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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Photography fun!

A lot of you gals have noticed a big difference in my photo taking quality.  I appreciate that so much, because I truly have been trying to get better.  So the fact, that you notice, means the world to me. Practice, practice, practice!
Tracy from Trinkets and treasures was having another photo challenge.  Sunday was absolutely gorgeous here in the Carolina's.
Took my camera and started playing. 
 You can faintly see my husband in the woods gathering some firewood.
 Spring is right around the corner, according to my dogwood tree.
 I was trying to spy some birds, I was hearing them, but did not see any!

 Had the outdoor fire going today!

Apparently when I was down on the ground, I had a bit of plumbers crack going on...according to my 13 year old! Now that is what I call serious photography!

Thanks again Tracy for the challenge.  I really enjoyed it!

What I have had more fun playing with on my new camera is the ZOOM!!~ I love to get as close as I can, and get just the right focus..I love the focal point, and then the background just a tad fuzzy.

I hope you newbies are enjoying all the tips and tricks, the parties, and the coffee chats.  Please let me know if you have more questions.  Refer to my tutorials and coffee chats under my header.

GALS, another reminder, and it is driving me NUTS!
Turn off Word verification. I visit so many blogs a day, and this really slows me down!!~ And believe me, you are losing comments by having this on your blog.
The newbie linky party was a HUGE hit.  This will be a weekly party over at Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing.
See you on MONDAY's!

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Blogger Erika . . . with a K said...

Yay, I really enjoyed the newbie party and cant wait for next week. I found a ton of new blogs to read!

February 1, 2011 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your shots are incredible! I love the focus with the blur in the background and the colors. :) Great job, Deb!

February 1, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful photos, Debbie! Love the pinecones...I saw where you commented on Kris's blog, Simplify, that you would like to take an online class. The one I am taking is at
Our school district goes through this as do many others throughout the US, but you can sign up independently, too. There are many classes, I am taking Secrets of Better Photography under the Personal Development courses. I've learned a LOT about what's on my camera and taking good photos, and you can do it on your own schedule...

February 1, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Your newbie party was a huge hit. I went and visited many and found wonderful new blogs out there. Thanks so much for sharing.

February 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger ARudd said...

Great shots and the outdoor fireplace looks so comfy. I am in the Carolina's also neighbor.

February 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

those are cool pics, I'll have to try that technique.

I'll have to go check out the other posts on my camera too.

February 1, 2011 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Designs on 47th Street said...

Such great pictures, Debbie! Go You! :) I definitely need to read your hints. Love your outdoor firepit. It is so nice to be able to find new bloggers through you. And I so agree about the word verification feature... :(


February 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

Love the last image and it is true for me that the ones I get on my abdomen for are totally worth it.

February 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Kara E. said...

Beautiful pics those pinecone close-ups! :)

February 1, 2011 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Thanks for hosting the newbie party yesterday! I found several new blogs, and they found me!!!!
Great the pine cone!

February 1, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Hi, Debbie~
You took some great pictures! I really like your outdoor fireplace. Yes, practice is the best way to learn! :)

February 1, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

What terrific photos. I love your fuzzy husband in the background. Well I don't really love your husband, but I love that he is fuzzy in your background. I am sure he is quite lovable though. I am so fond of pine cones. I wish we had a forest full of them. We are lucky to find a grouping of trees in my neck of the not so woods part of America. Thanks for linking. You gave me a good idea for the next them. How to get the fuzzy background. Do you have an slr camera?

February 1, 2011 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Debbie, your pictures are beautiful! I love the pinecones. I need a whole lot of practice with my picture taking.

Have a wonderful evening,

February 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Loving the pine cone shots! I agree about the word takes way too long. I would visit more blogs if people turned this feature off.

February 1, 2011 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love your photos, they look professional, Do me a favor though...The next time your husband is in the back ground, could you try not to fuzz him out !!LOL


February 1, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Great photos, Debbie! REALLY GREAT! And, thank you for telling people to turn off word verification. That is the most annoying thing in the world...especially when it pops back up a second time. Sometimes I reply, think I am done, hit send and just as I click off the blog I notice that the word verifier popped up. I seldom go back to retype a response.

ah...butt cleavage? It's a good think you didn't have a low cut top on or your hubby wouldn't have known where to look..;>) Diana

February 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Great shots Debbie...can't wait to learn alot more on mine!

February 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous peggy said...

Hi Debbie,
Love you pictures. They are great. I am also enjoying your new blog features. Great job on all! Peggy

February 1, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Great shots, Debbie! I don't ever use my zoom, but I'm going to try using it soon! Thanks!

February 1, 2011 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Your photos are really beautiful. Really stunning. Thank you so much for linking up to my party. I really appreciate it.

February 1, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Wow! Your photos are stunning! I love the first one with your husband blurred in the background.

Thanks for the newbie party...I've met so many new friends.

