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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clear Blue Of The Moment




Another water source discovered. A pond edged in silvered lace reflects tree skeletons, while clouds float by through the clear blue of the moment. The cold could not deter me from breathing in this magnificence.
 
Starting in January, I’ll be participating in the River of Stones again. It will be a lovely shift back to the simplicity of writing small stone observations each day. 

As you can see, I am having oodles of fun with my new Panasonic Lumix  DMC-LX5 and Lightroom. Wow, big difference from my little Kodak EasyShare! I very much wanted a DSLR, but alas, too heavy for my hands. We did a lot of research to find a camera that would give me more control (ha, ha, ha)... great macros and work in low light (I HATE using a flash indoors). The telephoto isn't great, but, hey I can get an additional lens down the line. I'm very happy none-the-less. I am severely technologically challenged compared to my family members, so it is quite the steep learning curve. They are being as patient as possible with me. I have to do things over and over until the "how to's" finally stick (not there yet). I'm sure the MS doesn't help, but honestly, I've never been good at reading manuals, or following directions in general! I tend to be a fly by the seat of my pants, dive right in and see what happens person. That works fine with paints and paper, not so much with high tech.  If things are looking "over developed"...well, I'm kind of a kid in the candy shop right now, sampling every effect. It will take a lot of practice to get the hang of all of this. I'm loving it though, and that curious playful artist in me is refusing to be completely lost in “getting it right.”

I am really looking forward to sharing the gratitude quilt with you on Saturday. I hope you’ll stop by. It is truly magnificent, so many words of thanks, I get the chills (in a good way) when I read it and feel the love infused into every letter.

Linking to:
Skywatch Friday
Click to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.4987378325_b77095bd20_b[1]

Thank you to Hilary for including a recent post of mine in POW
And Kristen for including me in her Inspiritrice list a few weeks ago.

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful photographs Laura enhanced by a poet´s words.

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  2. beautiful reflections, laura! congrats on the new camera (and i'm with you, i just do not enjoy reading manuals! but i've also been stuck on 'auto' now for about a year!) :)

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  3. Pierwsze zdjęcie niesamowite, pozostałe też są bardzo ładne. Wyszła Ci próba nowego aparatu :-). Pozdrawiam i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku.

    The first picture amazing, the rest are very nice too. She left you attempt a new camera :-). Yours and a Happy New Year.

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  4. Such lovely shots! I'm glad that you're having fun with the camera.

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  5. Wowsers Laura! A great new camera! But you still need to have the "eye" even with great equipment, and you DO! Love these!

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  6. Beautiful reflections and lovely skies! Congratulations on the new camera!! Hope your week is going well and that you and yours enjoy a lovely and very Happy New Year, Laura!

    Sylvia

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  7. gorgeous blues and reflections...and that perfect star in the second one!!

    have fun with your new toy!!

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  8. Nice shots with your new toy Laura.Manuals and me are not a match made in heaven either, I still have a long way to go too.

    No day is wasted that we learn something new in.

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  9. Laura, these images are pure magic. So beautiful.

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  10. gorgeous...that last shot especially!

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  11. truly magnificent!


    Aloha from Waikiki
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  12. Mesmerizing photos and wonderful words (edged in silver lace-). I look forward to reading all the contributions to the quilt. I also look forward to seeing you in the River of Stones- and forever grateful for you leading me there. xo teri

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  13. Such stunning photographs, Laura. Thanks for lifting all of us up with your artwork. Love to you, Toni

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  14. Those reflections are to die for! I got a new camera too so I share in your excitement :)

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  15. Could that reflection be anymore perfect!!!! Wonderful captures. I'll try to get over to your email and write a "what I'm thakful for" note tomorrow. Happy New Year--hope it is one filled with many blessings for you. Hugs, Mickie :)

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  16. Love all the blue skies and gorgeous reflections. Congrats on the new camera.

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  17. Beautiful photos capturing the light and reflections of nature. Good luck with the new camera and Happy New Year.

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  18. Lovely, lovely photos ~ Happy New Year, my dear!

