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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

One day, before a thunderstorm, my husband and I were taking a ride and noted that the sky was, at that moment, my favorite color sky. In an unimaginative tone, he said, “Gray?”.

Most definitely not gray. I see something much more beautiful and multi-dimensional than gray.


Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1250 sec.

I love the contrast between the sky and the green grass. I love the color combination so much, it has become the inspiration for our upcoming kitchen remodel color scheme.



Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.


Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec.

I also love the way this color and its various shades translate into HDR.


Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec.


Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec.


Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/405 sec.

The other day, my son found this guy behind the garage door. Always welcome. . .except in the tomato patch.


Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/1010 sec.

This HDR expresses how I feel about those who take time to read my blog 🙂


Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/202 sec.


Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 400, 1/50 sec.

Lastly, a couple of HDR shots of nature’s gifts.

Hope everyone is having a great summer.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/400 sec.

I have been taking some more pictures with my new 50 mm F 1.8 lens.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/125 sec.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/500 sec.

I am very pleased with how the lens blurs the background and highlights the subjects. However, I started wondering as a was editing how some of these images would look run through my HDR processor.


Canon Rebel, F 1.8, ISO 200, 1/100 sec.

So… below is the same photo modified in Photomatix. Normally, you would take three images for HDR, but you can use only one and still get some pretty cool effects.



Canon Rebel, ISO 200, F 1.8, 1/250 sec.

Here is another. . .


IMG_8198_tonemappedHmmm. Next I will try the new lens with three bracketed shots for some true HDR images. I will report back on that later.

Keep shooting 🙂

I’m so excited about my newest purchase.


Taken with Motorola smartphone

Yes. I bought a lens, something I seldom do, because I am on a very limited budget. This one, however, was totally affordable on Amazon and takes the most beautiful photos.


Canon Rebel, F/1.8, ISO 400, 1/800

It is a simple 50 mm F/1.8 lens, which means the depth of field is very, very shallow. This is the type of lens needed for those beautiful Bokeh shots and blurred backgrounds on portraits.


Canon Rebel, F/1.8, ISO 400, 1/500

The subject, when taken with this lens, is the only thing in focus.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/640

The foreground and background remain out of focus.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/400

When you pull out slightly on the subject, the effect is similar to that of a tilt-shift lens.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/500


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/500

I did discover quickly that I could not trust my auto focus with this lens.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/800

I allowed the auto focus to choose where to focus for the above shot and it chose the closest point. I wanted the flower head to be the focal point of the picture. If I had manually focused on the flower head, this shot would have been perfect.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/800

I was pleasantly surprised to  discover that you can also take landscape shots with this lens, as long as the subjects are within the same plane of the photo.

Next, my cat portraits with this lens. They are purrfect 🙂

IMG_2550The rule of thirds (that rule about putting the focal point of a photo in the intersections of the image broken into thirds vertically and horizontal) is usually the best use of space in botanical photography. The photo above is a good example. The very center of the flower is in the intersect point. Imagine if the flower were in the center of the image. Would the photo be as interesting?

IMG_2551For this photo, I decided to make the focal point the upper left corner of the flower’s center. Since this is a closer shot, simply placing the center of the flower in the intersect points would have thrown the flower too far to the left.

Of course, I don’t always use rule of thirds, very few photographers do all the time. It is a good practice to begin. If your camera has built-in gridlines on the viewfinder, turn them on. They help.

Keep shooting 🙂

These images were taken on a sunny day in the meadow outside my house. I waited until the sun was beginning to set and would be behind the tall Queen Anne’s lace. I sat on the ground and shot straight through the flower plants. I set my auto exposure bracketing because I thought I might want to process the shot in high dynamic range. For the photo above, I chose the bracketed shot that read -2, because the 0 shot did not bring out enough detail in the flowers.
I did end up making the image above HDR, but tried not to overprocess it, because I wanted it to look natural.


I enjoyed nature photography as a hobby when I worked as a newspaper photographer. It offered a nice contrast to the hard news images I was often sent to capture.
After I scanned in the Kodachrome slides the other day, I edited them in Photoshop. I could have cropped out the edges, but chose to leave them on for nostalgic effect.




I haven’t fallen off the earth. I have been very busy. I have had time to take some pictures, including some HDR shots. These highlight the purple weeds that grow here. They are quite ugly up close, but in a field, they are beautiful.

Happy spring:)

Canon Rebel, F4.5, AV setting, ISO 200

Canon Rebel, F4.5, AV setting, ISO 200

Spring seems to finally be here 🙂

Canon Rebel

Canon Rebel

Happy Easter 🙂

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