A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I told Conner about boogertown and he thought it was funny.

The next day I says to Conner I got boogies I need to go to boogertown to clean them out and he says Just pick them. ha ha ha

yesterday I says to Conner how did you get that scratch on your face.

His mom says He doesnt remember.. trying to cover something up

Conner plays right into her plot and says mom pushed me down

Robin started laughing and says he is fibbing he some how did it when they were at piggly wiggly ... he wasnt watching where he was going and ran into a car or something


Last Night...We went to Robins house for Cake and Lucas likes to pretend to be a puppy dogg. He barks and pants and likes his mom to pet him. Conner was getting ready to come to Grandma's house. He is going to a birthday party the next day. He got the girl a hula hoop. I pick up the hoola hoop and says to lucas puppy want go thru the hula hoop and he crawls thru it. too cute.

Before Lunch... Lucas ran to me and I picked him up and he said eat and he points to the calendar that has coupons for McDonalds. He reconized the M Logo. To funny. So I says to grandma look. Lucas was in the den and I says to lucas where do you want to eat.. he points that the mcdonalds coupon.

During Lunch I thought Lucas was in the play area. Kathryn asked why I was sitting at one table and Lucas was at another table. We looked and Lucas was at somebody elses table eating somebody elses french fries. To funny

Lucas was walking to the house and he kept squatting down and smelling the flowers. I picked one of the flowers and he was holding it and smelling it. It was adorable.

after Lunch...Grandma was helping Conner take a shower for a birthday party. Grandma says watch Lucas. So I watch Lucas. the kids gates are up and he knocks one down and he escapes. I go after him and he crys and fusses. Thank goodness for Mr. Potato head to get his attention. So he stops crying. Then he see's Aunt Kathryn and he walks over to her and holds his arms up and opens and closes like he wants to be picked up. I says to Aunt Kathryn Dont do it... but she says she cant resist. She picks him up and Lucas looks at me and says Bye! That stinker. She puts him down, he goes running to grandmas room and slams the door on me.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Karen

from your one and only follower!

Rene Descartes

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery.
Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

I think he really meant he intentionally omitted things so he wouldnt get into trouble or cause a scandal .. yeah know to save face

Mystery Monkey in Tampa Bay

There is a mystery monkey in tampa bay that has alluded being caught. He is on facebook and now on twitter. This reminds me of the time we went to the Cincinnati zoo and in the childrens zoo area they had this monkey changed to a pole. There was a sign attached to the pole. The print was not very big and Peter my moms friends son went up to read it. The monkey stole his glasses.
The sign said stay back because monkey likes to steal things such as glasses.

Well if the print was bigger maybe Peter wouldnt of had to stand so close to read it. After all he does need glasses!





Had a service call for stuckeys and it reminded me of this


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Winnie the Pooh

May you live a hundred years and I a hundred less one day, so I may never know a world which you have gone away. ~Winnie the Pooh


according to Martha Stewart a Brookie is

Brownie + Cookie + Brookie

There is a bakery that invented this brookie in Charleston on East Bay street I must go there next time I am in Charleston and get a brookie!

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the store

Happy Birthday Elton John

Bank robbery suspect threatens to jump off I-77 bridge

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - What started off as an bank robbery Thursday morning has culminated into a man threatening to jump off the Wateree River Bridge on Interstate 77, police say.

According to the Columbia Police Department, the currently unidentified man entered the BB&T on Garners Ferry Rord with a weapon and demanded money.

Officials say the man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, but CPD caught up with him and attempted to pull him over. That's when he escaped again and made to the bridge on I-77.

Law enforcement agents are currently at the bridge negotiating with the man to try and keep him from jumping. He is talking, but is still threatening to jump.

Both lanes on I-77 are closed while officials deal with the situation. Officials are asking people to stay off the interstate until the incident is over.

We'll have more on this story as it develops...

