Sunday, July 31, 2016

Just Before Breakfast

As the sun rose ...


 
 
I've reached the end of my 50 mm challenge!

50 mm
f/10
1/3200 sec.
ISO-2500


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Joany's Rose

My mother-in-law, Joany, painted a large (16" x 20") picture of roses for me. It hangs in the dining room where we can enjoy it every day. This is a detail of one of the roses. I like how well the texture of the canvas shows.


 
 
My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f 2.8
1/320 sec.
ISO-2050

Friday, July 29, 2016

Portrait of a Rose

My "rose garden" consists of one plant. It doesn't produce many flowers each year. But those that bloom have a heavenly aroma.


As this flower came out of bud, I clipped it and brought it inside so that the sun wouldn't fry it this afternoon.


 
With the f-stop all the way down to 1.8, the focus falls away quickly and any little movement on these hand-held shots really shows up, especially in the leaves and background.


 
My 50 mm challenge continues

Both photos:
50 mm
f/1.8
1/100 sec.
ISO-2500



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hub

My old bicycle doesn't get much use lately, She just hangs out in the garage, waiting patiently for new tires and a willing rider.

#CornerOfMyHome




My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/4.5
1/125 sec.
ISO-1000

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Up On Deck

I took some time to tidy my Studio. Then I picked my next project. I've chosen to make another set of beaded ornaments for this year's theme tree.


I've got all the pieces sorted and ready to go. It will be nice to spend some time creating something in the cool of the basement.


I've had just about enough of this hot weather, but I know there's more to come. Maybe that means more projects in the works.


My 50 mm challenge continues

Top:
50 mm
f/8
1/80 sec.
ISO-1000

Bottom:
50 mm
f/4.5
1/125 sec.
ISO-1000


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Meet Charlie

Charlie came into my family's life in May 1975. He was one of the "Get Well Soon" plants my mom received after her first operation for cancer. He's one of the few plants that made a successful trip from southern California to Idaho.

My mom gave me a cutting from her Creeping Charlie which I managed to keep alive -- sometimes barely alive -- for all these years. During the time we were remodeling our house, he almost died. But once life settled down and he had a permanent home in the kitchen, he came back to life.

Each of my daughters received a cutting from Charlie. I think one or two of Charlie's "kids" is alive in their homes.


I'm tickled by how much I like this plant, and how often I've taken his picture. I suppose Charlie is one of the most steady guys I've had in my life. Every now and again, he deserves another portrait, don't you think?


My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/8
1/200 sec
ISO-200

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Artist's Way

In my experience, there are at least two kinds of artists. The ones like need a calm workspace so that they can work with a nice clean "blank piece of paper." Their studios are tidy and their supplies all lined up and ready to use.

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  And there are artists that need a boatload of supplies within easy reach so that the tools of the trade speak to them and begged to be used. Their studios are like a big pile of pixie stix, a nice jumble of texture and color which breeds inspiration.


Which do you think I am?
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I cop to being the first orderly kind. I have a hard time creating in clutter because it overstimulates my brain and I have a hard time concentrating on a single project. If  you notice I haven't been crafting or sewing much lately, it's because my Studio needs to be tidied up.


My 50 mm challenge continues

Top photo:
50 mm
f/3.5
1/160 sec.
ISO-1000

Bottom photo:
50 mm
f/8
1/50 sec.
ISO-1000

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Soft Plastic Mandala

Today's coloring meditation.

After coloring with colored pencils, I scanned the image then played with it in my editing software. This is how it came out after I used the "soft plastic" effect. Pretty neat!



Drawing by Thaneeya McArdie from her book Flower Mandalas

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ducks

Back at Island Park in Springfield, Oregon. The ducks fear no people so I was able to get fairly close.


This fellow found a piece of yarn and carried it around for a while.




My 50 mm challenge continues.

Top photo:
50 mm
f/5
1/640 sec.
ISO-800

Bottom photo:
50 mm
f/5
1/500 sec.
ISO-800

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Morning Glory

I love stumbling upon another heart in nature




My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/2.8
1/1000 sec
ISO-200

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Serene Beauty

Island Park
Springfield, Oregon


 
 
  My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/3.2
1/8000 sec.
ISO-800

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Daisies

These daisies grew tall and beautiful and plentiful around Island Park in Springfield, Oregon. I barely had to bend over to take their photo.




