Happy 4th of July


Greetings from the Ozarks… 


Before leaving for the lake, Wednesday, I shopped for a new camera. 

A little over three years ago I upgraded from a Kodak Easyshare point and shoot camera to a Canon Rebel Xti.  For the past several months, I’ve thought about moving to the next evolution of the Rebel.  I did some research and decided I might buy the Rebel T1i. Then the T2i arrived on the scene. 

I thought about it some more; then Jeanne of Backyard Neighbor left a comment on this post.  J and I met Jeanne and her husband, last year.  Jeanne’s husband’s camera was one of the first generation digital Canon Rebel’s. He gave me some very helpful hints, giving me the incentive to take the dial off auto and move to AV and manual focus.  When Jeanne mentioned, in her comment, her husband had just purchased the Canon Rebel T2i and they both loved it, that’s all I needed to know.

rebel T2i

My plan was to buy the camera body only, since I have several lenses. However, I found a pretty good package deal.  The package had the 18-55 kit lens and a 75-300 lens.  I had the 18-55 lens, but did not have the 75-300. 

As luck would have it, granddaughter Xanti broke her 18-55 lens, recently and needs to borrow one until she can find another. I rarely use the 18-55, but she likes that lens and uses it quite a bit.  I gave the Rebel Xti to our oldest daughter. She and Xanti can negotiate the exchange of the 18-55 lens.

We picked up the new camera on the way to the lake, Wednesday afternoon. I’ve been practicing.


This photo was taken early Friday morning, between 5 and 5:30AM.  I used the Canon 70-200 L series lens.  I don’t have the tripod, this trip, so I stacked books, on a deck table, to the height I needed and set the timer. The setting was on AV and manual focus.

Mornings, at the lake, are gorgeous, this week.  The daytime temperatures have been in the upper 70’s to low 80’s.  Perfect weather for having our morning coffee on the deck.  J heard Reveille playing across the water, Thursday morning.  There is a group camp in that direction.  This morning, when I went out to lower the sunshade at about 6:30, I heard the theme from Ghostbusters.  Morning wake up calls come in all forms.


This is sunset, Thursday evening, at a boat launch, in Lake of the Ozarks State Park.  I used the 18-55, with image stabilizer.  I wish now I had used the 75-300, because we saw lots of deer.  Perhaps we will return for more photos this evening.  If we do, I’ll have that lens.


The split rail fences and log structures, in the park, make wonderful subjects for black and white photography.  The black and white photos were done, Thursday evening, using the 18-55 lens, with the photo style set at monochrome.





Mimosa in the Ozarks…

I continue to practice, while I’m on a little computer break.

I’ll return soon.

Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th of July!


Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Happy 4th to you and J! Congratulations on the new camera. Your photos are beautiful. My favourite is the log cabin. I love log cabins and the black and white is the perfect touch.

Loui♥ said...

all photos are just beautiful..
but the Mimosa is my fave of this series..
I too am thinking of upgrading..
Happy 4th!
warm sandy hugs..

The Tablescaper said...

Such beautiful photos. Enjoy usuing it. You look like you're off to a great start.

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Le Crunchy Mama said...

Wow. GORGEOUS photos!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...


As Always-GORGEOUS photography myu friend! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your new camera!


LillyB said...

Your pictures are beautiful. I know that means you made the right choice for camera's and you have a good eye to decide what to shoot!!
I love log cabins too!
Happy 4th of July!

Marti said...

Your new camera is great! I didn't think anything could improve on your photos but these are just crystal clear. Those old buildings make me itch to hit the backroads and explore the countryside.

salmagundi said...

Love all of your camera talk - just because your photos are so wonderful. But, I'm afraid cameras are not one of my patience points! Enjoy your weekend. Sally

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Happy 4th to you and Jay... what beautiful pictures. The log cabin shot is eaery along with a bit of romance.. Can you imagine the couple that built it with love?? We've had deer in the front yard the last couple of nights, but are way too fast for me to get any good shots. I hope you have a wonderful w/k... enjoy that new camera.. hugs ~lynne~

xinex said...

Happy 4th, Pat! I have loved your pictures before and I can just imagine how much I would enjoy more viewing photos taken from your new camera. These look marvelous and I am looking forward to more..Christine

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what gorgeous pics. I am still using the Kodak easy share and I love it for me. Not too tech savvy, so this works just great. Your new camera is wonderful. Have fun at the lake. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am still using a Kodak Easy Share also. I have not figured out everything on it yet. :-D i would like to get something better, but it won't be any time soon.
Have a great holiday weekend.
Happy 4th!

S. Etole said...

I've been eying that camera, too ... but it will be awhile. In the meantime, I will enjoy what you are learning with it!

thestonerabbit said...

I just don't think you can take photos that are anymore fabulous....and then you DO!! WOW!! I loved the ones you shared..your "experimental" ones! :)

I hope you have a happy and safe 4th!!! L, Dana

Sharon said...

