Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wish I'd Had a Longer Lens

When I saw the first coyote go by I wasn't quick enough to grab my camera. When the second one came along I grabbed the camera quick enough but I only had my 18-55 lens on it. No time to grab a longer lens. :-( So this is the best shot I could get. It's not bad but it could have been better. It was edited by sharpening, saturating, adding a slight vignette, cropping, and adding my name.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Hibiscus

When summer drew to a close, we brought our hibiscus plant indoors. I don't usually have good luck with indoor plants but we thought we'd give it a try anyway. Much to my surprise and delight, the plant is doing quite well! So here we have a picture taken in very low light at ISO 5000 (handheld). Looks pretty good, eh? Slight editing: sharpened, desaturated, cropped, name added.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lighthouses in Winter

From atop the bluff in downtown St Joseph, Michigan. This little camera does a nice job even with distance shots! ROOTC + crop + name.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Deer Ladies

And this is what happens when you have your camera all packed up instead of at the ready. The deer ladies came by just at sunset (on an overcast day). And they were strolling by not 20 feet from my window. I grabbed my camera and ran outside but by that time they were a couple houses down. And my camera wasn't set for low light. This is the best shot I could get off, and it was edited to brighten it up. I'll get 'em next time, lol!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Vladi, Photo Bomber

So I have this lovely mixed bouquet of flowers that are adding some nice color to my day. I decided to photograph them, practicing with my kit lens. I turned the vase this way and that, focusing on each different type of flower. When I got done I zoomed out to get some shots of the whole bouquet and look who stepped into the picture... Vladi, the photo-bomber! ROOTC + name + crop.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Next Morning

After that snowfall yesterday, it rained. And the temperatures went up to 48 degrees. And this morning, here is the same scene we saw yesterday. ROOTC + name.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Gloom

This is the real Michigan in winter. You know all those pretty snow-covered scenes with crystal blue skies? That's the exception not the rule. This is the winter we see most of the time from late November through March. Gloomy. ROOTC + name.

Monday, January 9, 2017


This photo could certainly use a little brightening up but this is the way I shot the photo. ROOTC + name + crop.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ice Festival

Only crazy photographers get up before dawn and venture out in below zero windchill temps to catch the sun rising on ice sculptures. There's just no substitute for awesome lighting. (ROOTC + name)

OK, bonus. The sun was so pretty! After days of clouds and gloom, it was really nice to see the bright sun and capture its light on the ice. This little butterfly was my favorite. (ROOTC+name)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Go Lions!

I braved below zero windchills to get this picture of the "Spirit of Detroit" wearing his Lion's Jersey. ROOTC. Go Lions! (Brrrr!)

Friday, January 6, 2017


I came across a perfect opportunity for a night shot at the local funeral parlor. They had this lovely spot-lit display of the three wise men/kings out front. How could I pass that up on January 6th, Epiphany! ROOTC (+ watermark). With some editing, I could lighten the shadows on the wise men but then it would lose the drama of the night. I like the story of the image better this way.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Trio of Roses

So today I played with the new extension tubes I ordered for the M3. I do love taking close-ups of flowers so buying them was a no brainer. I'll use them. I'm sharing 3 photos today. Each of these images is ROOTC (right out of the camera). The only editing was adding my name/date.

The lovely roses are courtesy of my hubby who got them to cheer me up (I'm suffering through a head cold.). Don't ya just love the deep rich color of these babies? That rich color was gotten by taking advantage of the lighting.

Here's a shot taken with just ambient light. The other shots were taken in bright sunlight. They're all pretty, aren't they? I love roses! (Especially on a cold (make that very cold) winter's day. ;-)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Pair of Santas

A couple of new ornaments from my "Made in Poland" collection.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bullet Journal / Bokeh

One review I read about the M3 said it gives a flat bokeh. I didn't know what that meant so I thought I'd check it out. I guess what we have here is flat bokeh. Hmm...

I've got last year's bullet journal all finish up with my highlights from 2016. Time to start planning my journal for 2017!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Frozen Marsh

Went out for a brief photo shoot today. I'm battling a head cold so I didn't feel up to any long hikes. This is a picture of the frozen marsh at Lake Erie Metropark. I struggled to get pictures in the bright sun and ambient light without a viewfinder. I may just have to invest in one of those.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year, New Camera

Welcome, 2017!

As I welcome in this new year, I also welcome to my family of cameras a Canon EOS M3 mirrorless camera. I guess I was good this year and Santa was definitely generous. I was excited and happy to find this camera under the Christmas tree.

I've never shot a mirrorless camera before but I've been intrigued by them for some time now. I shoot Canon equipment and Canon has been late coming to the mirrorless camera game so that has had a lot to do with it. And then too, I got my beloved Canon 80D earlier this year and I've really been enjoying that baby. 

But now I'm finding myself with this new mirrorless camera and as is the case with most new technology, there's a bit of a learning curve. And we all know that the way to get better at something is to practice, practice, practice! So I'm dusting off this ole blog and thinking I'll use it as a place to post a picture a day. A few years ago I did a similar thing, that was my 365 project in 2011. This time I'm not calling it a "365 project" because I don't think it's likely I'll be able to post daily for a year... I'm juggling too many balls these days. But, I'm going to try to post a picture a day for at least a few weeks until I get the hang of this new camera. Who knows, maybe I'll even take it beyond that. 

So these first photos are of my EOS 80D and my EOS M3, side by side. You can see how much smaller the M3 is. 

Some people like small cameras, some people prefer larger ones. I have arthritis in my spine which makes carrying a heavy camera/lens combo for any length of time rather painful. More recently, I've developed arthritis in my hands. So I've recently begun looking at mirrorless cameras for their smaller size and lighter weight. From that standpoint, I think I'm going to love my new M3. 

Happy New Year!