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Single tired mom of four. Lover of chocolate and coffee - not necessarily in that order. Lover of Jesus, photographer by trade, Photoshop junkie and crime TV watcher.


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Through the Lens – Challenge 1: Color

February 20, 2009

As you know it has been a very long time since I have added a photo assignment to Through the Lens: Digital Photography 101.  It was never my intention to drop the ball with the group, but as you all know, sometimes circumstances take over and life has to take priority.

Now that things are starting to normalize, it is my intention to pick up where I left off and continue with the assignments and challenges for those who are still interested.

The next assignment will be on shutter speed; however, while I continue writing that, I will be adding a photo challenge or two, to practice the skills that we have already learned.

Today’s challenge:  take a photo, or many using  - color.   It could be your favorite color, many colors, unusual combinations and designs, bright, muted, colorful buildings, signs….it’s all up to your interpretation.



The guidelines: 

  • Don’t forget to set your white balance.  You want your colors to look accurate, without any funky color casts to throw them off.

  • Check your composition.  Take many shots at different angles, then decide which you like best.

  • For this assignment we will use a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field.  Remember to watch your focal point and have your camera set to aperture priority, unless you are already using manual settings.  In which case, go for it!

  • Lastly, submit your photo by Friday, February 27th and come back here to link up to Mr. Linky once you have uploaded your finished assignment to your blog. You can also add your photos to our Flickr group.


Depth of field Review:

Aperture controls the amount of light being let through your lens and what is known as depth of field. This means, the wider your lens opening, the softer your background will be and less of your photo will be in focus. The smaller your lens opening, more of your photo will be in focus. Did you get all that? Here is an example. Do you see how the background is very blurry and soft? This was taken with a large aperture, (small f#.)


105mm – f/3 – 1/400

Photographic Inspiration:

Interestingness – This is one of my FAVORITE sites for inspiration!


Previous Assignments:

Assignment 1 – Getting to Know Your Camera

Assignment 2 – Understanding White Balance

Assignment 3 – Better Composition


You can join here: ThroughTheLens-DigitalPhotography101-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  After clicking this link, just send an email expressing your desire to join the group, or a blank email is fine also.


Digital frame by K. Pertiet


Views from the Salmon River

December 15, 2008

Last Saturday I received a freebie, when the church that hosts my women’s Bibles study had a kidsit, held by the youth group.  Meaning…I got four hours of free time!  Whoo hoo!

Let me tell you, four hours is like blinking your eyes, but I did manage to take a ride and take some shots of the Salmon River.

I’d like to be the optimist, but somehow, I doubt they’re still leaving their declarations of affection in other spots.

United House Wrecking – Stamford, CT

November 1, 2008


Prima Ballerina

October 18, 2008




The Three of Them

October 17, 2008



Oh the Light!!!

October 16, 2008


My ride home today took a while; Sarah was ready to scream each time I pulled over to get a shot.  Oh the hazards of having a mom with a camera.





Wordless Wednesday – Just lookin for a Happy Face

October 14, 2008


Out of the 100 images I took of her in this tutu, I managed to salvage a few.  As it turns out, the girl of many faces found a few new expressions to show me and I assure you, they were not keepers.