I was sitting in my living room when I heard this little guy chirping outside on the front porch.  He was perched a top a pillow on the rocker.  I sneakily snapped these images through the window, so as not to scare him away.

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I feel like lately I have been editing my images on the safe side; not pushing the contrast or saturation a little more for greater depth and interest, for example.  Somewhere along the way, I have lost the creative aspect of it all.  Hoping to rediscover that soon.

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These are some shots of the sunset in my neighborhood.  I think I am finished with sunsets and sunrises; not that I have mastered them.  Far from it!  I just need a ND filter and a good spot to capture anything better than what I can get among suburban obstacles like houses, tree lines, power lines, etc., neither of which I have at the moment.

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I am not sure what I am going to photograph in the meantime.  I have a few more images to post here before I run out of unpublished ones.  I would really love to do more portraits, but the opportunity hasn’t presented itself lately.  I suppose I could rework some old images.  I seem to be stuck.  Any suggestions?

The temperatures sure are interesting around here.  Yesterday it was 39F in the morning and warmed up to 77F by late afternoon.  Even the foliage is showing signs of the dead winter and the buds of spring.

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These trees were literally right next to one another!

It’s amazing how quickly the sun sets, or maybe just how fast time goes by when I am out walking and taking pictures.  We went to a neighborhood trail last night and walked east which gave me a chance to turn back and take these shots of the setting sun backlighting the tree line.

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What seemed like ten short minutes later, when we returned along the same path, the sun had disappeared.

The gnat clusters (I don’t know what else to call them!) were out in full force.  If you look close, you can see them in the sunlight below.  They were all along our walking path, so I felt like I had to keep my head down a lot.

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All in all, it was a nice after-dinner outing.  My daughter rode her bike; I got some decent shots (more to come), and my husband kept us both company.

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Not feeling these last few and can’t quite put my finger on it.  Macro is hard.

f/11, 1/15, ISO 400

purple-berries http://offshoots12.com

Like yesterday’s white berries, I am not sure if these are actually “berries,” or what this plant is called. I suppose I could research it, but…nah. 😉

f/11, 1/40, ISO 1600

I have been busy all week editing over 80 photos from my very first official portrait photo shoot (that is, outside of the unofficial ones I have done of my own daughters.) I shot my friend’s son’s senior pictures and loved every minute of it. Since I almost exclusively shoot nature, doing the portraits was a nice change of pace. I was glad to have gotten the opportunity to branch out of my comfort zone.

white-berries http://offshoots12.com

I am not sure what this plant is called or if these are even “berries,” but they look like berries to me. 🙂

f/13, 1/50, ISO 800

yellow http://offshoots12.com

I started using a new photo editing program a few weeks ago that I really like: Capture One Pro 9. For Sony users the price is very cheap. The reviews are great, the support is above par, and it has lived up to everything it’s promised so far. Now, to just keep improving my own technical skills. 🙂

50mm prime
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This is my first participation in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.  I went to the zoo yesterday with my daughter and her friend, and snapped these photos with my phone.  We got to “pet” and feed the stingrays, which was exciting.  The penguins were sleepy, but the birds were active in their sanctuary. It was a fun day!

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and REFLECT. –Mark Twain

April One Photo Focus

Stacy Fischer hosts One Photo Focus each month where a photographer provides a photo for us to edit as we wish. This month Cee Neuner provided the following photograph, and what follows that is my transformation of her original work.

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I thought Cee took a lovely photo of a beautiful old barn, however, I wanted to get rid of those distracting power lines, so I did! Then I thought the sky could use a little drama, so I used one of my own photos to bring some dark clouds in, making the scene ominous which is typical during Midwestern USA tornado season. Finally, I felt like the photo needed a breathing element to it, so I found and added a stock photo of a horse. He kind of seems to be looking at the barn like, “Hey, get me in there. A storm’s a brewin’!”

I hope you enjoyed this before and after photo transformation. Thanks to Stacy for hosting and to Cee for the use of her photo.

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