New and (Questionably) Improved?!

For the New Year, it’s out with the old and in with the new – that is, out with the old blog format and in with the new blog format.   

There will be no more Shout-Outs.   Since the response to the requests for Shout-Out pictures was almost non-existent I decided to change the blog format to something new.    I considered making it a 365 photo blog, which is when you challenge yourself to take and post at least one picture every day for a year.   My concern with that format is that I would concentrate more on just taking any ole picture, any ole way and getting it posted, rather than concentrating on learning more about my camera and the different settings on the camera.  So at this point I’m not going to commit to a specific timeline for posting pictures, just that I hope to keep it frequent, interesting and fun, for everyone.

To get things started here are a couple pictures I took around Christmas. 

Can you say p-e-a-n-u-t   b-r-i-t-t-l-e!!!!!  I spell that Y-U-M!

Daddy's peanut brittle

My Daddy makes the best peanut brittle and only at Christmas time.  It’s a real treasure for sure, but more so over the last two or three years as he now has health issues that keep him from making it entirely on his own.  Mouth watering, huh?

Next up is a blue jay (I think) in the snowy tree out back of our house.  Isn’t he a cutie?

We’ve had some unusually cold weather here in TN the last few weeks.   We even had a white Christmas which is not the average for these parts.   I didn’t get any really good pictures of the snow for Christmas but a couple days later I got these…

There’s something about icicles that draw my attention.   They are kindof pretty I guess, but not overly so, and they are a little dangerous I guess, but not really.  I don’t know, I can’t quite put my finger on it.

I’d like to take some time now to say thank you for supporting me during my blog adventure.   I play with my camera, take pictures and post on my blog for my own satisfaction, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without each of YOU.  Thanks for humoring me!

You can sign up to follow my blog in order to get the latest post as soon as it is published, so please do.   Feed back about my pictures will be greatly appreciated.  In fact, one of the most important aspects of this blog is the constructive comments made by the readers.   Please remember to be nice though, I’m just learning.

Until next time.


Shout Out #9 – Create Your Own

Have you ever been to one of those resturaunts where the menu has a “create your own” section?    I think those are great.   You can usually get a little bit of two or three different items which is really great when you can’t make up your mind, which happens all the time to me.   Anyway, that’s what this week’s Shout Out is all about – creating your own shout out subject.   I guess really that’s kindof like saying post whatever recent pictures you have that you are especially fond of at the moment.   

The first picture from me is one that I snapped with my little point and shoot camera of some ice crystals on my windshield one morning.   I just thought they were really pretty and unique. 

I wanted to snap a picture of some beautiful little snowflakes on my windshield one morning last week only to find when I took out my point and shoot that it had busted into a million pieces when I feel on the ice a couple days before.   While I’m sad about my camera I am sooooo thankful that it was not me busted into a million pieces. 

Being as we are so close to Christmas here are a couple pictures of our humble little tree.   I think I’m a bit lazy when it comes to decorating.  I want everything to look nice I just don’t want to do the work to make it happen.  Since it is just the two of us and we hardly ever have company, it doesn’t really seem worth the effort.  But I still need something and I prefer it to look nice.  We also don’t really have a very good place for a big tree but I think this one is nice all the same. 

The next one is definitely one of my favorites right now.  You see I received an early Christmas present from my husband – a new lens for my camera – a 35 mm lens which “closely matches a 50mm lens in the FX format and is perceived to be a natural lens as it provides an undistorted angle of view that is similar to what the unaided human eye perceives” according to the product description.  One thing it does is allow you to get really close to your subject.   That is what I was playing with when I snapped this picture.

Don’t those look yummy?

I have saved my very most current fave for last – of course!!!!   This is just decoration hanging on our front door – I’m not even sure what you call it, a swag maybe?  I actually bought it to hang on the outside of the door but the little sticky hook thing wouldn’t stick to the door in the freezing cold, so I hung it on the inside of the door.   It’s really a picture of nothing special yet I just love the colors and the clarity of the picture.   See what I mean?

That’s all for me folks, at least for now.   Since I’ve left the field WIDE OPEN I hope to see some of your current favorites.  

Merry Christmas to each one of you! May you have the most blessed Christmas possible.


P.S. I have an announcement coming the week after Christmas!!!!!!!  Stay tuned!!!

Lights, what lights?

Really now, who’s bright idea (pun intended) was it to have a Shout Out subject of lights?   

This has been really hard this week.   I didn’t want it to be just about Christmas lights but other creative light pictures were hard to come by this week.  The picture above had a starburst effect added using the filter effects on my camera, so it was really easy.   I need to learn more about all those filter effects on my camera I guess.  Check back with me on that one. 

Maybe I was too busy thinking about what to get who for Christmas instead of thinking about creative light shots, I don’t know.  Anyway I have a few to share with you and I will keep trying to think of some and post them later in the week if that really happens.  (I wouldn’t hold my breath guys, this week is gonna be a busy one.)

First up:   soft, romantic, elegant……

candlelight.   Isn’t that beautiful?  I’m betting most of us have a candle burning around our house most of the time but getting a good picture of one without reflections is not all that easy.   Go ahead, give it a try – I dare you!   And then let me know if you had reflection issues. 

Next up is a little experiment I did with what is called light painting.   

I don’t think I did very well at this but it was fun and I will be trying it again.   Maybe I can do an entire Shout Out subject on light painting and see what happens…ummm (note to self:  write that down before you forget).  

Last but not least is my favorite Christmas light shot so far this year. 

This wasn’t a planned, well thought out picture like some of the ones above which makes it all the more special to me.  I snapped it very quickly as we entered one of the drive-thru light shows around town.   I just love the way some of the trees were captured in the foreground at each side, the reflection of the lights in the water, and how clear the lights themselves are captured.   If you’ve tried to capture Christmas lights at night without a tripod you know how hard that can be, almost impossible.  So I’m chalking this one up to just being blessed.  

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon.


BTW, if you have any suggestions for future Shout Outs just leave me a comment.  I’m always looking for new ideas.

Shout Out #8 Lights

Did you miss me?    Well sometimes life just catches up with you, doesn’t it?    I really have no excuse for not posting for the past couple weeks so I won’t bore you with my whining.  

Let’s dive right into another Shout-Out subject…lights!   I know the first thing that comes to mind will be Christmas lights

 and that is fine, but let’s not focus just on Christmas lights, let’s try to be really creative and snap some photos of other types of lights.  

How about a favorite or memorable lamp?  

 This lamp belonged to my great grandmother.    My sisters, my cousins and I would often spend the night with my great grandparents and this lamp was in the bedroom where we slept.  There are very special memories for me when I look at this lamp.  It now sits beside my bed.  

Or maybe you can snap a quick picture of a traffic light somewhere.  And I hate to state the obvious here, but just for liability issues – PLEASE DO NOT take pictures while driving!!!!!!   

Now which way to Saundersville Road???? 

Maybe someone can get a picture of lights at a railroad crossing.  That would be interesting.   I have this one from back in the summer of an antique railroad light that I think is pretty unique.

It looks kindof sad doesn’t it, two eyes with droopy lids and a frowny face.

I’m gonna be on the look out for some unique light shots myself, so check back next week to see what I find.   In the meantime, upload your shots to the flickr group and let’s see who can come up with the most creative shot.   Creative can be what’s in the picture,  perspective from which the picture was taken or creativity with the shot itself (like light painting).

Now, LIGHTS…camera…and…….click.