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Thief takes 56,000 highlighters from Rock Hill truck

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Maybe the thief turned green after discovering the haul.

The person or people who broke into a tractor-trailer rig at a South Carolina truck stop certainly had all the necessary supplies.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported someone took 56,000 green highlighters from a tractor-trailer rig at a Rock Hill truck stop Tuesday morning.

Rock Hill police say someone took two pallets full of boxes of BIC green highlighters worth $28,000 from the trailer. The thief also got several boxes of pens.

The driver, Barry Cousar, told officers he had parked his rig at the truck stop Friday.

Cousar says there are no markings on the truck he drives for TXN Logistics of Mount Pleasant to indicate what might be inside.

He says the highlighters were being taken to Charleston to be shipped to Brazil.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How to ruin a nice trip to walmart

Carlos walks in

Begone Carlos Begone

Long Exposure Photography Aka Slow Shutter Speed Photography

May 15, 2009 13:21

Exposure is all about the total amount of light enters the camera. The three things which control the amount of light enters the camera are Aperture Size of the Lens, Shutter Speed and ISO value. To learn more about Exposure Basics read these tutorials.

The word Long Exposure refers to the Slow Shutter Speed. Actually the concept is so simple, when you expose your framed scene to the image sensor of your camera for a longer period of time and so allows more amount of light to enter the camera means you are shooting with Long Exposure. Now the question is why would you do that since shooting with long exposures might end up with blown out photographs. Obviously, if you shoot with long exposures in direct sunlight during daytime, you will end up shooting super over exposed or blown-out photographs. But if you know the situations where you should use Long Exposure, you will glad that you can shoot that way. The two situations where you would like to shoot with Long Exposure are to create a bright photo in low light conditions or to create motion blur to the moving elements of the photograph.

Let's see some interetsing photos which creative photographers have taken with Long Exposures.

In the following photograph the photgropher has used Long Exposure and thus created a motion blur which has created an interesting effect for the moving waves.


Photograph taken by DieterThePhotographer

In the photograph below the Long Exposure has been used to capture the dark bridge. The use of slow shutter speed let the photographer capture the dark bridge so beautifully.


Photograph taken by idg

We hope you are now ready take some Long Exposure Photos. We would love to see what you create, leave the links of your shots in the comment section.

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I am about to drop kick a scanner to the moon.
I will probably end up breaking my foot.
Then I will have to go to the hospital
Then I will be reminded how wonderful my insurance is
That will pretty much ruin my day
Then I will not be able to go to work and will have to lie in the bed and read books and surf the internet and blog all day long.
You think it would be covered under workmans comp???

Monday, March 22, 2010

George Eliot

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Is George Eliot a lady, it is a picture of a lady by the quote a day.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Top 7 Tips for Composing your Shots

December 4, 2009 19:09

Mastering Composition is both art & science, the one needs practice (that is taking more photographs & learning from your mistakes) and the other needs learning (that is learning the rules & techniques). Today, we have compiled a list of Top 7 Tips to help you take best framed shots. Keep these tips in mind when you are framing your next shot!


Photograph Taken By Leonski

1. Seek Simplicity
Think simple, think basic! Try to keep the frame simple to convey the message of your shot quickly. Think in terms of one or two basic things and frame your shot by keeping the separated things within. Don't make your shot complex by trying to highlight or convey more than two concepts or things in one shot. At times you might want to ignore this but for most shots, keep this in mind.

2. Personalise it
Try to highlight the concept or thing which engaged you. Don't imitate others in common shots. You might have noticed something different. Try to convey your prespective in your own personal framing style. You can give that unique touch to the simple concepts by adding & conveying your own personal style.

3. Choose Complimentary Background
Background can make or break your shot. Do pay special attention to the backgrounds. Complimentary backgrounds can enhance the feel of your shot amazingly. Similiarly, poor background choice can spoil the feel of an amazing shot.

