Try Something New in March -Photography

Continuing with my goal of trying something new for 30 days, I embraced learning more about photography for March. Although I have been taking pictures for years, it has frequently been done with very limited knowledge or technical skill. So I explored more features on my DSLR camera, did some editing, and tried a new app.

These are photos I took on runs. For me, experiencing the sights and sounds I encounter on my runs is equal to the enjoyment of the actual run.

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A slight deviation in my running route allowed for a change from my usual sky and landscape shots.

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This month offered plenty of opportunities to take pictures of ice.

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I thought tagging along with Mike as he cut wood would be a chance to take a different type of photo.

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Isn’t he cute…in a manly, lumberjack sort of way?

My trying a new recipe goal from January carried over to these beignets.

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I convinced Mike to go to Portsmouth with me solely so I could take pictures.

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It was intriguing to take the same photo with different settings.

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I began to feel a tad sketchy as I hung out on the edge of the salt pile waiting to capture this action shot.  But it was fun to be aiming (pun intended) for a different type of composition.

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Our trip ended up with a stop for a drink and appetizers (as I had hoped it would).

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As we left Portsmouth, I was able to capture this parting shot of the landmark steeple.

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A community group that I am involved with has been making pottery bowls for our annual “Empty Bowls” event under the guidance of one of our members who is a talented potter. This was another opportunity to try a different sort of photography.

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I traveled to Vermont to see my amazing niece perform in a circus showcase.

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There were a number of other performers, as well. Their skill far outperformed my photography ability but it was exciting to try to capture them in the midst of their actions.

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This photo that  intended to capture the rapt attention of these small spectators didn’t quite do so. I obviously need to work on my timing!

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March has been filled with maple sugaring here on our small Maine farm.

I had to wear snow shoes to get through the thigh-high snow to tap these trees in early March.

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Amazingly, there is now bare ground in this spot.

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I was enthralled with attempting to capture the steam rising from the evaporator.  Thank goodness for digital photography which allowed me to take picture after picture without rolls of unsuccessful shots on film.IMG_2648

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After 39 gallons of evaporated sap we are rewarded with a single gallon of maple syrup.

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A new waffle recipe proved to be a delectable way to sample the new syrup.

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Of course, a gallery of my photos would not be complete without a few shots of our furry friends.

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Once again, trying something new for 30 days proved to be exciting and enriching.  I learned some new skills and embraced having this as an activity that I was (happily) committed to engage in for the month.  However, these 30 days only gave me a snapshot of the skills I hope to acquire as I continue in my quest to expand my photography abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Snippets from the Week

Our annual village tree lighting was this past week.

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Singing carols around the tree and visiting with neighbors as we enjoy hot chocolate and cookies is a quintessential start to the Christmas season.

We line the path to the cookies and hot chocolate with luminaries.

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This week there were more mesmerizing skies.

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Mike continues to tolerate my obsession with stopping to snap a shot on our long runs.  But we are so lucky to run in an area that offers images so wonderful that I can’t resist them.

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One morning we awoke to the most gorgeous snowy scenes.  The roads were clear so my run was spectacular.  It was definitely a photo op day.

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I adore cutting and decorating with greens for Christmas.

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The turkeys’ presence was evident in the fields when I headed into the woods for more pine.

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I bought four new pairs of socks for winter running with a gift card Mike had given me.  They are labeled as ski socks but they are absolutely the best thing for running and for wearing with boots.  I am in heaven! (FYI-although they are adorable, I don’t run with my leggings hiked up above my knees!  This was just so I could show them off in the photo.)

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I have decided that beyond the obvious need for family and friends, the three essential creature comforts that will keep me happy during the cold, dark winter are cozy socks, tiny white lights virtually everywhere,

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and a constant supply of hot tea.

Hannah and I are loving Trader Joe's Candy Cane Green Tea.

Hannah and I are loving Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea.

What are the three things you need to be content this winter? I’d love to see your thoughts in the comments below!