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Sunset on Lake Cochrane

Image and edit by Joyce Meyer

Available light photography is a perfect way to capture many portraits, but sunset is not a time to utilize this option. Without flash you either have a silhouette or muddy skin tones along with a blown out sky. Solution?  Add a flash to bring out the details. On this portrait I used a Canon speed light 580ex2 flash off camera, a cybersyc  flash trigger along with a Canon 580 ex2 with a Gary Fong diffuser on camera for a little fill.

ISO 100/ F8 aperture at 1/250th shutter to maintain detail and color in the sky.

Presidential Trivia


Just a few interesting facts for Presidents’ Day (mistergworld.com):

George Washington 1789-1797:  Teeth were made from elephant and walrus tusks, not wood.

Andrew Jackson 1829-1837:  First president to ride in a train.

William Henry Harrison 1841:  President for only 31 days, died of pneumonia.

John Tyler 1841-1845:  Loved kids, had 15 children.

James Buchanan 1857-1861:  Never married, his niece was White House hostess.

Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881:  First President to use a phone – his phone number was 1.

Chester Arthur 1881-1885:  Changed his pants several times a day – he owned 80 pairs of pants.

Warren G. Harding 1921-1923:  Gambled away a set of White House china.

Herbert Hoover 1929-1933:  Spoke Chinese to his wife to keep their stories private.

Harry S. Truman 1945-1953:  Read every book in his hometown library.

Jimmy Carter 1977-1981:  First President born in a hospital.

George Bush 1989-1993:  Survived 4 plane crashes during WW II.

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The Prairie Bride ~ In a world of make believe…

Young children spend much of their time in the land of make believe, but imagination is not reserved only for children’s play.  Adults constantly use their imagination to help them invent new things, visualize, solve problems, enjoy a book or movie and think creatively.  No wonder Albert Einstein felt that “imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Prairie Bride #1

Imagination is a cognitive skill that is used throughout life and not reserved only for children.  Why do you suppose the popular ad, Calgon take me away, has been so effective?

Prairie Bride #2
Prairie Bride #2

Keeping our imagination sharp is a highly useful tool in creative thinking and problem solving. Unfortunately, we do lose some of our playful curiosity and imagination as we mature.  A study involving 350 children showed that kids’ natural tendency to daydream and wonder declines sharply around 4th grade. ~ Psych Info  That is about the age peer acceptance becomes increasingly important to a child.  We begin to worry about being “dumb” or saying/doing something wrong, as perceived by others. We are also constantly reminded to “pay attention.”

Prairie Bride #3
Prairie Bride #3

Einstein, who said we need to be child-like to be creative, also said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”  How true…

Now, excuse me as I go off to dream of faraway lands filled with adventure and intrigue .