Some Knots by Edwin Honig
Like eyes coming out of the wood,
out for an airing,
a look at
what’s been lying around
all these years—
being able to make it back,
leaving these holes, a never
before known emptiness,
Filed under: Home, Photography | Tags: Home, Hummingbirds, Learning, Photography
Ugh, I’m frustrated with my new camera (the Nikon D7100)~not really it but, rather, my slow learning curve with it. I just finally fired off a bunch of shots this afternoon but I have a lot of settings I need to change because I’m not happy with these shots.
I sort of prefer manual focus but these were all done auto focus to take advantage of the 51 points of focus that is touted in the reviews. But now I know I have some things not set optimally and have to change them.
I also shot in the 1.3x crop mode but I still further cropped in post processing so I don’t like the look of these.
Oh, well, this little guy is cute and was trying to be a good model for me. If the sun had caught his head right, you could see all the red but it didn’t. He’s a male Anna’s hummingbird, I believe. You can catch a glimpse of red in the 3rd photo and a little bit on the top of his head below.
So, it’s back to reading more and messing with the bazillion settings again. I need a one-on-one coaching session.
“Tell us what’s happening.”
“More tuna for me?”
“Are we gonna have a catnip party?”
No…the buzz is…much as I love my trusty Nikon D80, I’ve now added a Nikon D7100 to my gear lineup. My D80 will be my backup body so I don’t have to change lenses much and so that Tony will have a camera to play with when we go on shoots. The higher resolution and 1.3x crop feature will, hopefully, allow me to have closer, sharper wildlife shots. I’m totally impressed with the reviews and totally overwhelmed with all the features. I spent some time this weekend doing online tutorials and I still feel confused and lost. Oh, well, once I actually start shooting, maybe it will become less muddled…hopefully. So far, I haven’t been able to bring myself to use it…
“Oh, that’s the buzz…big deal.”
Filed under: Art, Blogging, Mailart | Tags: Art, Blogging, Global Community, Liberate Your Art, Mailart
From Miriam Rogers in the UK.
From Lee Thomson.
From Nancy Jean.
From Tracy Swartz.
From Kat Sloma, creator of the Liberate Your Art postcard swap. Check out Kat’s video of all the postcards from 216 participants!
From Deanie Houghtaling.
From Roberta Warshaw.
And this was the postcard I entered, printed by moo.com:
The desert, when the sun comes up…I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.~Forrest Gump
This was the second year I participated in Kat’s swap. You send her 5 postcards, postage for 6, address labels for 6, and you get 6 postcards in return (from 5 other participants and one from Kat). Like last year, I also did a little side-swapping with some of the other participants that I “know” and may do a little more.
It’s funny because so many bloggers I “know” also participated in this swap; I keep seeing familiar names.
Check out the blog hop below using the link tool and see a lot of lovely and creative pieces! Thanks, Kat and everyone. I love all those I received!
These guys live about a mile from me and I pass them going to and from work everyday. They live in a residential area that seems almost rural even though it’s in central Phoenix, close to the freeway, major shopping, and busy streets.
I haven’t been around horses much in a very long time so I forgot that they are curious animals, too, and these two bounded over to check me out…maybe hoping I had a tasty snack for them but I didn’t.
They were being bothered by flies so there was a lot of tail-swishing and ear-twitching going on.
A horse is a horse, of course, of course.
And some well-groomed horses…seen in Gilbert a few weeks ago: