Up Close and Personal

As many of you know, I broke my favorite lens last week.  I still had the kit lens (it was in my camera bag) but kit lenses are not known to produce good quality photographs.

While my husband and I were out running errands, I stopped by the camera store to make sure my camera was still working--at that point in time I had not yet found my kit lens so couldn't check it myself to see if the camera itself was still working.  

Anyway, while we were in there my husband bought me a new lens.  That took me totally by surprise.

Part of our errands was to stop by the grocery store so I bought a $9 pot of tulips.  Just had to have a good subject for a still life.  

I know the composition of this photo doesn't follow the rules but I love it.  It was not cropped.  I love that little guy over to the left.

These were the first pictures I took with it and I love them.  I don't believe in beginner's luck but if I did, I would think that this is what happened.  I haven't taken any this good since.

Actually, you can get "an up close and personal" shot with this lens without being
quite as close as you are with a macro--I still would like to have a macro lens someday though.

But I figure I will get some more good ones sooner or later.  Hopefully, I will figure out what I was doing right then.  Believe it or not, the lighting was horrible--it was a grey, overcast day and I was in the house.  I cannot believe how this lens performs in low light.

Also, I had a happy little accident considering the background in the above pictures.
I had a hand-painted canvas (painted by my granddaughter, Kennedy) out trying to decide what I
wanted to do with it.  

I caught the edge of it in one of my pictures and it looked so good I decided to use it as a backdrop.
I'll iron the wrinkle out the next time I use it--smile--you know me and wrinkles!

This week I have so much to be thankful for as I always do.

Wonderful blogging friends--oh me have I met some awesome people out there--thank you so much for your friendship--you are precious to me--and I have met 5 of you--Hope so much to meet more.

Safety in an unusual driving mishap--will tell you more about it later in the week.

The graduation of four precious guys from Renewal Ranch--oh what an awesome day of celebration!

My first mentoring session--such a precious mentee--

Three more new residents at the Ranch--

The life that fresh flowers add to a home--


Have a blessed week precious friends.  I love you.

Another page turned,


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:8-9 


elizabeth said…
So happy you got a new lens! Your photos are lovely!
Debbie said…
Yay for the new lens! Oh, how I would love to be a real photographer like you with a real camera eye and a real camera, LOL.

Those are just plain beautiful to me.

And I'm glad the mentoring is going well!
S. Etole said…
The color in these is striking.
Anita Johnson said…
So glad to see you gathering these beautiful images with your new lens...this IS NOT beginners luck. The blurred painting in the background is beautiful. So glad your heart has healed from the story in your previous post. When you talked about that single yellow flower, I knew just what you meant. It was there for you, even if you had seen 100 more. I am learning that these glimpses of God's glory were put there just for us. Hugs to you today!
Sandy said…
Oh, Dianne, this is simply gorgeous, so elegant. I love the color, a real favorite, as well as the flower itself. I am tickled you got that new lens. Larry, you are great!!
mom2six said…
Beautiful! Your photography is always lovely. These purple tulips are making me smile as I sketched a few on my gratitude list page for March.

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