Small window

Every now and then, I catch a glimpse of a scene that stops me in my tracks then spurs me to get my gear and capture it!

(The sun sets remarkably fast when you start setting up and snapping.)

Shooting in aperture mode, I set the depth of field to f/22 for the sunbeam effect and got the image below.

1/40 sec, f/22, ISO 400

Since the wind was brisk, I quickly boosted the ISO from 400 to 1000 to increase the shutter speed from 1/40th of a second to 1/160th of a second and managed to get a crisper shot before the sun vanished behind the low clouds.

1/160 sec, f/20, ISO 1000

Here’s the close up comparison with camera settings from Lightroom .So glad there was just enough time to make the quick adjustment. I love the final shot.

Silver and Gold – Nov 2019

The transition from fall to winter was dramatic this particular day. Gentle overnight snow was followed by a heavy fog. As the sun chased the fog away, the golden leaves of birch and poplar brightened the black and white of pending winter.

Alternate screen resolutions are available here.

March 2019 – Longer Days

The change in the angle of the rising sun is much more obvious to me in our new home as the window in my new creative space faces east. Earlier and earlier the sun (when not hidden by cloud) breaks through the backyard trees and directly into my eyeballs as I sit at my desk. Having just moved, renovations are still under way and the window covering for my workspace is not yet in place. The movement of the sun peeking in over my computer chases me into posture changes as I type. I don’t mean this as a complaint; I welcome the warmth and promise of summer.

The snow won’t be gone by the time I post next month’s calendar but I promise I will capture something without snow in it.

Alternate screen resolutions can be found at the Free Calendar drop down menu. Here’s the grab for your phone screen:

I {heart} hearts

branches covered in frozen bubbles shaped in a heart

This fall just as the lake was beginning to freeze over, a couple of branches collected frozen bubbles and formed a heart!

Last spring, I almost stepped on to this frosty heart just outside the door to our garage.

heart of frost

And I noticed this heart in a birch tree late last summer.

heart in a birch tree

To me these are little messages of love from my Heavenly Father.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

the popular vote

Wasn’t the  John Scott/NHL All Star story inspiring and entertaining?

That emotionally satisfying event combined with the heartfelt comments from so many of you regarding the absence of desktop calendars (and the need to have something on my own desktop), motivated me to whip up a desktop calendar for February.

For simplicity sake this is an image I have used before and I did not set a specific screen resolutions. If you find the size doesn’t work well for you, please let me know. I will gladly make adjustments if they are requested.

Your input is important and very much appreciated.

Feb 2014

I can hardly wait to turn the page on the calendar hoping the conditions in my environment ease up. I can hardly remember a colder, windier winter. Am I getting soft in ‘my old age’? Whatever. It’s been COLD!

I’ve mentioned before how wind is not my camera’s friend. It’s challenging enough to get still subjects in crisp focus! I realize there is potential for artistic shots with movement and all but sub-zero wind chill is not anything I wish to endure for that opportunity. So, having not been out with my camera all but one day this past month (see previous post), I looked back into my digital library for an image to serve as backdrop for this month’s calendar. Happy February. ❤

free desktop calendar February 2014_1440x900For specific screen resolutions, you can select February 2014 from the Free Calendar drop down list on the menu bar above.

 

looking at you

 

This bracket fungus was just too interesting not to capture!

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