From Clicking to Creating – Week 3 Manual Mode

Mary ( explains why manual mode, “This weeks challenge for me was how to tweak those manual settings… Controlling the aperture and shutter speed can create some fun, and artistic results that you could never get from shooting in Auto.”

The two images using manual mode by Mary are really cool, take a look.

So far, I only use aperture priority (Av) or shutter speed (Tv). This waterfall image was captured with 1/5th second with a tripod:

When I’m shooting bird in flight, I set shutter speed priority (Tv), 1/640 to 1/1600. For landscape images, I try to adjust the aperture to get the shutter speed I want since most of the time I don’t carry tripod when I travel. The image below is an example at 1/50th, f14:

The shutter speed for this tree shot was 1/30th at f16.

Learn to use the manual mode to create fun photos from Mary. Click here. The tips of organizing photos in Lightroom are practical, Thank you, Mary!

Nara Park and Deer

Nara Park was established in 1880, one of the oldest parks in Japan. is about 1,240 acres.

The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer.

They are everywhere in the park and like to social with people.

“Are you bringing any food?”

They do expect visitors to bring deer crackers. You can get a small bag of crackers from the vendor for $1.35.

Not everyone is comfortable being so close to a deer.

The fawns are happy to be with their moms.

Some deer enjoy people watching.

Time to take a nap.

It takes a lot of effort to keep the park clean as you can imagine.

Hope you enjoyed it. Thank you for visiting!

Cee’s Which Way: Dragon Path

Dragon Path is located by the Eikan-do Temple in Kyoto. It’s not noticeable as you are strolling around the temple and garden, is hiding in the corner and covered by beautiful bushes and trees. You can easily miss it.

Hubby discovered it while I was taking time walking around the temple and courtyard garden. A while later, he came back to the courtyard and said, “There is a cool spot you don’t want to miss it.” Hubby was right. 🙂

Behind this Hall there is the roofed stairway up to the hill.

The “Garyu-ro”, Dragon corridor, takes the name from its shape.

Beautiful detail architecture of this unique path.


From here you have a nice view of the temple and courtyard below.

Thank you for visiting!


Without any leaves, the branches of the tree below somehow manage to grow and keep balance. It’s standing tall.

WPC: Weathered

From Clicking to Creating – Week 2 of 2018 (Color Harmony)

Week 2 in the Dogwood 52 challenge is all about color harmony, with the category of composition.

This week, Mary is showing us the steps of setting a profile on Lightroom.

Below is the original photo and edited version through the preset with one click. Though it’s not the best practice, I’m happy to learn how to set the profile/preset and use it every time.

Mary explains further, “When you want to convey color harmony, composition is key. Balance in the image to bring out that color harmony is super important. Harmony means balance, balance means equal parts.” That sounds like a long journey for me to get there… But, when we are outdoor, do we have choices or a chance to compose the harmony of colors for photographing? Click here to learn more.

Playing with the color wheel that Mary provided, now I see why blue line and benches are placed under and against this brick wall.

If you would like to join the weekly “From Clicking to Creating”, click here.


My hairdresser D is also an Artist. Some months ago I showed her my flower images on my iPhone. She picked this one (left) and created a beautiful, colorful painting (right). She got the red, pink, orange, blue… blended so well.

Thank you for visiting!

XDrive Photography Learning – 18 – Golden Hour

Raj explains, “Golden Hour or Magic Light is the term used by photographers taking advantage of natural light after the sunrise and before that sunset… “

In this lesson, Raj provides a set of beautiful photos and tips. Due to the week-long gloomy weather and other commitment for this week, I didn’t get a chance to practice these tips. I would definitely incorporate them in the near future. For now, I’m posting a few photos I found in my file.

# 1 Under soft sunlight

1/125, f11, ISO 125

#2 Deer were enjoying a quiet moment when the sun was not harsh.

1/125, f6.4, iso 800

#3  Warm morning light through the woods.

1/320, f5.6, ISO 160

#4 The grapes look happy.

1/160, f5.6, ISO 200

#5 Merge two photos in one. Panning grass as the background and a image of a tree. Both were captured in the morning:

Learn more from Raj click here… 

Looking forward to hear your critics and feedback, Raj. Thank you!

The Moon Crossing Bridge and Beyond

Arashiyama is a half hour JR train away from Kyoto station. The prominent feature of Arashiyama village is the Togetsukyo Bridge, known as “Moon Crossing Bridge”.

The bridge connects the town, temple… to the other side of the village. One side of the bridge is the bamboo forest, the other side is a long, beautiful trail along a scenic river.

I took this photo while walking on the Moon Crossing Bridge:

It was a cooler, misty, quiet, and beautiful morning.

Seeing these canoes, I remember our cool canoeing experience through the Dordogne River, France several years ago.

I was taking time to photograph the trees, ferns, stones, river…. At first, hubby was a few feet ahead of me. He kept walking steadily and I kept shooting, later he was further and further ahead of me. But, I was not in a hurry. 🙂 That morning we walked almost 10 miles.

Most tourists didn’t come to this far, they stopped at the bridge. I was glad we did.

Thank you for visiting!

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