,
link to your post and comment on other photographer's posts.  What a great way to 
network in the photography blogosphere, learning and sharing as you go!
***
I'm on my way out for another hike this morning,
and I thought I would share these two article links
for Photohikes...
1) How to take better hiking photos (here) and
2) 5 Hiking Tips for Photographers (here).
They will give you some ideas before you go
out and realize you should have brought "that thing".
Happy Click'n!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Photohike - Neighborhood Hawk

I dug out my one and only zoom lens today,
Vivitar 28-300mm AF Zoom Lens, 
and took a hike.
I spotted a hawk blending in with it's surroundings...
ten feet was close enough
and he took off.
So thrilled to get this shot in flight!
(His wing feathers are curled, love that.)
I stocked him for awhile,
from tree
to tree...
finally he shied away from the paparazzi.
(Hiding his beautiful face, and scratching that itch.)
The day was threatening the rumored snow storm.
Guess I should have taken that haze filter off
(last time I used this lens was at the beach in '04).
 (Saw these Mallard mates too.)
I left my tripod at home for this outing.
Maybe changing these two factors, the capture
will be crisper?!
Or is it this lens... do all zooms of this type/quality
give grainy(noise) results?
You wouldn't insult me with a comment.
(Old Glory - easy to daydream watching this flag in the breeze.)
Good day already!
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Macro Mondays = Vibrant Minimalism!

This theme gave me a headache!
It was very difficult, for this beginner,
to keep in mind the assignment - 
use vibrant colors, think "minimalism"
and GET CLOSE UP... holy cow!

Using a bright yellow ceramic pitcher
and a black iron thingamajig,
I got busy.
 I plunked the subjects down on a table,
 moved things this way,
 and that way.
 Took a deep breath,
 and then one more shot...hmm?

Whew...my neck hurt after this shoot
and I got a little headache too!
Wish someone would give me a critique
cause I'm still not sure how I did on this one.
***
I'm sharing a photo with three Macro groups.
First - a Flicker group, "Macro Mondays" (here),
studio waterstone
then  "I heart Macro" a Sunday photo showcase
(here) at Studio Waterstone blog
(welcome back from holiday Lori!),
MM3 
and  "Macro Monday" a Monday photo gallery
 (here) at Lisa's Chaos blog.
***
My Macro Monday Quote:
"If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time." 
- Robert Doisneau
***
Mr. Doisneau, if you had trouble with taking a good photo,
what hope do I have?  Maybe I'll feel better
about next week's Macro Mondays theme...
"Challenges help you grow", I keep telling myself!
Happy Click'n!

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