I put another notch in my retirement bedpost today.
No, not that kind of notch. I actually turned my new DSLR camera off of the automatic setting and tried to take some pictures on manual. I thought that before I go to camera club with the other retirees, I should actually learn how to use my camera. 🙂 I was inspired by Nan’s post on Silver Magpies — and she photographed some cherry tomatoes in a silver bowl for Facebook, so I thought I would try it too.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite as successful on my first try, so I tried again.
I was still unhappy with what I was getting, so I took it in the “flower” mode on the pre-programmed settings. It may have even flashed, but I don’t think so.
According to the book I got from the library, an ISO of 2000 is crazy, even in the low light of my dining room. I’d appreciate any suggestions from my readers… clearly I haven’t figured out this manual setting thing at all. If you click into the photos, I’ve put the settings I used on each photo.
I do love the juxtaposition of the simple cherry tomatoes against the silver compote and the lace tablecloth, though. Thanks, Nan!
One step at a time, baby. That’s what I keep telling myself.
We went out on a drive last week and I found this beautiful little flower stretching toward the sun. At first I thought it was a zinnia, but now I don’t think so.
Does anyone know what it is?
I know — it’s Sunday, not Saturday.
We had a busy day yesterday with a funeral and some touring in an area we don’t often go to. The wind was blowing and it was a beautiful sunny day. I tried to catch the movement in these flowers.
But I’ve been saving up some fun stuff for you to look at. I’m linked up today at Vanderbilt Wife; I hope you enjoy reading these curated lists of goodies!
- The post most likely to make you make some changes in the way you spend your days: “How to Carve More Time Into Your Day”
- The post most likely to make you feel inadequate, boring and/or stupid: List of 21st Century literature written by women that you should have already read.
- The post most likely to make you read a book and eagerly anticipate its movie: Top 12 Fall Movies Based on Books
- Most ridiculous claim of the week: Prends Moi perfume will help you to lose weight. Don’t forget to click into the Enorme link. 🙂
- Video of the Week: Miami University (my Ohio alma mater) Men’s Glee Club performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Writer’s Workshop Prompt: You were supposed to start a garden this summer…share the fruits of your labor.
I had big plans for the garden this summer. I really did.
I had dreams of lush shrub borders underplanted with flowering perennials that kept my flower vases full all summer.
I had visions of freshly made pesto and caprese salad direct from my organic garden.
I had in my daily planner a dip into a cool summer grass of morning while I tended my yard and pots, but that would require there to actually be dew on the grass, for the morning to actually be cool, and for me to get up early enough to see said dew. And apparently I also forgot to stake the tomatoes in recent weeks.
Reality sometimes bites.
I’m linked up with Mama Kat’s Losin’ It this week. Stop by and visit some other delicious garden stories — I’m sure SOMEONE got veggies this year.
Photographers do the craziest things.
I chased these white horses around the field in Sauder Village trying the get the perfectly synced photo.
It turned out that the first one I took was the best… isn’t that always the case?
P.S. After I prepared this post, I realized that those rocks in the corner were actually little horse pies and was aghast. Then I decided to keep them in as proof of a photographer’s folly in not cropping one’s photos. 🙂
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