Your photos are beautiful and I would like to upgrade my camera, but I will have to wait a little longer.
Your sunsets are so serene looking I wish I was sitting on the deck.
We have been unable to sit out due to the bugs.
Have a great 4th

Cindy said...

Sounds like you are in for some real fun with your new camera! My husband is the photographer in our family and he is itching to buy another lens, especially after not being able to bring in close the bald eagle that we saw yesterday.
Your photos are always breathtaking, so I'm sure they can only get better from here on out! Happy 4th of July!
Hugs, Cindy S

♥ Kathy said...

Happy 4th to y'all too! I just love you always :O)

Bill said...

Hi Pat,
That's exciting news about your new camera! An artist needs the best tools available to perform at her peak, doesn't she? You have such an "eye" for what to photograph, where to focus, what lighting works best, etc. that you could take beautiful photographs with a disposable camera! But it's definitely no fun to have your tools working against you!

I love all the images you've shared today, but the mimosa really caught my eye. I've been looking at how beautiful they are in West Tennessee this year. They always look so exotic, as if they don't belong here -- but they appear to be VERY happy!

Speaking of happy, I hope you and yours have a very happy 4th!

Warmest regards,

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Happy 4th y'all. I'm hoping you get to enjoy all your favorites!

Julie said...

Happy 4th. Love your new will have a blast with it.

Just wanted to let you know.. sadly Don has relapsed and will again have to endure more chemotherapy. We are trying to plan a vacation before his treatment starts though...positive positive positive..trying to stay positive.

Saphron said...

Hi Pat! I just got a new camera too, although from the Nikon family. Isn't practicing exciting?! There are all kinds of lenses I want - macro, telephoto, polarizing - but they'll have to wait until the money is there; in the meantime, I'm working with an 18-55 also.

Betty Jo said...

Congrats on the new camera Pat. I have the T1i and love it. I shoot everything on AV unless I'm shooting water falls, then I switch to TV. Awesome photos. Happy Fourth!! ♥

Jeanette said...

Happy 4th and congrats on the new camera, I so enjoy the Mimosas.

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Hello Pat~
Happy 4th of July Weekend!
Beautiful pictures. Have fun with the new camera.

CHERI said...

I just got a new camera too (see my latest post) and I am truly PETRIFIED of it. I think I've already broken it! I was reading the manual (Greek!!) and trying out some of the buttons, etc. and now it just doesn't seem to work correctly. I press the "picture taking button" and sometimes I have to hold it down a long time before the pic takes. Also about 10 seconds after I take the pic I hear another clicking sound. Any ideas??? My sweet husband gave me this camera and I have just got to figure out how to work it!!! Guess I'll keep trying to understand this darned manual....or find someone who can tell me what in the world I'm doing wrong! I am in awe of your pictures!

Southern Lady said...

I loved all of your pictures, Pat, but the first one is my favorite.

I hope you and J have a happy and restful 4th of July weekend. Have fun with your new camera!

Carol said...

Thanks for all the info on the cameras. I need to upgrade from the basic Kodak Easy Share. Your photos are awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Carol in GA

Manuela@TPOH said...

Gorgeous B&W photos!

Have a wonderful 4th and enjoy your break!


Allie and Pattie said...

Oh Pat! I just LOVE your posts- they set me to dreaming
xoxo Pattie

linda said...

Happy 4th of July and congratulations on the new camera! I upgraded my camera last year and have been trying to take more pictures on the manual settings as well.

I need to find a camera class and sign myself up! I know my pictures could be so much better than they actually are.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Happy fourth Pat!!!

Carolyn said...

Happy 4th Pat! I love the pictures, especially the log cabin & B&W fence. I am such an amature I use the Canon PowerShot SX100. I would love to try a more sophisticated camera, but I confess, I am a little more than intimidated by them. Your photos are such an inspiration to me.....I might just have to give an upgrade a try.

Betty said...

Oh My Gosh!! I love your photo tips. My Oyympus E-Volt E-500 was stolen on June 13th 2010. I was looking for a replacement and I purchased the same package on Tuesday. I'm learning how to use a Canon for the first time and love your tips on the lens. I love your blog and will be back
Thanks Betty

The Muse said...

I just shake my head in amazement.
For I can barely find the flash button on my camera.

Artistry, sheer artistry!

Jeanne said...

Pat, this is Bill Jeanne's husband using her sign on.

Hey your photo's are beautiful. The camera is great isn't it? I found out that I can change use the iso settings much high as compared to my old Digital Rebel and still get good results.

How did you get the diamond effects on the water, I'm impressed and I think you could give me lessons.


Pamela said...

envious of your camera.
I still need to figure out how to use my rebel.

Susie Q said...

Okay, so know I am in serious envy!!!!
You lucky lady you!! And as sweet as these photos are, I can only imagine what you will shoot once you are fully one with your new camera!