Friday, December 31, 2010

Member Voice for January 7 - Macro Shot of your Town

The theme for January 7 is Macro Shots of your Town by Jarielyn.
In her words:
Macro shots aren't just for flowers and bugs.  How about capturing the details of your town by getting up close and personal with the architecture that makes up the buildings in your town. It could be anything from a doorknob to a window display.  Whatever you find interesting enough to get a closer look and to capture with your camera's eye.  It will be lots of fun to get a zoomed in perspective of your town.

Not really a macro shot but the closest I could come. :-)
photo by Doreen


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Double Takes With Rebecca: Frame Your Photo

One way to add interest to your photos is to frame them before you take them!
So obviously I am not talking about a wooden frame with glass,
I am talking about using the environment to create a frame for your subject.

Below is an example - this photo was taken by Kerry who is one of our participants.
She framed the people & landscape using the tree branch, trunk and shadow.
Nice job Kerry!

Here is a sample of a photo I took of a cannon, framed by a cannon, taken with my Canon!

And here is a photo taken by my brother in law, John Hardy, in Linderhof.

And finally, think a little outside the box too...

On your next photo excursion,
look around for some environmental frames you can include to enhance your image.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Spotlight Photos ~ Christmas Traditions ~ and Member Voice for December 31!

Wow! I am falling way behind here. I have been so busy with the Christmas season, family and friends that I haven't posted like usual.

Member Voice for December 31....

 Happy New Year!! Another celebration. A new year, a new you, new beginnings, new town. What is new, changing, evolving. New in your town or new with you if you care to share. Is there something new and exciting going on in your town? or something that is drastically changing? (and is the change for the better or not so good)

On to the Spotlight Photos for December 24 ~ Christmas Traditions ~




J9 the winter death of a rose.......
 not really a photo of Christmas Traditions but .....
 the end of another year
and the beginning of a new one


Monday, December 20, 2010

Spotlight Photos The Color Red and Member Voice for Christmas

Everyone had such fantastic posts of the color red. I don't know how you all feel, but I really enjoy cruising around and seeing how everyone interprets the theme so differently from each other. Here we go!!



Elaine, also our latest "In The Limelight" interviewee. 

Kim, cute PJ'S!



Our theme for this week is Christmas. Christmas is celebrated worldwide. How is Christmastime celebrated in your part of the world. 
Christmas is a favorite of winter celebrations, a time for beloved traditions that are honored year after year. A time of hope for the future and reminiscing of Christmases past. 
Caroling, feasting, and gift-giving along with the prayers and wishes - Christmas is celebrated with high spirits in various parts of the world.
As we rejoice in the birth of Christ, we're reminded of just how special the day truly is. It's no wonder why Christmas is the most popular holiday of all! 

We are all very busy this time of year, especially this week. Hope you all can find a few minutes to post what your Christmas tradition or family fun time is. 


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

In The Limelight

 This month our guest interview is with Elaine Dale. You can visit her at A Scattering.


When did the photo bug bite you?

I think I was about 8 years old. My Dad inherited a 35mm camera from my uncle and it was the first time I’d seen such a complex looking camera and such crisp photos. I was totally intrigued. I didn’t get to use it but it put the idea of having a camera of my own became a goal.

What was your first camera and what do you use now?

The Christmas I was 13 I got my first camera - a Kodak that used roll film and flash bulbs. Within a year or two I switched to a Kodak Instamatic that used 126 cartridges and flash cubes. I now have a collection of cameras that includes a couple of Instamatic models.

These days I use a Canon SX100 that I bought 3 years ago. I love the fact that I can pop it in my jacket pocket and take it anywhere. I leave the bigger, heavier equipment to my husband, Geoff, who used a Canon Rebel.

Have you ever taken any photography courses?

I took one evening class course in photography in the early 1980s so it was based on 35mm photography. I haven’t taken a digital course.

What inspires you to turn on the camera, the gotta have it shot?

More often than not, it’s the light, “ plain and simple“. I could have the most interesting subject in the world in front of me but if I’m not inspired by the light I might pass on the shot. Not always a good decision.

What is on your equipment wish list?