February 1, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Ok so you are really getting good at this photgraphy thing you know! I love the Pinecone shots that (as you mentioned) are fuzzy in the background and yet the subkect matter is clear as a bell. Nicely done! You know some of those are frame worthy!
Oh and yes, I couldn't agree with you more about word verification, its so frustrating and really isn't needed at all.
Ok, now if you could teach a "Bloggers tutorial" party that would be fantastic! I have yet to figure out how to get bigger pictures like you have as well as change my Banner...I think I need to get rid of the background first...anyway, Ok so call me Prattel Puss!
Take care and great job Debbie!

February 1, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oops make that "subject" not "subkect" ;0) Dontcha love being human...

February 1, 2011 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Angela McInnis said...

Ok, the newbie party was just the most fun!! Several of my friends were encouraged to link up for the first time and they also had a great time. Debbie, THANK YOU for means more than you know for somebody to help us along. I gained followers and have worked non-stop on answering my comments with emails! I truly appreciate your kindness.
Love, Angela

February 1, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Katie @ OhhBaby said...

You should frame those! I love the pinecones!

February 1, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Debbie, great shots. I wish the sun would come back out here. I should have taken some shots this weekend when it was pretty.

February 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Honey at 2805 said...

Wow! Your macro shots are terrific! I am at Tracy's part too, but still have a lot to learn. Hope you will take a look.

February 1, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

GREAT shots Debbie! I am taking a class now. I am so excited about it. Doesn't that word verification thingy drive you bonkers!!!

February 1, 2011 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Velvet Over Steel said...

Glad you're having fun with your new camera!! It did look beautiful last weekend. I was here on Satuday and now we are in a blizzard! Crazy weather! Hoping to get another 'snow day' tomorrow... just the sound of the wind outside makes me Cold!!

Hope your safe and warm, Debbie!!

February 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the pinecone shots! It was a fun exercise. Agree...turn off word verification!!!

February 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Recaptured Charm said...

AMAZING PHOTOS! Great Job Debbie. One thing about the word verification. I HATE it too and had mine turned off for a long time until I started getting all kinds of spam comments that I had to go back and delete. It forced me to put the word verification on. Doesn't anyone else have this problem?

February 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Blessed Serendipity said...

Your pictures are really nice. You are quite the talented photographer. I hate word verification too. You know what drives me REALLY nuts is when blogs have word verification and THEN it needs to have blog owner approval. Arrrgh!


February 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger linda said...

love the photos so pretty you are getting real good at this ,Wish i was looking at the blue skys you have we are waiteing for the big storm bo ho.well its nice to see there is a sky so pretty:)

February 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I love your outdoor fireplace. I'd love to have one. Your photos are awesome. Great job! Thanks for hosting the newbie party. I am over 100 followers now! :)

February 1, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I don't know what the "newby party" is???? Anyway, I love your pictures, GREAT shots!!! I am trying to learn how to take better pictures! XO, Pinky

February 1, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Grannys Attic said...

Great job on the photo's. My wish is to have a new camera someday! The newbie party has been great, can't wait till next week. Thanks so much for hosting. Blessings, Vicky

February 2, 2011 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

You and your new camera are AMAZING! Have a great day ~Carrie

February 2, 2011 at 6:42 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Plumbers crack, that's hilarious! My camera is getting a bit on the old side, I think I got it 5 or 6 years ago. I've tried and tried to focus my pics without the flash on indoors but no can do. Yours really do look great:)

February 2, 2011 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Becca Bertotti said...

Beautiful pics, Debbie! The first is my favorite (with your "blurred" hubby in the background). I, too, am getting more and more fascinated by photography! FUN! (And, thanks again for the tip about creating the navi bar and button!) Hugs, Becca

February 2, 2011 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Awesome photos.and yes it was beautiful here in NC on sunday. Amazing how badly it makes us all want spring right?
thanks for sharing,

February 2, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Debbie! Went to comments setting and did the same as yours, some were ok but some I needed to change!
I have the same type of hair... fine but alot of it, I also take a vitamin for my hair, Biotin, my hairdresser said she has noticed a difference in my hair:)
Aren't you a cutie in your short skirt, I still wear them BUT only with tights and boots!!!
PS. I'm almost finished with my china cabinet, thank goodness!

February 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

love the pinecone shots!! Thanks for the tip on comments!

February 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa!...YIKES!,plumbers crack!..I hate when that happens,hehehe.

Debbie, I really enjoyed the "newbie partay", you are awesome host, and you are so sweet to take the time to comment on our blogs.
Love these photo's.The OUTDOOR shots are incredible,you can take a shot of a pinecone,branch or outdoor fire and make it so interesting and fun!..have you ever linked up on the "OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY" party @ A Southern Day Dreamer???

February 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Crafty Housewife said...

Great pictures! I love shots where there is a very small depth of field!

February 2, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger The Charm of Home said...

Oh,Debbie I love your outdoor fireplace. That looks amazing. Really great macro photography that ahemm...concentration on the ground was paying off. LOL

February 2, 2011 at 9:06 PM  

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