Still playing with the new camera (obviously). I don't think I've put it down! Oh, the functions - I wish you could see the happy happy dance of joy I do with every new setting I learn!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Stellas in a neighbor's yard
Tallulah in mid-lick
I'm very pleased with this camera's capabilities, so far...and I haven't even read the book yet to find out what else it can do! The fact that it picked up the spiderwebs and the cat's tongue in mid-lick, that's something my old camera never did! And that was my greatest disappointment with my old camera; it just never picked up the subtle details of a shot.
I bet you know what I'll be doing on my lunch break today...
Saturday, June 21, 2008
1. Rusty, 2. Glow, 3. Haunted, 4. Juliana, 5. Watcher, 6. Amid the Clutter, Nature Prevails, 7. Art?, 8. Here Kitty Kitty, 9. Looking Down, 10. By the Stars Above, 11. Wild, 12. Tenant Parking, 13. Reflection, 14. Rose Among the Thorns, 15. Spiral
More photo's here.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
This past weekend the battery door on my camera broke. I was forced to tape it shut, lest the batteries come flying out. At first I was kind of surprised by my lack of emotion for this happening. I mean for someone who carries a camera with her everywhere, I wasn't heart broken. Now I am in no way anything more than an amatuer dabbler in the field of photography, pretty much a point and shoot kinda gal, but for a while now I've been feeling like I just wasn't getting the pictures I wanted from my Olympus, so that coupled with the lack of emotion led me to realize that maybe it was time for an upgrade.
Now my little Olympus still works, so I wasn't really seriously considering buying a new camera right away, but I thought I'd just check out some: price them, compare them, read reviews, check out who was using what on Flickr and how their photos turned out. I’m not sure what led me to the Canon Powershot a580, but once I read the specs on it (8 megapixel resolution and 4x optical zoom lens, 2.5" LCD screen, 16 shooting modes, face detection system, video with sound and on and on) and this review, then saw this picture taken with the same camera and compared all of it to what I was getting out of my little camera, I knew that this was the next step for me.
I went from website to website, comparing prices to find something that would fit my budget, seeing who had deals, the good reputation and the better shipping. And after several sites and the lowest price being about $135, I thought, "Hmmm...I wonder if Dell carries it?" (after the purchases I've made through them, at least I know I can trust them). So onto the Dell website I went and what did I find? The a580...ON SALE...for cheaper!! Hey, any savings is good...AND they had free shipping. I also splurged and got a 4 GB SDHC memory card, which will hold like 2,000 high-res picts! Sooooooo PSYCHED!
My poor peonies have been getting beat by the rain
And the veggie garden is flourishing (though it needs desperately to be weeded). Here are the cukes and radish.
Tomatoes (lets hope they do better than last year!)
and Zucchini with some morning glories growing in the corner.
I really need to get in there and clean up, maybe tonight after work...maybe. Who's to say that I'll be in the mood?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Title: "Stitch and Bitch" (mini-quilts week 15)
Materials and Techniques: cotton fabrics completely handstiched...a technique that I despise! I have nothing but awe and respect for those quilters who sit there handstitching full sized quilts...I think they're absolutely insane...but it takes a tough constitution to work on something like that!
From Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Apr. 2007 issue
Title: "Country Kitsch" (mini-quilts week 16)
Materials and Techniques: cotton fabrics in a nine patch and solid formation. I'll be honest, I really don't like country florals...I'm not sure what it is about them that makes me cringe, but they do. I tried them, because they were in my scrap bucket, but I still find them hideous!
Title: "Flutterby" (mini-quilts week 17)
Materials and Techniques: pieced solid cotton fabric with a floral print (not country floral mind you!), embroidered with flowers and butterflies, and one little bee. I love to embroider! I don't often do it, but I love the way it always comes out. Even when it's bad, it looks good...well, sometimes.
As soon as we get a not-so-dreary day, I'll have to take pictures of the garden...it's growing by leaps and bounds! AND...my brother took down that horrible fence in the back yard! Being sick, I lost 2 weeks of working on his bedroom, so the poor guy is sleeping on the couch. I feel bad, I wanted to have the last of the sheetrock up, but it just hasn't happened. Soon, hopefully.
Monday, June 09, 2008
I also made a slip cover for one of my couch pillows - I love this fabric...I think it's a Kaufman. Mum bought it for me.
Finishing the coffee table was easy - I sat on the floor the whole time.
And when the coffee table was done, I moved onto canvas...'cause I was bored.
Now I'm just waiting for the Doctor's office phone to stop being busy, so I can see if I can get in and find out why I haven't been able to hear well out of either ear for the last three days, why the cough persists and why my nasal passages feel like they're going to explode! Then I have to take the dog to the vet...again...for shots.