Yep, months after acquiring my camera, I still mostly take pictures by luck.  I push a few buttons and hope for the best.  For the life of me, I can’t remember what does what and the menus go deep.  Still, I can’t resist what I might end up with, so I click away.  Also, iPhoto is great for playing around with when the original is less than stellar.

A few little fun things from the snow today.  I was trying to capture the snowflakes – no doubt I missed a setting somewhere.  Also fiddled a bit in iPhoto.

kinda christmasy


and apparently the girl child likes to try her luck as well, as I found out when I downloaded today…

girl child self-portrait

I promise to learn more, honestly!  But you know I love happy accidents, and precision has never been my thing.  Deal with it.



first day of REAL summer

Against the wishes of my entire family, who would prefer to spend the first real day of summer glued to a screen of some sort, I dragged them to Green Lake, Jack included.  And my new camera, though I must confess to still needing to practice with the manual.

At some point I switched the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3, which is why that second one is a different size.  At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Same with these leaves and the daisy.  I like the leaves for their texture and shadow.  We were headed toward the off leash area, where Jack proceeded to make sure all the “swimming holes” were empty.  He does not do this with his dish at home, but he will do it at the park as long as some poor sucker will keep filling it up.

I tried to get one of these using “shutter priority” button to see if the water would look different.  Too bad I can’t remember which one – though if I had to guess I’d say it was the second one.  Emma and Dean made a friend in Annie – she growled every time a dog came near!

The family is now of course firmly ensconced in front of their screen of choice, but they did all admit it was a fun outing.  Score one for Mom!

P.S. For you Roanoke-watchers,  in some surprise news, we learned today the buyers have backed out.  So far, calls to the landlord and their broker have not  been returned so our status is STILL unknown.  Stay tuned.


Finally!  Something good to write about!  And no, sadly, it is not bar-related.  (Let’s just get that update out of the way:  we are waiting to hear back from the buyers about a lease.  Again.)

No, THIS is the fun new toy, a Panasonic LX3…

It came today.  I fired up the battery this morning and took it out for a test spin at lunch today.  Be warned – I am a complete and utter amateur.  Here are a few shots from the Market (note the fierce wide angle on this baby!)

I took this next one for Mike – it’s not the real Skillet, but supposed to be good all the same.  From the people of Beechers cheese fame.

This is the view out my office window…

Then I came home and busted out the Macro/Flower thingie…

Oh, hey, if any of you have any blogging/posting photos via Mac tips, I’d be eternally grateful.  I swear I do it differently every time, and I’m surely doing it some dumbass, inefficient way.  Now, back to the manual…