Last Night’s Full Moon

Last night we went outside to take pictures of the huge “Super Moon.” My husband set up the tripod for me and I took about a dozen shots before it had gotten so far up into the sky that it was no longer “huge.”

This photo was the first one I took, and this is “straight out of the camera”. I took it before he had the tripod set up for me, and this was the automatic setting with a flash, which I was sure would not turn out.

Funny thing is, it’s the best shot I got. I guess I still have a lot to learn about photography. And that’s why it’s such a challenge, so engrossing and so much fun, y’all!

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Signs in My City

I chose these images for Sunday in My City, a photo forum that has folks posting pictures on Sunday of their cities. To visit other cities, click on the button and link up with photos of your own town.


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Yesterday I wrote about the subject of home, and what my city means to me. Go on and read it, if you haven’t already. My love for my hometown city, Wilmington, North Carolina, is the reason I love to participate in The Unknown Mami’s Sunday in my City.

Every Sunday, folks from all over the world post photos of their cities, and I’ve seen some pretty decent photos, some pretty interesting ones, and learned a lot about different locations that I didn’t know. I hope that by posting photos of my city, y’all can get a flavor of what it’s like.

Today’s  slide show is a collection of some photos I took this year in and around downtown Wilmington. All of them have a sign of some kind or another in them. I like photographing signs wherever I go. I think they really showcase an area and give you a certain feel for its inhabitants.

A photography website that has taught me a lot (and it’s free!) is Digital Photography School. The subject of one of the tutorials was “Photographing Signs – Travel Photography Tip.” The author list several reasons why he likes to photograph signs when he is on trips.

He writes: “I set myself the task of photographing the ‘little things’ that we saw along the way. My hope was that in photographing ordinary, everyday aspects of the countries that we were traveling through that I’d capture the essence of the country.”

I hope my ordinary, everyday signs from around my city will give you an essence of what it’s like. I also hope I’ve inspired you to get out and capture a few “snaps” of your own.

You Capture Mr.Happy

I’ve been participating in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week it was “Happy.”

This is my darling grandson, Kole. Sometimes we call him “Little Bit”. Other times, he is called “Mr. Happy.”

I adore him. And whenever he is happy, it is like the sun just shone for the first time, y’all. His smile makes me happier than anything.

Grand kids’ll do that to ya.

These photos are not the best I have ever taken. In fact, they were both pretty humdrum. Well, except for the million-or-so watt smiles. I experimented with some photo editing – something I rarely do – to see if I could make them look better. The program I use is free; Paint.net.

I know there are a lot better programs out there, some free and some that cost big bucks. I am just dipping my toes into the water. I have so much to learn.

But, what do y’all think?

Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry, has come a long way with her photography in the past year. She has some gorgeous shots on her blog (her photos of newborns are heart-stopping!) and a lot of good advice. Are you interested in photography, like I am?  Click on the link and go check her out!