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Through the window

Rainy Saturday
Rainy Saturday

How does light enter a house?  If the windows are open.  How does light enter a human?  If the door of love is open.

~ Paulo Coelho

Looking out
Looking out

This week’s WordPress Weekly photo challenge is Window.  I’ve been shooting the windows a lot lately, mostly sunrises or sunlight through the kitchen windows.  The light is lovely in the kitchen during the early morning hours.  Too lovely to resist.

Leaning
Leaning

Yesterday it rained and rained, and there was no beautiful sunrise to capture, just beautiful raindrops.  I went outside in between the rounds of rain, and sloshed in the puddles and squished in the mud.  I also took the new camera out and about.  I snapped a lot of pictures, most of which ended up in the recycle bin.

The dancing tree
The dancing tree outside of the kitchen window.

I put the camera on manual and played with aperture and shutter speed, white balance and ISO settings.  I felt a bit discouraged when I looked at the images.  They were mostly terrible.  The one just above was the best of the lot and, to be honest, I’m not all that happy with it, but it’s part of the learning experience.

Bella in front of the kitchen window
Bella in front of the kitchen window.

Indoor shots are working out better than outdoor shots.  That is completely the opposite of how things worked with the old camera.  The old camera didn’t handle low light well at all.

Sun catcher sitting in the window, waiting to be hung.
Sun catcher sitting in the window, waiting to be hung.

Be patient.  Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Also waiting.
Also waiting.

The key is to keep trying, and to remember that it took me a long time to learn how to use the old camera.  I also want to leave myself open to Something Different.  Instead of going for the look of how things used to be, I’ll use the window of the new camera to see things in a new way.  A camera, after all, is a lot like looking through a window, everything framed in some way.

Looking at the lagoon through the kitchen window.
Looking at the lagoon through the kitchen window.

That’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  Thank you for dropping in on this beautiful, sunny Sunday.  How was your weekend?  Did you learn something new?  Or practice something old?

Windows in the master bedroom.
Windows in the master bedroom.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Great Room window
Great Room window

Pooh looked at his two paws.  He knew that one of them was right, and he knew that when you had decided which one of them was the right, then the other one was the left, but he never could remember how to begin.  “Well,” he said slowly.

~ A. A. Milne

Curtain closed.  (In the guestroom.)
Curtain closed. (Beach bedroom window.)

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

34 thoughts on “Through the window

  1. You’ve inspired me to think about this window challenge. I’d like to partake, but must I wash the windows first? As always, I appreciate my Sunday strolls among the Breezes at Dawn. Smiles!

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    1. Thank you, eM. 🙂 I didn’t wash my windows first. Instead, I creatively worked around the dirt and dust (basically by not getting close enough to see it).

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  2. Your window shots are lovely; I especially love the shot of the lagoon from your kitchen. I really like this prompt but it is pretty ugly outside the windows around here lately!

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  3. I LOVE your view from the kitchen. Wonderful windows! You’re going to enjoy that so much! All your windows are beautiful..love the stained glass too..and of course the kitty. The square bit of color int he window coordinates and almost matches the color of the pines in the arched window of your great room. Good decorating! 🙂

    I have never put my camera on manual and messed with anything. As Poo said..it’s always so hard to know where to begin…

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I love those little pieces of stained glass, too. There are little decorating quirks here that sometimes take me by surprise in a good way. As for where to begin, just start where you are. 😀

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  4. I think I’ve finally figured out my Manual function. Just remember ISO is low for best quality, I try to shoot at 100. If shooting something fast.. (not food) than you can go a much higher ISO but may have grainy photos. Then Aperture.. if you want the background blurry.. dial a low aperture..the opposite if you want all in focus. Once you pick Aperture.. just adjust the shutter speed to let in enough light.. I am still doing this by trial and error until it’s as light as I want:D But maybe your last camera was a manual and you know all this.. Wishing you a wonderful 2014!!! xx

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    1. Thank you, Smidge. 🙂 I did use the manual functions on my old camera, but somehow I have forgotten everything I learned so I appreciate the quick refresher course. Wishing you a wonderful 2014, too!

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  5. You have some really nice windows!
    Keep practicing with your new camera and try not to get too discouraged…and if it makes you feel any better, I think this past week-end was just a bad one for taking pictures. I went to the Butterfly House with a friend on Saturday and neither one of us got any good pictures. I took about 130-140 and after deleting the bad ones, I have less than 20 left (and some of those should have gotten deleted, too!)

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  6. Amazing window shots. Ohmygoodness, I can’t believe you wouldn’t be pumped and delighted by these pictures. This is why I don’t identify as a photographer–I can rarely see how or why things should look differently than they do. These look beautiful. You know, this just got me thinking about spirituality and the way we so often want to be or do or become something different than what is arising. When, in truth, we were beautiful all along… Now I’m going to think about that today.

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    1. I love that thought, Kathy! Thank you. I’m going to ponder it, too, because it’s one of those days when I need to ponder something along those lines. As for the photography, I am critical of myself (too critical, I suspect). When I look at the images of others, they look beautiful to me and I don’t judge them, just enjoy them. I should learn to do the same with my own work/play. Yep. I really should. 🙂

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  7. Your indoor photos are incredibly clear Robin, it looks like you have learnt something already with your camera! You have some very pretty windows at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch and you know, I hadn’t realized how close you were to the lagoon either. 🙂

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  8. I, too, am a huge fan of the window shots. Just lovely.

    Hope you are doing well, my friend. I have been so busy and not able to keep up with blogging. I do have a new post scheduled for tomorrow, but SO little time to read blogs. I’m sorry to have been absent this week. I tried something new in the creation of this piece, and it ate up way too much time–time as in days. Why do I do this to myself? LOL

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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    1. LOL, Kathy! I know what you mean. I take on things like that, too, and then wonder why?? Don’t worry about not keeping up. I’m still catching up, too (which seems to be a perpetual state for me). Thank you for coming by. Can’t wait to see your new post. 🙂

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  9. Hi Robin. Those first shots of the stained glass are amazing (both the photos and the glass itself). Sometimes I go outside on our deck and look into our house and wonder – if I was shown this view back through the years, would I recognise the changing images (furniture has changed and changed location, once upon a time there would be homework on the table, or a birthday cake or a lit candle). Jane

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    1. Thank you, Jane. 🙂 After reading your comment the other day, I stood outside in the evening and looked in on the kitchen, and hardly recognized it even though I’ve been here for almost every day of the changes.

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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