Monthly Archives: November 2018

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge, November 15, 2018

And now, for this week’s Kammie’s Odd Ball Challenge (

“Odd Ball Photos are those great photos that you take which really don’t seem to fit into a common category.  We’ve all taken them and like them, because we just can’t hit delete and get rid of them.  If you have any of those type of photos, this challenge is for you.  How It Works?  This Odd Ball Challenge is not topic related.  Feel free to add any photos or artwork that fits into the category.  Be creative and challenge yourself.  Hopefully you will find your creative eye will be expanded. ENJOY and have FUN.”

The eyes have it!

Three Line Tales – 146

This challenge comes from Sonya at Only100Words ( , and here are the rules:

“Write three lines to go with the weekly photo prompt (the photos I use are either royalty-free or I’ve been given permission by the photographer to use them; please credit where appropriate) – sideways interpretation is encouraged. The photo is the launch point – take us wherever you fancy.”

photo by Priscilla du Preez via Unsplash

And now, a true story:

Yeah Frank?
How am I supposed to stop without walls around this ice rink to run into?

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Chemical

“Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt. Today’s word is “Chemical.””  (

Wonder what chemical runs through this hose?

1 Thing 10 Ways Challenge: Week 3

Here we are – week 3 (belated) of my 1 thing 10 ways challenge!

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks I know.  But I am still committed to doing this challenge weekly, if I can.  I had a post lined up a couple of weeks ago, but my photo shoot was a bust.  Too dark all around.  Guess I need to work on that for another time!

So, in my Intermediate photography class this term, we have been working on exposure settings and TTL flash.  So, for this exercise, I did a little work with exposure metering and TTL, and threw in some changing ISO and macro setting for fun.  So, here we go!

Here we are at baseline.  I used my 100mm macro lens, with auto focus, but on Manual.  I used the 100 because it’s my only digital lens (besides my kit lens) and the only one I can use TTL flash with.

This picture was taking in late morning, in the master bedroom (which faces south and west) with the light on, the curtains open, and a light shining on this little guy here.  Even so, I needed to us ISO800 with F2.8, and was able then to use 1/100 shutter speed, which was good cause, you know, hand held.   This was with evaluative metering.

Next, I switched to spot metering, metered off little dude’s face, and kept the same settings.

I failed miserably metering off the grey card, which told me to move to 1/25 shutter speed (same aperture and ISO settings).  I think the grey card was not at the right angle so I didn’t get the right exposure off of it.  Something I need to work on.

Next I ventured into TTL.  The next three shots were all at ISO800, F2.8 and shutter speed of 1/60 (evaluative metered).  This first shot was with TTL at -2.0.  It was quite similar to my first shot with no flash and evaluative metering.

I turned up the dial on TTL to -1.0  This one I liked – a little more pop here.

But when I turned TTL up to 0, well, this one is a bit too much!

Then I turned off TTL and decided to throw metering out the window and see what would happen by just turning down the ISO (leaving the other settings at F2/8 and 1/60).  This was ISO400.

And this was ISO100.  I like to keep ISO at 100, so this was a good lesson in letting that go when need be, rather than slowing the shutter speed.  Cause, you know, focus…

Finally, I macroed out.  After all, I was playing with the macro lens!  Here we are at manual focus, 1/30 shutter speed, ISO800, F2.8 (evaluative metering).

And here we are at the same settings (and yes, I moved around a bit…I was struggling a bit with the focus in the macro) adding -2.0 TTL,

My lessons for this term have made me watch metering for exposure much more closely, and I am now starting to feel more comfortable with understanding how I can use the internal TTL flash to make things pop a bit more.  I don’t know what I will be trying out next week – stay tuned until then!

Flower of the Day: November 13, 2018

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Yesterday was the black and white version…now, here it is in living colour!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trio

Here is Dutch Goes the Photo’s ( Tuesday photo Challenge.  This week’s topic is:   Trio (

“For this week, I’m picking up one of the suggestions that was made by Na’ama and using the theme of Trio.  Your challenge is to come up with some interesting trios that might just surprised your fellow bloggers…  What kind of triumvirate this is, is entirely up to you, and, of course, humor counts!!”

Interesting AND comfy!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lights

For this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lights (

“This week the topic is any kind of Lights.  Feel free to use your photo archives and see what photos you have that fits the current week’s challenge, or even better yet grab you camera and take a new photo! ENJOY and have FUN.”

Here are some lights from the past couple of weeks…which is your favourite?


Flower of the Day: November 12, 2018

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Some of my dahlias bloomed REALLY late this year – just last week, in fact…

Share Your World – November 12, 2018

Share Your World has moved!  Cee ( has handed over the reins to Sparks from a Combustible Mind (  And now for this week’s Share Your World (

What’s the most ironic thing you’ve ever witnessed?

That’s a hard one, ’cause I feel like I experience irony on a daily basis.

Let’s talk turkey.  Pro or con?   If pro, which part do you enjoy most?  Is it for Thanksgiving (American Style any way) only?

I don’t understand the question.  Is there a con?  When would you NOT want to eat turkey (unless you are vegan/vegetarian…I’ll give you that)?

If you’d like, share one thing you wish you’d said to someone else, but now you’ll never have the chance.


What odd smell do you really enjoy?

When you think about it, aren’t all smells kind of odd?

Thankful November….share a story or time when someone did something really great for you.  Alternatively,  share your gratitude moments during this past week.

What I am grateful for this past week was having a week at work that was almost good enough to make me happy to be there.  Almost.  Which is a huge leap forward from the past 4 years.  That and kitties in front of the fire.

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Flower of the Day: November 11, 2018

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