[PHOTO] After Sunset

April 8, 2016 — About an hour after sunset

While eating dinner with my family, my husband looked out of the window and declared, “Honey, you need to take a look at the moon. It’s lower than it has been lately. I think you should take a picture.”

I tried leaning over to see what was so interesting about it and barely caught a glimpse. So I got up and walked over to the window to get a better view.

The moon was lovely, even if only as a thumbnail. From our standpoint it appeared the dark orange-y sky could have represented sand at the beach… if it weren’t for the trees, buildings, and telephone poles in the foreground.

There is a slight reflection from the double pane window, but I like it that way.

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Thumbnail Moon After Sunset

Photo taken with Pentax K-50  f/5.6  1/40 sec.  ISO : 12800

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My New Baby

If you’re one of my usual readers you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t written a blog post in quite some time. I was taking some time off from things trying to get my life to calm down. I had been having a rough time and my mind just wouldn’t shut up. Yeah, Mr. Negative was rearing his ugly head again. That happens sometimes, but never usually for as long as this was. Usually I’m back to my normal self within a few days, but this time I just couldn’t shake it off. And the holidays only added on to the stress. It wasn’t until January when I finally snapped out of it.

Depression is no stranger to me. After all I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression during my previous marriage. I haven’t been on medication for it in years, as symptoms were few and far between shortly after I ended the relationship. I wonder, occasionally, if I should still be on them…

Anyway, enough about that. Onto something more enjoyable…

I used to own a (SLR) Pentax K-1000 with an f2/55mm lens and a 200mm zoom, but after so many years of use something was messed up inside the viewfinder. It looked like it might have had a crack or something, or maybe needed a cleaning, but I couldn’t afford it. A few other things happened and I ended up getting rid of it. (June 1993 to April 2012) That was a sad day for me. I had participated and won competitions and taken hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures with it.

Ever since getting rid of my camera I have wanted to replace it, we just never had the money. Or when we did have the money, something else came up. I had nearly given up the hope of ever getting another camera. But then… Comes the Light*.

For the past few months I have really been enjoying seeing and reading about all-things photography. It had been a passion of mine during my last couple years of high school.
I follow several Photography pages on social media, including blogs here on WP. I had started my own Photography page back in 2014.  At the time I only had use of the camera on my smartphone and a Point-and-Shoot digital camera. And after having owned a 35mm (film) camera, I was just not happy with the results. With that said, I got better results with my cell phone than the Kodak point-and-shoot, which I have now passed on to my kids.

Why am I passing down my digital?

First, my kids have wanted a camera ever since the first time they saw me use a camera. Second, I am hoping that they will enjoy and maybe want to learn more about photography, even if only as a hobby.
And last, but certainly not least, I was finally able to replace my beloved camera… and upgraded to boot.

I am now the proud owner of a Digital SLR! There is a lot to learn. There are many buttons and features on it, but I will get the hang of it.

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Pentax K-50 kit, camera bag, remote, & memory card.

Please excuse the quality and the background. The photo was taken with my LG G Stylo phone.

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Here are a few photos I’ve taken recently while learning about my new baby.

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Photos taken with Pentax K-50

Animals, Nature, Landscapes, and Still Life are my favorite subjects to photograph.

*Comes the Light–is a nickname given me by my late grandfather S.A.M. It goes well with my first name: Dawn.
Photography — the “art of light”.