Wandering Camera – August Linky Party

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Welcome to the August edition of the Wandering Camera linky party.  Thank you so much for the lovely comments and for sharing your photos.  I love visiting your world through photography.

A little introduction for newcomers – This year I started taking one photo per day.  I also started hosting this photography linky party at the same time.  On the first Thursday of every month I share my monthly crop of photos here, along with a few photography tips and I invite you to link up your photo posts from the previous month.

July was insanely busy for me, with very long days and weekends.  Usually, my idea of relaxation is to play with a bit of photography, but I didn’t feel like doing much of that after those long days.  Last month was also exceedingly hot, so I didn’t feel much like driving out either.  Most of the photos of this month are therefore taken in close proximity of our house.  It made me look at simple and familiar things differently, which, of course, is the purpose of taking one photo per day.

I had also been wanting to fiddle with astrophotography a bit and I finally got most of my equipment properly set up for that.  In July I took my first set of photos of Mars and Saturn by connecting my camera to my telescope.

Here are my photos from the month of July in chronological order –


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1. My first Mars photo

2.  Saturn the next night

3. Black Eyed Susans always make me stop and admire them

4. Every sunrise is different


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5.  He is a very happy kitty when he sits on my desk like this

6. Last couple of plums still hanging on the tree

7.  Rising balloons.  Reminds me of my last month’s finish – Floating At Dawn

8.  A very ornate Victorian house


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9.  House right across the street from our favourite cafe

10.  The Star Vega – I love the star flares on this photo

11. Morning at the park

12.  A Zinnia up close – another flower is starting to bloom within it


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13.  Bookmarks and booklets made for the Christmas In July blog hop

14.  Field of gold

15. Basking in the morning sun

16. A beautiful doorway


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17.  We pass a lot of these restored houses on our walks…

18.  and these blue flowers that are still blooming in the park

19.  Playing with the macro adapter – these thorns are extremely sharp

20.  One of many


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21. Perfect peach

22. That power pole was his usual spot until the blackbirds chased him way.

23. A really beautiful and large window

24.  Jasmine


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25. Backlit yellow thistle

26. My first two blocks for the Lego Harry Potter Quilt

27. We were running a bit late that morning.  These flowers only open up this much in full sunlight.

28. I had to run up the hill to capture these clouds before the sun peeked over the mountain.


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29. Glowing grass pods

30.  I went back to this house to get another photo of the upper level

31. Some houses let local bands perform in front of their houses on Porchfest Day.  It was a cool and breezy Sunday.  We walked around a lot and stopped by several houses.  In the evening we went out for dinner and a movie.  It was a great way to end a month that had left me exhausted.


Since I am more than ready for a break, I wanted to share a couple of things with you before I disappeared for a while.


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Introductory post with information and dates

Many thanks to everyone who left a comment on the very first Lego Harry Potter Quilt Along post.  It really made my day.

Since quite a few people have written to me afterwards, I could not keep my resolve.  I will post the first two patterns one more time when I publish the next two.  This way, latecomers can catch up / join in.


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As I was writing, the postman delivered a package containing these charm packs.  They came from my fellow Christmas In July blog hop participant Paige Alexander.  I usually shy away from leaving comments on giveaways, but I had to let her know how much I loved her project.  Imagine my surprise when I won!   Thank you so much, Paige!  Please pay her a visit at Quilted Blooms.


Let’s move on to talking some more about photography, specifically White Balance.


White Balance

You will notice that sometimes your photos have a noticeable blue, orange or yellow colour cast on them.   That is due to the surrounding light source, which causes white to not appear as true white.  The White Balance control removes that colour cast, so white appears truly white.

Digital cameras use AWB (auto white balance) to achieve this.  Most of the time it works very well, but sometimes you end up getting those colour casts anyway.  In those cases, you can remove the colour cast by setting the White Balance manually.

Almost all digital cameras come with a few White Balance presets for different light conditions.  They are daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white flourescent and flash.  If you see your photos having a colour tinge, then either change the white balance to match the light source or continue to change it until you see the desired effect.  In most scenarios, the preset WB settings are more than enough.  You can also be a bit more adventurous and set a custom white balance.

So next time your photos have that unwanted colour cast on them, you know how to fix that!


Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them.


Badge to share on your post and website

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You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month.  If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!



I am also linking up on Photo Friday, Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World Tuesday and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my sidebar.


20 thoughts on “Wandering Camera – August Linky Party

  • Wendy August 27, 2016 at 06:00

    Your photos of the month are incredible Soma … how cool are the first photos of the planets! Wow! I love that you try all these new things. It’s nice to see what’s near to your home. The Victorian houses are always eye catching, whether they’re restored or somewhat crumbling … very charming :)

  • Lisa @ LTTL August 15, 2016 at 19:45

    You have several shots that I really like this month. The celestial shots are really awesome. Fabulous job!!

    Lisa @ Life Thru the Lens

  • susie August 11, 2016 at 16:11

    What gorgeous photos, Soma! They are stunning!!
    And, I am totally in awe of your Saturn , Mars and Vega photos !!! I wish I lived close to you, so that I could see how you set it up to your telescope!!
    Thank you for sharing these treasures, which you found in the midst of a trying month!

  • Janine August 11, 2016 at 16:03

    Your astrophotography is incredible, Soma. It must be like a completely different world seeing the planets through your telescope. I also enjoyed your more earthly photos. You certainly live in a beautiful landscape and you have some wonderful architecture :)

  • Villroses hage August 11, 2016 at 10:22

    Great photo collages! Pure art!

  • Carolynn August 11, 2016 at 04:01

    As usual, your photos are all beautiful. But your planetary and star photos are truly captivating. How amazing to capture that!

  • Margaret Birding For Pleasure August 8, 2016 at 10:39

    a wonderful array of photos in these lovely collages

  • Sarah Craig August 7, 2016 at 14:18

    Looks like you did well this month, Soma, despite having to stay close to home – it’s amazing what is right under our noses that we miss every day! You’ve got some fabulous shots there. Thanks for sharing about white balance, too – I need all the help I can get! Whoop whoop for a busy month finished and a fresh start!

  • Connie Campbell August 7, 2016 at 11:14

    Beautiful photos Soma!

  • Dixie August 7, 2016 at 09:56

    O, these are so wonderful, Soma! How I love the Victorian Houses. Wished I owned one.
    Beautiful skies, wonderful flowers, and I especially love your telescope pics.

  • Val Reynolds August 7, 2016 at 04:44

    Inspiring linky party!! I can’t wait to link up a post later today!! Thanks for the motivation to capture our life in pictures.

  • Kim Sharman August 7, 2016 at 00:38

    Oh wow, your photos of Saturn and Mars, and the night sky are incredible. The theatre of the night sky always amazes me. I am afraid my walks would take a long time as I would be always stopping to look at those incredible houses. I always look forward to your helpful photography hints, Soma. Actually, I always look forward to your Wandering Camera each month; so many visual delights to gaze upon.

  • Kaja August 5, 2016 at 23:53

    I really like this month’s selection of photos and am intrigued by your astronomy shots.

  • Paige August 5, 2016 at 18:57

    Glad the charm packs arrived! As always, so enjoyed this month’s share. I’ve heard a little about white balance, but never think to adjust the settings.

  • tubakk August 5, 2016 at 15:50

    Thanks for your beautiful photoes. My favorite this month is the sunrise.

  • krislovesfabric August 5, 2016 at 06:46

    Wow…you have covered so many subjects this month – those planets are amazing…and I love the Kitty Tail Tuck!!

  • Mary August 4, 2016 at 17:30

    I want to come take a walk with you!!!! The month’s photos are incredible – especially the telescope ones. When we were in the Sierras this past weekend the sky was amazing. I so wanted to capture it in photographs, but they were so blurry. Where were you when I needed you??????

  • Patty August 4, 2016 at 09:46

    Your photos of the planets are out of this world (sorry, couldn’t resist!) I’ve always wanted to take sky photos but haven’t figured it out yet. Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos.

  • shasta August 4, 2016 at 07:00

    You have a lot of beautiful houses in your neighborhood. Gorgeous photos.

  • Mascha August 4, 2016 at 06:40

    Such a colorful lovely mosaic, really a summer feeling.
    I’m new at Wandering C. – have a blog for photography and art journaling.
    Greetings from Germany

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