Thursday, July 14, 2011

When you wish upon a ...... Fairy?

I received two special visits yesterday!  Things that brought big smiles to my face!

Thing 1 ~ A Butterfly.  This is my first butterfly visit of the summer.  I was so excited!   I used some different settings on my Nikon D7000 of which I was totally unaware.  Thanks to Daryl over at On the m104 who learned from Kate over at Chronicles of a Country Girl (~ hop over and check  these talented gals out  ~) that there is a setting that would improve my vibrancy of photos.

I had no clue!  The photo above is SOOC ~ straight out of the camera.  I have NEVER gotten that good of a shot without some tweaking.  I mean, for me it's good ... the pros would be all over it with critiques.

If you're curious, I was using my 70-300mm lens as I oft do out my office window.  Mode was Programmed Auto and then I went in and made these changes:  Shooting Menu ~ Set Picture Control~Vivid~and then Quick Adjusting for more adjusting!

The photo below, I just used a Picnik texture and tweaked a bit of color and burned out some of the green leaf.  I think it came out fairly nice.

But for the BIG news yesterday ... 

Thing 2 ~ A Fairy.   I was visited by the Fairy Hobmother yesterday and had my wish granted!

A while back, Di from The Blue Ridge Gal had also been visited by the Fairy Hobmother, who left her with a $50 Amazon Gift Card.  Di explained that anyone who commented on her blog might also be a lucky winner.  
So I commented and wished for a new camera lens.  And .... WOOT WOOT ... I won!  I never win anything! Me and that $50 will be hitting the Amazon store today!

So, if you would like a chance at being visited by the Fairy Hobmother leave a comment on this post, telling me what you would spend an Amazon Gift Card on, if you win. 
One wish per person, please. And good luck to all! The Fairy Hobmother is listening! 

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