Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Daffodil Diary

My favorite flower is by far the daffodil!
This year I'm remembering to watch them bloom...
Today, the leaves are about 6 inches tall and
a few buds showing (02/08/13).
I can see yellow petals of the maturing buds (02/16/13).
Above, two shots taken on 02/20/13.
Our first snow dusting! Rats!
Daffs waking up after two nights of 18'F (02/23/13) -
my babies are kind of droopy and showing strain
...please recover my beautiful daffodils!

 Both shots above are showing a little stress of my Daffs (02/25/13) -
 the forecast is rain  all day and snow tonight...
my early blooms are opening up!
I'm praying for more blooms once it warms up again?!
Please oh please... otherwise not a respectable showing this year.
OH NO, they took another header in the snow! (02/26/13)
My eyes, I can't look...
(I just noticed the water drop on the stem. Okay, so I peeked.)
Today's forecast is snow showers until noon,
but then it is going to be above freezing rest of the week, YEA!
Believe it or not ~ Standing up Straight!  (02/27/13)
My Daffodils are amazingly hearty.  I see new blooms forming
...thank goodness!
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We've had a surprisingly warm winter this year. Once my daffodils peeked up,
the weather began to threaten freezing temps, ice and snow.
Crazy Oklahoma weather!
I'm hoping to take more daffodil photos
 once Spring REALLY springs...
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Week 9 of Sweet Shot Tuesday ~ P52

I'm hanging my head in shame...
my camera hasn't been click'n much around here.
Seriously, I'm still kind of under the weather, 
(my blood pressure/pulse is going crazy and I'm fighting off a cold)
and our outside weather is dismal... cold, snowy and icy out...
so it's hard to get inspired, 
let alone have the energy to get behind the camera.
This morning, I walked out to get the paper,
I noticed the "snowballs" on the end of our mugo pine...cute!
By the time I got outside again, they were a little melted. 
Hmm, so these are tied for this week's Sweet Shot.
I really want to keep this up for 52 weeks, so I guess this 
might be the first of, quick grab the camera for my "ONLY" shot for P52.
But not very often, I hope!
***
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!
***

It is what it is...
(I love any kind of plant in the pine family, and I love snow!
So that kind of makes these shots my favorite.)

Happy Click'n!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Macro Mondays = Hair

Today's theme for Fickr's Macro Mondays is "Hair" and is defined as 
"common feature found on humans and many other life forms".

So my options are quite vast, if you think about it.
My emotions got stuck on Bogey,
our adopted male Tuxedo cat!  
"Let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair"
"A home for fleas
A hive for bees
A nest for birds"
"There ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Of my..."
"Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair"
(I think I still know all the words from the song "Hair"!) 
Look at the hair on his chinny-chin-chin!
 Don't models lick their lips for that special shot?
I love Bogey's sleepy look!
I heart Bogey!
***
I shared one of these photos 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.
***
"I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!"


Hope everyone is having a good hair day...
Happy Click'n!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

How I spent my weekend ~ EPI Show!


Even though I'm under the weather, I went to my two classes and checked out the vendors at the Elite Photo Institute Show, here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the weekend (Feb. 22-23, 2013).  This was the first time they were here or anything quite like it, to my knowledge.  My Hubineer, talked me into it...I was skeptical, but got quite a bit out of the experience after all.  
(I'm third row left side -  you can't see me.)
I took the Beginner's course on Friday which to my surprise was more about Photography then how to operated your camera.  I was pleasantly surprised!  For example, I learned how reflectors and diffusers work to control light.  And little tips like, "if you can't help but shoot in bright sunlight, take photos of people talking or children playing verses trying to pose people in the unflattering light."  For this beginner, I did get things out of this class and they answered questions during and after the class.
(Joe McNally blog here
and FaceBook here)
On Saturday, I went to see Joe McNally, a keynote speaker, he spoke on "lighting".  This was interesting, as he went through some of his work explaining the lighting he used, and then demonstrated a studio session and light control. Now I must admit, some of the terms were over my head but I enjoyed it.  

They had lots of classes on PhotoShop, portrait shooting and what I would consider studio topics, which I wasn't interested in.  They had an area for vendors which was a huge disappointment but maybe next time more interesting vendors will be there. I was hoping to see camera accessories, gadgets, books, etc.  I mean, some of the local photography shops could have had a booth! Around here, the photo shops aren't what they use to be...they still share information but they don't have much stock! (Maybe that explains it right there.)  
Anyways, you might want to check EPI out:
Website (here)
FaceBook (here)
Happy Click'n!

Hiding places or secret cat spas...

CATS!
Bogey is subtly telling me,
"Yo, lady...it's cold in the house!"
I wish cats could talk...
Happy Click'n!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cool Tools = Viewing LCD Screen in Bright Sunshine

I hate it when the bright sunshine
 prevents me from using the LCD on my camera. 
When this happens it is a REAL announce for me (that's a tame word for what I feel).  
I need to have an eyepiece on my camera, it's a must!
Initially I was looking for a hood for my Canon PowerShot (no eyepiece) 
and found the following "cool tools".

When it's difficult to use your LCD
, this device would come in handy...

Hoodman H-LPP3 HoodLoupe 3.0 Professional 3-Inch Screen Loupe (here).
Or this is available:
Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 Display Magnifying Loupe For 3" Screen (here).
To secure the HoodLoupe use this:

Hoodman HSLRM Cinema Straps for Extended SLR Video Shooting (here).

