Dune Ride Math

5 hours of sleep
3 layers
2 jackets
1 sunrise
1 triple mocha
1 breakfast
1 passenger
2 cars
6 photographers
5 photo emergencies / opportunities
1 lighthouse
4 loons
1 coyote
3 vultures
2 blown break lights
1 wild turkey
1 bottled water
1 visitor center
1 lunch
3 barns
4 nice guys trying to fix my break lights on the side of the road in “nowhere”
1 historic village
1 Coast Guard outpost
1 posted Cougar warning
1 dune hike
1 Facebook post
1 echo
1 closed coffee shop
1 more barn
1 cemetery
1 school house
1 outhouse
1 last barn!
3 deer
6 more turkeys
1 more lighthouse
40 degrees
0 gloves (oops)
1 cloudy sunset
1 dinner
0 root beer
1 tank of gas
1 more bottled water
40 sour candies
0 group shots
2 new break light bulbs
1 awesome husband
380 miles =

423 photos

Favorite line of the day is from the National Park Service’s posted cougar encounter tips…


And to think I was planning to just lay there and bleed…

50D, The Man, And Me

Wow. Seriously. That’s the only word that I can form sometimes when I’m seeing what this lovely new machine can do. Just… wow.

Fall Arrives

We’re both going a bit retro right now too. I pulled out the old Nikon 4004s (a wedding prezzie from The Man back in the day) and we managed to dig up a couple of rolls of color 400 film so he took it out for a walk. No word on the photos yet, but we’re going to get them done at Walgreens so that we can have that negative-to-digital thing done.

$1 A Shot

It should be interesting to see how well the shots come out. I had to laugh — I took a photo with the 4004s and immediately pulled it away from my face to check the preview on the back. Problem is, film cameras don’t have a digital preview screen. New habits die hard.


We met the Flickrs for a photowalk around Robinette’s the other day, the usual suspects were there. You know, there really is nothing like Robinette’s in the Autumn. Sure, they sell pies and doughnuts all year long, but I swear to The Maker, they taste BETTER in October and November. I swear it. It’s a Great Unexplained Truth.


Have I mentioned how much I love this camera? Have I mentioned how much I love Robinette’s? Oh. Ok then. 🙂

1/2 Peck

Updating The Apparatus

The Ubiquitous Lens just got an upgrade! Here’s a shot of my new 50D in action.

50D In Da Haus!

There’s been something of a learning curve, but for the most part I’ve been able to figure things out on-the-fly by just testing the most logical buttons or settings at random.

Yes, Jim, I will read the manual, but I’m not done playing yet! 🙂

Things I love:

  • The larger screen is magnificent!
  • Auto-ISO (where have you been all my life?!)
  • Burst mode of 6.3fps up to 16 in RAW or 90 in JPG mode.

Things I less-than-love:

  • It’s larger and slightly heavier, and I have small hands.
  • The status display is on the top.
  • Pardon my French but… BIG ASS FILES! (Drobo time!)

Things I’m looking forward to fiddling with:

  • Face detection.
  • Live mode.
  • “Creative” Auto mode.
  • ISO 12,800 (Not necessarily something I’ll use, but at least now I have the option!)

Photos to follow….


Labor Day In Eastown


The Man and I met up with a few of the GR Flickrs for brunch today. We meant to meet at Kava House for coffee, then walk. Funny how so many coffee shops were closed for the holiday… including Kava House. D’oh! That’s fine though, because we ended up down the street at the Brandywine Restaurant. Mmmm, bagels…


After brunch we did a walkabout in Eastown, finally ending up quite by chance at the Beerhorst house. The Beerhorsts are an über-talented family of artisans who just happen to live in one of the coolest houses in Eastown. Mr. Beerhorst was very kind and invited all eight of us to prowl the premises for photos, and did we ever!


They have a lovely, productive garden in the back of the house, along with a small shed/studio and a few chickens. The studio is two levels with a lovely drawing and painting room upstairs, and a more functional work area on the ground level.


The family has an art show and sale at the house every Autumn and I’ve always wanted to go but never had the time. I think this year I must make the time.

After the Beerhorst house we rambled back to the Brandywine via some Eastown back streets, where I managed to pick up this lovely shot of a well decorated, aging blue garage.