My camera has 10x optical zoom, I’d eventually like a compact camera with a higher optical zoom.

Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?

Yes, and it is still my favourite photo. Circa 1978 I visited the Long Point Lighthouse in Twillingate, Newfoundland with a friend of mine and we climbed to the top where the light is located. I took a photo through the glass dome with the light mechanism in the corner and broken ice visible through the dome.


Blogging since …..  July 2010

Why did you start blogging?

One of my cousins let me know that she had started a blog. Her blog inspired me and the rest is history.

Is there a story behind the name of your blog?

I wanted to share a variety of my photos with my family and friends and thought that A Scattering summed it up nicely.

What does blogging mean to you now?

My blog has really become an outlet for me to share my photos with Followers, as well as my friends and family. Often other photographers will provide useful feedback and that’s something I really appreciate.

What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Take your time setting up your format/template, familiarize yourself with the process. Also, be sure to read and preview your posts a number of times before you hit Publish!

Do you have a favorite time of the day to write posts?

I tend to post in the early evening, just after dinner or sometimes during lunch hour at work.

Have you set any goal about your blog? Anything you want to achieve with it?

I hope my photos will inspire people to travel to the locations I’ve shot or to open their eyes to the beauty in their own surroundings.

From the start I hoped to reach 100 Followers and I hover just above that. But that’s a shallow goal.

What are your favorite places to visit on the web that aren’t blogs?

Facebook, Iceberg Radio, CBC Radio.

Guest Interview Questions

From NanU:
Do you ever comment on a blog to disagree with it? If not, why not?

No, I don’t comment to disagree on blogs. Maybe it’s a by-product of being Canadian, I’m too polite.

From Mark:

What is the most difficult struggle you have had with something you didn't like about yourself and how did you overcome it?

I used to find myself being volunteered for tasks, committees etc. that I had little or no interest in. Finally about 15 years ago I learned to say I’m flattered you’ve asked, thank you but no, I’m not the person for the job.

From Redlan:

Can you take a look outside and describe the view at this moment?

It’s a very cold 2 degrees Celsius, there’s a fair bit of cloud in the sky but it’s sunny as well. It’s 3:40 pm and it’s very quiet here on my residential downtown street.


If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

The Highlands in Scotland.

What would you like to teach others?


Which adjectives best describe you?

Outgoing but appreciative of quiet. Good-humoured.

What is happiness to you?

Knowing my family and friends are healthy and happy.

Do you have any special talents; such as singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument?

Zip, nada, zero. I wish I could sing.

What are your basic stats that you would like to share?

I’m 55 years old, married 27 years to Geoff a freelance writer. I’m an Administrative Assistant with an agency that provides behavioural and assessment services to individuals who have developmental disabilities  I’m the keeper of the statistics, I’m a numbers nerd.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?

My red hair, which now has natural highlights (white hair!)

Favourite saying or quotation: (or any comment you would like to make)

Oh, for the love of God! pops out of my mouth MANY time in the run of a day. I’m not being blasphemous, I’m asking for help!

Thank you Elaine for being our interview for December.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Spotlight Photos ~ 10 Minutes From Home ~

December is a very busy month for everyone. This has shown up in our decline of "shooters" each week. Getting ready for the Holidays, family and friends visiting and shopping to do, whether picking out a special gift or shopping the market for dinner delectables. Thanks to everyone that is still taking the time to post on our weekly themes with all of the busy schedules. 






This weeks theme (December 17) is the color RED. Mark may be posting "10 Minutes From Home" though. But don't quote me on that!! :-)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spotlight Photos ~ Thankful ~


 What could we be more thankful for than the little ones. Our futures.


 The innocence. So carefree. Precious.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Member Voice for December 10 - 10 Minutes from Home

The theme for December 10th is a little different than what we are use to. 10 Minutes from Home. You can travel any way you would like, just let us know how you ended up 10 minutes from home.  Walking, bike, drive a car, maybe ride a horse! (I bet Kerry has already thought of that one!) After you get 10 minutes from home, show us what is there. So, in a way, this is a mystery for all of us!

I can't wait to see everyone's posts.

Happy Shooting!!