Rested and Ready

Sometimes we need to recharge our batteries in order to pick up where we left off. A timeout and a little rest can be one of the greatest gifts to give ourselves.

Or in my case, the teacher announcing that class was canceled last Wed. It was perfect timing and I used the time away from assignments wisely.

I put down my camera this weekend and toyed with the iPad. I’m learning a bit more about the “golden hour” and experimenting at sunset. I’m using the iPad as it’s a lot easier to experiment with than setting up the tripod, pouring myself into the camera settings and making sure to have the remote in hand as well.

One of these days, I’ll be using the “real deal” as I have a little heads up that I will be taking “self portraits” as well as the hubs and the hubs and me for a few of my assignments.

It’s been one of those nice relaxing weekends with the hubs. We had a couple of fun dates, a trip to Cold Stone and lots of rest and relaxation.

I’m thankful for the little breather away from class, but I’m ready to get back into school this week. The desire to learn is like a growing wildfire within and I can’t contain it any longer.

Let the school bell ring tomorrow!

Blessings – Debbie

Where is My Autumn

It’s that time of year when I think of ~ Falling leaves and a rake ~ Big bright orange pumpkins and homemade bread ~ Cinnamon and spice ~ Crock pot and soup simmering all day ~ Dark autumn evenings paired with light from candles ~ A shift from laid back summer days to a spring in my step…In fact, I’m normally giddy for this time of year by mid August.

…But, I just can’t seem to get into the spirit this year. What is wrong with me?  I’m never like this. I’m still in summer mode and I’ve never been a summer kinda gal. I think So Cal is rubbing off on me. That could be the # 1 reason.

My nail tips went from pink (two weeks ago) to white this week.  And the orange has yet to surface. I’m not ready,

And the thought just hit that I have yet to make our Thanksgiving reservations.  I am way behind compared to years past.

As I contemplate the idea of putting up the Christmas tree in 6 weeks, I’m just not so sure I’ll be ready. What happened to me?

I had better get a move on and tuck summer away and get on with autumn. But how does one flip that inner switch?

Until then, enjoy the moment no matter the feeling. And please, somebody pinch me, I want to wake up and feel autumn in my heart.

Blessings – Debbie

An Old Friend Comes to Town

Good day my friends!  Actually it should read good evening!  But it has been a good day and evening all the way around in So Cal.

The hubs and I had the privilege of spending the afternoon with hubby’s friend (Teri) from HS.  She’s living it up at this fabulous beach front hotel.

The hubs and me after our lunch on the beach.  It stinks that I can’t take pics in the bright sun yet.  Obviously I don’t know what I’m doing. But, I’m learning and will get better in time.

I played around with my iPad while the sun was setting this evening.  All editing including the watermark and frame were done on the iPad.  Twas fun.

I believe it’s time for a cup of coffee and pj’s.  We’re ready to call it a day around here.

Blessings – Debbie


So yesterday afternoon, when I was getting ready for class, I got the bright idea to check my e-mail.  I’m SO glad I did.  The instructor had sent an e-mail stating that class was canceled and that he would see us Monday.  And he said to enjoy our time off.

That little note did wonders for me.  And I followed the orders of enjoying the time off to the T.  In honor of having the day off, I promptly took a nap.  And it did my body good.

I also made my way to the dirty clothes and got busy turning knobs on the washer and dryer such that we would have empty hampers once again.

But today was where the really big treat hit home.  Normally Thursday is my day to get out there and work on the next assignment.  But since class was canceled yesterday, we didn’t get an assignment this week.

I thought about walking with the girls to Starbucks this morning.  But what I really wanted was a day to play.  A day to relax.  A day to just take a complete timeout.

So the hubs and I slept in a little longer.

As the hubs left for work, I thought about the things I wanted to do.  A manicure was in order so I made my appointment for mid morning.

After my nails were beautified, I joined the hubs for a nice lunch date.  I’m so happy he asked me for a date, it made my day.

