Happy May 2-4!

Mmmmmmmarvelous Monday holiday in May…I love this time of year. Not too hot, not too cold, juuuuuust right 😄.
And, it’s lilac season.
And, my birthday’s coming up this Friday.
And Friday is the last day of exams.
Yup, marvelous magnificent mmmmmmMonday in May…


Lilacs I stole from a neighbour lol.


This is how I'm spending this long weekend, studying for finals. Only 3 left!!

May this marvelous day in May be a momentous one.

Peace, love & light,


What’s the Haps?


“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
~ Steve Jobs

Tell me how you are, I want to know ☺

~ Julia



cup…SS 1/800 f1.8 ISO 2500…deep depth of field, frozen motion


frozen…1/1000 f1.8 ISO?…frozen motion, shallow DoF


blur…1/100 f6.3 ISO?…deep DoF, blurred motion…a lower shutter speed would have worked better in this situation making water to appear more silky…


chair…1/160 f2.8 ISO?…deep DoF


carving…1/125 f1.8 ISO 800…i cropped this for close-up, intended for shallow DoF but it’s hard to tell because it’s now in close-up


candy (looks like candy to me :))…1/250 f2.5 ISO 2500…shallow DoF, off center focus


mask…1/125 f1.8 ISO 800…deeper DoF but I wouldn’t call it deep still quite a bit of bokeh


column…1/200 f5.6 ISO 200…captured through a window…deeper DoF…objective to have detail of column (not in silhouette) without the BG getting totally blown out


lamp…1/160 f5.6 ISO 2500…deep DoF, off center focus…unedited


window…1/100 f5.6 ISO?…deep DoF


shaft…1/320 f1.8 ISO?…shallow DoF


Klara…1/640 f1.8 ISO 2500…off centre focus, frozen motion


owl…1/200 f1.8 ISO 1600…off centre focus, shallow DoF

All shots taken with a Nikon D90 85mm lens.

Tuesday I had my second Basics of Photography session with my mentor Nicole. She really is a fantastic teacher. Keeps it very simple, easy to understand. And she’s so nurturing…I feel very blessed to have her in my corner. I want to reach for more more more learning and know I can do anything with her on my side.

She focused mostly on aperture…how to achieve frozen and blurred motion, shallow and deep depth of field. A deep Depth of Field (DoF) is when most if not all of the photo is in focus, very little or no bokeh (blur) providing the viewer with more detail. This is achieved with a higher number of aperture (f-stop). Thus the opposite is true for a shallow DoF, lower f-stop. See the guide below…as you can see I definitely should have used a lower shutter speed to blur the tap water.


We also talked about using the light meter in my camera seen through the viewfinder. What I love about Nicole is that she really stresses not getting hung up on the numbers. These are guides for sure which I need to know in order to get the shots I want. But the exact numbers are not important, make sense? The meter is also a guide which we have the choice to follow or dismiss depending upon what look we want. It is an extremely helpful guide in my world 🙂

In terms of lenses I learned that the smaller the number of the lens the wider the shot, larger frame…higher number smaller the frame.

Next step for us is learning Photoshop. Itching to get my new laptop and get at it!! And continue shooting of course. Nicole has created a closed group on Facebook for all her students to contribute their work in order to get feedback from Nicole and the group itself. Really useful I find…loves me some constructive feedback!

My homework is to create photos using A. Shallow depth of field (DoF) B. Deep DoF C. off center focus (rule of thirds) D. Blurred motion E. Frozen motion. I focused more on the deep DoF as I tend to use mostly shallow.

Anyhoo…hopefully this information is useful for those of you still learning or needing a gentle reminder. I’m really enjoying shooting in Manual, I shall never go back. I will be out shooting more next week. Lily’s March Break this week plus her getting sick has kept me out of service, thus the lack of postings.

Sending you all peace, love & light for a stunning weekend!

Thank you so much for dropping by…always deeply appreciated.

Big love,