4. Avoid Wrong Cropping
Don't be tempted to crop the halves of the things to seek uniqueness all the time. At times, it can add more depth to your shot. But for most shots, avoid chopping halves or thirds.

5. Shoot With Many Frames
Its very rare that your first shot comes out the best one. Take your time to take your shot with different frames. Work with your subject in different ways.

6. Try Different Angles
Don't be afraid to shoot with unsual or uncommon angles. You never know trying out some uncommon angle can bring out an amazing shot !

7. Keep In Mind Your Last Mistakes
Whenever you are framing your shot, try to remember what you did wrong last time. Keeping your last mistakes in mind helps you to avoid old mistakes and do the right thing this time. We all make mistakes but we can turn them into blessings by not repeating them! If you had spoiled a shot in the past, don't let it happen next time!

Do you have some other composition tips to share? Leave your tips in the comments section and we will add them to this list.

Happing Framing!

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Happy Spring

This very minute that this post, hit the board it turned to Spring.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Large Format Printer

The large format printers are coming down in price Popular Photography September 2009 page 114 says the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 is $265 Wow what a difference from $500.

Creating Photographs with Impact

By Carl Botha – Senior Lecturer at the College of Digital Photography

Tip 1: Simplify

One of the easiest and probably most effective ways of creating an eye-catching image is by ‘getting in closer’. By getting closer you eliminate a lot of unnecessary information making for a striking, simple yet powerful image.

Tip 2: See the light

Undoubtedly the most important ‘ingredient’ in any great photographic image is light and by better understanding and using light, you will find a marked improvement in your photography.

Consider that light has colour and start looking for it. Between about 10am and 3pm sunlight loses most of its colour becoming clean, white and boring. Natural light changes colour throughout the day, which is the reason why we prefer to make photos early in the morning or late in the afternoon, to capture the colour of the light. Early morning light has some wonderful pastels like peach, pink and sometimes a bit of magenta, whereas late afternoon light is rich in warm yellows and golden oranges. Often these colours can become the very reason for wanting to capture an image.

Tip 3: Make use of colour

We know that light has colour, but were also surrounded by colour. Think about how we use colour in our daily lives, how it is infused in our language to describe feelings. We have all heard about someone feeling blue or about seeing red when we get angry. Colours are very closely associated with moods and emotions. Try using colours that add emotion to your image. Some emotive colour associations :

Using colour and composition to create Impact
Blue – Feelings of melancholy, feeling blue, singing the blues and the ever popular ‘Blue Monday”

Red – Passion, stop signs and danger

Orange – The colour of fire and warmth

Green – Freshness, nature and fertility, often used in scenes with ‘zen like’ calmness

Yellow – The first colour we humans notice or see, very lively and almost grabs the eye

Brown – Earthy, nature and associated with wood and trees, very neutral

Grey – The most neutral colour, enhances colours used with it, feelings of dreariness or depression
Black – Traditionally associated with death but can convey feelings of chic elegance and distinction

Tip 4: Exciting camera angles

Shooting from shoulder height is boring. We see life from that height anyway and therefore we like seeing images captured from interesting angles. Think about shooting directly down on someone from a balcony, a ladder or any elevated surface when your angle is exaggerated. Now try the opposite, shooting up from very low angles. Have you ever taken photos while lying on your back? If you lie at the base of a tree, the corner of a building or even at a person’s feet while using a wide angle lens the distortion can become extreme and make for a very striking image with loads of impact. Seeing from these different angles is not that new to us, we did it as children. We were almost always looking up at things and when picked up by adults we were then looking down from what was to us, extreme and exciting angles.

Tip 5: Distort with intent

Using a wide angle lens causes distortion which makes anything closer to the lens appears bigger than it is in real life but also diminishes in size anything which is further away from the lens. This can be a great way of getting some fun into your images and works particularly well with children and animals. Try shooting from interesting angles when you do this, possibly getting onto a ladder and shooting down on a person would make their heads looks enormous with tiny feet.