After my wonderful date, I ran over to the mall to pick up some make-up.

And this brand new (for me) bottle of (DOT Marc Jacobs) perfume.

It’s the kind of bottle that begs for a little photo shoot.

There is something clean and fresh with the smell that I really like.  And I can’t stop smelling my wrist.  I think I found my new favorite little bottle.

I like how this little bottle spills happiness and cheer.

I still recall the last bottle of perfume I purchased.  It was in Boston some 5 + years ago when I was there with the hubs on a business trip.

This time I asked for the small bottle as I hope to switch perfume between now and the next 5 + years.

Last but not least, cheers to this being the hubs Friday off work week.  I have a feeling this is going to be a great weekend together.

Blessings – Debbie

I’ve Come Full Circle

Note:  The story is about me coming full circle and the shots in this post were taken yesterday.  I just don’t want to confuse the photos with the “story”.

It’s been one of those trying weeks.  And thru the trials, frustrations, tears and a meltdown, I’ve come full circle. And learned “yet again” the hard way.

Shot yesterday – Boy is it paying off!  Meet my hairstylist, she is such a doll.

I briefly touched on my assignment for the week in the last post.  We were to use the tools we’ve already learned and go out into the city or our neck of the woods and take pictures of the world thru our eyes.

Shot yesterday – I struggled a bit with my f stop settings as I love a good shallow depth of field.  These would have been a little better had I bumped up the f stop.  I already know the settings I’m going to use the next time.  And I’m going to nail it!

It all started last Thursday morning when I started taking shots in downtown San Diego.  And it was early on that I realized I needed to change a setting on the camera.

Shot yesterday, much better!

Twas a bright sunny day in San Diego, thus it was a bit difficult to “see” what I was doing in the viewfinder.  But I managed to change the setting.  However, unbeknownst to me, I accidentally changed the ISO from 100 to 6400.  For those of you who don’t understand, it’s not the thing to do in the bright sun. Trust me. My pictures (when blown up) are filled with all kinds of grain/noise. But the bottom line is this. We are to leave our ISO at 100 for every assignment this semester = Not good!

Shot yesterday, makes me so very happy.  Meet Tonya, she’s an amazing potter and she down for having her pic taken with her beautiful creation.

Made for a win ~ win, don’t you think?

I knew I was struggling with my shots (in San Diego). Frustration would be an understatement as I was not able to meet my expectations. It did not occur to me to double-check my settings at the time.  So I continued going out for three days of getting the same ugly results.  It wasn’t until Monday that I realized my big “HUGE” mistake.

Shot yesterday, yea for getting just what I wanted.

Monday was a bitter-sweet day as I reflected on all my hard work and shots that went down the drain.  And thoughts of going out another day to get it done right seemed like a huge mountain.

Shot yesterday.  I’m so happy I got it done right.  Love the little nest up there.

As the realization hit me, it hit pretty hard.  And I needed someone right then and there.  And the only person I needed right then and there was the hubs. It’s unlike me to call him at work as he’s a busy guy.  But I did.  I picked up the phone to call the only person in the world who could make everything better.

Shot yesterday, yea for the courage to get right back up!

As he answered the phone, his voice was all it took for me to know all was right with the world.  And I said “do you have 5 min”.  The hubs “sure my love, what’s up”.  My throat became so tight and tears began to trickle down my cheeks as I told him “all about it”.

Shot yesterday – Many thanks to the hubs for making me feel like a million bucks.

And he said “You did your best. Congratulations for finding out on your own what went wrong.”  And other encouraging words.  Words that my little heart clung to when I felt like I was a complete failure.  Words that helped me want to get out there and kick butt and get the 40 shots I need to turn in for my assignment today.

Words that turned my sad heart upside down.  I’m so blessed and happy that no matter what, my hubby will always consider me a star.

I’m learning while I’m learning and coming full circle right before the assignment is due, is a wonderful thing.

