9.15.2014

Monday's Musings - If There is no Struggle, Frederick Douglass Quote

by Mary Denman                                                                                   Instagram: maryfdenman

As many of you know, I've had a very difficult past year, losing loved ones very close together. It turned my life upside down. It's made my life a struggle at times. 

Recently, I came across this quote from Frederick Douglass. The line, "If there is no struggle, there can be no progress," really struck a cord with me. 

I want my life to be easier.  
I don't see struggle as a good thing.

That's why this quote hit me. 
I started thinking about it. 
Is it true? 

9.12.2014

Photo Tip Friday - Part 2: How to Take Pictures of Waterfalls

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

The Reedy River, normal water flow

Welcome back for Part 2 of How to Take Pictures of Waterfalls! In case you missed it, you can read last week's post here. 

(Note: Last week's photos of the falls were taken right after a torrential rainstorm. This week's shots are more typical of the water flow and were shot on a different day.)



We covered the two main options for taking waterfall photos: 
1) Stop the motion with a "fast speed" of film. Use an ISO of 800 or higher.
2) Blur the motion with a longer shutter opening. Use a time of 1/10 of a second or longer. (This second option requires a tripod or solid surface to set your camera on.) 

9.09.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Hawk in Flight

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman



Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

Drop by on Friday for Photography Tips.
This week's tip will be learning how to take waterfall pictures, Part 2.
You can read about Part 1, here
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So, a funny thing happened while my son was mowing the yard....

A hawk, which may be a red-tail hawk, buzzed him....

My son just felt a blast of wind to look up and have this hawk flying over his head. My son said if he had reached up, he could have touched the wings. 
GLAD HE DIDN'T TRY!



9.08.2014

Monday's Musings...

Sorry I missed today's post, but I'll be here for Wordless Wednesday! 

Then, on Friday, I'll do Part 2 of How to Take Waterfall Pictures.

See you then! 

9.06.2014

Photo Tip Friday - Part 1: How to Take Pictures of Waterfalls & Water

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Waterfall by Mary Denman


Today's tip is Part 1 of a 2 Part series to help you understand how to take pictures of waterfalls and water. While you may not have a waterfall that you frequent regularly, it's good to learn what to do so when it's time to take a shot, you're ready and get the photo you want! 




First of all, there are two main ways to take pictures of waterfalls. 
1) Take the photo at a fast enough speed to stop the action of the water. 
2) Take the photo at a long enough exposure to make the water look "milky" and smooth. 

These techniques are very different so I'll teach you both. 

Let's get started.

9.02.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Osprey with Fish

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman


Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

Drop by on Friday for Photography Tips.
This week's tip will be learning how to take waterfall pictures.
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So when we were at the beach, I saw an Osprey nest on a cell phone tower. 
I stood patiently waiting for the birds to return from a fishing trip. 
I was rewarded with some great shots of the bird with a fish in its talons. 
Here are a few of them.
An Osprey bring food to its young

9.01.2014

Monday's Musings - Bloom Like a Rose Through the Thorns of Pain

By Mary Denman

Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: Maryfdenman


Mary Denman Photography: Anne Brontë quote

Most every loves a rose. They are beautiful flowers. Lovely creatures. 

But you can't enjoy them fully without dealing with their thorns. 

Yes, you can buy thornless roses where someone else has broken them off. But you just can't grow roses or pick them without encountering the thorns. 


8.29.2014

Photo Tip Friday - Learn to Love your Camera: Playing with Perspective

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman

Today, I want to challenge you to learn to love your camera. 

Why? Because when you learn to enjoy the process of taking pictures, you can really get better with your photography. 

Why? Because you'll allow yourself more freedom to try to take more pictures and try new things. 

Why do you need to do this? Because if you're always hoping for the perfect picture the first time, you'll be disappointed and will want to quit trying. 

But I want you to keep getting better and better. I'm always pushing myself and learning from others. 

So, how does this pertain to playing with perspective? I would love to show you! Let's get started!

8.26.2014

Wordless Wednesday - Our New Kittens!!

by Mary Denman
Twitter: @MaryDenman
Instagram: MaryFDenman


Welcome back for Wordless Wednesday!

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I have a good problem now.  My blog is growing which is so exciting.
But I'm finding myself unable to answer all the comments on Wednesdays...
So, please know that I will respond to as many as I can.
But if I can't get to everyone to respond,
please know I read all the comments and appreciate them VERY MUCH!!
But I will still try and visit your blog and leave a comment when you leave a comment here! 

Oh...and I finally got an Instagram account.... :) See above.

Today, I want to introduce you to our two rescue kitties!
The orange tabby is Emperor Kuzco.
The adorable long haired is Lady Catherine De Bourg.

Can you tell my kids named them??

They went from a shelter to having a bedroom all their own.
At least til they are well.
Then, they'll have the run of the house!

Happy WW!


Emperor Kuzco



Lady Catherine De Bourg




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8.25.2014

Monday's Musings - A Maya Angelou Quote to Ponder

by Mary Denman
I recently read this quote by Maya Angelou that caught my attention. 
It made me think. 
A lot.

In our culture here in the US, we tend to celebrate the greatness of people. Of accomplishments. Of a job well done. 

There's nothing inherently wrong with this.