Capturing Details with my 50mm

I’ve been looking for a new lens for quite some time but the price of many where just more than I wanted to spend especially since I was not sure what kind of photos I wanted to take.  As time went on, I continued to shoot with my kit lenses both of which I am very happy with.  The only frustration I had was shooting in low light conditions.  Either my photos were too dark or the auto flash would wash out everyone not to mention burn everyone’s retinas!  Oh I tried all the tips and tricks to try to control the flash but still had no good results.

It wasn’t until my daughter pointed out the “no flash” function on my camera that I started shooting in low light situations with more success and saving retinas. (How I missed that function, I’ll never know! LOL) Still not happy with my low light pictures, I started looking into lenses and came across this website that convinced me to take the plunge.

When we first put that 50mm on our cameras our eyes nearly fell out of our heads, because wowza, we didn’t know our cameras could take such great photos, right?

It’s true, the 50mm is a favorite among most. It’s probably my favorite, with a close running with the 35mm. And it’s a favorite for good reason. One can get a lot of miles out of the 50mm, because it’s crazy versatile.

I shopped around online and learned the 50mm was not completely out of my price range. Prices ranged anywhere from $150 down to $80.  Good thing Christmas was coming up because I wrote 50mm lens right smack at the top of my Christmas list! Thanks to our kids (grown adults now but I still call them kids), I now have a 50mm! Thank You!  Thank You! Thank You! XOXO

This was the very first picture I took with my 50mm.  I love how the lens captured the natural light from the window in a low light room.

This was the very first picture I took with my 50mm. I love how the lens captured the natural light from the window in a low light room. No flash.  No post photo editing.  Wow!

Another low light situation: our grandson playing with Play-Doh inside.  I love the sharpness and clarity of the center of the picture while the edges are softly out of focus.

Another low light situation: our grandson playing with Play-Doh inside. I love the sharpness and clarity at the center of the picture while the edges are softly out of focus.

A low light situation but outside.  No flash.  Retinas intact. No photo editing.  :)

A low light situation but outside. No flash. Retinas intact. No photo editing. 🙂 I love how the background is blurred showcasing my favorite subject.

This picture is exactly what I saw through the viewfinder.  No cropping!

This picture is exactly what I saw through the viewfinder: snowfall and all. No cropping!

Needless to say I am very happy with my 50mm lens! To read more about this lens, check out The 50mm/f1.8 – Small Wonder at Digital Photography School.

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‘Tis The Season!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I love that some of  my pottery pieces are going to new homes!

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Pottery orders ready to go!

Also on Etsy. . .

I can vouch for each shop.  I have shopped at each one.

Wonderful products!

Wonderful people!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/184239363/kids-cashmere-slippers-children-soft?ref=shop_home_active_8

Woolby:  I bought these handmade felted wool slippers for our grandson two years in a row. Each pair is made from recycled wool sweaters, cashmere and leather.  I’m hoping to have a little Christmas money left over so I can buy me a pair of these but in adult size!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/248835917/new-camera-bag-inserts-purse-handbag?ref=shop_home_active_1

I found THE PERFECT camera bag at PorteenGear.  It is portable and can go into any bag or sit on the counter keeping my camera and accessories handy for a quick snap!

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Children and sticks go together. What better way to encourage writing or drawing with stick pencils! These make great gifts and stocking stuffers. I bought a set from Light of Day Creations to go with some handmade notebooks we made this year. Unfortunately, Basil and Daisy do not have any twig/stick pencils available and don’t anticipate making more, BUT do check out there shop for all natural crafting supplies and Waldorf inspired toys.  To find twig pencils else where on Etsy, do a simple search for “twig pencils” or “stick pencils” to find a great selection of fun handmade pencils.

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Cute, Adorable and Swanky!

Our grandson looks quite swanky in his “Easy as Pi” shirt from Swanky Shank on Etsy.

I love the play on words as well as the design.

So creative and fun!

 It took some coaxing before our grandson would let me get a picture of him in his swanky new shirt.

He  relented by asking me to take a picture of his digger!  So, I snapped!

Cute, adorable and swanky!

Cute, adorable and swanky!

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I love the shirt. It is so soft.  I love the packaging too.

Check out Swanky Shank on Etsy for cute, adorable and swanky  handmade children’s clothing. Truly, one of a kind and heirloom quality clothing for  infants to 8 years old. You will LOVE it and I bet you will find something swanky for the children in your life!

Read more about Swanky Shank here: “Swanky Shank’s Pint-Sized Style”.

 

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