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  19. Gorgeous photos, Laura!
    I wish you happy and great New Year:)
    Hugs
    Joo
    xxx

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  20. Beautiful pictures. I love the one with the sky in the pond!
    Happy NewYear to you!

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  21. Nice photos! Have a nice Friday afternoon, and happy new year for 2012!:)

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  22. Beautiful pictures! - reflections are fascinating:)

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  23. Gorgeous reflections;-)))
    HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  24. Yes! Cold and me don't get along very well, but for these scenes, I'm with you; I'd stand there, take deep breaths of the crisp air and just soak in the views. Wonderful, Laura. Glad you got a new camera you like; I had an earlier model of the Panasonic with Lumix lens some years ago and if I remember correctly, it was rather versatile indoors (I dislike using a flash too... and like you, I'm not too good about reading manuals and learning the technical side of this hobby). Happy playing, happy new year!

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  25. Congrats on the new toys, looks like you've master them already :-) The blue sky in that last reflection is wonderful.

    Lightroom auto white balance and auto exposure account for 90% of my corrections. Throw in a little clarity and vibrance and viola'. Scott Kelby has an excellent book on lightroom, I highly recommend it.

    Re: indoor flash - the issue is often the location of the flash. Perched on top of or integrated into the camera is less than optimal - moving it to the side and/or above will make a world of difference.

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  26. Laura--I'm so glad you commented on your "fly by the seat of your pants" nature. I too, tend to approach technology in this way. I don't like manuals and want to find my way quickly and directly to capturing the purity of what I see in front of me. Fortunately, my family is very patient with me.

    Your photos are indeed brilliant reflections--so metaphoric of this time of year--we dance on the edge between the year passing and the year to come--as if there is a thin crust of ice beneath our feet--and our actions and their reflections lie above and below us.

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  27. So lovely pictures :)
    I will follow and see whatyou post ;)

    Greetings from Bergen Norway.

    Happy new year :)

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  28. Beautiful pictures with magnificent reflections. I wish you a happy 2012.

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  29. Magical winter shots. Happy New Year ahead.

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  30. Wow.. Beautiful pictures.
    I wish You a Happy New Year.

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  31. Very beautiful shots. Have fun with the new camera!

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  32. What gorgeous icey cold color and details!! Here's to a new year filled with creativity and light. All the best..!!!

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  33. These photos are absolutely beautiful! I love winter. I'm a little envious because it's supposed to be 80F here this weekend.

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  34. Those are really superb! I'm glad you found a suitable camera for your needs. Thanks for stopping by at my skies. I wish you a very happy new year!

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  35. I love these shots, they are stunning.
    Look forward to seeing more of your pics..

    I know what you mean regarding "techno" stuff I am more of a hands on person and hate trying to read through instructions of any kind.

    Happy New Year

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  36. Beautiful images, it looks to me like you are a quick learner. Photography will be a great new outlet for your artistic talent. It is amazing, all the way one can manipulate an image on the computer.

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  37. Hi Laura!
    I just got back to blogging and will try to email you about the gratitude post that you want. Yes, it is important for us to share and be inspired with each others stories and insights.

    I wish you a merry and meaningful 2012!

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  38. Woow, really beautiful shots you've got here :0) Have a happy New Year ! :0)

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  39. Hmmm, thought I was writing a comment a moment ago..but can't see it :0) Soooo I try again ;0) Beautiful shots you've taken, lovely ! :0) Wish you all the best for 2012, Happy New Year ! :0)

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  40. Hi .I really like your shots and love the way your new camera is working for you...I especially like the last shot of the blue sky reflecting and the ice around it....my first time on Weekend Reflections
    and I have put on a party of reflections for
    everyone to come and see.

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  41. Absolutely gorgeous captures...it looks quite cold up there. It is supposed to start hitting us tomorrow. Happy New year and here is wishing you lots of great experiences with your new camera. genie

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  42. WOW!
    Gorgeous photos! Beatiful reflections!

    Greetings from Norway:o)
    Helene

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