One of my goals this year was to actively and regularly participate in Focus 52  ( ) and Project 52 ( )   Both weekly photo assignment, critique and discussion groups online, designed to nudge photographers out of their comfort zone, challenge and inspire them. I rolled out a couple of the weeks bam , bam … then my regularly scheduled life got in the way. First the beginning of school then the death of our friend. So here we are at week six(!) already. It truly IS frightening just how fast time goes by. I am back in the loop. Can’t guarantee I will hit every week but I will try. I WILL! Week six “Still Life” for Focus 52. Sorry for the low res I don’t know how that happened when re-sizing but there is no going back as you know. …

Still Life


Good morning everyone! This is the sight I awoke to yesterday…I had to stumble around trying to find my camera before I even had coffee… A little back story. We live in Escondido which is in N. San Diego County. It’s a place I never thought I would even consider as we love the beach.  The many other times we have been stationed in San Diego we have all but once chosen the beach, at the very least have been in San Diego proper. Escondido seemed like a stretch but we loved the house, location and of course the view!! Now you can see why – the hills are just so lovely and different every morning.

This was shot at f/22, 1/125, ISO 320 and post processed with NIK HDR  but using a single image – I am fascinated by HDR but haven’t seriously given it much thought until recently. I am starting to experiment with it and see what I think. So far I like!

FYI I should mention I have sold and do sell all my prints on a variety of mediums.  I have an in-house Epson R3000 and a variety of gorgeous papers as well as contacts to print on canvas, metal and slate…  I am also working on a line of handmade photo cards. What can I say I like to be busy and create!!  If any of that interests you let me know or pass it on! : )

Have a great day! 5 days until Christmas!!!!

Americas Cup Marketplace

To challenge myself I am going to attempt a photo post every day, don’t panic : ) it will more likely turn into once a week if I’m lucky when school resumes (see my tale in Here I Am) … I will post the shot info as well. I invite all of you to comment…kindly please.

My equipment: I don’t have a huge budget and as making the leap into photography was new for me I went with the NIKON D 5100. I took a loooooong time to make a decision.  Those hard-earned $$ were not going anywhere until I had researched which is not something I normally do…. hello impulse buying!  It’s not my dream camera for sure but I have been very happy with it so far. Of course I’m stepping up from a Sony point and shoot so I had low expectations and until 4 months ago had absolutely no knowledge of camera settings. What they were, what it meant, what you could do with them. Really. No really.  I also purchased the following lenses. NIKKOR all of them…18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 which I use ALL the time, 50mm 1:1.4G, 10-24mm 1:3.5-4.5G and a Raynox macro m150 until I can afford a real macro lens. Suggestions?

So! I know there are thousands of photographers out there and all of you better at something or more likely several things, than I.  My plan is to use this daily post to learn, improve and occasionally step outside my comfort zone.   I am slightly obsessed, in what I hope is a “wow she really likes photography how awesome” way, not in the” it’s crazy Aunt Matilde don’t let her see us!!” way.   ( No offense meant to any Matildes crazy or otherwise)

So please point me towards your photos for viewing enjoyment as well as for illustration of techniques you may wish to discuss… Thanks to all of you.


I live in the San Diego area and this year we hosted Americas Cup…again.  It was quite a party. I love night-time shooting and love to experiment with motion and light.                     Settings  f/ 4.5,   1/13,  ISO 1600, 24mm no flash

Americas Cup Market