Blessings – Debbie


I’m happy it’s Friday!  And for getting caught up on all things around the house.  The last batch of laundry is in the last spin cycle and the sheets will be fresh out of the dryer in  no time.  It’s a good feeling going into the weekend with the hubs.

Yesterday was a different story.  Have you ever had one of those tasks when your “joy” went from full to expired in an instant?  That happened to me yesterday when I made someone angry.  I fled the scene on foot making a b-line for my car.  Home sweet home, that’s the only place I wanted to seek refuge for the remains of the day.  Read on to see how the story unfolds.

So I took this shot at the height of joy.  I was so excited to be in the heart of downtown San Diego.

I could NOT wait to get this shot.  I stood here on this corner a very long – long time taking all sorts of shots as these guys moved in and out of our busy town.

It was fun taking shots of strangers when they had no clue I was around.  This is all part of our urban assignment this week.

And this guy looking back at something.  Glad it wasn’t me.  The goal is to capture expressions without them seeing the camera.  Yay for getting the job done!

But here is the part where my joy expired.  I got yelled at on this corner.  The lady made a complete scene and I thought she was going to knock my lights out.  Seriously.

She was a dear homeless lady and my heart felt for her, while I worried about me.  I don’t know if I stood on her corner too long or what.  I couldn’t make much sense of what she was saying, but I could understand the word “pictures”.  Clearly I was not taking shots of her, but it was clear that she was not happy, at all.  She also pointed to her eye and said something.  I think she wanted to throw a punch.

So I quickly raised my left hand (in a wave gesture) and said “no – no” in a very soft voice. And it was that precise moment that I knew I did not have it in me to hit/harm her in my defense.  Nor did I feel safe standing there a moment longer.  So I quickly joined a group of strangers and walked with them away from her. Oh boy, did I ever have a very angry woman on my hands.  And all I could imagine is running and screaming thru the streets of San Diego.

Once I was about 300 feet away, I turned around to see if she was tagging along. Luckily, she was back there on the corner.

But my joy of taking photography in the streets of San Diego was gone.  My heart was pounding for a while and my artsy fartsy was out the window.  And all I wanted to do was go home.  So I did.  I didn’t even bother going to the other places I wanted to shoot.  I just made a b-line for home sweet home.

As late afternoon approached, I thought I’d hop in the car and run into town for some more shots.  I did run into town, camera in tow.  As I weaved in and out of the one way streets, my heart wasn’t in it.  Home, there’s no refuge quite like home and that’s where I spent the remains of the day and evening.

I don’t believe in giving up, but I do believe in time to heal that expired tank of joy.

Last evening when hubby asked about my day, he felt so bad, but thankful I was ok.  He assured me that he would take me into the city this weekend AND he assured me that I could have whatever street corner I pleased.  He said he would protect me from any and all who stood in my way of getting the shots I need for the class.  He’s amazing like that.  I love him for making me feel that everything will be ok.

I’m sure I’ll have all the shots I need for class come Monday.

Today was a brand new day.  A day I was ready to pick up my camera and shoot some more.

So I headed over to the farmers market, something a bit more my speed.

This is the very first thing (a little garden flag) I shot today. I think it was for good luck, as my little light was shining bright.

I took shots of decorations on the outside of old buildings.  This establishment has been in the same family since the 1800’s.

This wasn’t for sale, just a part of the outdoor decor.

This shot tickles me.  Gramps, the guy over on the left side of the pic (I like how one sock is up and the other down) was trying to tell his “bride” that I was taking her picture. Fortunately, she could not hear him and I was able to capture a lovely market exchange.

This pair of shoes (hanging on the exterior of a building) called for my attention.

And this old (cash register?) piece called for a shot too.

I was truly in my happy place.

It was sheer joy when the owner of this beautiful pooch allowed me to have a photo session with her baby.

He had my heart at hello.

Mommy was feeding him treats and he was drooling for more.

I can’t think of a better place to shoot than the farmers market.

And I can’t think of a better way to end this week.  It’s nice ending on a good note.

Blessings – Debbie

One Last Hurrah

One thing is clear.  I’m not exhausted with this subject. I believe I could experiment another week and come up with a few more unique shots.

Note:  Both shots in this post were drastically underexposed (on purpose).  I was aiming for drama, I think I achieved what I was looking for.

The shot below, is my favorite shot of the week.

But I still have another shot to share.

In honor of this fun-filled week, here is one last shot.  A sign that this project has come full circle and time to give it a rest.

The shots in this post were not assignments this week.  They were taken with my heart, soul and a lot of pleasure.

That includes setting up an hour in advance.  As it took a bit of planning from the process the night before.  It was a big help knowing where the sun would set.  Finally, the tripod was set to the proper height, the camera was attached and practice shots were taken,  then uploaded to be sure everything was in place.

And one more thing.  There was a lot of anticipating for the moment the sun would drop.

I’m going to miss having my bank out there such that I can experiment, day in and day out.

But next week is a new week, time for a new assignment to wrap my brain around.

Blessings – Debbie

Do What You Love

I don’t claim to be good or great.  But I can claim that leaving something alone is not part of my DNA.

I’ve had that jug of coins (outside) on that counter for days.  I’ve taken pictures of that thing several mornings in a row, as well as a couple of evenings.  My assignment is complete but I can’t stop analyzing it inside out.

Here’s a shot where the coins were getting the last squeak of light from the sun last evening.  There’s something warm about it that I like.

And this morning I took this shot of that jug of coins.

I like this shot because it lends itself to the feel of the sky.  As you can see, the upper part of the jug has a reflection of the blue sky and the mid portion has the feel of white  hazy clouds.

I was focused on the coins midway thru the jug.  This is a shallow depth of field shot.

I framed it just for you!

It’s to be determined if I leave it alone and move on to the next thing.

Keep doing what you love, you never know what you’ll discover.

Blessings – Debbie

All Play and No Work

= Fun for this artist.

After playing with my assignment for a good part of the morning (yesterday), I decided to play during the golden hour last evening.  And then again this morning.

I won’t go into the process of sharing all 4 photos of each object (like yesterday), but I would like to share some shots with shallow depth of field.  That means, the object I’m focused on will be in focus and everything else, blown out of focus.

When taking certain images, this has been my favorite way to shoot this past year.  That’s when I got my 50mm 1.4 lens and that’s what opened my shallow depth of field love.

After playing with the assignment this week, I have a great big wish for a really cool telephoto lens.  I can only dream of the shots I could take with that bad boy.

Onward and upward with my 50mm 1.4 experiment…

Forks Hold an Egg – I prayed the wind would not knock the egg off its rocker.  My prayers were answered.

The Money Spill

It was yesterday afternoon during one of my brainstorms, I got the notion to pop the lid on my ancient (20-year-old) bank.  I literally broke the brittle bank lid doing it.  It started cracking the moment I began tugging.  But I didn’t care, I wanted the money spill shot.

After taking a few shots from the angle as seen above, I wasn’t happy at all.  There was  something lacking and the angle was all wrong.

So I made this adjustment last evening.

This was focused on the spill, as you can clearly see the coins on the counter and everything else is thrown out of focus.

This next shot was focused more on the money in the bank.  It’s like your eye reaches way into the bank.  See how the foreground and the background are blurred?  The coins on the counter are no longer in focus.

Here we are working playing with the same subject during the golden hour last evening.

One more golden hour shot.

And back at it again this morning.  Focused on the coins inside the bank.

Focused on the spill (coins) scattered about the counter.

The same thing with this vase filled with flowers.  I was not happy with my shots yesterday morning.  I didn’t care for the angle or the way the roses were placed.  At the time I thought it would be cool to kinda have the flowers spilling over the one side.  But after criticizing it, things had to change.

So I played during the golden hour last evening, as my subject was backlit with the sun.  I love the soft light this time of day.

We played again this morning.  Isn’t this a cheerful hour?

