Morning Tree Silhouettes


Getting up late has its advantages.  Had to take the kids to school and on my way home I spotted this pretty scene.  I still have yet to learn, to bring my camera everywhere.  I had to run to the house and get it, not too far away though.

Another photo that I have been meaning to take for a while.  I like these trees and the way they come together and frame the morning sun, with a rainbow to boot, my lucky day!   Have a wonderful day everyone!



Good Morning Sunrise!


Trying to keep up with the picture a day for 365 days… it is hard!  I like to be creative and find things that are visually appealing.  I hope this one appeals to someone.

I was on Facebook and a fellow photographer had posted her morning sunrise pictures, I almost missed it!  Had to snag my camera and go see what I could see!


Just A Sliver


Another clear and cold night, Moon time!!!  I hope everyone tries to get pictures of the Moon and doesn’t give up!  Early on in my photography I gave up so easy, Auto just doesn’t cut it.  This Manual Mode is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.  I have said this before but I just want others to know when you think it isn’t possible don’t give up!!! Seriously missed out on the Moon for years and now I am Moon crazy!


I was trying to get a nice clear shot of the crescent with the whole circle of the Moon showing but this was as close and as clean as I got.  The more I look at it the more I like it!


And from far, far away! And through the tree.


Even While In The Thick Of It You Can Still Reach For The Sky!

M, 1/4000, F1.8, ISO 200, 50mm

M, 1/4000, F1.8, ISO 200, 50mm

So I went out and about today and boy was it cold and gloomy!  Driving around I wasn’t sure I was going to come back with a single picture and you would have seen another photo of the dog.

Lucky you… I drove past this orchard that has yet to be pruned.  I thought the thickness at the bottom with all the trees in the background looked pretty cool, with the one tree leading the charge!

Or perhaps it represents the feeling one might have when they are weighed down with the circumstances of life but still holding on and not giving up!  Don’t give up you will bloom again and produce much good fruit!

Did some editing with PS and Picmonkey

Play Time For The Both Of Us!

M, 1/8, F1.8, ISO200, 50mm

M, 1/8, F1.8, ISO200, 50mm

He stares intently at his toy being held at the top of the photo.  He had fun unwrapping it for Christmas and enjoys a good game of fetch.  Kona is quite the character, he is just too much of a ham not to take his picture.

I really need to get out and about to take some pictures of something other than the dog.  Although his expressiveness in the eyes draw the camera back to him again and again.

Still using my camera in Manual Mode.  That is the goal from the start of this project it has been fun learning on my own with tips from some great Bloggers and Photographers that I am following.

Looking forward to a new year full of new adventures and photographic possibilities!  We are avid hikers and I can’t wait to take my camera along and get some night shots of the mountains, lakes and streams that are so abundant in the area of Washington that I live!  Now that I have the know how I am just a little giddy with thoughts of nature, the smell of the forest and the beauty that the night sky holds!

Room With A View.


Photo Info M, 1/45, F1.8, ISO 200, 50mm


The Dog has found a new place to hang out while I blog and surf Facebook.  I would say it is a far cry better than where he usually likes to be.  That would be draped across my lap or even sitting like he is in the second photo… on my lap.  My mistake, when he was a puppy I would let him lie on my lap while I was working on the computer.  He does not realize, he out grew my lap years ago.


Photo Info M, 1/60, F1.8, ISO 200, 50mm

My husband revamped the office while on our Christmas and New Year break. It is much roomier with more storage,  what woman doesn’t like that? I often think Oh no, what is he thinking when he tells me about his projects.  I should know by now after 16 years of marriage he knows what he is doing and 99% of the time, the results are great!

From Cars To Tea Cups

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Photo Info Manual Mode 1/90, F1.8, ISO 2000, 50mm

Tea Time!  One of my favorite gifts of Christmas a new tea-cup collection, the thing I like the most… none of them match!  Because not everyone likes the same style.  A tea party for misfits, that is me!

Looking forward to getting back on track with a photo a day in Manual Mode!  Learning a lot, now if the weather would cooperate and either snow or give me clear nights.

I really like to take pictures of the stars and the night lights.  I want to capture a long exposure of the stars you know… the ones where the stars swirl in a circular motion!  I just need to figure out how to do that without a remote shutter release.



Christmas 2013 Playing with the new 50mm lens.

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You are never too old to make a gift for your parents.  The ornaments my kiddos made us this year at their Aunts house! Love them.

I also took the idea I got from a fellow blogger and set my camera up on the tripod and set the camera to take pictures every 20 seconds up to 900 pictures while we all opened gifts.  I didn’t have to be behind the camera and we were all in the shots. I will have to improve on my setup though it wasn’t the greatest perspective.


The dog was happy with his gift too!


Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas we did!  Thank you Lord for the most precious gift of the season, Your son Jesus Thank you!


Basketball!!!! Still learning the right ratios… SS, Fstop, and ISO.

Shutter Speed 1/90th, F stop 4.5 and ISO 2000

Shutter Speed 1/90th, F stop 4.5 and ISO 2000

I bumped up the ISO and opened up the aperture. This shot not so great but the next two show the nice shot he makes after his jump stop, as 44 flies past him. That’s my BOY!  As you can see in my excitement I have the world tipped in his favor haha!!


SS 1/90th, F stop 4.2 and ISO 2000

I suppose I could edit and make the shot straighter.  I still have not learned how to stop action without a flash will have to experiment with that one I guess.


Considering the light was good and mostly accurate I am happy with that.  I used to get nothing but black or completely blurry pictures when using it in the manual mode.  So to actually get something for the first time in manual mode that you can see and some people are actually in focus, I am happy!