25. May 2015 · Comments Off on Random Picture of the Day – Moth · Categories: Photography, Random Picture of the Day · Tags: ,

This, my friends, is why I LOVE my macro lens.

Moth RW

As is my new norm, comments are closed.  Here’s why.  Thanks for understanding.

– Joanna

P.S.  The Rainbow Bed Runner is coming along nicely.  Progress report coming up and hopefully a finish soon.

This was the first picture I ever took with my DSLR camera.

First DSLR picture RW

Clearly it was in manual and I had no clue what I was doing.

I actually kinda like it – it’s arty.

A special prize to anyone who can correctly guess what exactly it is a picture of.  I’m fairly sure none of you will get it so I have no prize picked out yet.  If by some miracle one of you does land on the right answer, we’ll talk and it’ll be something fabulous.  Pinky swear.

– Joanna

Question of the Day: What is this a picture of?  If you ask nicely perhaps I will give you a hint.

I have a fun little project to share with you today!  A straight up, seriously fun and easy art and photography project.  That’s right people . . . no snark.  What is this world coming to?

It’s an inexpensive way to transfer black and white photographs to canvas without the high cost of paying someone to do it for you.  Plus, you get the added bonus of creating something handmade which in my book is always preferable to store bought.

Title

First off you need a few supplies:

8×10 Canvas (I can find a two pack at the craft store for $5 or less but this isn’t too much more
if you don’t want to make the trip)

Liquitex Professional Gloss Heavy Gel (like this one)

A brush

8×10 Laser print or copy of a photograph in black and white

Here’s the haps:

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December’s Snap To It Tip and Assignment from Cinnamon at Eat Pray Tri is all about focus.

I’m loving her photography tips and challenges because it gives me an excuse to get my camera out and practice something I might not have.  I’ve never actually used toggle focus on my camera before.  Normally I would just manually change my focus area with the focus ring.  So I found this interesting.  Please read Cinnamon’s post for more explanation, but I hope my submission will provide an easy visual aid for you as well.

Basically you can set up your DSLR to use your selector buttons to change where the focus is on your shot.

I pulled out the tripod and took three pictures at exactly the same distance, ISO, SS, aperture ect.

The first pic the focus is on the fish on the left.  In the second pic, it’s on the fish in the middle.  In the third pic, focus is on the tail of the wooden garland hanging down.

Snap To It 3 Pics

Hopefully seeing these three pictures together will help you understand a little more about focus and toggle.  The only thing I did differently in each picture was to use my selector dial to move the focus box from one place to the next.

Have a great weekend all!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Wanna guess how many fish ornaments I have for our Christmas tree?  Maybe that should be the next giveaway.  The closest guess wins a prize or something.

One thing I stink at when it comes to blogging is getting posts up relative to the moment.

Sweetey Petey’s birthday party?  It was a month ago and I’ve failed to mention it (or send out Thank You cards because the adorable Curious George note cards I bought have disappeared in the abyss of the house somewhere and I’m just about to give up hope of ever finding them and buy new ones.)

Halloween?  Also approaching a month ago and I also have yet to mention it which is a real shame since Petey was The Man With The Yellow Hat, completely adorable and I got so many compliments on his costume.

I started a funny Spam post in April which I have yet to finish.

I have three recipe posts photographed and recipes typed up but no interesting back story added yet.  Crockpot French Onion Soup, Glazed Sour Cream Puffs or Gluten Free Coconut Granola Banana Bread anyone?  I also have four posts photographed for a new Sunday series I’d like to start up soon.

Highlights from a weekend with my niece and nephew OVER TWO MONTHS AGO.

A few DIY house updates including a storage room, wallpaper stripping, and ceiling fans (this one is pretty much done I just need The Husband to actually hang the ceiling fan first before I can post it.)

The Father-in-Law e-mailed a funny guest post that needs to be shared and soon.

A hopefully funny post entitled “I Wish.”

I have some fabulous Sweetey Petey raking leaves photos that I really want to share even though it snowed here last week.

Speaking of snow, since it was only a week ago and the timeliest of the potential blog posts, I think I’ll share those today!

Here’s little Petey in the snow last year.

Snow Plant RW

He mostly did a lot of flopping in his bubble suit.  Cute flopping, but flopping nonetheless.

This year there was way less flopping.

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You may have noticed I changed my blog header again.  I’m thinking if I can get my blogger butt organized I’d like to change it at the beginning of each month to something relevant.

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Currently ladybugs are relevant.

All toooooo relevant.

Not only did a swarm attack me outside the chicken coop a few weeks back (yes, attack, I swear it was an attack with biting and everything and yes I swear they bit me) but dozens of them have made their way into our humble abode.

I took down the Mi Casa Su Casa sign, but still.  Still they come.

I have this silly superstition stuck in my head that it’s bad luck to kill a ladybug so we’ve kind of let them be.

I mean, they are sorta cute.  When they’re not attacking and biting of course.

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They are certainly better than bees or wasps which I have an unfortunate history with.

Except I’m starting to become afraid.  You see, the ladybugs in the house are organizing.

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I read a quote once that said a photograph takes away from the moment unless the photograph is the moment.  This sentiment has stuck with me.

Photography is one of my favorite past times, but let’s face it, that Nikon DSLR I carry around is heavy and both a literal and figurative weight around my neck at times.  I want the snapshots of special occasions or even just the everyday to look back on, but I also want the memories.  If I’m photographing my child opening Christmas presents, am I really watching him open Christmas presents?  Am I missing the moment by trying to capture the moment?

Unfortunately almost no one else in my family snaps pictures and almost all my friends give me the sidelong glance when they see a two pound weight draped around my neck on trips to the park.

It was a pretty park.  With butterflies.  I can’t be blamed.

So that leaves me in a pickle.  I had to throw some food into my food satire blog.

Where were we?  Ahhh yes, pickles.

If I want the pictures I have to take them.  No one else is going to do it for me.  So yes, I will probably miss a few real time moments or two.  Recently I’ve been making a conscious effort when around others to limit my exposure time and just capture a few snapshots for a few moments rather than a hundred snapshots for a hundred moments.

When around others.

When all by myself the photograph is the moment.  It is absolutely the moment.  It is my moment.  My moment to capture a feeling, how I feel or the feeling around me.  I find solace and comfort in my time behind the lens.  Photography is an art and I hope one day to transform from the novice I am to an artist who can elicit in others a true feeling of a moment.  My moment.

Maybe I can capture a moment and be a part of it after all.

I hope this snapshot does that.  I can see what I felt when I took it.  Can you?

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