30 Minutes In The Life: April 2023

This has been an interesting week. It has been a time of reflection. Two close friends brothers died this past week. A dear friend from one of my study groups lost her husband this week as well. It makes me so grateful to know that I am still alive to see the sun come up and go down each day. I am especially grateful now that we have a toddler in our lives. Luka is our grandson, and I pray that we are around to see a lot more sunrises and sunsets so that we can immerse ourselves in his little life. Time flies and before we know it, he will be a teenager. My friends grandson turned 9 yesterday and it feels like he was a toddler just the other day.

So Saturday I needed to get some sunsets for a project I was working on. (look for it at the end). However, Luka was having a sleepover and so I asked Richard to come along with me so that he could watch him while I photographed the sunset. He ran all over the place and was a sweaty child by the time we left. We had to have another bath when we got home.

It was good to see them both out and about. As I talk about gratitude. I am so grateful that Richard has recovered so well from his melanoma scare. Two and a half years of immunotherapy and he is doing well. I am so glad he is around to pour into this little guys life. Oh I know the picture is not perfect but it is hard to catch a moving child in the dark when your settings are on the sunset.

That said I was there to catch the sunset. I needed to get my creative project done by midnight Sunday. The theme for the project was Dreamscapes and I had to use images taken during the week. Dreamscapes is not my idea of an easy task. I managed to capture Luka sleeping on Friday, and then I combined the image with two of these sunset images. Pulled birds from another image, and threw in a moon just to finish it off. More about that later in the blog.

The sunset was stunning and there was enough cloud to make it more interesting.

The theme Dreamscape was a challenge for me. As I mentioned there are a number of layers to the composite. First I create the swirls using three different sunset images and manipulating them in photoshop. Then I added Luka sleeping. After that I added the birds and cleaned up around each one of them. Lastly I added the moon.

I tried to create a composite of light and dark with the purple reflecting the rem stage. The moon is still out but the orange of the sun is starting to come out and the dark is starting to fade. That twilight zone. Quite often Luka will laugh while he is asleep or smile. I often wonder what he is thinking about.

Going back to my opening paragraph. We are not guaranteed to see the sun come up or the sun set. If you have not told your loved ones that you love them, now (sooner rather than later) is the time to do so.

30 Minutes in the Life is a small group of bloggers who get together once a month to put thought to paper and share on the happenings of their lives. Take some time to follow the link to see what my friend and very talented photographer Lupji of Lupji Photography has to share.

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Share Six: April 2023: Macro

How did April get here so quickly. One more month and I will be back in the sky again and on my way to Australia. Hard to believe how quickly time has gone since we made the decision to plan to travel.

Share Six has chosen a theme for this month that goes away from the big wide world of happenings to the teeny tiny world of {Macro}. Thank you Lynne Grant Photography for choosing one of my favorite themes. For the longest time I did not have a macro lens. More about that at the end of the post. Finally I bought a 100mm Canon macro lens, and I have to say it is one of my favorite lens.

I will confess to this being a long post. I love playing with Macro and I also want to share some images taken years ago using the reverse lens method.

I played around with different themes. First I started out in the garden.

This is a pineapple in it’s early stages of development. I never knew until we started growing them that initially they are red as they shoot out.
A common garden weed.
Another grass weed that is just taking over every where.
Flowers on a tree
One more grass weed.
We don’t have too many dragonfly just lately but recently I managed to capture this sweet little damselfly.
Always a favorite is spiderwebs (not the spiders so much)
Tiny Buds on a plant

Then I happened to be babysitting Luka for the weekend and Amy had some interesting dried flowers that appealed to me.

Then I played around with a pair of jeans.

I’ve also played with feathers and reflections in the past as well.

As I said in the beginning, for the longest time I never had a macro lens. But I wanted to shoot macro. I was doing some research on macro options and there was an article on reverse ring macro photography. For the cost of about 11 dollars, this opened up a whole new world for me. Simply put, the ring screws into the fitting of your camera and then you screw your reversed lens into the ring. Word of caution. Do not screw anything in to tight. I had a panic attack the first time I tried to take the ring out. Looser is better. Obviously the camera is free focus. You have to create your distance where the image is sharp. Below are a some images that I took using the reverse lens method prior to having a macro lens.

Tiny buds on a thorn bush Reverse lens method
The newness of an unfurling fern in reverse lens
Down inside the grass there is a whole eco system. Taken with a reverse lens.
A friendly grasshopper taken using the reverse lens method.
Tiny new buds
Down in the grass there is a whole new world
The buds of a tiny garden weed.

Here is a link on the reverse lens method. Sometimes I feel like I may have got better detail using the reverse lens method.

What I love about macro is the details. There is so much we do not see with our natural eye. There is a world of hairs on plants and growth down inside grass and weeds that are as beautiful and as detailed as flowers. Macro is fun and if you have not done it before, I promise you, you will love it.

This is a circle blog and as I mentioned, we have some very talented ladies in the group. The sneak peaks are stunning and I cannot wait to see the rest. Take some time to follow the links and see what they have for you this month. My incredibly talented friend Lynne of Lynne Grant Photography is up next. I can’t wait to see what she has to share. You can see more of her work by clicking on her Facebook page. Definitely check out her incredible art.

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