Posted by: lle2010 | June 27, 2010

Week 20 -27 An Apology

I have to apologize that I have not posted any photos for the past 7 weeks.  I started a new job this past March and it has taken my time.  I’m not complaining.  I really like the new job and the opportunity it is giving me and hope to grow my business once again and be the successful sales person I know that I can be. 

I will be taking a few trips in the near future  and know that the camera will get lots of use.  As a result, photos will be taken and posted!  Yeah!  I know I set out to post at least one photo every week.  I don’t consider the lack of a few photos over the past seven weeks a failure, but a minor set back.  Let’s face it, sometimes the real world interferes with our want to be world. 

Hang in there with me and more photos will be posted soon!

Posted by: lle2010 | May 9, 2010

Week 19 – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held in Washington DC last weekend, May 1st and 2nd.  My dearest friend Deb Wills is a 24 year survivor of breast cancer and has participated in this event since 2001.  The walkers walk either 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles the first day and 13.1 miles the second.  There were approximately 3000 participants this year. 

This year she was the number one fund-raiser in DC with over $66,000 and had the honor of speaking at both opening and closing ceremonies.  At opening she shared the stage with five other participants and closing was the guest speaker.  To say the least this was a very emotional weekend. 

We had a few friends join us that weekend.  A few Deb knew would be there and a few were surprises!  Our friend Sandy flew in from Michigan to help with the cheering.  Mike and Mary Newell from New York also joined us.  Mary is a survivor as well and participated in the walk.  Mike joined Sandy and I in cheering duties.  The surprise guests were two friends from Pennsylvania, Jill and Carolyn and our dear friend from North Carolina drove over four hours, one way, just to try to be there for closing.  Unfortunately she did not make it in time, but Deb was very surprised when Cathy did show up.  We were able to spend about 20 minutes with one another and she was back on the road home.  And, last but not least, Deb’s best friend Deb Koma was there at closing to give well wishes, hugs and most importantly video Deb’s speech.  Thank you!  (to view the video click on the link)

After going through about 500 photos, it was extremely difficult to pick and choose what I wanted to post.  I wanted to convey a sense of emotion.  Again, so many to choose from.  This is what I came up with.


An Early Morning Start

Canon EOS 40D  18 -200 mm at 28 mm  f5  1/60  ISO 1600

 They walk in honor of or in memory of.
Canon EOS 40D  18 -200 mm at 40 mm  f5.6  1/200  ISO 400


Some of the Seneca Sisters.  The team Deb Trained with.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm  at 28 mm  f4.5  1/60  ISO 400

Deb at Opening Ceremonies

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm  at 70 mm  f5.6  1/125  ISO 400

The Ribbon she will walk with

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 60 mm  f7.1  1/125  ISO 400

Mike and Mary at mile 26

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm  at 40 mm  f22  1/250  ISO 1000

Mary and Deb at the Wellness Village

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 18 mm  f8  1/160  ISO 100

Mary and Deb approaching the finish on day 2.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm  at 18 mm  f11  1/320  ISO 100

Mary did it!

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 32 mm  f11  1/200  ISO 100

A mother hugs her daughters before crossing the finish.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 18 mm  f6.3  1/250  ISO 125

I love the pink wigs and the enthusiasm showed by these ladies.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 60 mm  f7.1  1/60  ISO 125

Some of the Seneca Sisters waiting for Closing to begin.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 110 mm  f7.1  1/200  ISO 125

The survivors proudly march into closing!

Canon EOS 40D  a8 – 200 mm at 200 mm  f8  1/400  ISO 125

Deb on stage at closing.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 70 mm  f8  1/250  ISO 125

After the Ribbon Exchange Ceremony

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 50 mm  f8  1/250  ISO 125

Emotions spill forth.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at  200 mm  f5.6  1/160  ISO 125


Survivors celebrate!

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm  at 70 mm  f6.3  1/100  ISO 125

Support from Deb’s good friend Deb Koma

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200  at 24 mm  f11  1/250  ISO 125

A surprise visitor from North Carolina, Cathy Bock!

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 at 70 mm  f5.6  1/250  ISO 125

For folks that are interested, here are some additional photos of the weekend.


Sandy & Deb                           Opening Ceremonies               Deb & Linda


            Mary & Deb                      Jill, Deb & Carolyn               Seneca Sisters


A moment of silence            This says it all

Posted by: lle2010 | May 3, 2010

Week 18

This week I had the opportunity to visit two locations in Baltimore, Cylburn Arboretum and Sherwood Gardens

These two locations offer a wonderful opportunity to take photos of flowers, stroll through the gardens or just have a picnic and enjoy the day.  Unfortunately, we had a cold snap a few days before my friend Amanda and I visited each location.  As a result most of the tulips were on their last leg and the peonies weren’t far behind.  But, we persevered and as a result I was able to capture a few beautiful flowers.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200mm  at 70 mm  f18  1/800  ISO 400

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm at 200mm  f14  1/1250  ISO 400

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm at 200mm  f14  1/1000  ISO 400

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 200 mm  f10  1/500  ISO 200

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm  at 50 mm  f9  1/160  ISO 400

Posted by: lle2010 | April 25, 2010

Week 17

I am so glad I had the camera serviced.  The following photos were taken in my front yard.  I was going to test the camera to see what changes the service might have accomplished.  I started shooting the azalea bushes but soon spotted this bee flitting from one dandelion to the next.  He was fascinating and the results of my photos are below.

