A View At 50mm (Part Deux)

Today’s Photos: Dining In Tonight



More to come on the 50mm challenge tomorrow.

Bon Appétit!



View At 50mm…

Hello OLTL Readers!

I have had a 50mm f/1.8 lens for some time but I have not used it much. Unfortunately, during a photography portraiture class (on studio lighting) we were requested to do so, if we had one. In addition, we had to shoot in manual mode. Can you imagine my discomfort still being an amateur. Side note: This is currently the only prime lens I own. Normally, I shoot with zoom lenses. So, I jumped in and wholeheartedly tried the exercises. I was pleasantly surprised with the results with both my 50mm lens and the use of studio lighting! Hmmmm… going shopping for studio lighting? Definitely!!

A few days after the class, I decided to practice using the 50mm lens and these are some of the photos taken.


_MG_9917For the month of August, I will challenge myself to continue to use this lens in Manual mode.

Anyone else want in on the challenge? Be sure to let me know in the comments!



Your attention please…. !

Here’s a great challenge I found through Sonel’s Photographic Corner via H20 By Joanna and hosted by ADAY.ORG ! I have already joined and looking forward to completing my first challenge. Wish me luck! I hope that you all will join me for this wonderful challenge!
Special thanks to Sonel & Joanna for sharing this! 😉
Enjoy your day!


h2o by Joanna

Photographing The World In a Day – May 15, 2012

A side note from my H2O-project, I think this is pretty cool and want to share it with all my WordPress followers:


Capture daily life

On May 15th we ask you to photograph what is close to you. Upload a photo, share it, compare it and join others all around the world doing the same. Let a part of your life inspire generations to come.

The goal is to team up and photograph the whole world in one day.  In a news article they mentioned they’ve even collaborated with Mount Everest climbers and scientists in Antarctica.  This sounds like a pretty cool project, and I’ll definitely be participating!  And I think you all should too!

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A Lazy Day Sunday

Today was just one of those Sundays that I didn’t want to really venture out; but I had to. I couldn’t bear the fact that all I had to photograph was the abandoned train and the blooming trees. I think we have all seen enough of the train; at least for now anyway. I also didn’t want to start a sneeze fest either!

I decided to stay local today. I was on the way home from the market when I decided to take a shortcut to avoid the construction, traffic and the upcoming traffic light. Some lights are just too long and today was not the day I felt like I should wait. I made a turn down what I thought was the shortcut to another road which would also take me home. Consequently, the road was blocked and detour signs were everywhere. Okay. I decided, instead of turning around, I would follow the brightly colored detour signs. Now, we are cooking with gas!

It’s been 17 minutes. I should have been home by now. Maybe this wasn’t a shortcut after all. To my surprise, I discovered something I have not seen for some time now….

                                                     COWS… I SAW COWS!!

I was filled so much excitement, you would have thought I had never seen cows before. Well, truth be told; I have. I was on a fairly busy road, due to the detour, but I managed to get a few photographs of the cows. At some point, a few of them began to mosey on over to have their 15 minutes of fame… and that’s when I was…

You got it…. I was MOOONED!

What a Sunday!!


Thorns and Berries

Thorns and Berries

This morning I realized that signs of Spring are beginning to appear. I was parking my car in the parking lot and noticed these berries against the wall. Some of them were a bit aged and wrinkly. I thought hmm… how did I miss these. And then I thought…this would make a pretty decent photograph and there you have it… today’s photo!

Thanks for visiting!!


Step Up… But Be Careful!

I have driven pass these steps for months due to the heavy traffic and lack of parking near this abandoned building on the corner. The entire street has either an auto body shop or an auto parts store every few feet. To make matters worse, the resident’s cars and the immobile cars took the remaining spaces on the street which left no room for me. But today was my lucky day! Someone was pulling out of a spot right in front of the building with the broken stairs.

Today’s Photo: I love the mix of faded and bright colors of the building’s exterior. But it was the stairs that drew me in. The slow deterioration of the stairs and the rust gives the stairs another dimension of color. Enough talking already! So without further ado… here is today’s photo!

Step Up... But Be Careful!