Posts Tagged With: photography

Illumination (a wordpress photo challenge)

Our apartment faces due west, so we enjoy watching the course of the sunset through the year – right now it’s to the very far left; in June it will be to the very far right.  Last week, I was sitting in the home office and happened to glance out the window, which faces north.  This side of the building doesn’t get any direct sunlight right now, because the sun sits so low on the southern horizon, but this day, for maybe five minutes, the sun hit the tops of these two pine trees and illuminated them to a bright autumn orange.

Golden Glow

Soon, the sun will be shining on this part of Finland for 20 hours a day, but for now, this made my day!

(This post is in response to the wordpress weekly photo challenge for January 11, 2013.  See more photo posts of illumination here.)

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Playing with Photoshop

One of my goals this year is to learn more about photography.  I got a DSLR last year for my birthday, and was so excited to shoot photos in RAW…except I had no idea what to do with them….  So the last few days I’ve been playing around with it, trying to figure it out.  Still don’t know if I’m doing it right, but here’s a photo I processed this evening:

Mud Flats at MSM

Mud Flats at Mont St Michel

Here is the original:



So, what do you think?  For the photographers/photoshop people out there, any tips?



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Photo Challenge – week of Feb 26th – “Shiny”

For the week of February 26th, the challenge was “Shiny.”  I walked around all week repeating “shiny, shiny, shiny” to myself, like a lunatic.  I got several photos, but there are two I took today that I particularly like.

The fuel rods as seen from inside the reactor core of a nuclear power plant.

The copper canister for fuel rod disposal.

I’ve always been interested in photography, but have never really learned a lot about it – or had a good enough camera to really go crazy with.  For Christmas, my lovely husband bought me a good camera, and one of the things I want to work on while we’re in Finland is learning photography.

Last month, my friend Jen challenged me (well, everyone, really) to do a photo a day.  I immediately accepted…and pretty much failed.  I’ve done a photo a day challenge before, for the entire year of 2010, and I know how difficult it is to take interesting photos every day (as opposed to yet another photo of your cat), let alone really play with the camera and see what you can do.  So instead of a photo a day challenge, I’ve decided on a photo a week challenge, based on the PhotoSunday challenge of the week.  I don’t plan on submitting my photos to their website, mainly because I’m not ready to start a second blog specifically for photos, but I will be using the challenges on there.

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Unfinished Novels, Typewriter Art, Photographs in Photographs, and The Million Dollar Question – Weekend Roundup

I read a lot of blogs in Google Reader, and I’m horribly far behind right now on posting some things I’ve been wanting to post about.  Let’s see how many I can sneak in today, shall we?

Ah, that unfinished novel.  The one you’ve completely given up on, you’ve lost half of it to a bad hard drive and aren’t possible able to recreate it.  The one you wrote ten years ago and never got back to.  The one you’ve given up on finding a way out of.  Post it at

Keira Rathbone makes art with a typewriter – visual art.  “One of Keira’s mediums is the use of vintage typewriters to create her art. Typing out letters, numbers and symbols in place of brush strokes and pixels results in beautiful enigmatic images.”  Very cool:

Keira Rathbone – Typewriter Art

Loving this site:  Dear Photograph.  Old pictures in new pictures are nifty:

Rachelle Gardner posed an intriguing question over on her blog:  Would you rather receive a million dollars for a book that no one will ever read, or have one million people read your book but never make a dime?  I have to say, reading through only some of the comments, I’m in the minority.  Yes, I write not because of the money, but because I have to – if I didn’t write, I would go crazy.  But for exactly that reason, I would be perfectly okay with no one ever reading a specific book I write – because there will be another.  And I’ll have a million dollars.  I don’t know, that’s how I feel – what about you?

How do you keep track of  the books you’ve read (or want to read)?  I started using WeRead through Facebook, but I’ve also heard of GoodReads.  Is one better than the other?  Is it worth trying to bring everything over from one site to the other?  Thoughts, anyone?

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