Friday, November 17, 2017

More #Photo Tips - #SaturdaySnapshots

Want to know more about lighting in your photography? Recently I posted info from a YouTube video by photographer Peter McKinnon (HERE) with a couple of tips for improving our photos. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz left a comment and suggested I put together a post featuring more suggestions from McKinnon. So today's post is about lighting. 

In Tip #4 McKinnon suggests, "Move to a window."

I took this first photo using a flash.



I think the Rainier cherries look yummier in natural light from a nearby window.


McKinnon also advises, "Wait for the golden hour." According to Wikipedia: "In photography, the golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is soft and even with a warmer color temperature."

Maybe this is what he had in mind.


I wish I could say that I'd worked hard to create these photos. Actually, I take lots of pictures, and sometimes I'm just lucky.




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Friday, November 3, 2017

Water Drums - Snoqualmie Valley Trail - #SaturdaySnapshots

Although my hikes and walks often feature similar scenery, there always seems to be one "something" that sets each adventure apart from the others. Recently, our group hiked five miles on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. What made it memorable? The "rain drums" at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.
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After our hike on that rainy, windy day, we stopped at the shelter of the education center to eat our brown-bagged lunches. We didn't expect a symphony! Rain runoff from the center's roof had been directed into tubes and splashed down onto the drums. The rhythms created a delightful musical accompaniment to our meals.

Link for More Info:  Cedar River Watershed Education Center
Click on "Water Drum Video" on that page for a six-minute talk by the artist who created the water drums.





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Friday, October 27, 2017

Carpinito Brothers Pumpkins & Corn Maze - #SaturdaySnapshots

What's Halloween without pumpkins? We saw a gazillion at Carpinito Brothers and had a great time on a beautiful autumn day.
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There's more to this pumpkin patch than
just pumpkins! My husband and
granddaughter tackled the corn maze.

We went through the hay bale maze
more than once too.
Duck racing.
Slides are more fun when you
land in a pile of hay.
Most popular activity?
Playing in the corn bin.

How are you celebrating autumn?





More Info: Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Pioneer Farm - #SaturdaySnapshots

Recently I went on a field trip to the Pioneer Farm and Ohop Indian Museum (near Eatonville, Washington) with my granddaughter's school. Even with nonstop rain, we had a great time! Here's what we saw.
(Click on photos for a closer look.)

Imagine studying with children of all ages
in a one-room schoolhouse.
Native-American women told about local plants and
animals and how they were used by their ancestors:
for sleeping mats, medicine, food, clothing, tools.

A rapt audience learns about life in pioneer days -
churning milk into butter, making biscuits, spinning
wool into yarn, and hundreds of other chores. 

My granddaughter thought washing
clothes was fun. 
How do you sew without electricity?
Foot power!
A blacksmith demonstrated his art.
Not so sure about milking that giant cow!
Most fun of all? Jumping into a pile of hay.




More info: Pioneer Farm Museum

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