March 2014 · Photography

Coffee Break – Ahhhh….

“Coffee is a language in itself.”    
Jackie Chan

Today was so lovely.  It was sunny, with a very brisk, chilly wind, and the perfect day for a white chocolate, raspberry café mocha.   Yes, I know.  It’s only about a million calories but, once in a while?  Hey, a gal has to enjoy some pampering now and then.

I was just walking by The Coffee Place after running errands and the temptation was just too great!  I caved in and walked in to see this –   an invitation to a little piece of heaven!

Where It Began
Where It Began

Normally, this place is packed, but it was 4 p.m. and most people are thinking about dinner, not coffee.  But not me –

Usually Packed
Usually Packed

While I waited for my delicious decadence in a cup, I started taking pictures like crazy.  I’ve made it a habit now never to leave home without a camera (and, no, I don’t have a fancy cell phone camera.)

Ah, So Many Choices
Ah, So Many Choices

It’s very cozy…

Home-y Decor
Home-y Décor
Warm Touches
Warm Touches

Something old…

Something Old
Something Old

But none of this, thanks!

Yummy!
Yummy!

I was so happy when my steaming cup of goodness was in hand that I literally forgot to take a picture of it.

So, close your eyes and imagine a steaming cup of delicious coffee with raspberry and chocolate and NO calories – just for today!   Now, enjoy…

 

March 2014 · Photography

Woodpeckers Pecking

For over an hour today, a woodpecker pecked at the metal protector on the top of our chimney.  He pecked and pecked and pecked until I thought he was going to peck his little “pecker” down to nothing.

Can woodpeckers peck through metal?  This little one sure gave it his all.

Rooftop Woodpecker
Rooftop Woodpecker

Soon, however, in response to his love song, a sweet companion arrived and joined in the rat-a-tat-tat chorus high-up in a nearby tree.

Companionship
Companionship
She's Lovely
She’s Lovely

After a long, silent winter with no bird song at all, survival silence has been replaced by the sweet songs of love.

Could it be that spring is just around the corner?

March 2014 · Photography

Back in the Game

Today, photos!

I’ve been reading so much about photography, composition, lighting, etc., that I neglected to do the most obvious thing of all – learn how to USE my Samsung WB 800F 21x Smart Camera first!   And that is exactly what I have been doing today.

So, here’s where I started …

Good Place to Start
Good Place to Start

Notice the user’s manual in this picture?   Duh….

Also, there is a snippet of Leanne Cole’s excellent Beginners Basics for Your DSLR course in the background, which I am also studying and am so glad I purchased.

This picture was shot using the “Magic Plus” setting, split-style mode, and I LOVE this option.

You have 4 choices for shooting split-style pictures – 2-frame vertical or horizontal shots or 3 frame vertical or horizontal shots.  I used the 2-frame horizontal option for this shot.

You can also change the sharpness of the dividing line between photos by adjusting the line-blur value.  This picture was shot with the 2-frame horizontal split and a line blur value of 6.

You can also apply Smart Filter effects to part of the shot, which I still need to learn.

This next picture was shot using the 3-split horizontal mode and  I was pleased with what I saw.  I just wish I had picked my subject matter a little better, but, hey, this was right in front of me and my camera was in my hand, so, voila.

Again, Leanne Cole’s Beginners Basics course is in the foreground because it has been my photography bible for the last week and seems to be everywhere I am!

3-split shot mode
3-split shot mode

So, am I the only one who didn’t know about split-shot options with DSLR’s ?   I can’t believe I’m just now discovering it.

Would anyone else like to share their favorite shooting modes or features?

Obviously, I’m like a sponge right now eager to soak up all I can learn about photography and seeing the world through the lens of my camera.

Thanks for stopping by and if  you care to share your thoughts or comments, even more thanks!

February · Photography · Postaday

Footbridge

“The hardest thing in life to learn  is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”
David  Russell

Footbridge
Footbridge

It was another cold, snowy day in Colorado today, so I dug out this picture of a foot-bridge in the Denver Botanic Gardens.

It was fall, late afternoon, when I took this picture.

I love the shadows and highlights, and the memories of a warm, beautiful day.

February · Photography · Sunsets

Day is Done

This was taken last summer on a peaceful summer’s night with a beautiful moonrise over the plains of Colorado.

Looking at it now, I’m reminded that for so many people in the world, the world may not be so beautiful.

Bless all the struggling and displaced refugees in all the war-torn areas of our world.

Day is Done
Day is Done

Taps
from Wikepedia

Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know

God is nigh.

February · Photography · Postaday

Clouds

Clouds  ???
Clouds ???

Apparently, Mother Nature has a sense of humor.

I took this picture last summer on the way to Castle Rock, Colorado.  It made me laugh.

So, what does this cloud look like to you?

Clouds do not really look like  camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process  at work. So too, perhaps, are our lives.
Roger  Ebert