My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/5
1/3200 sec.
ISO-800

Monday, July 18, 2016

Springfield History

Jodie works for the Parks & Rec department in her hometown. She took her dad and me to several of the parks to show us what Springfield/Eugene has to offer. On our way out of one park, we found this volume resting on a post.


What do you imagine the story behind this book to be?
A University of Oregon graduate student taking a break from a summer class?
A history buff taking some light reading into the park?
Or the smallest "Little Free Library" you've ever seen?


My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/5
1/2500 sec.
ISO-800

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jodie's Tomatoes

For the first time, Jodie tried growing a garden. Some of it got away from her while she was out of town. But she had great success with the snap peas and parsley.


Now, her tomatoes are coming into season. They were wonderfully sweet, straight off the vine.


Looks like I can call this photo "Plants with Fuzz - part 3"


My 50 mm challenge continues

Top photo:
50mm
f/41/640 sec.
ISO-1000

Bottom photo:
50 mm
f/8
1/80 sec.
ISO-1000

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Blackberry Heaven

Dale and I took a trip to western Oregon to celebrate Jodie's 23rd birthday with her and her fiancĂ©. The blackberry brambles are full of ripening fruit all over town. Hungry? Grab a few sweet treats. These were found at a park on a butte that overlooks the town.



My 50 mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/4
1/2000 sec
ISO-800

Friday, July 15, 2016

Yard Work

Dale's on vacation. We spent the first three days sprucing up the yard. My job was pruning the bushes. My arms and legs and face are all scratched up. Dale and I both have very sore muscles. It's worth it, though. Our yard is looking really good!

We took six loads like this (add in more 4 bags) to the dump.


I am, however, ready for the fun part of vacation to begin.


My 50mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/11
1/320 sec.
ISO-250


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Good Fortune

Nice! I get to see daughter Jodie soon. Could she be the lucky one?


 
 
 My 50 mm challenge continuess

50 mm
f/7.1
1/160 sec.
ISO-400

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jeanne

Dale and I asked this girl if she wanted to come over and play in the dirt with us. So glad she said yes.


We filled in some bare spots on a hill in the side yard and planted ivy. Then we stopped for a taco lunch and a 3D movie.


I sent her home with some homemade berry pie, some ivy cuttings, and a big container of Nanking cherries that we picked in the back yard.


More of my 50 mm challenge

1st photo
50 mm
f/2.2
1/100 sec
ISO-1600

2nd photo
50 mm
f/3.5
1/100 sec
ISO-1600

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Plants with Fuzz - part 2


This time the stem and the leaf are fuzzy.




My 50mm challenge continues

50mm
f/4.5
1/2000 sec
ISO-800

Monday, July 11, 2016

Plants with Fuzz - part 1

click for larger image


My 50mm challenge continues

50mm
f/4.5
1/1250 sec.
ISO-800

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Harvest

The flowers of Spring are now the cherries of summer


I was able to gather these from two of the bushes in our yard this morning. There are more cherries on these bushes and lots more bushes in our yard!


Doesn't it make you want to jump in and grab a handful?


 
The 50mm challenge continues

50 mm
f/5
1/200 sec
ISO 800

Photos taken outside on a cloudy afternoon.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Western White Yarrow


Another heart found in nature



My 50mm challenge continues

50mm
f/8
1/640 sec
ISO-640

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Self Portrait #43: Crocheting Again


It's been a while since I attempted one of these.


Since the 50mm lens is often used for portraits, I gave a self-portrait another try. I had the ISO set to "Auto" which ended up at 6400 and a very grainy effect. I filtered a lot of the grain out in the editing process.

50mm
f/3.2
1/200 sec
ISO-6400

Monday, July 4, 2016

Potted Petunias

The flower of choice to decorate outside restaurants in my neck of the woods.




I was trying to play with proportion and texture and form here. Not entirely successful to my eye. The light was not great on this cloudy day. The color seems flat.

50mm
f/11
1/1000 sec
ISO-1250


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

A July Experiment

I'm giving myself a new self-assignment this month. For the majority of the photos I take, I'm going to use my Nifty Fifty lens. That's a 50mm lens that has an aperture as low as 1.8 ... the lens that's great for portrait photography.

My hope is that by using this lens a lot, I'll have a better feel for what I can do with it. Methinks I may not have as many flower photos as usual. In other words, I'm attempting to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my photographic skills.


Today I'm combining my Nifty Fifty experiment with #CornerOfMyHome. This froggy keeps an eye on all comings and goings on the front porch, and takes time to smell the flowers.

50mm
f/8
1/160 sec.
ISO-800