Monthly Archives: April 2016

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 23 – Season

Trying a new challenge today.  Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  This is, apparently, Week 23, and the theme this week is Season (

I thought I would show a couple of interpretations of “season”, the first, my food from brunch with a couple of friends a few weeks back where you can see the seasoning.  BTW, it was delicious!


And, signs of the changing seasons, as much as they ever change here in Victoria.  That’s the Victoria in British Columbia, Canada!  Here is:  when we know spring is here.



Colour Your World: Yellow

Today’s Colour Your World is Yellow (

I don’t understand.  Mustard Yellow, Mellow Yellow (unmellow as we had before?), Burning Your Eyes Yellow?  What do I do???

Avoid flowers at all costs…that’s what I will do!




A few flowers for Wednesday

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Did some watering in the old backyard yesterday and thought I should show you all the goings on there…



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And of course, a sneak preview of Kitten Thursday:


A to Z Challenge: W is for White Balance

Welcome to today’s post for the great Blogging A to Z Challenge!

Today is W is for White Balance.

According to, “white balance in digital photography means adjusting colors so that the image looks more natural. ”

Because different light sources have different temperatures, they change the colour quality of things.  You probably have noticed how the colour of things looks very different depending on if you are looking at them outside or under fluorescent lights.  That’s white balance in action.  And you can control for this using your camera, or in an editing program like Photoshop afterwards.

On my DSLR, I have the following White Balance settings  (explained at  I have included examples of each where the camera settings are identical (F4.5, Exposure time 1/3 sec, ISO 1600, focal length 32mm), only the White Balance setting has changed.

auto – this is apparently good if you have no idea what you’re doing, which is me, most of the time (not just when taking pictures…)

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daylight – use in, well, the daylight.  But don’t forget to switch back to auto when you move back inside 🙂


shade – warm up outdoor photos in shady areas (that’s what the website says)


cloudy – guess when you use this?


tungsten light – for indoors under regular lightbulbs (called incandescent, but that’s too many words I don’t understand…)


white fluorescent light – I try to avoid fluorescents at all costs, but sometimes you just can’t.


flash – keeps the flash from being too harsh, I think…


custom – I don’t know how to use this.  It sounds complicated, so I think I’ll stick to auto for now…


Colour Your World: Wisteria

Today’s Colour Your World is Wisteria (

I kind of like this colour – very soothing!


I got nothing

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Except to say, I wish I were there.


A to Z Challenge: V is for Viewfinder

Welcome to today’s post for the great Blogging A to Z Challenge!

Today is V is for Viewfinder.

A viewfinder is something I don’t have on my little point and shoot, but do have on my DSLR.  I can only use the LCD display to see what I am going to shoot on the little camera, but can’t use on my DSLR – that’s right.  My new-old DSLR’s LCD screen is only for looking at the pictures AFTER they have been taken.

Of course, it’s hard to take a picture of your viewfinder with the camera the viewfinder is attached to.  So, here are some pictures of my DSLR’s viewfinder and LCD screen taken with the old emPhone.

The viewfinder with the settings showing in the LCD screen below


Here, the LCD screen is blank so we see a nice reflection of the old emPhone!


And here are some views through the viewfinder…

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Here’s a nice article explaining the difference between using the viewfinder and the LCD screen (if you have that option!)


Colour Your World: Wild Watermelon

Today’s Colour Your World is Wild Watermelon (




An opera, a little Jasper, and an Elliot series

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

So, yesterday Kevin returned from Banff (he goes back to the job he was doing when I met him, audio engineer, for the Rocky Mountain Music Festival – I think that’s what it’s called – every spring) and I went to the opera with mom.  It was A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten.  Weird opera – well, weird play to begin with.  Good music, good singing, way too long.  The set design was amazing, as it always is for the operas here (they have limited space, so the design is always inventively minimal):


And now, here’s Jasper:

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And a little Elliot

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A to Z Challenge: U is for Under Exposure

Welcome to today’s post for the great Blogging A to Z Challenge!

Today is U is for Under Exposure.

You will remember that I already talked about Over Exposure ( .  Well, today is Under Exposure.

According to “Underexposure in photography refers to an image where too little light was recorded. The degree of underexposure will determine how dark a photo is.”

So, if you take a picture without enough light, it’s often hard to see anything.  Usually I am guilty of over exposing, but when I am trying things out in the dark, these are typical of my first shots.

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You can help the situation with a higher ISO or a flash,

Remember flash?


ISO?  Yes, this is the same bench as above.  Under exposed because the ISO was too low for the first shot.

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But sometimes darkness is cool.  Kind of spooky, eh?  Could have been spookier I guess…


And these are attempts at contrast.  They would have been cooler had the dark sections been darker, and if the lighter sections had popped more.

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Always something to improve upon!

This site has some good tips for when you want (or need) to under expose (your photos) on purpose: