Category Archives: WP Photo Challenge

Tent Caterpillar

As a child I used to see a lot of cocoons in trees, but not so much anymore.  Is that a good or bad thing?  Who knows but I suspect it is not good as this may mean that there are fewer and fewer of these worms.

Entered for this weeks Daily Post Photo Challenge: Transient since the cocoons do not las long.  Here today gone tomorrow (few weeks)

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And There He Is!!

Friday my grandson, Arai, had his Pre-K graduation ceremony (due to his birthday he will be doing another year of Pre-K).  Although it was a small service visibility was limited, since the graduates were short.  However, I was able to capture his GREAT smile between a couple of out of focused parents.

 

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The Elusive Cardinal

There are a few cardinals that come to the bird feeder from time to time for a quick feast.  It seems as if they know I want to photograph them since they fly away as soon as I pull out the camera.  It is very difficult to get a photo that is in focused.

 

 

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When Mom-mom is the Sitter….FUN HAPPENS!

Arai and I spent some time together today on another Adventure.  It is a rainy day here in New Jersey and he needed to release some of his pent-up energy for the sake of everyone else’s sanity.  So I took him to one of his favorite places, the woods, which we refer to as an Adventure.

Here are a few quick pictures that I was able to capture when he slowed down a bit.

                          Look at the happiness on that face!

This is something that his mother would never let him do and since I am Mom-mom she can’t fuss at me for allowing and encouraging it….LOL

Doing the Happy Dance to be in the woods again!

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Another memory created.

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In Honor of…..

….EARTH DAY

My shadow also known as my grandson Arai, was helping me pull weeds in the flower bed today.  He wants to do what mom-mom is doing but his attention span needs to be a bit longer.  I did more calling him back to help me finish me then he actually worked.  He is a work in progress….

 

 

 

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Life Springs Forth

 

Most people, myself included, consider Dandelions weeds because they are very invasive and take away from our beautiful green lawns.  Dandelions are the flower with many health uses according to Organic Facts.  According to Organic Facts here are some of the things that they are good for, bone health, liver disorders, acne and skin care and many more uses.

These Dandelions are growing in the brick patio at my mother’s house.

Do you consider it a weed or flower?

Have you ever eaten a dandelion”

Dandelion:  Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae which consists of species commonly known as Dandelion. Wikipedia

Scientific name: Taraxacum
Rank: Genus
Higher classification: Daisy family
Did you know: Animals such as birds, insects and butterflies consume nectar or seed of dandelion. justfunfacts.com

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Entered in this weeks photo challenge: earth

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Security

Lately my grandson has been watching his shows on my iPad under the security of his blankets, covers or whatever he can find to be alone.

 

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Entered in this weeks WP Photo Challenge: Seurity.  Make sure you check out the other entries.

 

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Shadows and Kids

Kids and bikes go hand in hand in almost any kind of weather.  This was taken just after christmas.  Arai and his cousin Vanessa playing with their new bikes.

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Entered for this weeks photo challenge, shadows.

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New Beginnings for 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I have not posted may pictures the last couple of months mainly because I feel that I am posting the same thing.  Looking back over the past year I do not see any growth in my photography, I feel that I am not growing.  I upgraded my editing software by getting Photoshop and Lightroom but if the photos are better than those programs won’t help me achieve my goals.

By watching various YouTube videos I learned a lot but I still needed something else to bring it all into together.  Taking a college photography course wold be the best thing for me but the local community college did not have evening or weekend classes, so that was out.  Researching the web I found NYIP (New York Institute for Photography) and signed up.

I am hoping that 2017 I will learn a lot and bring my photography to the next level.

Reading, reading, watching videos and more reading is all that I have been doing since I enrolled in the course about 10 days ago.  So today I decided to work on one of the main things that is throwing me off, “f/stops”.  For some reason this is not fully sinking in.  I do know that the larger the number the less light that comes through the lens and the smaller the number the more light comes through the lens.

In the 3 photos I tried to see the difference by using the same settings except for the f/stop, which I only changed by one stop. I also had on camera flash for each photo.

  • Why is photo 2 brighter than photo 1?  Shouldn’t it be darker since less light is being let into the camera?
  • Although only slight, why does photo 1 look darker than photo 3?
1/60 sec. f/10 55mm

Photo 1 – Sony a65 SLT – 1/60 sec. f/10 55mm ISO 100

 

1/60 sec. f/13 55mm ISO 100

Photo 2 – Sony a65 SLT – 1/60 sec. f/13 55mm ISO 100

 

1/60 sec. f/10 55mm

Photo 3 – Sony a65 SLT – 1/60 sec. f/14 55mm ISO 100

 

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