January 7, 2014

I have an orchid. This is the first one I’ve ever owned, and I like to think that I rescued it (as happens for most of the plants in my house–my husband is very indulging). If memory serves, I picked it up at the 9th Circle of Hell (Wal-Mart) on clearance when it had a few flowers in bloom. My first intention in all plant purchases is First Do No Harm. I’m getting better in recent years, but I’ve been known to barely keep a philodendron alive…and I’ve heard those are ridiculously easy to care for.

At any rate, the orchid displayed it’s lovely blooms for a time and then…nothing. I set out to keep it alive, and a month or so ago I realized that I needed to re-pot it. Not knowing what was entailed (orchids are a special bunch), I set off for YouTube. A video or two later, I got started.

I was extremely surprised to find that while I had essentially left the orchid to itself (beyond the weekly watering) it had sprouted another stem–and it had buds on it. I was ecstatic! When would it bloom? What colors would the flowers be? Any chance I could schedule an appointment to see it happen?

This morning I took a picture of my orchid. Something about it caught my attention; the lighting was low and it looked silhouetted and lovely. I was really pleased with the shot.

Waiting to bloom.

The ISO was set to 500. I moved it to and fro, trying to replicate the lighting I saw and this seemed to work best. I was happy that I didn’t wait until the last minute to get a picture in for my project (Yay! Proactive!).

Fast forward to Home From Work. I was thrilled to see that my orchid had bloomed.

Hello, lovely.

If I’m lucky I’ll see 9 more blooms. And I’ll be waiting to take a picture of each of them.

Day 7…not too bad.

January 6, 2014

I’m finally home after being surrounded by Wintery Madness. I have a tough time believing that it’s Monday because my work week last week never ended. Snow is everywhere, temperatures are low and the wind chill is lower. I need some warmth.

I’m having fun fussing with the ISO, though I must admit that I end up changing other settings while I’m adjusting the camera. When I set out to take this picture, I wanted it to be a warm photo, not overly bright. I think I did all right. I still don’t know exactly what I’m doing, but I’m enjoying it.

Day 6 done. May the 7th bring me more moments to photograph. 

Flamage, anyone?

January 1, 2014

When I decided to start this blog so I could track my progress with my new camera, I set a goal to take a picture a day and publish it. I’m realizing after only one entry (yay, way to think this through!) that this is a bit of a lofty goal.  I’m (obviously) not a professional photographer, so I don’t tote around my camera everywhere I go.  Clearly I’m going to have to work in some camera time each day if I’m going to be able to attain my goal of a picture a day.  but I have that New Year’s optimism, so we’ll see.

Sadly, I’m a procrastinator.  Add to that my being sick over the last 36 hours and you won’t be surprised to find that I waited until the last minute (read: nearly forgot) to bust out the camera and point and click to get a shot in.

If you read the very first entry, you know that I’m learning Camera Language.
It’s like learning Klingon, only harder.

When I took the picture below, I was fussing with the ISO on my camera.  Apparently, when you take your camera off the Auto settings, damn near everything you do requires you to have a very steady hand.  I was outside on my front steps–no shoes (I was wearing socks, I’m not stupid)–and the temperature was 26 degrees.  So I was a bit chilled.  Chilled & no shoes means not a steady hand.  This is the 6th picture I took, and the clearest.

I don’t completely understand what ISO is, but I know that it has to do with the amount of light that the camera uses when capturing a picture.  You can have a lot, or a little.  This picture was taken when the ISO on my camera was set to 500.  It can go as low as 80, or as high as 6400.

The camera I have is a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.  I don’t understand what all the letters represent, but I know it’s smarter than I am.  I have a lot to learn.

Be thankful that I chose this picture to put up, and not one of the  others that would make you think you're drunk.

Be thankful that I chose this picture to put up, and not one of the others that would make you think you’re drunk.