Photography Contests

If you look up, you will see a new tab in our menu titled Photography Contests. I haven’t entered any yet. Down the road, I think I would like to enter some free ones. What is there to lose? I will add to the list from time to time. Many of the are for amateur photographers too.

Have you ever entered any?

Osprey Eating Breakfast

On our way to work I spotted an osprey, this bird made me late by ten minutes. osprey eating fish
I walked a little closer to it.

On my way home I saw another one. I pulled over and tried to take a picture. The osprey moved a quarter mile up the road three times. I finally gave up. I didn’t know until I was home that the first one had a fish.


Rebel Mom Got Her Camera

After much thought, Rebel Mom finally purchased her camera. What kind did she choose? A Canon Rebel! We did not try to persuade her in any way.

A Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit

It was on sale at Bestbuy this week. I think she will be happy with it.


What I Learned Yesterday – Part Two

To continue my earlier post:

I won’t put up a post about one of the places we stopped to eat because I would not recommend it to anyone. I didn’t know each cup of coffee was $3.00! I had one when we got there. Then I asked for a refill and Rebel Guy asked for one after he finished his draft. The waitress came with a cup for him, and told me they were brewing a fresh pot and would be back with mine. Half an hour later, no coffee. They took my plate and I said to forget the coffee, we’d take the bill. I didn’t notice until later I was billed $9.00 for three cups.

Note to self: check your bills!

Rebel Guy was full up from the first visit to a brewery and the coffee.  🙂 I decided to wait it out and get something later. I do not drink beer, or anything alcoholic, often.

Note to self: Bring water!

You will not always be near a store. I don’t drink soda beverages either. The brewery we went to sold beer or soda.


Keep an eye on your gear. Do not set it down. At one point I noticed Rebel Guy looking at me and nodding to my things when we were approached by two young men. He told me we were close to losing something while one tried to occupy us and the other went over to my belongings.

Check your to-go bags when you order food!

Still thirsty from my earlier stop at an eatery, I ordered a water, Rebel Guy a Root Beer soda. We had driven away when I realized our drinks were not in the bag! Seriously! I couldn’t believe it. There was no way I was going to let it ruin a great day and decided to shrug it off. I guess I was not meant to be hydrated that day.


Almost everyone asked if we were were on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. It seems having a site is just not as popular. I broke down and joined Twitter today. I guess our posts will go up there, I don’t understand hashtags yet. Do we use them on WordPress? In a post or as a tag? Any tips would be appreciated.


We are excited about our next day trip and will be more prepared to hike around for hours. A great learning experience! A great way to celebrate our anniversary together. I am so happy that we found something we both enjoy. It brings excitement and gives us something to look forward to.  🙂




Things I Learned Yesterday – Part One

Where to begin? Our first excursion to take pictures of people did not turn out the way we imagined it would. Not that we didn’t enjoy the day. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and it was so nice to get out together and do something new.

We drove up north and had really pumped each other up, we were going to take loads of pictures of people, stores and maybe the owners…on and on. Once there, my thoughts changed quickly.

It was a long week-end, the stores were busy, I was not going to harass owners to stop and pose for a picture.

So here is a waterfall picture instead:


As for everyday people, well, I imagined that they were just like us, and if asked by someone, how would I feel? Awkward, uneasy and would say no. So, I did offer to some nice women we met, but made Rebel Guy take them. I think an event would be the only time I would do that, of people who expect their picture to be taken. I do love looking at candid pictures, though I doubt that I will be doing them. One day perhaps, never say never.

One of the first mistakes I made was what I wore. I dressed for a cool day. It was at first, then came hours of hot weather. I did have a light shirt BUT that was in our vehicle that we had parked far away from where we had walked to. We thought it would be a good thing to get some exercise. After hours of walking in that sun, turning back and doing the same walk uphill was a bit of a chore. The smart thing to do would have been to split it up.


Bring a backpack! Oh boy, I could have jumped in that water and gulped down some of it. We were so thirsty (I will get to WHY I was so dehydrated later) and should have brought water with us. You need to have your hands free to take pictures! Who would have thought? Sign of an amateur!

Oh, and don’t shop. Two reasons: You need to have BOTH hands free. One can not be carrying another bag around. You also have the added weight. I never realized carrying around a camera bag gets quite heavy after a few hours. In total we carried them for around eight hours. I am going to look into getting a sling bag for next time. I was constantly having to move mine so I did not knock into other people or Rebel Guy and his bag beside me.

I know it sounds like I am complaining. I did not complain then, just took note of all the things that I would change before we spend another day taking pictures. It was an amazing venture for both of us and we had a great time.

Another thing to think about, what if it had rained? We had nothing with us to protect our camera bags from getting wet.wf1

Check your new memory cards, or any new accessory, before you leave the house. Is the battery charged? I only had a 2 and 16 gig card, so Rebel Guy bought me a 64 gig card before we went. My camera is older and for some reason it was not formatted for my camera and would not allow me to take pictures. It was fine for his newer one. So, he had to trade me his old 8 gig for it. Didn’t he luck out?  🙂

I find out later, my maximum is 32 gigs.

I will end this with a pretty picture of the sky. Part two will be up in a little while.


Dust On My Sensor.

For quite sometime I noticed what looked like a piece of lint or dust on my pictures. I assumed it was on the lens, and clean it up, only to find it in the pictures again. I told my wife I think there is dust inside your lens, wondering how hard it was to clean the inside of a lens,. I did a google search and watched a few youtube video’s. I don’t mind tinkering, but I haven’t always been successful.  Below is the suspect.

dust on sensor

I went to Canon and found an article on dust inside my lens. Someone in the comments told that person to try another lens, if it is still there, you have dust on your sensor. I looked at my pictures from my 18-55 and 75-300, sure enough I had dust on my sensor.

For each camera it is a different procedure. My wife’s XSI has a self cleaning mode. My T5 you set it to clean manually, remove lens, the shutter is opened. Use a rubber air blower to remove the dust. Much better than taking apart a lens that didn’t have a problem in the first place. I’m sure most people know this, but I didn’t.


Extension Tubes

When I don’t have my wife’s macro lens I have extension tubes. Are they as good? Nope! What they are is a cheap alternative, and they are just as satisfying. I would equate it to eating prime rib for three weeks, then being fed blade steak that was marinated. It was still good but I prefer the prime. I tried it with my 18mm-55mm lens canon, and the results were less than satisfactory. I switched to my 75-300mm and we are getting somewhere

Now I must admit I have only owned a Dlsr for  8 months and admittedly I have lots to learn. You only have to eat prime rib, rib eye, tenderloin, strip loin, once to realize blade steak although beefy is not quite as good.

My pictures are first with the 18-55mm  lens, then of the 75-300mm lens with the tubes beside it. Then my pictures of the same crab spider in evening primrose that I took today that can be found  here. The latter was taken with the 75 -300 mm lens and tubes.