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Yearly Archives: 2008

Self Portrait Challenge from Kelly Rae Roberts

At this very moment it is minus 22. The reason that is important will be revealed as you read on. Today over at Shutter Sisters, as the title suggests, we have been challenged to create a diptych self portrait. In today’s post Jen Lemen gave us these guiding principles: “Today’s challenge is simple: go outside. […]

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An Attitude of Play

Living on a remote rural farm I miss the company of people. Perhaps that’s partly why I enjoy blogging but also why I embrace every opportunity to do a photo shoot that takes me to someone else’s home or location. At this time of year, now that the yard and fields beyond are blanketed with […]

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Giving Thanks

My mother died a year and a half ago and I’m still mourning her. I’m so grateful to have some snapshots of her but in her final year I felt afraid to take photos of her. She knew she was dying. I felt she may feel uncomfortable that it was like a souvenir or that […]

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Still Photography

The first thing that likely comes to mind when you hear the term still photography is photos of inanimate objects that are not live subjects, such as food, ornaments, furniture, and all manner of a world of objects. The weather-worn dove gracing the top of a gravestone that I shot below is a prime example […]

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November in Black and White

I love challenges and calls to action. They get me working harder, thinking more, experimenting more. And I’m a firm believer that the more a person experiments, the further ahead we get in a particular endeavour. So, to take up Springtree Road’s challenge, here are my first November offerings in black and white. These were […]

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An Apple of an Idea

You know there are some real advantages to working from home. One advantage are the obligatory breaks outdoors to walk my three dogs — actually they walk me. It gets me away from the computer and outdoors where I can take in all the natural beauty that surrounds us. When the dogs get me outside […]

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Life laughing at us …

When taking photos of pets or livestock, one of the challenges is as simple as catching them at the right moment. Often that means following along walking, half-jogging, and with the lens stuck firmly in front of your face!    That way, when the dog or dogs are in a position you think works,  you’re […]

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Lest we Forget

Today I didn’t make the drive to the city to take in the Remembrance Day ceremonies though I did watch the CBC special plus the Remembrance Day ceremonies from Ottawa. Ever since I was real young I’ve always been touched by the ceremonies and the reasons behind this important day. On October 30th, on my […]

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Photography Tip: Learning about Raw

Are you one of those who keeps wondering about Raw or what Raw is in terms of your camera and taking photographs? Does the thought of using Raw intimidate you? You’re not alone. These days even the point-and-shoot digital cameras have the ability to shoot in RAW format. RAW is not just for the professionals; […]

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October Tea (even in November)

{I realize we’ve entered November but I couldn’t let this go by.}  From page 48, Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home by Sue Bender: “October Tea One day, in search of something else, I found a book called Wabi Sabi. Wabi sabi are the Japanese words for a feeling, an aesthetic that is hard to […]

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Autumn in Alberta Mosaic

Most of these photos were taken in September and early October NW of Hythe, Alberta although one or two are near Grande Prairie, Alberta. The colour is long gone up here now and we’re hunkering down with heavy sweaters, parkas, and gloves awaiting the depths of winter. With this shift in seasons, it’s now time […]

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