Macro Moments Challenge Week 6


This is my first Macro Moment Challenge hosted by Susan Gutterman. Susan created this challenge for us to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other. No theme for this week. 

Susan wants us to share the setting of the photo. Here is the setting information for this Blue African Lily buds marco image, Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 (has macro mode) handheld edited in Lr, at 100mm, 1/250 second, f/5.6, ISO 125.

Happy Thursday!

CFFC: Stairs, Steps, Ladders

This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto topic is Stairs, Steps, Ladders.  Cee says, “The different ways humans have discovered to move up and down to get from one floor to one another.  Stairs, ladders, escalators help us out in so many ways.” This explains why I like to take the stairs. I think these three stair are pretty unique.




These stairs are nothing compare to the 999 Steps to Nafplio in Greece though.

This guy is trying hard…:)

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Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice


decocraftsdigicrafts) did a fantastic job of transforming her street scene that she took during the bewitching hour of a sunset.  She said, “It is a montage of the same image added three times with different filters to get this zooming effect.” I love her photos. I tried to copy her idea of using Pixlr … But, Raewyn is a pro. Do visit her photos, you will be amazed.

The one below was processed in the Efex Color Pro 4 using three filters.


Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge for this week is Challenger’s Choice. Join us.


Happy Tuesday!

Cherry On Top




These sweets are carefully made by hand, beautifully presented, and nicely hand wrapped.

Perfect measures for each ingredient, a taste of sweetness, and its elegant presentation made Japanese sweets fine confectionaries. Delightful to look at and to taste.:)

WPC: Cherry On Top

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Good Eats

At the end of the day, most travelers would want to enjoy a pleasant dinner. We certain had some wonderful savory experience in Napa Valley.

There were many choices.

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The one below is a unique display in a Japanese restaurant.

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This cute dog was waiting patiently, did not complaint the slow service.

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The seafood cassolette was carefully prepared by a Belgian chef and beautifully presented:

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The dessert was a delightful surprise.:)  A lot of details involved in preparing these dishes.

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Related post:

Old vs. New (Napa Wine Country)

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Details Matter


The “details matter” here is not about the details of this photo. It is about the details that make up a photo.

A few years ago, I thought if I got a couple of lenses and learned about the aperture and shutter speed, I’d be able to take some cool shots. Slowly, I was introduced to an arena of metering, histogram, white balance, and macro, besides ISO, composition, light, color, DOF, rules, etc. The challenging part for me is to incorporate these elements into practices. Nonetheless, the understanding has helped me appreciate the detail works behind a great photo, it is more than “what camera do you use?”:)

WPC: Details


Related post:

Bill, the Photographer



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Mobile Photography: BnW and iPhone Fun Facts

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This huge glass case is located under a building and right above its underground parking in downtown, San Francisco. You can see the beautiful sculpture and the people through these clear glass windows. I don’t know how it looks like in another time of the day, but it was a sunny afternoon, I was able to capture a silhouette with my iPhone 6.

I did a major cropping for this one. To get the result, I went to Efex Color Pro 4 and added a few filters.

Sally’s photomontage is taking the iPhone black and white to new heights. Visit her Mobile Photography Challenge. Join us.


Here is an interesting iPhone fact sheet:


Have a great week!

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