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February 21, 2015

First shots with the 85mm

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I am thrilled with my new camera lens! I have absolutely no buyer’s remorse in the purchase of my Canon 85mm f1.8. Everything I read about this lens seems to be very true. Gorgeous sharp photos with lovely background bokeh. The descriptions said the lens is great for portraits and nature shots. Here are my first portrait “victims”:

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Daphne
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And probably my favorite of this group because I love the way Cedric’s fur frames his face:
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As for nature shots, I took these from my dining room window. Again I’m quite happy. The only editing I really did to these was to crop them tighter and up the contrast a little to bring out the detail on the birds against the snow.

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Black-capped Chicadee

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My favorite of this group, a female northern cardinal with snow falling – yes, more snow, grrrr…- I have to admit, however, I just love what this lens did with that snow:
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I can’t wait to keep playing!!

December 12, 2010

Touring Around the Christmas Tree

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This post needs music to get you in the mood!  Please let this play while you read! 🙂

I’m going to take you on a little tour around my Christmas Tree.
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Here’s my tree with the lights still on in the room to give you a better look at the ornaments.  The 50mm got to come out and play with its lovely 1.8 aperture and get some closer up shots of some of my favorite ornaments, no flash required.  Our tree is filled with ornaments that reflect my family’s life.  We have ornaments to represent each of our pets:
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Cedric

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Daphne

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There are ornaments that show our interests:
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(who’s been paying attention and knows what this one represents?)

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It’s not an oreo cow, but yes, a cow ball has a place on my tree!  Not to be confused with calf nuts over at the Pioneer Woman’s place.  Cows don’t have balls, afterall, they’re girls.  Ahem, moving on…
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We also love Halloween around here, so it would follow that “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is one of our favorite movies, and is represented on our tree.

As I am sure most of the parents out there do, we have plenty of handmade treasures our children have brought home from school over the years:
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One year as we were hanging ornaments, I noticed that everyone in the family had an ornament with their name on it except for me.  Meghan asked me why I didn’t have one.  I didn’t know.  Unbeknownst to me, Meghan remedied that situation with her own hands.  I thought it was one of the sweetest things she’d ever done.  This year, I hung it cozily next to hubby’s ornament:
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Can you see me reflected in hubby’s ornament?

The last ornament I’m sharing is one that has seen better days.  Despite the fact that this poor little kitty’s ears have broken off, I will keep this ornament as long as it doesn’t shatter into thousands of pieces:
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I bought this ornament many years ago to represent my crazy little kitty that I named “Phooey.”  She was a spunky little thing who I first saw as a college student working part time in a veterinarian’s office.  I saw her only a week or two old and knew I wanted her.  I went to work getting my father to let me bring her home when she was old enough.  Phooey was charming and genetically unusual.  She was a gold tabby – normally those are only male cats.  She was also double-toed with front feet that looked like she wore mittens with huge thumbs.  Unfortunately, she also had a heart murmur.  She died prematurely at the young age of 7 from a blood clot that paralyzed her.  I’ll always remember my sweet Phooey.

Ah, I didn’t mean to leave this post on a sad note.  Christmas is a time for happy memories.

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How do you decorate your Christmas tree?