Storms and More Storms

The morning after, the night before, and then more.

I love storms, as long as they don’t cause any damage. It settles the dust, feeds the thirsty plants, and cools things down! For a little while, we were even cooler than it was in Minnesota!

I love storms.

Falcon Fae is over halfway done! Yay! I’m not sure when it will be all the way done, but as soon as it is, I’ll be working on Billionaire Wolf Christmas, and then the next Highland book.

For my birthday, my daughter and SIL bought me Divinity Original Sin, so after word count, I played it for a while. Then did some more word count, then played the game again, and more word count. It’s very linear, so once I went down into the crypt, I was stuck. I love games where if you need to build up your strength some more, you can leave, find or pay for more armor, fight, and once you’re stronger, return to deal with the big boys. It wouldn’t let me do that. Ack. So now I’m stuck trying to kill something that can’t be killed.

It’s like creating stories, or doing photography work, or just doing anything, really. If one thing doesn’t work, you have to try something else.

With photography, I had my ISO set on auto. It was great because when I was trying to take pictures and figure out all the settings, I was getting white or black pictures. But with auto ISO, I was getting a lot of great pictures, but some were turning out really grainy. So time to put on my armor, and fight the big boys. And it’s working! Auto ISO forces the picture to brighten, when it’s not that bright out, and you lose the beauty of the low light pictures, such as the photo with the lights reflecting off the wet streets and the glow of the lights against the darkness. And it makes for really high ISO and then that makes for more graininess.

I’m brand new at working with adjusting everything at one time–instead of just aperture and shutter speed–I realize when I have a larger F-stop number, versus a lower number (aperture), I have to adjust shutter speed. Or I end up with black or white pictures. Which means constantly looking to see what I just took to see if I goofed, or got it right. Or in the ballpark. For now, I’m leaving my ISO at 100, to try and reduce the graininess of pictures.

But if I want to take pictures of fast moving birds, like hummingbirds, then the ISO has to go up! I love this article by Thomas Stirr. Now if I could take handheld photographs of hummingbirds that looked this outstanding? I would be thrilled.

Maybe one of these days I’ll defeat the unbeatable, and move onto the next challenge!

Have a great and successful day!

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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4 thoughts on “Storms and More Storms

  1. Photography is so much fun, and there are so many adjustments to consider and try that it can be frustrating. Unfortunately I tend to want to do spur of the moment, “Oh gee whiz I missed it” type of shots, and there is no time to think about it.

    • I do that too. And I take the pictures and think I should check to make sure I had the right lighting, and don’t. Then I’ve ruined them all. 🙁

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