Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Nobody Puts Lensbaby In The Corner....

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For my birthday, I was gifted a new lens for my camera and boyyyyy is she fun! I've been looking at a lensbaby lens for months now and just couldn't decide which one I wanted to start with. Then they came out with their newest lens the Soft Focus II and I was smitten:) We decided to purchase the optic version along with the Composer Pro II. This will allow me to add different optics in the future (when my bank account will allow;) The Composer Pro II also allows you to tilt and swivel the lens body, which will move the area of focus. This is the tricky part -- focus is very, very challenging! As you will see below, I didn't always nail it.

Shooting a F2.5/2.8 will give you an very artistic, ethereal glow to your images. It's hard to master and I'm practicing as much as possible! My sweet spot for now is at F4/F5.6 -- there's crispness to your intended subject with a lot of bokeh in the background! 

I can't wait to purchase another lens, I'm eyeing the Burnside 35 right now and we'll see what the rest of 2022 brings:) If you've ever thought about adding this artistic lens to your arsenal, I can't recommend them enough! It will take your creativity to the next level!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Monkey Island. It's Not What You Think...


Greeting and salutations! Again, it's been a hot minute hasn't it?! It is what it is I guess. What can I say? I do have soooo much content to share with you and I'm super exited to get started. So, let's just dive right into this...

My guy and I belong to a photo club and some of our outings are really awesome!! A few weekends ago we took a tour with Erik Moore and Moore To See Photo Expeditions to Monkey Island. 

Monkey Island is a remote, natural island located in Currituck Sound, North Carolina and is part of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. Contrary to its name, there are no monkeys on Monkey Island. It is named for the Pamunkey nation that once inhabited the area, and used the island for summer hunting. {via: Wikipedia}

At this time of the year, the island is full of herons, white egrets, snowy egrets and osprey...all making nests and raising their spring babies. The island is uninhabited and it's illegal to get off your boat and go ashore. This is where Erik and his knowledge comes in very handy. He knows all the great spots to go to and has a lot of background information to share. He's a photographer too, so he's aware of all the good vantage points to get that great shot!

We've been on two tours with him so far and cannot recommend it enough! If you have the chance, book a tour with him and bring your camera....so worth it!

Monday, March 22, 2021


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 Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.~ Gustav Mahler 

 Life lately has been about flowers, sunrises, coffee, love, seeing family for the first time in a year, kitties in windows and my beautiful mermaid city:) I hope you have been safe and well. Cheers to Spring and new beginnings!!


Sunday, December 6, 2020

An Apple A Day....

Ahhhh, apple season! I can't tell you how many times in the past few years I've wanted to visit Carter Mountain apple orchard in Charlottesville, VA. Something always came up and I had to either cancel or decline an invite. But! Not this year! 

We headed out early one Saturday morning....the sun just coming up, coffee in our mugs and a definite chill in the air. The 2.5 hour ride flew by with conversation, laughter and music. Our first stop was Bold Rock Cidery for lunch and to pick up a supply of adult beverages:) Kudos to the facility for enforcing masks, keeping us at a safe distance from other patrons and just being overall easy to work with. Lunch and the views there were fantastic!

After that we drove to Carter Mountain for some apple picking! We had purchased, timed tickets for entry and it couldn't have been easier. There had been some rain the days prior so the orchards were a little muddy in places, but not too bad! It was a steep climb to the top of the mountain, I'll admit to being surprised at that overlooked fact and a little out of breath! Once we got there though, it was worth the hike!

So, I'll stop talking here and let you enjoy the images I was able to capture from the day. I highly recommend this adventure if you haven't been. I don't know if I need to go again anytime soon, but it's something I was able to cross off my bucket-list and it's always a nice thing to hang out with friends:)

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Lions + Tigers + Bears...Oh my!

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Well, in all honesty. We didn't see any tigers or bears...they must have been on vacation! But...our visit to the Norfolk Zoo this past summer was so overdue and it was a great day!

Full confession: I've lived in Norfolk/Virginia Beach since 1984ish. I graduated HS here, went off to college (Radford University) from here, came back permanently after college and left only for 2 years in the early 2000's. Know how many times I've visited this zoo? 

O N C E 

I know. And....it was in 1987!!! I was babysitting for the summer and I dragged 3 kids into Norfolk for the day. So much has obviously changed in these years, but one thing that remains is the joy that a trip to the zoo brings. It's also as if the animals are aware that they are on display and actually pose for you. 

Here's my take on the Norfolk Zoo, hope you enjoy:)