While all the experimenting is not part of the lesson,  I can’t help myself.  The perk was getting to stay around the house such that I didn’t have to do a lot of running around this week.

Cheers to getting to stay home + I nailed my assignment.  Bring on the weekend with the hubs!

Blessings – Debbie

Depth Of Field

Our photo project of the week is Depth Of Field (DOF)

DOF is the area in front of and behind the subject that is in focus.

Using different lenses is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of photography.  Understanding what wide-angle and telephoto lenses do and how they do it is vital.

Follow along if you would like to enjoy the process.

Before I get started we have 4 pictures, all taken (with the camera attached to a tripod) the same distance (about 3 feet) from the subject.

First up – Taken with a 50mm f1.4 prime lens. The Aperture set to f11 = a greater depth of field.  In other words, the background and foreground are not too blurred.

The subject today is a pottery piece I made last year – Filled with fresh roses from the garden.

Now consider the second shot.  It’s taken with the same lens (50mm f1.4 prime lens) but with an aperture setting of f2.8.  Ah, see the difference?  Same shot, same lens, same distance but with that delicious blurred background.  This is my cup of tea, this lens and a good shallow depth of field.

Now see what happens when we keep the tripod in the same spot (3 feet away) but we change the lens.

Instead of shooting with a 50mm like the shots above, we switch to an 18mm.  See the difference?  The subject appears further away, yet we are still in the same spot.  The aperture for the shot below was set to f16 (not so blurred) with pretty much everything in focus.

Again, the same shot with the 18mm, the aperture setting at f4 = a little more shallow depth of field.

You will also notice that the smaller the lens, the less depth of field we can achieve.  No wonder I use my 50mm 1.4 so much.

I started a wish list of a few lenses I would like.

  • 16-35mm
  • 24-85mm
  • 70-200mm
  • 70-300mm

The possibilities are endless!  I just wish the bank account were endless as well.

Now I’m off to brainstorm, as I need to find a few more images.  Then follow the procedure as seen above, to complete the assignment this week.

Should be fun!

Blessings – Debbie

The S Curve

The S Curve stumped me this week.

This line goes further than just a plain curved line. It is called the Line of Beauty. You have seen this S Curve hundreds of times in drawings and paintings and many works of art.

But, but how and where was I to find the S Curve in nature?  This week for class.  The more I thought about it during class, the more I got myself all worked up, over nothing.  S Curves are everywhere!

In the photo below, if you follow along the mountain, you can see how the very top curves up and down as it leads into the next mountain.  That is considered an S Curve.  The ripples going down the side of the mountain are considered S Curves.  The bushes in the foreground make an S Curve pattern.  S Curves are everywhere in this shot.  But the shot would not be complete without a subject.

Check out that barn (the subject) positioned in “the rule of thirds” (not in the center both horizontally and vertically) in the lower right 1/3 of this shot.  Boom!  We have S Curves and a subject!

Can you see the S Curves in this shot?

The mountains, lake and road are all S Curves.  I did need to wait for just a bit to get the jeep.  As I’m learning, a picture is not complete without a subject.

I’m not really ga ga over the shot above.  I’m just not.  I don’t care for the evening hours when this shot was taken.  And I believe it would be a lot more pleasing to the eye if this particular shot had been taken in the morning.  Only because the sun would have been on this side (behind me) of my subject.

I’m a bit anal, but I’ve also learned that in this class, I can’t run myself raged every day of the week (like I did on my first assignment). It’s weeks like that, week after week that I could just drop the class and hunker back into a homebody.

Today I get to be a homebody, I love that!  I get to stay home, drink coffee, do laundry, clean, drink some more coffee…

Hey, HEY!  Yes, you!  I’ve got some good news!  Speaking of coffee, I just discovered my new favorite coffee cream.

Allow me to introduce you to (if you haven’t already had a formal introduction) International Delight Coldstone Sweet Cream!

Thank you International Delight and Coldstone for putting your heads together.  Coffee without you would not be the same.

