NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 13 (November 13)

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Ok.  Here’s the deal.  It is a holiday here in Canada.  Remembrance Day was Saturday, which means that those of us who don’t normally work on Saturday (like post-secondary educational institution types) get the following Monday off!  And it was raining, pouring, gale-force winds.  It was a good day to stay inside by the fire.  Oh, and clean the house.  Yes.  I cleaned the house.  It really needed cleaning, and now it’s done.  Yay!

So, I did NOT take my big-girl camera out into the rain and wind to practice with my/Kevin’s lenses, but I did take a couple of pictures after I cleaned the house.  Pictures for today’s theme for my 365 challenge.  Now, I’ve been doing the 365 challenge for several years now.  For those of you who don’t know what this challenge is all about, it’s about taking a picture a day for a year.  Or more…  For the past couple of years, I have been trying to follow the themes posted through the Capture Your 365 (CY365: http://captureyour365.com/) site, and this year I’ve been doing pretty well.  I have not missed a day, although I did take off-theme pictures for a few of those days.

Anyway, I thought, hey!  I should post my pictures here too (I post daily in FB on the CY365 site as well).  After all, this is a good place to post them, and it’s really good for those NaNoPoblano posts where I am at a loss as to what else to post.  Being lazy, and all.

So, today’s theme is Underneath.  And here are a couple of Underneath shots of light fixtures in our stairwell.  Why?  I don’t know.  Because?  I am also discovering that I can spend way too much time in LightRoom editing…

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 12 (November 12)

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Lazy, lazy, lazy.  That’s my day today.  It has been pouring rain outside all day, and very dark inside.  So, it’s been a day of eating deliciously comforting soup (yes, with potato chips),

cozying up to the fire with a good book (and yes, coffee), while Kevin watches the Riders beat Ottawa.  I did do laundry, so it’s not like I did nothing!

But, in the end, I think Jasper approved of the cozy day.

Caturday at last!

A response in not as much avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/neophyte/

Nothing neophyte-y about these guys.  Hope y’all had a good Caturday!

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 11 (November 11)

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Playing with lenses today.

Elliot with the 35-105 zoom, post-B&W (because I can’t resist LightRoom and its presets):

Elliot with the Portrait (85mm)

Elliot with the Wide Angle (28mm)

I don’t know what the differences in quality might be, but they do work differently!  I obviously need to play more…

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 10 (November 10)

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Yeah, it’s Friday.  It’s dark.  Do you know how hard it is to try out camera settings and lenses in the dark?  But luckily I have 3 days (it’s a long weekend here) to try things in the daylight, so come back tomorrow for more lens experimentation excitement!

In the meantime, here is a picture of the flowers Kevin got me for my birthday last week.  Until tomorrow!

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 9 (November 9)

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So, here are some pictures I took this evening with what Kevin calls his Portrait lens.  It’s an old non-digital lens: a Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/85.  I don’t really know what that means. I mean, I know the 2.8 refers to the aperture, or F-stop (the largest the aperture can get), and the 85 refers to the focal length in millimeters (mm).  This is a prime or fixed lens.  I really wanted to call it a static lens, but I looked it up. What does that mean?  Well, it means it doesn’t zoom.  It is set at 85mm focal length. But I don’t know why it’s called a “portrait” lens.  Guess I will need to look that up to sometime!

As I said: This is a non-digital lens.  This means I needed to buy a converter to allow it to attach to my digital big-girl camera.  And it also means that the automatic settings on the camera won’t work (or won’t work right), and the aperture is controlled by the lens, NOT the camera.  But, I have three of these non-digital lenses now (Kevin’s old lenses) and I actually really like them.  That being said, there is a Tamron digital macro lens on my “to buy soon” list and it will be interesting to compare how it works with how these older lenses work.

Anyway, here is a picture of  my lens (taken with the emPhone):

And here are my first portraits taken with the Sonnar lens:

Elliot was across the room a bit, so this worked nicely for a full-body portrait.  It was low light, and I didn’t try flash, but it didn’t turn out too bad once I bumped the ISO up.

Jasper was right next to me, so focus was a bit of an issue, but I am seeing the potential here!

 

Gingerly posting a Kitten Thursday for you

A response in not as much avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/gingerly/

Trying to keep from coughing as I post Kitten Thursday.  Right now, it’s calm, so I will be gingerly watching for signs of the Cough and slugging back cough syrup to get through my work day.

Not these guys though.  They will enjoy their Kitten Thursday.

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 8 (November 8)

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I did not take this picture.  You can tell, because this is me.  Why am I posting a picture I did not take?  Because I have been coughing non-stop today and I am tired.  Too tired to take more pictures.  All I want to do is have chicken soup and go to bed.  Nothing like not feeling sick, but having a cough that hasn’t realized yet that it’s outstayed its welcome.  Enough already!

Maybe tomorrow there will be new pictures…

Oh, by the way, this picture was taken by my friend Susan – the one whose birthday we were celebrating with the photography workshop!

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 7 (November 7)

Go NaNoPoblano (National Blog Posting Month) (https://anitashree.com/2017/10/12/its-approaching-that-time-again/ !

One more day of showcasing Sask trip photos.  Why?  Because I am recharging the big girl camera battery.  Therefore no new pictures can be taken this evening.  Also, probably I am feeling tired and lazy having been coughing all day.  Stupid cold that doesn’t want to end…  Anyway, enjoy the random photo album!

I’m not sure how stable this bridge was as I didn’t try walking across it.  I was too busy taking pictures of it.

The obligatory foreground-focused rock.

Who doesn’t like a cool pinecone?

I was enjoying the macro setting on my lens.  A real macro lens is on my shopping list!

I always love a cemetery with a view.

You just need to take pictures of the gnarly dead tree!

 

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 6 (November 6)

Go NaNoPoblano (National Blog Posting Month) (https://anitashree.com/2017/10/12/its-approaching-that-time-again/ !

And a final group of photos from my trip to Saskatchewan/Alberta.  This means that tomorrow I will be pulling out the big-girl camera and taking brand new pictures to present here!

This final group of photos represent my attempts to take pictures of water.  Do you know how hard it is to take pictures of water??  Especially when it’s too sunny.  Or too cloudy.  Or too windy.  Or raining.  Well, here are some of my attempts in all of these conditions!

And finally, a picture of water with a quintessential Regina sunset over the legislature.

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