LTTL… 31 Days of Capturing Blessing, day 7-14

So, I have to say my favorite this week, by far, was Jill’s little Frogs. I do think she could make a full photo book of all the frogs she has captured in her garden. She linked two posts with frogs last week, take a look at both of them.

 

And for my Capturing Blessing… Day 7-14

Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Red

Red 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Jet Black

Jet Black 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Pink

Pink 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Coffee Brown

Coffee Brown 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Lavender

Lavendar 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Cream

Cream 31 Days of Capturing Blessing{Linking with… Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, and Communal Global WednesdayOur World Tuesday}

On Instagram, I decided to pair all my 31 Day captures with a C. S. Lewis quote. His Narnia series is the first set of books I remember reading as a child. C.S. Lewis is the reason I am an avid reader today. I didn’t announce it though, and a couple of my Instagram followers caught on last night. That was so fun to see them find the hidden treasure in all my posts.

All of my photos have been taken with my new Samsung Galaxy 5s. I am still trying to figure it out a bit. And, I’ll admit I miss my iPhone, occasionally, for pictures. Camera+ was is the best camera app available and I so wish the company would make an app for the Android world. The one thing I do LOVE about my new phone is the picture quality. It is outstanding and I am thrilled that I made the switch.

If you feel like you are struggling with light, and you have a cell phone with a camera, pick it up and use it. I am amazed how my light skills have increased since I began seriously using my phone for photos. Today I can easily say that my phone is my go-to camera. There is much talk, debate, and out right ridicule in the photography world about whether phonography is an honest form of photography. I say when it makes you learn a ton about things like lighting, exposure, and patience to capture your subject just right, then yes, it is a true contender.

I also I chose Jill, and her frogs, for a reason this week. I’m pretty sure she has moved on to manual now, you can correct me if I am wrong Jill, but she learned her camera that right way, in my point of view. I cannot tell you how many photography boards that I belong to and people are struggling with simple things like focus. Can I give you one piece of advice, do not be afraid to shoot in automatic until you have an understanding of the basics on your camera. Focusing is very basic. We all make mistakes, and have our bad days, but in general you should know how to focus in on your subject. With that said, if you have just bought your camera, or if you have had it a while but never truly studied it, then take the time to just get to know your camera before you move on to more intricate things like manual mode. It’s okay to shoot in automatic for as long as you need to. At some point, you will want to challenge yourself beyond what you know, and then you can toggle that button and begin exploring. Jill has done a perfect job of getting to know her camera. Over the last year, her photography has exploded, and she inspires me on a daily basis.

Will you join me for 31 Days of Capturing Blessing? I will be on Instagram every day to post what I find, and will post here once a week on Life Through the Lens. Feel free to continue with your normal Life Through the Lens posts, or come join us for Capturing Blessing and show us what you found throughout the week.

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LttL….colorful 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

When we returned from our little side trip to Europe for seven years I struggled. I struggled to fit in (which I still don’t… big smiles), I struggled to over come stimulation from a 24 hour society (even all the lights at night overwhelmed me), I struggled to integrate and relearn what this country means to me, but most of all I struggled with color.

Europe opened up my artistic side of my brain. It stimulated me in creative ways each and every day. Houses are brightly painted there, flowers are everywhere almost year round, and then there are the quaint villages, and awe-inspiring vistas.

When we moved back to the states I felt like I lived in two season of color, brown in winter and green in summer. And, honestly I do. For the last two years I have battle depression during the winter, I have longed for color to be spread in my life.

Sometimes you have to make a choice. You have to make an asserted effort to change what you struggle with. You have to increase your magnification on the seen eye and choose to see the color, the joy in your life. And, that is what this colorful 31 Days of Capturing Blessing is to me. It is an asserted effort to begin the attack on the wintertime blues, to make an asserted effort to see the color in my life and to reopen the artistic synapses in my brain and begin firing off creative output once again.

Day 1-7… and one extra.

Royal Blue

Royal Blue, 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Golden

Golden, 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Green

Green, 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Gray

Gray, 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Pastel Yellow

Pastel Yellow, 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Sepia Brown

Sepia Brown, 31 Dyas of Capturing Blessing

Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange, 31 Days of Captruing Blessing

And, for my extra, a little gift to you. This is sized and ready to go for a Facebook banner. Just right-click, save image, and there yah go.

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Will you join me for 31 Days of Capturing Blessing? I will be on Instagram every day to post what I find, and will post here once a week on Life Through the Lens. Feel free to continue with your normal Life Through the Lens posts, or come join us for Capturing Blessing and show us what you found throughout the week.

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LTTL… celebrating life

You will have to forgive me. I haven’t had a chance to visit your blogs. This last week was a blur. I have hardly been able to sit down at my computer and do much of anything. We have been fully submerged in the soccer season. The soccer season is always a love/hate relationship for me. I love the sidelines, and cheers from the crowd, the swoosh of the ball as it hits the net, and the cool crisp air of fall. But, I hate the busyness of the season… late meals, endless hours traveling, and eating out all the time.  Our team, we took second place at a tournament this last weekend. It was a true feat of success as we are always the underdog team with no money and few players. I was proud of our boys. The first game went to overtime and we scored immediately securing our win. The second game was of epic proportions, my sideline antics so loud I lost my voice. But, how can you stay seated when you watch two overtimes and then sudden death by penalty kicks? We won that too… this momma was proud. The last game was painful. We played a team that out matched us dollar for dollar, skill for skill, and member for member, but our boys fought hard and that is all we can really ask of them. Way to go boys!!

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With the busyness of the season this week our life is taking a break to celebrate life. Happy birthday to my blue eyed girl.

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Will you join me for 31 Day of Capturing Blessing? I will be on Instagram every day to post what I find, and will post here once a week on Life Through the Lens. Feel free to continue with your normal Life Through the Lens posts, or come join us for Capturing Blessing and show us what you found throughout the week.

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