Then an eyecup is also available -
Hoodman HMAG3.0 3X magnifying eyecup for HoodLoupe 3.0  (here).
I finally found what I was looking for (maybe ~ Amazon didn't list my model) in the 
Enhanced LCD Hood / Sun Shade and Screen Protector for the Canon Powershot ELPH 110, A2300, S110 and more digital cameras (here).

Anyway, I loaned my Powershot to my oldest daughter and son-in-law,
so I'm not in any hurry to research this further.
Happy Click'n!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Guys!

The first photographer to come to my mind is always, Ansel Adams!
Ansel Easton Adams
(February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)
His shot below always appeals to my love of the southwest.
Church, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1942
***
My favorite Adams quotes:
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop"

"To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things."

"You don't take a photograph, you make it."
***
I naturally think of Adams' work being landscapes,
but he captured much more, even dabbled in color...
Close-up of leaves, from directly above, "In Glacier National Park," Montana;
From the series Ansel Adams Photographs of National Parks and Monuments, compiled 1941 - 1942, documenting the period ca. 1933 - 1942.
"Navajo Woman and Infant, Canyon de Chelle, Arizona (40's?)"
***
If you want to learn more about Adams,
 here is a link to a great article on Flickr
titled "10 Interesting Things I Learned About Ansel Adams"
and to see an archive of his work go here.
Today is Ansel Adams' birthday...
He is my Hubineer's favorite photographer (well, besides me)
and by the way, my Hubineer shares his birthday...
(Taken summer's end, on our quest to find
"Mr. Ed's" resting place - you know the talking horse?)
Happy Birthday my love!
Happy Click'n!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Week 8 of Sweet Shot Tuesday ~ P52!


This shot gives me hope...
when your creativity is just not happening,
we need not give up,
because sometimes an idea will pop up, when you least expect it
 and leads you to a good thing!
It was a surprise how nicely the etching from the silver showed up in the reflection
of the carnation petal...my sweet shot for the week!
***
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!
***
Sometimes stepping away from our problem
is the best thing for solving that problem.
Take a walk, work on something else for a while,
or even "sleeping on it"...these things can really help put you on the right track again!
Happy Click'n!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Macro Mondays = Chocolate!

I wanted to treat myself to a Hostess chocolate cupcake twin pack for this 
week's Macro Monday theme of "Chocolate" but then
I realized the Hostess company shut down...depressed about that!
After a busy week and weekend, I decided to grab
some Hershey Kisses for my photo shoot.
I call this ~ "Progression of  the Disappearing Kisses"!
***
I shared this 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.
***
Happy Click'n!

Friday, February 15, 2013

My Friday Memes = 02/15/13

It began with
this week's Macro Mondays theme which was "on the inside",
for which I shot a favorite tea cup with a pretty violet interior posted here.
I also shot a different tea cup for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (below).
I don't quite understand the splash of blue flowers,
but I like it...blue IS my favorite color!
***
Anyways, this is my shot for "Orange you glad it's Friday" (here).
***
While cleaning the house,
I thought of the following concept for
"Weekend Reflections" (here)
and on a break, I took the below shot.
This is a pink carnation petal on an etched silver tray.
Look close - you can see the etching in the reflection.
By the way, I love carnations... they stay fresh for such a long time!
Maybe I'll give it another try growing some in my garden this year.
***
With all the flowers and tea cups this past week,
I guess, I'm ready for Spring time! Heck, yes!

Have a great weekend everyone...
Happy Click!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Week 7 of Sweet Shot Tuesday ~ P52

I hate the fact that this photo was in my last post,
but, it is my favorite shot for the week.
I've been busy getting ready for the kids coming down
and my husband's 60th birthday party, so not much time to play with my camera.
Maybe I'll get some sweet shots of the grand-kids when they get here?!
I'm not promising anything,
because my photos of family always turn into snapshots
or posed (I hate that) but I treasure everyone of them and the photos too!
***
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!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Macros = On the Inside

This week's Flickr theme is "On the Inside" and it took me on a journey!
Our theme explanation:
"Take inspiration from the color under the skin of a fruit, 
explore the inside space of a glass vase, the rarely seen inner workings of a watch
 or capture the life of a goldfish circling in its tank."
I settled on this shot..."on the inside" of my teacup.
***
I shared this 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.
***
Along the way, this theme became, "looking inside out"...
sometimes I over think things.
First I shot inside a vase on a wooden table and looking out.
I set the vase on a greeting card that was handy.
(I had a birthday a little while ago.)
The greeting card viewed through the side of  my vase shows
 more of the design on my card.
Next...
I shot inside a wine glass looking down and out, on that wood table.
 Looking through the wine glass side, viewing that same greeting card...
I got surreal results from the thick crystal.
My last experiment...
This one reminds me of an oil painting.
Here my lens is in a clear plastic bag viewing my baby roses.

I think I got off track a bit...

Maybe not...I could plead artistic license...right?
Kinda, sort of??
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"I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse."
– Diane Arbus
***
Executing an idea can be tricky.
 It can lead you in a different direction, 
learning all the way and taking you to new places. 
 Sometimes good results, sometimes, not so good, but always interesting!
I love being in the moment behind my camera,
I'd say this was a good day...
Happy Click'n!

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