These guys are huge as in the 32 oz size.  I couldn’t find a smaller size to try.

I’m always skeptical trying new coffee creams.  But I thought, why not give this big guy a try? After giving it a try, I quickly picked up another two bottles.  Why, you ask? Because if this is just a seasonal thing, I will cry. And It won’t hurt to have plenty of back – up.

The other thing I like about this stuff is that it has no trans fat nor does it have the awful hydrogenated oil which means “trans fat”.  LOVE – LOVE – LOVE this stuff. Now hurry up and try it!  I dare say you will have three whopping jugs of it in your fridge like me by the weekend.  No?

I can’t say goodbye without pausing to remember 9/11/2001

Blessings – Debbie


Hey ~ hey peeps, where did the week go?  Wherever it went, I’m thankful for all the good things that filled the time and space.

This post and pictures do not belong together.  As in, I’m sharing a few pictures I took yesterday (they did not make the photography assignment) sandwiched between the subject of change.

Change is all around, if we take a moment to note it.  Consider the fact that it’s already getting dark a bit early.  Soon we will be adjusting every clock in the house and it will be pitch black at 5 pm.  But that’s not what I want to talk about.

As I was saying, change is looming.  In fact, it’s happening under the roof in this house.

I went from a homebody (which I love) to a busybody, overnight.  Hey, it’s what I consider a busybody as I’m filling the gas tank a lot more often than the “old” norm.

I feel a shift from what I’m used to and I’m beginning to see the direction in which this thing called change is going.

I’m making daily visits with my calendar, something I never really had to do in the past.

As I look back over the last two weeks, there is not a day where I just stayed put.

I love that hubby asked me to join him for lunch today.  It’s these kind mid day afternoon dates that make my day.

This change is taking me in all sorts of fun and new directions.

It’s stretching me to be a better me and I’m learning to manage time more efficitntly.

I’m learning from my mistakes.

There is always room for growth.  And I find that opening myself to view the world with a larger lens, I’m able to see, learn, grow and carry out so much more than I dreamed possible.

Cheers to change and being swept away from my homebody zone.

Blessings – Debbie


Happy Thursday evening!  Indeed it has been one of those very happy days.

I gave up my Thursday morning “Hike” (with the girls) to Starbucks.  I missed them today. But I was given quite the assignment yesterday in my photography class and felt I should get on it today and tomorrow such that I have the whole weekend with the hubs.  I’m so glad I did.

The assignment this week is on “elements of composition within the digital frame”

This project is to help understand how to view and compose picture elements and place them within the small area of our sensor.  We place these components by altering our viewpoint and shooting position and carefully choosing what to include in our images following decades old basic rules (guidelines) of good picture composition.

I won’t go into all the details, but the process makes sense.

The photos in this post were all taken in Beautiful San Diego, CA (Downtown, Seaport Village and Coronado Island) between the hours of 7:30 am and 11 am this morning.  You will notice that all my outdoor shots (this semester) have to be taken before 11 am or after 5 pm.  Depending on Daylight Savings time…  Rules from the instructor as there will be no harsh or bright overhead sunlight shots making the grade in his class.

Yes Sir, I’m all about following the rules.

This was a fun task, filled with thought and consideration for each subject.

Hi everyone, these shots are not in order.  This is me (at the end of my photography journey) on my way to meet my lifelong girlfriend (Beth) for lunch on this beautiful “blustery” day!

Sittin’ by the sea…

Love this subject (The world’s oldest ship – Star of India) floating in the Harbor of San Diego.  Her life began at the Ramsey Shipyard in the isle of Man in 1863.

Seaport Village

The instructor encouraged us to take candid shots of people on our journeys, it makes for a great subject.  Believe it or not, I stood there for a very long time for this shot.  Before these folks came round the bend, the camera was glued in place such that they would not freak out if all of a sudden, I lifted the camera.  I was on my spot, at the ready for something fun to round that bend.

As they got closer and right where I wanted them in the frame, I shot like so.  It’s always fun to try new things and I can see shots like this popping up in the future.

