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

I wish you ALL – Hearts full of Happiness and Homes full of Love

I want to take a minute to say thank you for all the nice comments and support. As a new blogger I can’t tell you how much it means to me that someone out there is paying a bit of attention. It makes my day – really!

Have a happy and blessed holiday season however you celebrate it. PEACE.

So- not exactly a holiday picture BUT it is full of Christmas-y colors. 🙂

From our recent trip to San Francisco a street view of Chinatown.

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