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Life Thur the Lens 19/52... Wildflowers of The Black Hills

The Fun...

The warm breeze graces the land and the snow melts as the last tulip withers away. And, just like that, spring has sprung and the wildflowers spread across the forest floor. 

Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
Wildflowers in the Black Hills | Life Thru the Lens link up | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography
The Earth Laughs | Lisa Kerner | Simply Living Photography

The Good.... A Hike FULL of Gratitude....

  • the scent of warm pine needles in the air
  • the rustling of the trees as they sway in the wind
  • mocking birds singing back and forth to one another
  • squirrels scampering through the forest
  • the smell of rain as a thunderstorm rolls in
  • tom turkeys strutting in all their glory
  • a forest floor covered in wildflowers

 

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?


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Life thru the Lens 4/52... counting my blessings: a month in review

The Good...

As I sit here typing away, while the aroma of banana granola wafts though the air, I am amazed at how fast January has slipped by. We are three months into our adventure of being jobless and homeless. We are not totally destitute, we will be receiving a small retirement check, and oh how blessed we are to be living with my mother-in-law. So, technically we are not homeless. Insert long sigh, and gentle smile.

Life Thru the Lens| Month in Review| Counting My Blessings| Lisa Kerner| Simply Living Photography

The Random...

It feels a bit weird to literally be suspended in limbo. We have big dreams, and huge ideas, of where we want our life to be, but that all hangs on several unknowns in our lives right now. Although I have been a vagabond my entire life, I have never been in this position where my life had no real direction. Where I was simply standing on a path waiting for some clue as to which direction I must head. Forward, for sure, but exactly where? Hmmmm. 

There are days when that unknown really bothers me; have I mentioned I am a type A personality? But then, other days it really doesn't bother me at all. I have this uncanny feeling that it will all work out. It's the not knowing when or how it will work out that drives me nuts . 

The Fun...

So, here's the thing. In our situation it would be really easy to wallow in the unknown, the what if(s) and the fear that tags along. And, somedays I do, but mostly, I count. 

~Reading our notes out of our 2015 memory jar

~Water droplets on lilies

~The creative juices that a photography series produces

~2 packs of Holiday Blend coffee hidden away in the freezer

~A date-night with The Thinker where we dream and hope

~Officially retired and no longer Uncle Sam's Man.

~The smell of fresh baked pumpkin and banana bread

~Whispy snowflakes and a roaring fire

~One more National Park checked off our bucket list

~Meeting a buffalo in the middle of the road

~A hike in the woods

~Reading animal tracks in the snow

~A great book snuggled under a warm quilt

~Sunset silhouette of The Hills

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Life Thru the Lens 2/52... up close and personal

We graduated Blue Eyes on New Year's Eve. To help celebrate, my mom had a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to her. Of course I could not let that opportunity slip by without a little photographic fun. 

I had an entirely different approach planned, but by the time I actually got around to shooting these flowers they were not at their peek. I decided a little macro would be fun, but that is boring, and I am a little more than tired of just shooting flowers up close. So, why not try my hand at water droplets?

Believe me when I say it was a ton of trial and error. And, eventually I gave up at trying to capture the droplet falling off the tip of the flower petal because I was running out of natural light fast. Without the proper amount of light, it was impossible to capture a crisp shot. Well, a crisp enough shot that I would share it with you all... wink, wink.  

What I learned:

~I did not use water for these shots. I used an essential oil... which is expensive, so I would not recommend it. Next time I will use a cooking oil, but the viscosity did make the shot easier because the oil was more willing to stay put. 

~You most definitely need a dropper, hence why my choice of an essential oil. I intend to purchase a dropper, or two, for more experimentation. 

~Plenty of good light is essential. You will want your shutter speed high so that you can capture the droplet faster. 

~Using oil, once it drops, it is next to impossible to make another drop stay put in that perfectly rounded form. However, you can capture some really fun shots while the droplet slowly descends off its platform... 

As I mentioned before I did experiment with droplets falling off a petal. Some of them are okay, but none of them are fabulous enough to share here. That will be my next experiment. until then, this was my best shot. It's not a bad shot, but I really want to capture the droplet once it leaves the petal. 

What you'll need...

~A tripod is essential

~Either a shutter release, or a camera with a timer... optimally one that can take multiple shots at a time.

~Great light so that you can keep your ISO lower and your shutter speed higher... I used shutter priority to obtain my shots. 

~Then, you'll what some test run shots so that you can pinpoint where your focus should be. If you have not already learned how to set your focus point, you should pick up your camera manual today, right now, and learn how to do so. It will change your photographic life. 

~I was using AF-S (Auto Focus Single) but in hindsight I should have been using AF-C (Auto Focus Continuous). Again, if you are scratching your head thinking, "What is this lady taking about?" you really need to learn this, this year! No excuses. Matter of fact, here is a great article to get you started.

~Then shoot, shoot, shoot! you'll take tons of photos to obtain a few perfect shots. I am okay with that since one the digital world makes it is to cull and trash, but second becasue I do not deal with speed shots often, it'll take a while before I am comfortable enough with my skills alone to capture the shot. We all have to start some where. The key is to learn that way you do not sty in the rut of cull and trash and move forward to the everyday of using skills to create shots in as little shots as necessary. 

Cull- "That boring, obnoxious task of sifting though all the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in order to finally surface with a body of work worth looking at." ~ Lisa Robinson, Culling Photos: Five Tips to Choose Your Best Images

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WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE THRU THE LENS LOOK LIKE?

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~The link-up will open at 8:00 A.M. Mountain Time.