Tip 6: Managing contrast

If you are faced with contrast in a scene where you want to bring detail into dark shadow areas, either use a flash to fill in some light or consider using a reflector. Anything that can reflect light into shadow areas will work relative to the size of the area. Macro photographers for example tend to work very close up in tiny scenes where something as simple as the back of a business card can become a small reflector. If you want to make your own little reflectors with tin foil just remember to crumple the tin foil up thoroughly before stretching it over any surface.

Tip 7: Shooting from the hip

Photography Clint Eastwood style? Have you ever tried capturing images without looking through the viewfinder? Probably not! This can be a fantastic way of capturing exciting and unusual images of people, buildings or just about any subject matter you can think of. Consider walking through a shopping mall or a busy office building with your camera hanging from your hand and shooting as you walk. Try not to raise the camera higher than your waist and ‘force’ yourself to keep shooting without being tempted to look at the LCD every few minutes. While doing this you could intentionally slow down your shutter speed to blur both the movement of your hand as you walk as well as the movement of anybody in the scene. Another way of doing this is by hanging your camera around your neck ‘ala tourist style’. You won’t be raising the camera to your face at any point however. Keep taking shots continuously. When you think you have a possible scene that might work just depress the shutter release button while the camera hangs from your neck, or you could get a cable release and stick it out of sight and shoot that way.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

George Eliot

It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism.
George Eliot (1819-1880)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

every day card

every day cards

7 Tips For Better Landscape Photography By Jonnie Blaylock

The problem with most landscape photography is that not enough preparation is put into setting up the shot before it is taken. These tips are meant to give the photographer some things to think about before releasing the shutter.

1. Depth of field - Most professional landscape photographers want everything in the shot to be equally in focus. This is done by increasing the depth of field (making it deeper).

Aperture controls the depth of field. The higher the aperture setting, the smaller the aperture opening will be. The smaller the aperture opening, the deeper the depth of field will be.

2. Use a Tripod - A deeper depth of field usually requires the shutter to be open longer for proper exposure.

The slightest shake of the camera while the shutter is open can cause unwanted blur. Using a tripod greatly decreases the chances of this happening.

3. Framing - We all have those busy vacation photos with so much in the shot that no-one can quite tell what the subject is. This is usually caused by distractions in the landscape. These distractions can be anything from people to dominant colored buildings.

These distractions should not dominate the shot. Use the viewfinder to crop out these distractions. If they are not in your viewfinder they will not be in the photograph.

4. Foreground - Foreground is often not given the credit it is due in landscape photography. It should be used to help guide the viewer into the shot.

Look around at a landscape that you are interested in and see if there is anything that creates natural lines that lead into the scene. The foreground should not dominate the landscape though unless it is the actual subject of the shot.

5. Lighting - Most people wait for a nice sunny day before they grab their camera and head out. The photographers that do this lose out on some great landscapes.

Clouds can greatly enhance the mood of a landscape. Clouds themselves can also be made the subject of the landscape.

Dusk and dawn are also great times to shoot landscapes. Shadows are sharper and create more contrast in the scene. The light may even be a different color and cast a golden hue over the land. After all, who doesn't like a sunset?

6. Perspective - Sometimes it is possible to take a seemingly ordinary scene and create a dynamic landscape just by moving go a different spot.

Try changing the perspective of the shot. Kneel down low and shoot at an upward angle. Get on higher terrain and shoot down. Move the horizon around the viewfinder a bit.

7. Composition - Use the rule of thirds whenever possible. This is done by dividing the scene shown in the viewfinder into 9 equal parts (like a tic-tac-toe board).

Where the lines intersect is where the points of interest should be positioned. Horizon lines should be placed on the top or bottom horizontal line.

Do not forget, the only thing that shows up in the photograph is what is seen through the viewfinder. So make that little area look as interesting as possible.

