Project 365+1: Quit Playing Games

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So today, I walked out trying not to slip on the ice. I passed by this bush and couldn’t resist taking a photo of it. Then tonight, it was pretty warm and awesome and the thick snow was gone. I was able to enjoy a nice walk home. Well, hello, climate change.

The Calm After the Snowstorm

Originally posted in my old blog on January 15th, 2011.

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I had always wanted to take some winter photos. Winter meaning snow. It did not happen last year since 2010 was officially proclaimed one of the warmest winters in Canada due to less amount of snow. Though I hate being out there and cold, I welcomed the white stuff with genuine appreciation as it fell beautifully from the sky when the first snow storm of the year (and decade) hit GTA last weekend. I even admired the snow-covered street and cars in the middle of the night.

The next morning, I woke up early feeling energized. I took my camera out and stole some shots from my bedroom window before I dressed up. But by the time I finished, the storm had stopped. Still, that was the best time to go out and play with the freshly fallen snow. I even volunteered to shovel our balcony :P.

Here are some of the photos I took literally a few minutes after the storm.

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c2011. Playground.

c2011. Icicles.

Snow photography isn’t really as hard if you have mastered control of your camera. Some point-and-shoot cameras nowadays even have a built-in setting for this type of shots. There are only two things you have to watch out for: exposure and white balance. Some cameras automatically adjust the exposure compensation. The adjustment makes the snow look gray. If this happens, you can always correct the exposure through your editing software. You also have to make sure the white balance is set correctly. I have mine in auto. For some shots, it didn’t have any effect at all. However, I noticed that a few came out with a bluish tinge. To correct this, you can either use photo filter or adjust the photo temperature. I prefer the latter.

We have a long way to go till winter is over. So for everyone wishing to take their cameras out, you still have a lot of chance. Don’t let it pass. πŸ™‚

Project 365+1: Watch Out!

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Finally set the time to go to the watch shop to have my wrist watches “fixed”. It took only ten minutes! This particular one above I refrained from wearing for about a year because the bracelet link was so long — only to discover that I can adjust it myself because it has a removable link! Also, my other favourite watch is now working after having the battery replaced. Yay. No more feeling “naked”. LOL.