Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
In the afternoon I managed to up date my Photography page on my web site, with the new camera . The new page After I completed this update, I got trapped on my Go.daddy blog, trying to figure it out and how to add things. This is a free "quick blog' that comes with my registration of domain and hosting space, with them. There is nothing quick about this thing. I finally got it to let me upload photos, but I could not do it again if I tried.
We had a fine supper tonite...salad, perogies, ham sausage, broccoli, picked peppers, and a fine cheese sauce that I made from scratch and what I thought would taste good. It was delicious.
While I was making dinner there was a lovely sunset at about 5.15. I shot it in RAW and converted it, cropped a bit and resized.
Posted by Maggie at 2/08/2011 07:51:00 PM
Monday, February 07, 2011
I spent most of the morning at the Mall, looking at camera bags, etc. As I become more comfortable with this camera I am enjoying it more and more. I am working on the update for the photography page of my web page. This page is 5 years behind in making travel albums, as well as other albums.
In the afternoon I managed to get some gardening done, before it started to rain lightly. I pruned the apple tree and some of the fig tree. Cut back both Jackamani clematis, and clipped two of the heathers. There is still more perennial clean up to do. I cleaned the filter on the pond pump and have the waterfall running again.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Something I cannot understand is this:
Live View mode is only available, surprisingly, in the Rebel T1i's Creative zone modes, namely Program, Shutter, Aperture, Manual, and A-DEP. The order of these modes has been inverted on the Rebel T1i, starting with Live Mode, then Live Face Detect, and finally Quick mode.
Also in the movie mode of course.
Otherwise, in the basic modes I need to use the view finder. That is totally odd. Its a good thing I hardly ever use the basic modes. But I am going to take the camera down to London Drugs where I bought it, in the morning and just ask about it, to be sure, I have it right. I would be happy to find that I am wrong!
I need to learn how to add the extra ISO speeds and get more familiar with how to navigate. Right now its just punch the buttons until I get to the thing I want to change. I was shooting with the 50mm which is not IS. But it works pretty good without IS.
I have the above phalenopsis in bloom, as well as two more of my $12.00 orchids that I buy from the grocery store when they are on for half price. My little ladyslipper is in bloom also. There are a few violets in bloom also.
Today I made a beef tongue in the pressure cooker. I added about a tablespoon of pickling spice, and cinnamon, a bay leaf, some celery seed, half a cup of chopped onion, a garlic clove, 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar, salt and pepper. The house was smelling wonderful from this combination of spices. The tongue is delicious. I should have taken it out of the cooker, sooner, though. Its is very very soft... almost like butter.
Posted by Maggie at 2/06/2011 11:06:00 PM
Saturday, February 05, 2011
The Vancouver Island Rock and Alpine gardening group are holding a Study weekend at Sidney, on Feb. 25, 26 and 27. There are workshops, talks, open gardens, and more. If you wish to attend please see the registration form here:
This looks like it is going to be very interesting.
I have been so busy lately, it seems. I am trying to learn the settings on my new camera. Trying to keep up with Megashot, but am falling terribly behind. Our membership is growing, there are photoshop classes, questions in the forums, and so much to do. I have not had time to even look at the critique forum. ah well... it will all be there tomorrow. Cyrus is making videos of the Megashot / Facebook challenges, and the Megashot Contests and putting them up on You Tube. He has 39 of them done, including the help for getting started for new accounts. This link should get you to his You Tube account with all the videos listed. Enjoy.
There has been some good eating around our house lately, as well. I make soup every second day, or so. I am making interesting and good meals for our dinner. I have also been reading a few of Phillipa Gregory's books on the time of Henry the VIII. Nasty times in England. And there are equally nasty times in Egypt and northern Africa, right now too.... much like the political troubles in Iran. There seems to be a huge power struggle happening in the Muslim world right now.