Wandering Camera – May Linky Party

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Welcome to the month of May Wandering Camera linky party.  Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your photos.  Not only is it a lot of fun seeing the photos, I really enjoy reading about them too.

April was such a busy month for me that toward the end I was ready to sleep in for 20+ hours straight if I could.  My allergies have gotten much worse too and unfortunately, they are going to stay that way until the end of summer.  However, there are pockets of time when the allergy is not as bad and I can go outside armed with medication.  I will take limited time outside over none-at-all any day.  So far I have kept up with taking one photo per day. Currently I am at 121 out of 366.

 

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1. Door of an abandoned building

2. Scarlet Pimpernel

3. Lichen draped on tree branches

4. My painted woodlands bookmark

 

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5. Lupine

6. Fountain pen and sepia ink – my favourite

7. Persian Speedwell

8. Charlie – sleeping behind drapes

 

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9. Yellow And Blue

10. Native Wildflower Expo – got a few plants for our garden from there

11. Lovely day at the park

12. Purple Douglas Iris

 

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13. Ready to plant

14. A tree from Beyond Borders Fair Trade

15. Close-up of the tree

16. First flowers from one of the new plants

 

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17. New red leaves on roses

18. Mr. Treestone loves his paper bags

19. My new Brown Betty with my old, most favourite tea mug

20. A perfect spot

 

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21. Clouds rolling in at sunset

22. Montague enjoys rain as much as I do

23. The Dancing Wind

24. Playing with Inktense pencils, making a colour chart

 

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25. Cactus bloom

26. Bouquet

27. Storm clouds out of nowhere

28. First plums

 

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29. Riverfront

30. Light arches

 

 

I want to very quickly mention Lara’s book – Crafted Appliqué.  You can find the full schedule of the book tour blog hop at her website Buzzin’ Bumble.  My day is the 14th of May.  I have all the supplies to work on my project and I am super excited to try out her method of appliqué.

 

Aperture

Now, on to talking about Aperture.  A well-exposed (well-lit) photo is supported by three pillars – ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.  I covered the topic of ISO in March.  Aperture is the F number – a number on your camera prefixed by the letter F.

I will omit the technical details on aperture and try to explain the basic goals of aperture settings.

 

Setting Aperture

You will need a camera with either M (Completely Manual) or AV (Aperture Value Priority) mode to set the Aperture Value manually.  In M mode you can set both Aperture and Shutter speed yourself.  On AV mode you only get to set the Aperture.  Based on your setting, the camera sets the Shutter Speed to get a well-exposed photo.  I suggest playing with both settings.

 

Amount Of Light

Aperture determines the amount of light entering your camera.  A lower number equals more light and that lets you use a faster shutter speed.  So in really low-light situations you can set your aperture to a lower number to get a higher shutter speed.  That way you can take photos without a stand or photograph a moving subject in low light.

 

Sharpness

Aperture also determines the area of sharpness of your photo. Think of looking at the centre of a photo. The lower the aperture number, the less area around the centre will be in focus.

If you want to focus on a face or a flower only at the centre and not the background, you will want to set the aperture to a lower number. As you increase the F number, more area surrounding the centre is going to come into focus.

 

Aperture And ISO

Here’s the caveat – since higher aperture number lets less light in, it will also decrease your shutter speed.

In situations where you want sharp pictures AND your shutter speed is not fast enough,  you will need to set your ISO to a higher number.  That would enable you to set the aperture to a higher number while keeping a fast enough shutter speed to obtain a well-exposed photo.

 

This sounds like a lot, but start playing with the Aperture values and you will see the difference.  Photography is very hands-on.  More you play, more you will see the difference.  I hope this encourages you to experiment with the manual settings on your camera a little more.

 

Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them. Every photo is special because it suspends a moment and everyone sees the world around us differently! So don’t compare and contrast, just have fun and see the world that only your eyes can see!

 

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You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

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Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. The next post and link-up will be on the 2nd of June. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

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The Dancing Wind

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Like the unpredictable wind, The Dancing Wind mini quilt turned out to be nothing like the quilt I had originally envisioned.  I usually have a very good idea of the direction of my work starting from pattern writing all the way to the binding.  Then, once in a while,  a project comes along where it changes itself every step of the way.  Over the years, I have learned to give in and let it take me for a ride.  I love it when that happens, the unexpected turn is always exciting!

 

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This finished mini was my project for April and I am very happy to be able to link this post up on One Monthly Goal link-up.

 

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  Kitty Love

The change started with the pattern.  I made this quilt using the Morning Star pattern.  It belongs to my beloved orange kitty.  I completely redesigned the pattern this month.

 

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The pattern is now renamed to Pinwheel Star because it combines the pinwheel quilt pattern inset within a star quilt pattern.  I named it that not just because it is a combination of Pinwheels and Stars, but also after the Pinwheel Galaxy.

The updated Pinwheel Star pattern is a set of two patterns which can be used to create at least four different blocks.  The pattern is on my Etsy And Craftsy shops.  Once the pattern redesigning was done, I started working on my blocks.

