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Plants beware my brown thumb!

Why a ‘brown thumb’, you ask? Well, I definitely don’t have a green thumb, but I like to delude myself think that I don’t have a black thumb. So I say ‘brown thumb’ and mean that I’m a mediocre plant caretaker.

Take this rose plant as an example. I saw it in the grocery store around Valentine’s Day and decided to get one and take it to work to brighten up my desk. There’s just one problem… I don’t have an outside window at work. I face the hallway so the plant would only get artificial light. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, as long as it GOT said light. I really should have taken it home on the weekend, instead of leaving it in the dark for those 2 days. When I returned on Monday it was a sad little plant, flowers dropping, leaves wilting. In other words, not good.

I don’t have a ‘before’ picture, but here’s what it looked like after I brought it home and trimmed the dead stuff and put it in a larger pot with good potting soil. This is now the ‘before’ picture as I attempt to nurse it back to health.

March 18, 2012 – re-potted
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1/125 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200 – Sony a55

April 21, 2012 – fungal pot-mates showing up
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1/80 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800 – Sony a55

April 28, 2012 – looking better!
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1/320 sec at f/5.0, ISO 100 – Sony a55

And today!
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1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 – Sony a55 w/macro lens

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1/250 sec at f/4.5, ISO 100 – Sony a55 w/macro lens

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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Macro lens, Nature, Photo Story, Sony DSLR A55

 

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Evening bliss

Spring weather is notoriously unpredictable, and Edmonton is no exception.  After a week filled with rain, then snow, then sun, cold, wind and more rain I was thrilled when last night, after supper, the sun was out in full glory. Off to the park we went!

There were puddles in the parking lot on the way to the park, we just had to stop 😉

SPLASH!
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HTC cell phone

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“Let’s go slide! Over there!”
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She’s determined to climb this, and has tried the past few times we’ve been at the park. She did really well today! Only needed help for the last bit at the top 🙂
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Mum’s monkey!
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HTC cell phone

Ready, set…
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HTC cell phone

SPIN!
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My favourite splash picture ♥
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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in HTC cell, Munchkin, Photo Story

 

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Shhhhh! It’s cat hunting season!

*hushed voice, with a slight British accent*

Today on Cat Hunters, we are looking at capturing the elusive house cat. The house cat, Felis catus, can be hard to locate. They are adept at finding obscure hiding places, such as under (or in) couches, the highest shelf in the bathroom closet, or even in the ceiling. Sometimes, they hide so well they forget how they got there and have trouble finding their way out!

In an effort to capture a local specimen, we set out a humane cat trap. The trap was so appealing, the target cat was there within moments, investigating.

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1/100 sec at f/4.5, ISO 6400, 28mm

And, 15 seconds later, success!

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1/30 sec at f/4.5, ISO 6400, 28mm

“Why are you staring at me like that?”

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1/30 sec at f/4.5, ISO 6400, 28mm

“Yea, you caught me. Now what?”
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1/40 sec at f/4.5, ISO 6400, 28mm

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Kitty, Photo Story, Sony DSLR A55, Toys

 

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Mum’s little cutie pie!

Wow, I haven’t posted any Munchkin pics in a while! Here she is, having fun with her dolly 🙂

(pictures were taken with my a100, before my a55 arrived)

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1/60 sec at f/11, ISO 400, 26mm, w/flash

“Hold my baby, Mommy?”

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1/60 sec at f/11, ISO 400, 18mm, w/flash

‘Well, if Mommy won’t hold baby, I’ll have to get a stool’

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1/60 sec at f/11, ISO 200, 18mm, w/flash

‘Stool needs to go over here’

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1/60 sec at f/11, ISO 200, 18mm, w/flash

‘Oh hai!’

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1/60 sec at f/11, ISO 200, 18mm, w/flash

“CHEESE!”
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1/60 sec at f/11, ISO 200, 18mm, w/flash

‘Oo look, cartoons!’

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1/25 sec at f/3.5, ISO 400, 18mm, no flash

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Munchkin, Photo Story, Sony DSLR A100, Toys

 

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Why I love photography

When I think back on why I got into photography in the first place, it’s a convoluted story with no real start point – but those are the best stories, don’t you think? Or, at least, the start of something wonderful.

My own photography journey started when I was a wee one. I remember one board game I would play with my family, and one of the categories (it was like Trivial Pursuit, but not TP) was a picture and you had to figure out what the item was based on a picture of just a small part. My initial fascination with minute detail began there, I think. It was my favourite category (and I was pretty good at it!) and I would spend a lot of time looking at the pictures and seeing what part of the whole was focused on, and how that related to the whole. I learned that ordinary items can be extraordinary, depending on how you look at it.

As a child, I had a variety of cameras I used – a Brownie camera with block flash, a similar camera with an even bigger film roll and disposable cameras. I can’t remember when I got my first ‘real’ camera, but I think it was some time in high school. I didn’t get very far in my photography at that point for two reasons: 1) I wasn’t thinking like a photographer, which meant that 2) I wasn’t paying attention to what worked and what didn’t. (aiming the camera at the sky to take a picture of the stars, for example, was a whim that resulted in no picture, but I didn’t follow it up and figure out WHY it did work for me).

My first digital camera was a birthday present in 2004, and I quickly discovered what I WANTED the camera to do was not what it COULD do. And that was macro photography. I still have a fascination with the minute detail of things, a fascination that reached new heights during my Masters, when some of my little critters were examined by SEM (scanning electron microscope) and I was blown away by the detail at the micro scale.

So what does this all have to do with here and now, and this post? Well, one of the reasons I chose to get serious about photography was a desire to explore macro photography. And last night, with my new camera ( 😀 ) I did just that.

I was cleaning the kitchen and had trimmed the flowers Daryn got me for Valentine’s Day. The pile of dead flower stems and leaves were accented with grape stems from my evening snack. The pile looked so interesting, I pulled out my new camera, put on my macro lens, and snapped away! Hope you enjoy!

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1/20 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400
Sony a55 50 mm lens

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1/15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800
Sony a55 50 mm lens

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1/15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800
Sony a55 50 mm lens

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1/15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800
Sony a55 50 mm lens

 

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Fun at the zoo

The November long weekend, Kirra and I went down to Calgary to visit my sister’s family. Off we went to check out the animals at the zoo!

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Kirra’s cousin could name off nearly every animal!

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Kirra was more interested in the planes overhead

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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Munchkin, Nature, Pentax Optio, Photo Story

 

Fun with Ginger

My parents went on a trip so we were dog sitting for a little over a week. Kirra loves the animals in her life, and Ginger is no exception.

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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Munchkin, Photo Story, Puppy, Sony DSLR A100

 
 
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