Posted in photography, rebloged

Common Photography Mistakes made by Newbies (rebloged post)

Excellent resource! It’s always good to take a moment or three to think about what you are photographing and why.  ~ LavendarLadi


Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

Source: LEANNE COLE – The Photographer’s Mentor  Common Photography Mistakes made by Newbies  

I try to be mindful of many of these tips but what jumped out as I read these tips was

11 – Buying a DSLR and never learning how to use it.

This happens a lot, people spend a lot of money on buying a DSLR and then use it on auto all the time, which in the end means it is a very expensive and large compact camera.  It is best if you buy one that you do learn how to use it to it’s best ability, really see what you can do with it.

This holds true for every camera. Many of us use our phone’s camera. I enjoy the photos where I’ve selected manual much more!

My goal over the next while is to learn more about how to use the features that my Asus ZenFone 3 Laser.  I’ve had it for almost a year now and sort of used various features. It has yet to impress me. In fact, recently I pulled my old Window’s phone out to use it’s camera when I went to visit the frozen Niagara Falls because my Asus couldn’t handle more than 5 minutes in the cold and was taking meh photos. (I am always fighting with focus on this phone’s camera.)

I hope you enjoy Leanne’s article as much as I have. There’s a lot of useful information!

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Posted in #WalkWithMe, Canada, garden, Grateful for, Nature, photography, pondering, Scope for the Imagination, Tourist in my own Town / Province

… a sense of wonder

Among the many things that made last weekend wonderful was the sense of wonder that I felt visiting the butterflies, Niagara Falls and the floral showcase.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted

I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

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I am so grateful for feeling that sense of wonder. It felt like … there was magic in the air.

Surrounded by soft wings that floated, swirled, sat still and soaked in the sunshine. It’s incredibly peaceful and soothing in there!

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Then we were next to the thundering of water. It was as loud as the butterflies were quiet. The make-you-feel-tiny volume of water will always amaze me.WP_20180303_13_25_54_Pro

 

Our final stop that day was to the Floral Showcase. Greenhouses that hold vibrant uplifting displays of colour and soothing, grounding shades of green.  Everywhere you turned another leaf or petal caught your imagination.

What brought a smile to you this week?

What are you grateful for?

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Posted in photography, pondering, Weekly Photo Challenge

Experimental

Last week I shared some black and white photos on my ‘journal blog’ / Instagram. I enjoyed experimenting with different angles and patterns.

For this photo, I started by looking to photograph the van’s headlights (inspired by my last week’s photo challenge entry). But the reflection of the tree is what ended up catching my imagination.

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I thought it would be fun to experiment a bit more with my PhotoStudio app, using the Photo In Photo effect to highlight what I was originally trying to photograph. 😉

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Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can. ~ Jack Antonoff
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“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant

Posted in Canada, garden, Photo challenge, photography, pondering, Seasons, Tourist in my own Town / Province

We’ll get a-round to it!

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Last spring while on a photo journey through the Niagara Parks, we stopped at the Floral Clock. There were so many photos to be found as we walked around the clock 😉

This week, share your take on rounded.” it’s a broad theme, so I look forward to your personal interpretations, whether you choose to focus on a curving street, limbs caught mid-way through a dance, a bowl of fruit (think of all the round shapes!), or any other object, landscape, or texture that fits within your definition of the theme. As always, less-literal takes are equally welcome.

Posted in Grateful for, Nature, photography, pondering, Tourist in my own Town / Province

30×30 Nature Challenge – August 2017

For the first day of this challenge, I enjoyed some time photographing wildflowers and my garden’s flowers.

I’m slowly getting to know my ‘new’ phone/camera. Here’s a sample of most of the filters for my Asus Zenfone 3 Laser.

 

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Filters: (start top middle – clockwise) sepia, romantic, pencil, greyscale, edge, pixel, hue, negative (centre) IOMO –  Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

 

30×30 Nature Challenge

Join us this August for a challenge that will get you back into nature and tuned into your senses.

Studies show that being regularly immersed in nature can prevent short-sightedness, while listening to nature sounds can decrease stress, and the scent of fresh pine has been known to reduce depression and anxiety. It’s time to get back to your senses and make nature a habit!

Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days.