Monthly Archives: September 2012

39|52 Candles Galore (September 24-30, 2012)

We celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday wiht a lovely dinner made to order complete with cake with lots of lit candles for her to make a birthday wish.


38|52 23 Years (September 17-23, 2012)

Sunday we had brunch that Keith made with Travis, Kelsey & Scotty. By coincidence, or planning, it was a special occasion for me and Keith.  Twenty three years ago we were married.  Where does the time go?

We took a family photo and after several tries we’re happy with this one:


Later Sunday, Keith and I used the champagne glasses from our wedding day for a glass of wine.



37|52 Circular Views (September 10-16, 2012)

Circles and rounded edges are sometimes interesting to me.  While waiting in the hospital earlier this week, I looked up and thought the view in the round mirror was interesting. It’s great having my iPhone with its camera handy.


This weekend while Keith was checking on the boat, I played with the fisheye camera lens. I was less than 24″ away and was able to get the entire spare tire in the frame. That’s pretty impressive!


Then I tried taking a few pictures to minimize the roundedness of the sides when using the fisheye lens.  A junky yard can be like candy for those with a camera.


Later in the day Keith and I drove around the Kingston/Durant area looking for garage sales.  It was a peaceful drive in rural Oklahoma.


36|52 Getting the Big Picture (September 3-9, 2012)

The fisheye lens is my new toy that Keith bought me for my birthday.  I’ve been reading about all the different ways to use the lens to get photos that range from looking weird to gorgeous.  Some photographers believe this is the best lens because it lends itself to so much creativity.  My pictures aren’t creative or gorgeous yet but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually.  So far I’m still trying to understand how to use it.

Bear with me as I learn about this.  Here are a few shots from around my house.


Purrkins’ looks like he has a giant paw.  Shhh, he thinks he really is that big and powerful.


Sitting on the floor at our front door looking into the entryway shows our ancestors greeting us as we walk into our home.


I haven’t cropped any of these so you can see how much of a big picture view you get with this lens.  Depending on the angles, the result is more or less distorted looking.   I’ve got to learn enough about using this lens by the time we go on our fall foliage trip next month.

35|52 Another Year Older (August 27-September 2, 2012)

As I walked to my car Monday morning I paused to take a picture of the lovely (not) water hole in our front yard.  Keith put a pot in it upside down and a pole to make sure no one fell in it.  A pipe had a slow leak that was fixed on Thursday.


My birthday was Friday and I spent the morning with my uncle, aunt and cousin going to garage sales.  While there weren’t very many, I did buy a few things and had a fun time with my family.  When we finished I played with the birthday present my husband got me, a fisheye lens, by taking pictures at my uncle’s home.  It’s pretty cool how you can get such a wide view.


Friday was also a blue moon, meaning it was the second full moon in the month.  Keith and I went to a local park and I took a few photos with my fisheye lens.  You really can’t even tell that it’s a wider view, which is really nice.


I also took some photos with 18-250mm lens.


Saturday my nephew had a skating party and I used my new lens a bit more.  I’ll be really playing with it more soon and learning when and how to get the most out of it.


My nephew and I are a year older and both in our double digits!