When I finally put the camera down, this is the spot I chose to rest for a nice drink and lunch with Beth.  Nothing like a lunch at the Hotel Del beach side.

It was a glorious afternoon as Beth and I sat here enjoying our visit and 2 & 1/2 hour lunch.

It’s a day where the stress of getting the right shot melted and I allowed things to unfold in the right time.  The day could not have gone better.

Cheers to photography, friendship and a day when work felt more like vacation.  I could get used to this.

Blessings – Debbie

Labor Of Love

Well, It’s Tuesday morning and I have to say, it’s been a crazy busy last few days finding subjects for my photography assignments.

On Bracketing – This project is to help understand how to adjust  F stops and shutter speeds and to understand under, proper and over-exposure.

While I thought I had my bracketing assignment “in the bag” yesterday morning.  For some reason, I did not have something that completely satisfied me.

So last evening during the “golden hour”, I set out to get “the” shot.

The assignment called for:

  • An object outdoors
  • The subject can be anything large
  • The background can be anything but it should contain areas of dark but detailed shadows and bright but detailed highlighted areas.
  • Shoot in Bright sun (before 11 am or 5 pm on) This was taken at 5 pm
  • A total of 10 shots of the same subject (over and underexposed)

The ISO was set to 100 and all camera settings are set for manual in this class.

I continued taking shots by underexposing the object by 1 stop (shutter speed)

One more shot underexposed by 1 stop

And another.

Back to the top.  Now the process was repeated by starting out normal, then overexposing.

I used the tripod for this lesson (not necessary but so helpful)

Over exposed again by 1 stop


and again

The assignments are all wrapped up and copied on thumb-drives ready to turn in tomorrow.  This was a fun assignment.  A true labor of love.

I’m taking a break from photography today.

It’s one of those fun “meet the hubby for lunch” kind of days.

And I think it involves a little food shopping and laundry too.

Have a great day!

Blessings – Debbie

A Reciprocity For Disaster

Good Monday Labor Day Morning!  I hope all is well in your world.

I do believe photography has taken over all of my free time.  I’ve been waking up so early such that I can get out of the house, practice and get to my assignments.

This week, I’m not only studying reciprocity of exposure, I’m also learning about bracketing.

Back to Reciprocity.

Reciprocity of Exposure:  Photographs are made because light strikes an object and is reflected towards the viewer where the camera can focus it on the imaging sensor. Learning to correctly adjust your Sutter Speeds and F-Stops to provide optimum exposure is vital and basic to your understanding of the photographic process.

When I started this class two weeks ago, I had no clue reciprocity had anything to do with taking photos.  But thru the exercise this week, I have learned the meaning and importance of reciprocity.  I’ve also learned a lot from my mistakes.  I continue to make mistakes, but luckily I have yet to repeat the same mistake twice.

Turns out, the reciprocity thing was a disaster this morning.  But, all is well that ends well.

So I set out today knowing my two assignments (this week) inside out.

I already have just what I need for the bracketing assignment but I wanted a few more subjects on reciprocity.  Even though I already have enough, I wanted a little more practice.

A not so funny thing happened.  I got the assignments confused in my head and took all bracketing shots.  And yes, I had the assignment with me, in the car.  But since I “knew what I was doing,” or not. I did not think to double check.  Thus, I confused bracketing with reciprocity.  Who does that?  Um, yes, that would be me.

Reciprocity for disaster did indeed strike, but there is another lesson learned.  Double check the assignment goofball, it could save you a trip!

I learned the hard way as I didn’t realize this until I came home and downloaded my work.

So I got back in the car to have another visit with my subjects.  Cheers for getting it right the second time around!  Now I really know the meaning of reciprocity inside out, forwards and backwards.  And I don’t see making this mistake again.

While I had my fair share of troubles this week.  I learned a lot from my mistakes.

I’m ready to turn the chapter and up for the next challenge.

Blessings – Debbie