 

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When I thought of this quilt a couple of years ago, I had in mind a more industrial theme.  However, as I was putting the blocks together, I kept thinking about rivers flowing with meltwater at the edge of growing woods.  So I put my unfinished blocks aside, swapped the off-white fabric for a dazzling white fabric and restarted.

 

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Once I finished the quilt-top, I started thinking about the quilting design.  I was walking in the park one afternoon and saw the tall grass swaying in the wind.  That gave me the idea for the wavy line quilting in the middle as if the gentle wind is flowing through the woodland.  The wind grew more dynamic playing on the waters.  Once it reached the snow, it swirled and turned with the careless nature of the wild.

These ideas meant that I would have to set my walking foot aside and dive full-on into the world of FMQ, another deviation from the original plan.  I am new to FMQ so it took a lot of work, but in the end I surfaced with a quilt that I love.

 

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Robert Frost is one of my favourite poets and The Dancing Wind reminds me of

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
 
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
 
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
 
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

 

See you next Thursday, May 5th, for Wandering Camera.

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-Soma

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Bobcat In The Woods

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I love cats and that includes big cats too.  In March I got a request for a bobcat quilt pattern for a school mascot and accepted it right away.  I wanted to give my block a stylized feel, so instead of using fabrics that would resemble fur, I focused mostly on just the colours.

The pattern is for a 16″ block.  It has only a few seam alignment points, which makes the block easy to sew regardless of how complicated it looks.

The pattern also includes alternate sections without the stripes.  That eliminates a lot of piecing and, in turn, a lot of sections.  It is an intermediate-advanced pattern because of all the details.  This large cat quilt pattern is available on my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

I really love how it turned out.  I am not sure yet if I am going to incorporate the block as part of a quilt or make a wall hanging with it.  Since I can easily imagine those markings on a kitty-cat, this block will always represent a cat to me.

 

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I have been playing with the colour green this month.  We are always in need of bookmarks.  I found a scrap of watercolour paper in the perfect shape of a bookmark on my shelf.  After an exhausting Saturday, I painted these trees using Daniel Smith’s beautiful Perylene Green.  I have been using the bookmark ever since.

 

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Last weekend was the wildflower expo.  Unfortunately, for various reasons we couldn’t make it there on Saturday when they would have had more plants.  We went there on the cool and drizzly Sunday morning after breakfast.  They still had a wide variety of local plants for sale.  Although most of the plants were too young to have blooming flowers, there was a lot of information available and a group of very knowledgeable hosts to help educate us.

   

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These are the plants that came home with us.

 

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One of them is a Douglas Iris.  I spotted this flower on one of the plants and that was immediately followed by the plant being in my little cart.

Other than sewing, painting and planning the garden, I have been updating my website a little.  I added “Free To Imagine” as a tag line.  I also created a new template for my pattern files so they have a better look and feel.  It was a busy week, but the stolen moments of art gave me much-needed balance.

Happy Crafting,
-Soma


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Wandering Camera – April Linky Party

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Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera linky party – the April Edition.  Thank you for sharing a little bit of your world with us by linking up in March.  I am also loving those photography and camera experiments you are doing.

I kept the link-up open for little over a week the last couple of months, but my wonderful friends posted about Wandering Camera even after the link-up was closed.  So, to give ourselves a little more time, I am extending the link-up to two weeks.  I can’t thank you enough for your support!

March was a month of rain and wind with intermittent sunshine.  Spring came early for us and I discovered the world of wildflower photography while enjoying being outside. However, by the end of the month, I was brutally reminded of my allergies.  It will get a lot worse as Spring comes into full swing, but I will try to keep myself distracted with photography as much as I can.

The latter part of the March photos is concentrated around wildflowers.  They are so pretty, you can’t blame an outdoor girl like me for admiring them.   Here’s my photo set from March in chronological order.

 

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1. Lord Vader is unhappy with my Lego progress

2.  Brownies

3. First signs of spring

4.  Rain-soaked fence

 

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5. Wine field in the rain

6. Street light reflecting on the wet sidewalk

7. Rain clouds make for beautiful sunsets

8. New pencil case with my little Viking penguin Olaf

 

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9. Start of a herb garden

10. Charlie cuddled up on a rainy day

11. Downpour

12.  Flooded creek

 

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13. Sitting beside my relaxed friend while listening to the patter of rain and reading

14. End of our walk

15. Pink wild radish

16. Redwood Violet

 

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17. Spring Vetch looking like pink butterflies

18. Old Man Of Spring – I love his crazy “hair”

19. Home-made granola for those long hiking days

20.  Captured raindrop

 

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21. Coming down again

22. March knitting

23. Strange red-yellow sunlight filtering through the clouds

24. Teasel

 

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25. Yellow Owl’s Clover – they are tiny!

