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“In every drop of water, there is a story of life.” Leena Arif

I’m playing around with my D800E and the 105mm Macro lens.  Since the sprinklers were on in the garden it was a prime opportunity to get some cool water drop pics.  I have alot to learn to maximize the potential of this lens . . . but I was pretty impressed with what I did get.  Can you see my reflection in several of the water droplets?  I had to really decrease the size of this for posting purposes.  These images tend to start out (in RAW) at around 40 mb.  I’m finding I really don’t need to do much post processing other than maybe a tad bit of sharpening.  The SOOC quality is quite stunning.  Coming from a crop factor camera (the D7000), it’s quite incredible.  

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“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” Alfred Stieglitz

We had to go back to the camera store today to return the CF card as it turned out not to be the right one for the D800E.  We’ll order on e-Bay and get a better price anyway.  We also picked up a couple more lenses – one that only works on the D7000 (18-200mm 3.5 VR) that is used and a good deal, as well as a wide angle 16-35mm 1:4 VR that will work on both cameras.  I took a few test shots at the front of the store in good light with the D7000 and the 18-200mm 3.5 VR.  This display case is full of old film cameras.  Kinda cool!  My reflection is in the glass . . . 

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“Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.” Pooh though for a little. “How old shall I be then?” “Ninety-nine.” Pooh nodded. “I promise,” he said. – Christopher Robin & Pooh Bear

I have to say that Honey Bear is really enjoying his new home here north of the border!  Today, he and Canada Moose have become fast friends . . . they’re having some quiet time together on the front porch.  Who knew a little honey bear from New Jersey could become so right at home here in beautiful British Columbia?  We’re so pleased to add him to our family . . . 

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“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”  Winnie the Pooh
 

Honey Bear is making new friends here north of the border . . . found this little 100% Canadian Honey Bear on the shelves at Save-On-Foods today.  I really couldn’t leave them alone for long though, and finally had to separate them as things were just getting a little too sticky  . . . 

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“Honey, I am the chief of my train. If critics want to hop on board, fantastic. There’s plenty of room. The KP train is fun.”  Katy Perry
 

I’m not a huge fan of Katy Perry, but I do like this quote of hers. I think it’s a great attitude, one that we all could adopt.  I was just talking this week with my sister about one of my biggest challenges in my quest to become a bonafide “photographer”.  That challenge is the voice of critics . . . what they say and don’t say about my work.  I’m on a mission here, and I’ve come a long way in a short time.  I picked up my first camera when I was 16 years old in high school, and was smitten from that point.  Life got in the way though, so now I am pursuing my passion.  Photography.  Two years ago I did not understand the relationship of aperture, ISO, and shutterspeed.  I knew light was important, but I didn’t understand the how and why.  I still have so much to learn . . . and I am so enjoying the journey.  So there ya go . . . I’m going to adopt Katy Perry’s attitude and accept all critics with an open heart.  It’s all just part of the process after all.  

Today’s shot is Honey Bear’s first breakfast in Canada.  Poached eggs and toast with honey.  Very yummy honey!  Not sure exactly what type of honey it is . . . but it’s very light and flavorful!

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“We ape, we mimic, we mock, We act.” Sir Laurence Olivier
 

My Granddaughter see’s both her mother & myself with a camera  . . . taking pics of her!  I was working on my laptop, processing pics from the day when I looked over to see this vision . . . she had her Mommie’s camera with the strap around her neck, trying to take a picture of me!  She kept saying “I see you!”  

How precious is that??  I can’t believe that I’m at Day 200!  Only 165 more days to go!  This project has completely changed the way I approach photography.  I see potential in the smallest things, always looking for the light and seeing potential that I would never have considered before.  I know I still have a lot to learn . . . but that’s just part of the process, and what keeps me motivated and focused.  I’m very excited to be participating in a meetup with members of my 365 group in November . . .

Meanwhile I’m so happy to be setting a fine example for the younger generation . . . and hope at least one of them picks up the photography bug!

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“What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.”  Sanaya Roman

 

A capture of some of my favorite things . . . I’m very focused on learning all I can with my photography.  I am in the reflection of the computer mouse . . . 

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“Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose?” Eliza Dushku

One of the first opportunities we’ve had to get out in the yard and do some work – today’s priority was washing the cars.  Time to detail the X5, and we also were putting the ’92 Toyota Camry on Craig’s list so had to get it cleaned out and sparkly clean.  Nice to be out in the fresh air and working up a sweat.  So – yes I drive a BMW . . . and I love it!  I fell in love with them back in the 80’s when I worked for a Dr who drove one.  However, I never thought I would someday own and drive one myself.  It’s a great example, I think, of holding a vision of something, staying focused, and hard work.  Is it the be-all and end-all of my life?? Absolutely not!  But it sure is a nice comfy ride!

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Fragrant o’er all the western groves
The tall magnolia towers unshaded.
– Maria Brooks, written on seeing Pharamond

Yet another picture of the gorgeous Stellata Magnolia, also known at the Stellar Magnolia, or Star Magnolia.  We have three huge “bushes” in the yard.  Every year I look forward to Spring so that I can experience these beauties to their fullest.  The flower petals are already starting to drop, leaving a snow-like carpet on the ground.  Soon, all that will remain is a very large green bush with only the memory of the beautiful flowers that heralded “spring is here”!    

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Oh boy . . . challenging day today.  Had several appointments scheduled, starting with a visit to our accountant at 9:30am, then taking MIL to get a Holter Monitor put on for heart palpitations.   She’s 92, healthy as a horse but having stability problems.  After the Lab appointment, I was taking her for an Orthotic evaluation to hopefully get her better shoes and support for walking.    She uses Nordic walking sticks to get around generally.  We made a stop at the bank, then headed next door to the lab for an 11am appointment.  We had to navigate down about 4 steps, and then up another 4 steps.  On the very bottom step going down, she grabbed for the handrailing, and missed.  I had taken one step ahead of her anticipating turning around to help her down the last step when suddenly I heard a yell, turned around just in time to see her literally just tipping over.  She had completely lost her stability and down she went. She landed on her right hip and lower back.  Luckily there were two bystanders who rushed over and helped me get her up to her feet again.  She seemed fine and insisted that we carry on to the lab for her appointment.  However, as we sat waiting . . . the more it was obvious she wasn’t ok.  So I packed her up in the car and took her to the ER for evaluation.  Long story short . . . after X-Rays and CatScan . .. a fracture in her right hip.  Not a bad one . . . but it warranted surgery to pin it so that we could get her up and mobile ASAP.  Otherwise – it would be six weeks of bed rest – a death sentence for a 92 year old woman.  We (hubby, his brother and wife) stayed with her until they moved her up to the surgical floor and settled her in for the night.  I live 30 minutes from the hosp – so was tucking myself in to bed around midnight.

This is my 365 Self Portrait Challenge pic of the day . . . taken with my iPad and a bit of editing applied with PhotoShopElements App.

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

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