I saw this challenge at ‘s site Serendipity and thought it was a great opportunity to try my hand at black & white photography for a change.

The Rules: “Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life.
No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

I haven’t had this blog long enough to feel comfortable challenging someone new each day. So, if you are up for the challenge, comment below.

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Bracebridge Portraits

We were in Bracebridge  today taking pictures of the falls. We also had the goal of taking peoples pictures. A nice family was there taking selfies, as I waited for one of them to take a picture they smiled at me. I wasn’t about to waste this opportunity, so I asked if I could take one of them, and they obliged.  I knew I had my zoom lens on but thought you did it , you ladies are my first. Sorry that it’s not the best shot I would have rather some depth of field, and less blur. I was so happy to have worked up the courage to ask. A major milestone. Nice family at the falls in Bracebridge Ontario

Later we met two nice ladies who were waiting for their husbands to finish golfing. They were taking pictures as well at the falls. Rebel Girl asked them if we could take a picture. They were nice enough to let us fumble with our camera’s till we took a few decent pictures. The one woman had a canon and was giving us tips, how awesome is that. Thank you ladies you are my second photo. And it was nice meeting you and chatting .

My Niece – The Shapeshifter

You never know what she will look like when you open the door to let her in. It doesn’t only apply to the many shades of hair colour she has tried, but her fashion as well.

I love that she is her own little being, comfortable in her skin. So, I knew she would be the one person who would embrace being our test model. I took some picture of her last summer that I would like to share. That was before I wanted to take photography more serious. I did not care about what was in the background:

It started raining not long after, so we didn’t get much time in. Though she and her fiance (what a nice guy) said they were open to do some couple shots at a nearby hiking trail in the future.

This was a real learning curve for me. Taking macro shots of flowers and bugs is far easier to do than people. I have a whole new respect for these photographers now. I was not happy with the background and should know better by now. Blur the background! I did not take the time to really look what I was doing, cutting off the top of her head, or part of a limb.

I was trying to be quick because a person you see on the street is not going to stand around for even a minute. You have to be prepared and know your stuff! I used various lenses but I think when it comes down to it, right now, my macro is the one I feel more comfortable using. I know a bit more about it and have had it longer.

Here are some of the ones I took last night:


My lighting is not right. It’s a good thing she is willing to continue working with us until we get it right. I’d like to thank her for being such a great sport. You’re such a joy, Charlie!


Portrait Photography

Rebel girl and I want to take pictures of people. We bought cards to hand to people after we have built up the courage to even approach them. The dilemma is we have no experience in photographing people, other than family events. We asked our niece Charlie if she would let us take pictures of her for practice. She is a natural in front of the lens, who patiently let us switch lenses ISO, Aperture,and Shutter Speed. I imagine strangers would not be so patient. Overall we tried a 50mm, 40mm, 6.5mm fish-eye, and the 100m macro. We called her last minute and it was overcast, another area we don’t have experience with. I have no idea if my pictures are good, but she is stunning and a good sport for allowing us to do this and post it. So without further ado.