Thursday, April 08, 2010

New Toy! and updates

Who doesn't love a new toy?  Mine is a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens for my camera.  I have been wanting one for ages and finally managed to save up enough to buy one.  (They aren't expensive as far as lenses go, but still not part of the daily budget.  Dreaming of macros here, LOL!)  Check out these 2 quick snaps...

This first one is of a doorknob in my house.  Ah, they don't make them like these any more.  Isn't it pretty?  But check out that laser sharp focus!



This little crystal hangs in my kitchen window. I had to touch up this photo just a little to correct the backlighting, but I had no idea how much of a difference different lenses can make - I could never get that soft focus background with my normal lens. Not without Photoshop anyway. Oh, I'm starting to feel like a photographer now!



I have reached a stopping place with my hummingbird. I literally cannot touch it again with a brush. At least, not until I have a few more successes under my belt. I have wanted to learn to paint for so long - perhaps the day will come when I will look back at this little sketch and laugh, but for today I am kind of proud of him.



And finally, thank you to all who sent us well wishes over the loss of our pet AND to Jake for healing for his hand. It is hard on a man like him to have the limits put on the use of his dominant hand, and Lydia and I have had to supervise him pretty closely - "clean" and "dry" are 2 words he has a hard time with, LOL - but the cuts are closing nicely now and he should be back to normal soon.

Is it spring where you are yet? (Or, if you are in the southern hemisphere, can you feel the end of summer coming?)

7 comments:

Healing Woman said...

Your shots are "crystal" clear. LOL
Wonderful.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Lovely shots Judi. I just love your Humming bird. It is gorgeous and you can see the nice transparancey of the water colours and the blending is brilliant.

HElen said...

Hi Judi,

Love your door knob shot! Great one!
Very nice watercolor!
I was scrolling through your post - I missed a lot of your beautiful work!

BumbleVee said...

I love the soft focus of the background ...wish I could get that with my point and shoot... I'm too stupid and too lazy to get a complicated camera .... although Greg says he thinks there is some way to set mine to do that.... maybe we should read our camera book.

Check out my post to see what happened to my spring....

Serena said...

Your hummingbird watercolour is gorgeous, Judi!! LOVE it!

Linda Fleming said...

Love love love this hummingbird painting!

Kerry said...

This is fabulous, just love this hummingbird!