Saturday, December 12, 2009

Glimpses of winter

Snow squalls happened on and off during the day.  Late this afternoon the sky was heavy with snow, with glimpses of yellow, pink, and pale blue as the sun started to set.

I started pulling out some Christmas decorations and found them good fodder for practicing with my camera.  I was focusing on a mountain ash tree in the garden and caught the lights of one of the window decorations.  I like how the camera created the perfectly round shapes out of focus and pulled the berries on the tree into focus.  I still have so much to learn with this camera.

A ceramic angel lit by candlelight was my next experiment.  Shutter speeds are still something I need to practice and this image isn't as clear as I like.  When in doubt, read the manual....

As the afternoon closed in, juncos gathered at the bird feeder to stock up for the winter night ahead.  Such funny little quarrelsome birds.  Its nigh on to impossible to take a good photo of them as they move so fast and so much.  I caught this little fellow perched on the hop vines by the thermometer.


A Brush with Color said...

Sounds like a nice camera--I love the photos! Great eye. This junco is wonderful with that tangle of vines.

bonne destination said...

Hi Jeanette,

I love reading your blog and admiring your prolific, inventive and beautiful works of art. You are a real inspiration.

I also enjoy seeing and hearing about your surroundings on the sea-lashed, snowy coast of Canada.

Please keep on blogging; showing us your works in progress is particularly interesting and really helpful.

Merry Christmas!


Jennifer Rose said...

brr cold! the sky looks great tho, very nice picture :)

Jeanette said...

The camera is lovely Chris. I just need to understand it more. The juncos love that vine.

Joan, thank you so much for your kind comments. Merry Christmas.

I loved the colours in the sky Jennifer. Cold...not really cold yet but the wind cuts you.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Lovely photos!

Margaret Ryall said...

Love the first pic. The sky is spectacular. The last 5 days have been a blur for me but my babysitting stint is almost over. I can't believe I didn't see this spectacular sky. As for your camera - at least you are finding out what it can do. Mine is still a mystery after a year.

Lindsay said...

Lovely shots here and I like the way you are building the recent portrait.