I hope you have enjoyed my 7 Tips for Better Landscape Photography

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I am following my own blog

ha ha ha ha ha ha

that girls socks must not match


My poor little Mustang had been puttering around the last month or so. I was hoping I could put off the repairs but on Thursday 03/11/10 it puttered pretty hard which made the service engine light come on.
Friday I made the decision to talk it to a local car repair service. Lucky for me it was not the transmission. They said I needed a tune up. I quiz them on already having a tune up less then six months ago. He said he call me back. They did some more probing and said it does need new wires and spark plugs covered under warranty. It needs belts and filters and some other things. The bill came out to $241. So I had part of it from my savings LOL that is so funny savings. My lap top/ memphis trip savings (more on memphis later) The rest I had to borrow.
I got my car back and it drove like the speedy thing that it is.
The only problem it smelled like somebody was smoking in the car. I gave the benefit of the doubt and thought maybe somebody who was smoking got into the car and test drove and my little nose is awful sensitive.
That is till the next day I decided to give it a make over. I got the tires rotated and was going to get an oil change but would you believe ben satcher (I had a free coupon) was closed on saturday bla bla bla. I couldnt wash the outside because the water spicket was broken but at least I could vacuum and clean the inside. That is where I found the rest of the evidence. A cigerette butt and ash. YUCK!
So I cleaned it really good. Vacuumed and put on the seat covers Heather gave me for Christmas. It was looking pretty nice inside but it still smelled. I let the windows down and drove to wally world. I have some fabric refresh for $2.00. TIP look in the auto department for fabric refesher its two bucks cheaper then the house hold cleaners isle. I gave it a couple of sprays. That refreshener had a nice scent.
Then I went to an automatic car wash. I had SOOO much fun! I havent been to one since I was like 8 and I giggled like I was 8 watching that machine move up and down to clean my car.

It looked pretty good after its makeover. Now I have to dig out the boot for the convertable top and I will be in high style ha ha!

As for Memphis. I wanted to go See graceland. I had it all planned out. It was a spring break vacation. Leave on the 7 of April drive there. Stay at the DaysInn at Graceland. See all the Elvis movies you want for free. April 8th walk across the street to Graceland and soak in all the corny Elvis stuff. Maybe go to the shopping areas afterwards. April 9th go to the Memphis zoo and take full advantage of my snazzy camera. April 10 drive home and April 11 the day of rest. Well POOP on that now. Durn car (that I love so much)

Good news though I am getting $50.00 bucks back on that camera from Ritz. The camera went down in price and I had to speak to live chat twice but I got a credit, now to wait for it get back to my credit card. Ugh the money is so needed!

Monday, March 15, 2010

What Shutter Speed to Use

The Shutter speed you use can have a huge influence on your photographs.
If you use a too slow shutter speed your photographs will be blurred. Some novice photographers think that their photographs are out of focus but sometimes they just used a too slow shutter speed and their photographs are blurred.

If you use an automatic camera it will normally either pops up the flash automatically or have a flashing indicator which warns you when the light is too low to take a photograph. If there is not enough light the camera will use a longer shutter speed in order to have enough light to record. This long shutter speed is what cause the blur effect since you cannot hold the camera still enough in your hands.

If you use a shutter speed of anything less than 1/60 of a second you must use a tripod or any other object to support your camera. The minimum hand held shutter speed also depends on the length of your lens. For up to 80mm you will get away with 1/60th of a second but if you use a longer lens you will need an even faster minimum shutter speed. Like when you use a 200mm lens it would be best to put your camera on a tripod for anything slower than 1/150th of a second.

You can also use a slow shutter speed to your advantage.

If you put your camera on a tripod and use a slow shutter speed to picture a waterfall or stream, you can create a soft effect of the water.

Soft Waterfall
With a fast shutter speed we can freeze the motion in a picture.

Freeze the motion
To freeze motion of a picture, the shutter speed must be fast enough. You will need a shutter speed of at least 1/250 to freeze the motion of a running person successfully.

