Back to Basics

Welcome to Back to Basics! I’ve decided to start a new category where I have given myself permission to take a step back (darn Throwback Thursdays is already taken) … The underlying premise is that all that information & equipment I’ve been collecting to help me improve my photography, my art, has grown into a mountain of sorts that has become just too daunting to tackle.  I get just so far and then seem to lose ground. . . so it’s back to basics… back to all those things that got me hooked on this hobby of mine.  Although still a bit in the planning stages, one objective is to keep things simple & spontaneous (or is that two?)  So here it goes . .

A simple prime lens and my dogs seems like a good place to start…

pcpNothing like just goofing around . . . capturing the moment.  I’m sure over the years, I have introduced my “boys,” but in case you missed it:  Left is “Serious P” aka Parker. In all seriousness he has the personality (and voice…really!) of Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore. Center, well that’s Charlie.  We don’t think he’ll ever grow up… he’s our very own Tigger!  Right, well that’s Parker again and his best attempt at trying not to be so serious.

Til next time,
Maria

 

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Tip of the Day

Welcome to my first ever Tip of the Day.  And I can’t stress this one enough…

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Can you guess what this is?
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Or how about this?

This is… no this was my Nikon flash.  And that pretty blue color, that’s the lovely color of corrosion.  All the result of me leaving the batteries in my flash.  It was actually a slow process.  The flash was revived at least twice by cleaning the contacts and would work pretty well for a while each time, but . . . it’s spread to the circuit board and, well, you can see for yourself… it’s a goner.  [I highly advise that you do not attempt to take your equipment apart yourself for fear of voiding any warranty – this was not done by me – but by my highly trained dad.]

I’m lucky in the sense that I like to use natural light for most of my photography and don’t use a flash very often (which also explains the extended period of time the batteries had to do their dirty work), but like most of the items in our equipment bags when we need them, we really need them, and we want them to work.  So I’m guessing you have already figured out my tip:

Remember to remove the batteries from your devices when not in use.

Til next time,
Maria

a little iPhone moment

As I was watching my brother and my daughter (with my camera) shoot-it-out with Jenny the bassett as referee, I found myself saying “gee, I wish I had a camera to catch this.”  A-duh, I did!  Right in my back pocket 😛

Photo processed wtih snapseed . . . what a cool little app.  I’m looking forward to many more little Iphone moments.

Monday Morning Blues

Mondays sometimes no make that always come around way too quickly.  But the last week won’t be forgotten!  Especially since I recorded so much of it:  The beautiful summer-like temperatures, bursting buds & all the glorious colors . . . boy my macro lens got a good workout!

 Just outside my front door, looking so pretty in a garden that has yet to be cleaned up.

 

My two boys not looking very happy that I am on the outside and they’re not.

It’s not the camera. . .

. . . (or the software) but who’s behind the camera ~ anonymous.

It’s not enough that the days, weeks, months and years keep on zipping by and some days it seems I will never catch up (that reminds me I still have a load of laundry in the washer).   But c’mon . . . before I can figure out a new piece of technology, software, and even a feature on my camera (I’m still discovering things), it’s outdated, obsolete .  .  . yesterday’s news.  Is it really necessary to always be updating?  I think not.  What do you think?  Is the technical as instrumental as the creative/artistic element, do they all share equal value, or are the manufacturers just really clever at stoking the debate over brands & versions and getting photographers to open up their wallets?

Both Nikon & Canon have again introduced two new cameras, Adobe just announced CS6 beta, Lightroom now has 4, there’s an iPad 3, an iPhone . . . and I am sure there are a few I forgot to mention.  Seriously, does anybody who has a version or two older ever really completely exhaust everything that version has to offer?

Of course, I am no fool, and if someone handed me any of the above I wouldn’t turn it down.  But until then, I am happy and content with what I have and slowing things down just a bit.  Whew, I feel better now that I got that off my chest 😉

Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.
~John De Paola