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If we were lost in fields of clover? Would we walk even closer until the trip was over? And would it be okay if I didn’t know the way?

I’ve been listening to lots of Josh Turner lately, no regrets.

Anyway, more catching up from the end of February. …I’m a little behind, so sue me.


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Favorite pages/spreads from some of my art journals.

Top left: the first person I ever drew. Yer!
Top right: “When the world says “give up”, hope whispers “try it one more time.”
Bottom left: just playing around with new techniques.
Bottom right: “Let a person walk alone with few wishes, committing no wrong, like an elephant in the forest.” Buddhist poem.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like win-ter! Next thing you know it’ll be Christmas and…wait.

Woke up this morning with not much snow on the ground. A few hours later, there was a sudden snowstorm with the biggest flakes I’ve ever seen. No, I did not feel like venturing outside for a better location.

But that’s not the best part of this post.

The photo below is a test shot. This is the closest I can get to something with my camera’s kit lens (18-55mm) without losing focus.

It’s pretty good for a kit lens, picks up lots of detail as you can see in the next photo, which is a crop of the one above.

But here’s where things get fun. The photo below was taken with my new macro extension kit – a surprise Christmas present from the most ace of all boyfriends everywhere!

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What’s great about this is that I could have gotten even closer, had the lens housing itself not blocked off light and degraded the photo too much.

Admittedly, It’s not the best shot, but it amazes me all the same. I just need to work out some things. For instance, the lighting situation. Macro requires a huge amount of light being so close to such small subjects. My windows could have been shining noon sunlight (they weren’t) and I still would have needed a lamp (I used one). So more light, play around with the shutter speed, find a better, sturdier way of holding the camera body for less shake.

I’m so excited to be able to use this when things start greening up. Macro has always been my favourite kind of photography. I’ll let Flickr show you why.

So thanks to Ace for the new memory card, lens hood, card reader, lens cap keeper, cleaning kit, and of course, macro extension! Vielen Dank, mein Schatz. 🙂

Now excuse me while I go abuse my new toys.