Even if you are photographing flowers in the wind you need a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion and get a sharp picture.

We can also use a slow shutter speed to enhance the feeling of motion in a picture. The picture on the left was taken at 1/60. The motion of the bike was followed as it moved pass. We call this “panning”.


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Happy Ides of March

Am I the only one who celebrates Julias Ceasar murder?

Two Popular Techniques

Two of the most popular Techniques I have found while doing research from the internet, books and magazines are misty waterfall and spiral lights (stars). I want to try both of them but there is a lack of waterfalls in Columbia. Oh the woes of living in the capital of a state. I have to always remind myself yes Karen you do live in the capital of a very small but proud state. There are some wonderful waterfalls at dupont state park in NC. I cant wait to go back! Robin an mum and Conner and Lucas are planning a trip and they are going to go swimming in the water falls. How cool is that!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Got a Credit!

I made fired up the ritz camera www site and signed on to live chat and said look here, the description shows two dvds. You gave me one. What about the other. While I was complaining about that I said look I bought this camera and less then a week it was $50.00 cheaper. Whats up with that? Well three weeks go by (I got ill) and Fired up the ritz camera www site and says look I am annoyed
1) Shows a dvd that wasnt sent
2) Now $50.00 cheaper
3) Talked to live chat almost a month ago and no response.

So I get an email Sunday and it says your credit/return has been processed. Thats all it says. I was like huh???

So once again I fired up the old ritz camera www site and once again talked to live chat and they said I am getting a $50.00 credit. I expected maybe the dvd... but didnt expect the credit. So I guess I am not going to complain about the dvd because after the car issue I had I could use all the $$$. Lucky I started saving that money for a lap top or a trip to memphis to see graceland.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

My Review of Nikon D5000 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera Two-Lens VR Outfit (18-55 VR & AF-S DX VR 55-200mm F4-5.6G)

Originally submitted at RitzCamera.com

Two-Lens Nikon DSLR Bonus Outfit!
Includes: Nikon D5000 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera, Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55MM F/3.5-5.6G VR Lens and Nikon 55-200 mm F/4 5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor Lenses
PLUS - Two Bonus Nikon Instructional DVDs!

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Camera!

By Karen from Columbia, SC on 3/13/2010


5out of 5

Pros: Fast Shutter Speed, Tilt / swivel lcd, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Good Image Quality, Quiet, Easy To Use, Good Image Stabilization

Cons: None

Best Uses: Video, Landscape/Scenery, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Sports/Action, Macro Photography, Wildlife photos, Weddings/Events

Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast

I use the camera for everything. From taking goofy shots of TP at the grocery store to family reunion to pets to landscape to the first real snow in SC in I dont know how many years.

misty water fall


Tags: Made with Product


Tags: Made with Product


Conner plays untradional game of Mario at Grandma

Conner could not play Mario Brothers at Grandma's so he made his own board game up of Mario.
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Playing the Wii at Conners

We went to Conner's House on Saturday and we were playing the Wii. This video shows him competing in the Wadeboard competition. He really got into it.

Mum and I had fun with the bowling.

Somebody buy me a Wii please!

Lucas was crawling on the floor barking like a dog and panting. Then his mum would pet him.

Cleo sat by me and started petting me. Cleo is the cat folks. I thought my live was a bit unconventional with my socks never matching and all.

Friday, March 12, 2010

f-stop – What it is and how it works

The pupil of the eye becomes bigger or smaller in order to control the amount of light it allows through. When a person is standing in a dark room, the pupil of his eye will be large to allow more light to enter. The camera also has a mechanism which controls the amount of light moving through the lens – the aperture.