Blue Wall I

What a great day! It was wonderful meeting up with Yolanda, Terry, Katie and the rest of the gang again after so long. We had a great meal together, a wonderful walk, and some refreshing conversation. Oh, and photos too! I hope I can make it to another meetup soon!


We Come In Peace! Take Us To Your Leader!



Infinity, originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

The other day The Man and I were in South Haven. We made the trip ostensibly to take photos, but when the sky turned to that pre-rain, overcast, crappy solid white that we all know and love, he and I finally had to admit that we really only went down that way as an excuse to get some ice cream at Sherman’s.

We did take some shots downtown, but nothing exceptional. We finally gave up when the rain was obviously imminent, and decided to head over to Sherman’s for our ice cream. As we started to pack our gear back into the car, I noticed a leaf on the rooftop and decided to snap a quick macro with my Sigma 70-300mm.

It was a throw-away shot. A curiosity. A gut feeling. Something that I did just to please myself. And, like so many of these “throw-away” shots have done in the past, it took off when I posted it to Flickr.

I was just looking at my “30 Most Interesting” set on Flickr and I noticed that 25 of those – my most popular shots by far – were spur-of-the-moment shots that I didn’t think about, I just went with that gut feeling.

Remember to go with your gut feeling once or twice the next time you shoot. My hunch is that you will be pleasantly surprised with the results!

Two For, One Against… Sort Of

Did you hear that Lightroom 2.0 came out this week? No? Have you been living under a photographic rock?

I am a LR geek. Totally. I’ve been using it since about Beta 2 of v1.0 and have never looked back. In the interest of fairness I have given Aperture a spin once or twice, checked under the hood, and kicked the tires, but I always go back to Lightroom with stars in my eyes and a song in my heart. We were meant for each other.

So this week LR v2.0 came out and I’m sitting here thinking how much I “need” it. But do I? Do I need it enough to justify the cost when I’m on my tightest budget in years and taking about 2 photos per month? (Yeah, I’m exaggerating, but not that much!)


Convince me.  John Nack tried and Scott Kelby came close, but I still haven’t actually hit the BUY NOW button yet. What’s even more interesting is that so far even I haven’t been able to convince myself, and anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that that’s impressive!

If only they’d added the option to export slideshows to a QuickTime file… *sigh*

LISTENING TO: “Slave To Love” – Bryan Ferry

New Year, New Rules!

I hope you all had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!

And by “safe and fun” I simply mean that you had a blast and no one was injured. Beyond that, I don’t want to know. 🙂

But now it’s Tuesday, January 1, 2008. What to do?

Tradition requires that we resolve to make changes – hopefully for the better – in the new year. There only has to be one, and it doesn’t have to be big. Resolving to do something simple like cracking a genuinely friendly smile every time the mail man hands you a big wad of bills is every bit as noble a cause as resolving to lose 50 pounds and run a marathon… and quite a bit safer! Your mailman will like it too!

There are three areas of my life that I want to concentrate on this year, resolution-wise. Personal life, work life, and photography.

Photography is a no-brainer this year. I’m a regular reader of Photojojo and they’ve been kind enough to list my resolutions for me in today’s article 19 New Year’s Photo Resolutions — Goodbye 2007, Hello Two Thousand and Awesome! I’m not resolving to do ALL of these things, of course. I’m only human. That said, the 365 thing dovetails nicely with the new GRCC 365 Day Challenge group that I’ve just joined. That will help with the “practice, practice, practice” resolution as well – I know I’ll be clicking the shutter at least 366 times this year. I want to learn more too, but I can’t get into classes until I get a job… which brings me to my Professional resolutions…

Professional resolutions: 1. Get a job! 🙂

Personally? I’ve been toying with the idea of reading a book per month for some time now. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but I go through great empty expanses of time where I don’t read (books) because I let other things get in the way. I resolve to take the time this year. To paraphrase Heinlein: have library card, will read!  (Right, Jim?)

This Is Your Brain On Books

That’s it.  It doesn’t seem like much written down, but it’s not going to be easy.  After all, we don’t face every day with the rampant optimism that pours from our souls on New Year’s Day, do we?

Ok, your turn.  What do you resolve?  Or don’t you resolve at all?  How about this – just resolve to leave a comment to this post…  🙂