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 200  1/200  f6.4  ISO 400

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 200  1/200  f6.4  ISO 400

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm  at 200  1/200  f5.7  ISO 400

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 200 mm  1/200  f5.7  ISO 400

Canon EOS 40D  18 – 200 mm at 200  at 200 mm  1/200  f6.3  ISO 400

Posted by: lle2010 | April 25, 2010

Week 16

Ok, the camera has finally arrived back home! The camera has been cleaned, calibrated and the firmware updated.  The  two lenses also were checked and calibrated. All of this was covered under the warranty and the only thing I paid for was the shipping to the Canon repair center. If you have a camera, I would suggest you check your warranty and see if you are able to have this service performed.  I just got under the wire for my warranty.  My thought is, if I still own this camera next year, I will gladly pay to have the check up done.

Posted by: lle2010 | April 12, 2010

Week 15

I do not have a photo for this week. I have sent my camera and two lenses to Canon to have them cleaned and calibrated before my warranty expires. I hope to have them back soon.

Thank you everyone for visiting and I hope to have better and more interesting photos for you in the near future.


Posted by: lle2010 | April 3, 2010

Week 14

Spring has sprung in Washington, DC and the National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing!  3000 trees were a gift from Japan in 1912 and each year when the trees burst with color, we know Spring has arrived.  The area around the  Tidal Basin becomes a canopy  of color with various shades of pink and white blooms.  If you would like to learn more about the Festival you can visit the official site:

Here are some of my photos of this years blossoms.

Jefferson Memorial

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm   40 mm  f13  1/320  ISO 200

Jefferson Memorial

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm 110 mm  f10  1/400  ISO 200

Washington Monument

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  40 mm  f11  1/250  ISO 200

This gives an idea of how the trees form a canopy of color over the walkway.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  145 mm  f10  1/400  ISO 200

This is my favorite.  I like  how I captured the bouquet of blossoms on the branch along with the even lighting.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  70 mm  f7.1  1/125  ISO 200

Around the Tidal Basin, as well as, other locations throughout the city, beds of tulips are planted.  This bed was just beginning to come into its own.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  60 mm  f10  1/250  ISO 100

Same bed, different color tulip.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  200 mm  f7.1  1/250  ISO 100

As we were walking back to our car, I had to stop and take some photos of these pansies.  I love the purple color.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm  60mm  f10  1/250  ISO 100

Posted by: lle2010 | March 28, 2010

Week 13

This week’s photo was a learning experience for me.  Well, each week has been, but this one more so than the others.  I was photographing items for Deb’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer,, and I became intrigued with the Mickey Mouse figurine.

After photographing the items, I then started working with just the figurine.  What I was finding is that I wasn’t getting the entire figurine in focus and  I was getting harsh shadows with the flash.  I wanted the entire figurine in focus and even lighting.  This is where my lesson began.

 I started working with my 18-200mm lens and none of the photos were as sharp as I would like.  I then went to my 50mm lens.  I started getting better results, but still not entirely in focus.  That is when I realized I needed to adjust my f stop.  Once I closed the aperture by one stop, I was getting the entire subject in focus.  Next I worked on the flash. 

I used direct light, bounced light, diffused light until I finally came up with what I wanted.  I still needed to do a little post processing to brighten the object, but I accomplished what I wanted.  I realize that there are many ways I could have obtained the same or better results if I had different gear.    I know that if  I had a flash sync cord, I could have taken the flash off the camera and achieved a different result.  Better yet, if I had two flashes I could have slaved one and had better lighting results.  If I had a table top light box, it would have been easier lighting the subject.  But sometimes you have to learn to work with what you have.  

This was the result.

Canon EOS 40D  50mm  f5.6  1/60  ISO 100  Canon Speedlite 420EX w/diffuser

Posted by: lle2010 | March 21, 2010

Week 12

Yesterday, Saturday March 20th was the first day of Spring!  The warm weather felt wonderful.  It was nice to see folks out running, walking, and doing chores around their homes.  While I was out for my morning walk/jog, I noticed my first daffodils of the year!  I returned to the little spot on the hill near a small wooded area took this photo.


Canon EOS 40D  50mm  f5.6  1/640  ISO 100

Posted by: lle2010 | March 14, 2010

Week 11

This week I have a few photos from the cruise I took in February.  These are the last ones from that trip.  I had promised them last week, but when I visited the Cathedral I was excited to get those posted. 

This first photo was taken  on Royal Caribbean’s the Independence of the Seas.  This ship is huge and it isn’t even the largest in the fleet!  It has 14 decks and this was taken from Deck 5.  It is a view looking up to the mid ship elevators.

Canon EOS 40D  18-200mm at 18 mm  f5  1/50  ISO 800

I like getting up early on a ship and walking the deck at sunrise.  It is usually very peaceful and I get to see the ship in a different light.  This was taken at sunrise and I like the way the morning light touches and warms the scene.

Canon EOS 40D  18 to 200 mm at 18 mm  f5.6  1/80  ISO 100

This next photo will hopefully open your mind and imagination by looking at an ordinary subject and seeing something different.  This is one of the ships masts and as you can see it houses quite a bit of navigational equipment.  I call this “Smiling Robot”.  Do you see it?

Canon EOS 40D  18-200 mm at 70 mm  f11  1/320  ISO 200

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