26. A happy and healthy Montague on his new quilt

27. Larkspur – I call them pixie hats

28.  Sun dog

 

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29. Western Blue-eyed Grass flower

30. Painting of a Stone building

31. Found a duck pond during a lunch-time walk

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Can’t help but share a little sneak peek at my new block

 

Spring has either arrived for some of you or on its way to the more patient among you, bringing more flowers in April and May.  I have learned a few things about flower photography over the past few weeks, so I thought I’d pass them on to you.

 

Wildflower Portraits

If you have just a few flowers blooming here and there like I had in March, it’s nicer to take portraits of them.

 

The Flower

Try to pick a flower that is unblemished and not damaged by bugs.

 

Lens – Zoomed-in

Start with zooming in to take a photo of a flower stalk, you can photograph pretty flower clusters that way.  If you wish to aspire higher, you could try taking photos of a single flower using macro photography.

You can set your point-and-shoot camera to the macro setting which is often marked by a little flower icon.  That will enable you to get closer to your subject, in this case the flower.

 

Lens – Macro

For those of you with cameras capable of using interchangeable lenses, you can purchase this Macro adapter from Opteka for approximately $25.00.  It screws on in front of the lens and turns it into a macro lens.  It’s a great and inexpensive way to get your feet wet in the macro world.

Even with auto-focus turned on, use your eyes to find the plane (surface) of focus while using this adapter.  Try to focus on the centre of the plane as much as you can.

 

Aperture

This one is for cameras with manual settings.  You want to use a really high aperture value if you want sharp photos.  Set your camera’s aperture value between F11 – F16.  Higher the better.

 

Shutter Speed

With manual setting cameras you can set the shutter speed as well.  When you are looking through your lens you will notice that the flowers move A LOT with the gentlest of breezes!  So you want to set the shutter speed to at least 1/250.

 

ISO

Since you are restricted by the need to set your aperture and shutter speed really high, the only thing you can play with to get brighter photos is the ISO value.  Move up the ISO if you need to.  In good light hours you can use 400 or even 800 to get nice photos without any noise or graininess.  (Read more about ISO on the March post)

 

Light

Petals are translucent, so you might battle with over-exposed flowers if the sun is behind the flower.  If the sun is facing the flower, then you will cast your own shadow on the flower since you are sitting between the sun and the flower.  Try to find a flower facing perpendicular to or at least at an angle to the sun.

Flowers in partly-shaded areas work well.  Overcast days are also great.  You will need to go up on ISO, but every angle is open to you.

 

Time

On windy days you will need to be especially patient.  There are pockets where the wind slows down enough for you to focus and take sharp photos.  Take multiple shots.  Many of them will be out of focus or the flower will have moved out of the frame by the time you press the shutter.

Use the zoom-in feature while reviewing the pictures on your camera to make sure you are happy with your work.

 

Now you should be all set to go out and capture those lovely colours and shapes of the Spring wildflowers around you!  Don’t get bogged down in the details, remember to enjoy the flowers and have fun!

 

Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts.  I always look forward to seeing them.  Every photo is special because it suspends a moment and everyone sees the world around us differently!  So don’t compare and contrast, just have fun and see the world that only your eyes can see!

 

Badge to share on your post and website

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You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month.  The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome.  You can also write a new post to link up.  Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up.  You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

** Linked posts not including a link back will be removed in fairness to other participants. **

Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.

I will leave the link-up open for two weeks.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month.  The next post and link-up will be on the 5th of May.  If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!

 


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Colour Play

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During one rainy weekend in March, I started painting this old stone building on a meadow.  I may have unintentionally echoed the grey sky outside with my newly-acquired Sennelier paint.  The tiniest little dab of paint flowed effortlessly though the water.  Everything else was painted with Derwent Inktense pencils.  I was trying out those pencils on different kinds of paper.  They seem to work best on smooth surfaces.  So hot press watercolour paper or Gesso-ed paper works really well.  They do not spread very well on cheaper paper or even good cold-press watercolour paper.

 

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Since I have been in the mood for playing with colours recently, I am joining the One Monthly Goal link-up this month in an attempt to revisit one of my earlier projects in a different colourway.

 

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My original plan was to make a very different version of this Morning Star quilt as a wall hanging.  Since my kitty fell ill before I got to it, I made this purple mini for him back in early 2014.

 

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I would like to work on this gradient quilt in April.

 

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I don’t even have to purchase any of the fabrics needed for this one.  I just can’t decided which white I want to use, I am tending toward the one on the left.

 

It was dry here last weekend after a long time, and we took care of some much-overdue yard work.  Since we moved into our house two years ago, we have been gradually updating the interior while just maintaining the lawn and a few plants.  This year, finally, I am going to start planning the garden.  I want to focus on mostly local, draught-resistant flowers.  To educate myself, I am planning on attending a wildflower festival in two weeks.  Until then, I am getting my inspiration from nature.  I would like to leave you with a few more wildflower photos.

 

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See you next Thursday, April 7th, for Wandering Camera.

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-Soma

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