The aperture controls not only the amount of light moving through the lens but also the depth of field. The f-stop is the unit in which the opening of the lens is measured. The f-stop number is inversely proportional to the size of the lens opening. This means f22 is a very small lens opening, with a large depth of field, and f4.5 has a wide lens opening with a shallow depth of field. With a wide lens opening and shallow depth of field, more light will reach the film. Thus a large lens opening is more suitable for photography in bad lighting conditions, but unfortunately with a loss in depth of field. Also see illustrations below. The f-stop number is equivalent to the diameter of the opening of the lens relative to the diameter of the front lens unit. An f-stop of f16 will therefore be 1/16 (one sixteenth) of the diameter of the front lens unit.

Apperture size
Tip: If you have a SLR camera with removable lenses remove the lens from your camera. Hold it in a position to enable you to look through it from the back. Now turn the f-stop ring on the lens from side to side. You will see the opening of the lens changing as you turn the ring.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


When I was little I was chewing purple buble gum. I sculpted it into the shape of a caterpiller. I stuck it on my finger and walked into the house and anounced to mom I found a caterpiller. Mom was ill and did not get a good look at the my makeshift caterpiller and yelled out me to get it out house. This startled me and I didnt know what to do. I paniced I guess and I popped it in my mouth. Mum about had a heart attack. Boy did I get yelled at some more. Its funny now but then its wasnt!

Taking the Moon’s Image With a Handheld Shot

It is almost impossible for me to shoot hand-held to take the moon’s image at a really sharp focus. How I wish I could do it myself. If you want to try, go ahead. But I wouldn’t sweat it if I were you.
I have learned that to capture the image of the moon, you should equip your camera with a minimum of 200 mm lens. (Thanks to stopshootingauto.com ) Generally, the longer your lens can reach, the better. If you would like to increase your lens’ focal length without buying a whole new lens, you can opt to use teleconverters. Teleconverters come in different specs, some with 1.4 and some 2.0 etc.. Basically what teleconverters do is it multiplies your lens’ focal length depending on its specs. 1.4 would be multiplied by 1.4 and 2.0 by twice as far.

I would highly recommend using a tripod in capturing the moons image. Zooming to your lens’ full capacity will make it very sensitive to even the slightest shake.
Settings Used:
1/100 s
ISO 200
18-200 @200mm

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A funny on Jay Leno

Shaun White was on and telling a story about how he couldnt find his gold medal. His mum took it to the dry cleaner. The medal had a lot of show and tell and the ribbon on the medal had gotten stained. He said he went with his mum to pick up the medal and they handed it to him on the hanger in the plastic bag. Ha ha.

20 Beginner Tips For Taking Digital Photography

20 Beginner Tips For Taking Digital Photography
By Ralph Serpe
Digital cameras are one of the greatest inventions of modern times. We are so fortunate to have this modern convenience called Digital Photography. To be able to capture a precious moment or beautiful scene at the click of a button, is something we should not take for granted.

Many beginners find digital photography rather challenging and rightly so. Today, more and more digital cameras are being created and it seems like the more digital cameras they make, the more difficult they become to use.

I own a Canon Powershot S3 IS. I purchased this digital camera about a year ago and I still haven't utilized all of the awesome little features this camera has to offer. Now you may not want or even need a camera with this many features. It really depends on the type of pictures you plan on taking.

Regardless of the camera you own or are planning to own, you should have a well rounded knowledge of digital photography. I hope the following 20 tips for taking digital photography will prove to be useful in your quest for taking better photographs.

1. Know your camera. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not taking time to learn about the features of your camera. Don't be lazy. Read your instruction manual.

2 - When shooting sunny outdoor shots, try adjusting your white balance setting from auto to cloudy. The auto setting will make your shots appear too cold. When you change it to cloudy, it will increase the warmth of your pictures.

3 - If you are looking for superior image quality, the ability to use a variety of lenses and print large high quality photos, then considering upgrading to a Digital SLR Camera.

4 - Use your flash outdoors. Sometimes, even on a sunny day outdoors, there is still a need for a flash. If the sun is directly over head or behind your subject, this can cause dark shadows to appear on the face. The flash will help lighten the subjects face.

