Category Archives: Observations

Old-Timey Joy

I made this holiday greeting card after practicing with the concept of macro shots for Julie’s Sunday Stills challenge. The topic of Julie’s Week 3 Sunday Stills challenge was macro. So, using my iphone camera and the macro setting in Camera+, I took 3 little blocks and photographed them at different distances from the camera.

I need to go back and review Julie’s lesson. I changed my distances even though my phone app had a macro setting. Is that right? I tried to use the touch zoom feature but it seemed easier just to move closer. I also have a macro feature on my point and shoot camera with a zoom lens. But I was having trouble focusing; I do think the low lighting was a factor. My camera has a manual setting option, but I have yet to come close to figuring it out. For now, I’m hoping to learn concepts that can be applied to my simple photography.

As assigned, I selected one of the images as seen below.

Joy Distance 1

Then I fashioned it into a holiday card by adding text and a old-timey frame!

JOY

And, as you saw in the first blog photo, I added a little teddy bear into a shot to see how it would look. It may break the rule of having an odd number of items for a still life shot, but I think it’s cute!

Happy Holidays from me to you!

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Above It All

Tabletop View – 2

This is my take on a side light, top-down, flat lay photograph for Julie Powell’s Sunday Stills online class. I gathered some leaves and acorns from my backyard and placed them on my tabletop. There were reading glasses already on the table so I just added them to the collection. I think the glasses provide an element of interest to the photo; although I’m not sure if there is enough of an association between the items. I also liked the shadows cast by the light.

Here is a variation where I moved the glasses to a different corner spot.

Tabletop View – 3

And, this was one of the first shots with only the natural outdoor elements.

Tabletop View – 1

I tried not to over analyze the set up, but I did try to consider the rule of thirds when placing items and cropping photos. I think flat lay worked to make these simple items seem more interesting! Which photograph do you think is best?

Tomato Stills

Tomato Still Life

I have decided to take part in Julie Powell’s Sunday Stills photography class. The Week 1 focus was on light. I have to admit, I didn’t exactly follow the rules to set up the scene and photograph it across the day to observe the light changes. I discovered that finding a natural light area for photos in my house was quite a challenge due to window pane shadows! Plus, I only had an hour when I was inspired to set up the scene with light through the window of my back door into my kitchen. Even then, I was challenged with shadows as the afternoon sunlight was shining through tree branches, and I had to avoid blocking the light when taking pictures.

I did immerse myself in setting up the scene, watching the way the objects cast odd shadows, and noting how the changing light affected the color of the tomatoes across just an hour of time. It was almost meditational, just as Julie has suggested it could be!

Tomato Medley

The photo with only the salt shaker was taken at the start of the hour, the top right around the midway point (after adding the pepper shaker for interest), and the lower right was taken at the end. The light and color changes are subtle given my time constraint. I also cropped the photos to avoid evidence of kitchen clutter!

My house has it’s limits as a photo studio! But, I am looking forward to following the instructions for the next class! You can join in too; the online classes are free!

Cedar Waxwing Wonder!

I finally saw Cedar Waxwings last weekend during a walk in the park! I have been hoping to spot this kind of bird for a long time so the sighting was a celebration. Some passers by even stopped to see what I was so excited about. They congratulated me on my find as they went on their way! Another pretty bird to add to my list!

It’s been tough to devote time to my blog lately, but hopefully I can start to give it more attention. Hope you all are well!

Little Green Finally Seen

Little Green Heron

This is a photo of a Little Green Heron that I finally saw mid September. Years ago, I glimpsed this kind of bird at the park creek and have been looking to spot one there ever since! Finally, there it was! Very exciting! It was starting to rain (like nearly every day recently) so I was glad I got the chance to take the picture when I did. That’s one more bird for my list!

Ok, I must admit that I backdated this post to yesterday! I didn’t want to miss posting in September since I’ve been trying to post every month since I started four years ago. I got distracted and suddenly it’s October! I did take the picture in September, so that will have to do for now!

😊 happy fall, y’all!

Unlikely Bird Sighting

Unlikely Sighting

Last year, I saw a fleeting flash of yellow in my yard. I wondered if a new bird had graced my backyard. The next morning, I was sitting on my back porch, camera in hand, watching for a return sighting when my neighbor called out “it’s in your tree.”

And, there it was. It was an unlikely sighting of a budgie parakeet in my dogwood tree. It didn’t stay long. I was able to snap two quick photos before it flew away. It was certainly bright and beautiful, but it seemed out of place. It was my neighbor that suggested it was a parakeet.

Budgie Parakeet

So, I searched for yellow birds and parakeets on-line to learn more. Then, I looked at lost bird sites to see if anyone near my area had lost their pet parakeet. I also searched for ways to capture an escaped bird just in case I had an opportunity to make a rescue.

I never saw it again. I can only hope that it somehow, safely, found its way back home.

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: unlikely

Wildflower Awakening

Wildflower

It would have been easy to overlook this tiny wildflower growing in the foliage of my yard. I’m glad I didn’t miss seeing it’s delicate perfection, and I’m happy to share the vision!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Awakening
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Sweet Sugar Water

Sweet

This tiny Ruby Throated Hummingbird was a nectar seeking visitor this past summer. He, and these other hummingbirds who stopped by, sure loved the sweet sugar water! It must have compared to the the natural sweetness of honeysuckle growing on the nearby fence!

I love watching these sweet little birds every summer. This past summer, I spotted them from July 10th until September 16th. They come and go like clockwork! You can see more Hummingbird pictures by clicking on the Hummingbird header at the top of my page!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: sweet
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Beloved Birds

Ice Cardinals

It’s been a snow shower and freezing rain kind of day. Not my favorite weather, but the birds didn’t seem to mind as much as me. Lots of birds flocked to my backyard and bird feeder today. These red cardinals looked so pretty against the the winter white of the day.

I really can’t choose a favorite kind of bird, they are all beloved to me. I’ve only been a bird watcher for a few years, but I’m hooked! The more you look, the more kinds of birds you start to see! And, I love looking at them through the lens of my camera because I can zoom in and appreciate the fine details of the individual beauty of each creature.

If you are interested you can find more bird pictures under the birds header at the top of my page. You can see recent posts about my beloved pets Pal and Stripey Boy on my blog. So much to love! Aren’t God’s creatures grand?!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: beloved
And the daily post prompt: creature
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Red Bellied Woodpecker-Three Views

Red Bellied Woodpecker-View One

I spotted this Red Bellied Woodpecker in my dogwood tree this morning.

Red Bellied Woodpecker-View Two

I was lucky to have my camera in hand when it landed!

Red Bellied Woodpecker-View Three

The bird stayed long enough for me to capture his beauty in three different poses as he looked around, gracing me with a brief, but amazing, morning sighting! It was a nice way to start my day!

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Posted for the WordPress weekly photo challenge: Variations on a Theme

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