5- Sometimes simply turning your camera and taking vertical shots can make a world of difference. Experiment more with vertical picture taking.

6 - Do not put your subjects directly in the center of your shot. Move your subject off center to inject more life into your photos.

7 - Learn how to hold your digital camera. One of the most common problems beginners face is the shaking of the camera because they are not holding it properly. Of course, the best way to avoid shaking the camera is to use a tripod. If you don't have a tripod, then you should be holding your camera with two hands. Put one hand on the right hand side of your camera where you actually snap the photo and the other hand will support the weight of your camera. Depending on the camera, your left hand will either be positioned on the bottom or around your lens.

8 - Learn about the "Rule of Thirds". This is a well known principle of photographic composition that every beginner should become familiar with. Do a search online and you will find many tutorials on this subject.

9 - Look at other photographers work. Just spending time studying the work of other photographers can provide loads of inspiration.

10 - Join online photography communities. Get active and ask questions.

11 - Do not compare your photography to anyone else.

12 - Do not copy the work of other photographers.

13 - Do not leave your batteries in your camera if you don't plan on using your camera for long periods of time. Some batteries run the risk of leaking and this can damage your camera.

14 - Subscribe to a good photography magazine. Purchase books on photography.

15 - Find experienced photographers to go out on shoots with.

16 - Post your photographs in online forums. Learn to accept criticism.

17 - Try taking your pictures in RAW format. RAW is a powerful option available in today's digital cameras where no in-camera processing takes place. This allows you to do all processing using your favorite image editing software.

18 - Don't buy the most expensive photography equipment right away. Practice and learn about photography first using cheaper equipment. After you have been taking pictures for some time, you will then know what kind of equipment you will need.

19 - Invest in a tripod. Some of us have very shaky hands. If you can't stop the shakes, then get a tripod. It will make a world of difference.

20 - If you are not able to carry your equipment with you everywhere, make sure you have a note pad handy. This way if you find a nice shot, you can write it down and visit that location at a later date.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Caputre Motion

Capturing Motion

Photographs, by definition, capture and immortalize a small slice of life. There is little for the viewer to infer what happens before or after that moment. However, there are images that need to communicate motion. For example, you may want to capture a dog running, a train barreling down the tracks, or trees that are blowing in the wind. Each of these scenes can come alive within your photographs if you learn how to convey motion properly...

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Twice in one year.

The weather has been WHACKY!

Why does it have to snow at night????

The fed ex guy knows me!!!

You would think after 2 years I would remember I work on Bluff road. But no, I cannot remember this. I guess it is the 9 years of habit of putting shop road. I have done it twice. Have something shipped to work and put shop road. I got the number correct but not the street name. What a dork!

It was the same Fed Ex guy who teased me about the DSLR btw!

Good thing it wasnt the DHL guy... he gives me the creeps.


I am stuck at a train guess the engineer cant look in the rear view to see what they are blocking*

*Please be advised I was STOPPED waiting for the train while texting. I do not condone texting and driving. I do not really condone talking and driving. I really really do not condone somebody from Florida pulling in front of me. Go back to Florida. I am sure the weather is better there.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ten Photo Tips

Top Ten Digital Photography Tips

1. Warm Up Those Tones put a little warm in your heart
2: Sunglasses Polarizer (pretty cool idea this one)
3. Outdoor Portraits That Shine flash during the day ... who knew?
4. Macro Mode Madness My favorite mode!
5. Horizon Line Mayhem Ha ha ha thats so me
6: Massive Media Card 16 gig big enough?
7: High Rez All the Way what if your camera is 12 megs, is that too high or to much?
8: Tolerable Tripod never knew a tripod would make me a true photographer LOL
9: Self Timer Fun yeah we all took self portraits. fess up!
10. Slow Motion Water Love this one! I like arty fartsy