Wandering Camera – May Linky Party

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Welcome to the month of May Wandering Camera linky party.  Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your photos.  Not only is it a lot of fun seeing the photos, I really enjoy reading about them too.

April was such a busy month for me that toward the end I was ready to sleep in for 20+ hours straight if I could.  My allergies have gotten much worse too and unfortunately, they are going to stay that way until the end of summer.  However, there are pockets of time when the allergy is not as bad and I can go outside armed with medication.  I will take limited time outside over none-at-all any day.  So far I have kept up with taking one photo per day. Currently I am at 121 out of 366.


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1. Door of an abandoned building

2. Scarlet Pimpernel

3. Lichen draped on tree branches

4. My painted woodlands bookmark


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5. Lupine

6. Fountain pen and sepia ink – my favourite

7. Persian Speedwell

8. Charlie – sleeping behind drapes


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9. Yellow And Blue

10. Native Wildflower Expo – got a few plants for our garden from there

11. Lovely day at the park

12. Purple Douglas Iris


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13. Ready to plant

14. A tree from Beyond Borders Fair Trade

15. Close-up of the tree

16. First flowers from one of the new plants


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17. New red leaves on roses

18. Mr. Treestone loves his paper bags

19. My new Brown Betty with my old, most favourite tea mug

20. A perfect spot


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21. Clouds rolling in at sunset

22. Montague enjoys rain as much as I do

23. The Dancing Wind

24. Playing with Inktense pencils, making a colour chart


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25. Cactus bloom

26. Bouquet

27. Storm clouds out of nowhere

28. First plums


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29. Riverfront

30. Light arches



I want to very quickly mention Lara’s book – Crafted Appliqué.  You can find the full schedule of the book tour blog hop at her website Buzzin’ Bumble.  My day is the 14th of May.  I have all the supplies to work on my project and I am super excited to try out her method of appliqué.



Now, on to talking about Aperture.  A well-exposed (well-lit) photo is supported by three pillars – ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.  I covered the topic of ISO in March.  Aperture is the F number – a number on your camera prefixed by the letter F.

I will omit the technical details on aperture and try to explain the basic goals of aperture settings.


Setting Aperture

You will need a camera with either M (Completely Manual) or AV (Aperture Value Priority) mode to set the Aperture Value manually.  In M mode you can set both Aperture and Shutter speed yourself.  On AV mode you only get to set the Aperture.  Based on your setting, the camera sets the Shutter Speed to get a well-exposed photo.  I suggest playing with both settings.


Amount Of Light

Aperture determines the amount of light entering your camera.  A lower number equals more light and that lets you use a faster shutter speed.  So in really low-light situations you can set your aperture to a lower number to get a higher shutter speed.  That way you can take photos without a stand or photograph a moving subject in low light.



Aperture also determines the area of sharpness of your photo. Think of looking at the centre of a photo. The lower the aperture number, the less area around the centre will be in focus.

If you want to focus on a face or a flower only at the centre and not the background, you will want to set the aperture to a lower number. As you increase the F number, more area surrounding the centre is going to come into focus.


Aperture And ISO

Here’s the caveat – since higher aperture number lets less light in, it will also decrease your shutter speed.

In situations where you want sharp pictures AND your shutter speed is not fast enough,  you will need to set your ISO to a higher number.  That would enable you to set the aperture to a higher number while keeping a fast enough shutter speed to obtain a well-exposed photo.


This sounds like a lot, but start playing with the Aperture values and you will see the difference.  Photography is very hands-on.  More you play, more you will see the difference.  I hope this encourages you to experiment with the manual settings on your camera a little more.


Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them. Every photo is special because it suspends a moment and everyone sees the world around us differently! So don’t compare and contrast, just have fun and see the world that only your eyes can see!


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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.

I will leave the link-up open for two weeks.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. The next post and link-up will be on the 2nd of June. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!

I am also linking up on Photo Friday and Fun Friday Favourites along with other linky parties on my sidebar.

20 thoughts on “Wandering Camera – May Linky Party

  • Kim Sharman May 14, 2016 at 18:55

    How do you manage to get each beautiful photo, each day?? They are all lovely. What a pain to be plagued by allergies…..they don’t seem to tarnish your ability to capture gorgeous shots, Soma.

  • Connie May 14, 2016 at 06:13

    Beautiful photos!

  • Cath May 13, 2016 at 17:56

    Always love your photo’s Soma…thanks for linking up at Bits’nBobs. I have linked up as Cath@Home with my Tahune Walk.

  • susie May 12, 2016 at 15:05

    I am completely blown away with your photos, Soma!! They are all simply stunning!! I feel like I have been on a vacation in California, and you have given me the special tour of seeing these beautiful “now moments” through your eyes ! I keep seeing a new favorite… so they must all be my favorite!! I love the peaceful place they take me to!!

  • Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts May 10, 2016 at 18:44

    Thanks for the information on Aperture and ISO. I’ve been playing/practicing but have SO MUCH to learn. Trying to keep it all straight in my head is sometimes trying (!), but I’m working on it. :) As always, your photos are lovely. Thanks so much for linking to MCM and sharing them.

  • Linda May 9, 2016 at 19:19

    I am not part of any linky party, I just found your blog and wanted to say that your photos are lovely!

  • Splendid Little Stars May 9, 2016 at 16:18

    How fun to view all your lovely photos! It seemed like a tour of many things I love–kitties, arts/crafts, plants.

  • Cheryl May 9, 2016 at 11:41

    Such a great collection of pictures. I love all of the architectural shots and well as the cute kitty!

  • Ruth May 9, 2016 at 06:00

    Sleepy cat is my fave this month!

  • tubakk May 8, 2016 at 10:54

    So fun to see all the great photoes. I’ve linked two posts, and they give you the impression of this time of the year in Norway. Two weeks ago we had snow, and this weekend we had beautiful summer days.

  • Kaja May 7, 2016 at 23:38

    I can’t pick a favourite this month (the blue and yellow building, the flowers, the sky, the cat, the teapot…see what I mean?) Thanks for another thoughtful, informative post; you are definitely prompting me to use my camera in a more sophisticated way. Can’t wait to see what you do with Lara’s applique method!

  • Lara B. May 7, 2016 at 22:54

    Your photos often make me want to move to California Soma. That park in particular is so beautiful and peaceful. I’m really sorry that your allergy troubles have gotten so bad that it means you don’t get to be outside as often.
    Hooray for Montague being able to join the family again! And I hope your new Brown Betty brews you many a fine cup of tea.
    I managed to sneak in a little photography after all. Thank you for the lesson on ISO and aperture. Most of it is so mysterious to me.

    1. Lara B. May 7, 2016 at 22:57

      PS – Thank you for the shout out about the Crafted Applique Blog Hop!

  • Alycia May 7, 2016 at 12:13

    Your second photo – the yellow and blue – I want to make a quilt in those colors! That one just jumped right out at me!

  • Janine May 7, 2016 at 08:14

    You’ve taken another stunning collection of photos, Soma. You ‘Lovely day at the park’ is my favourite. It look like a painting :)

  • Patty May 6, 2016 at 04:07

    Love the photos. Your sky photos are my favorite – they capture such a beautiful view.

  • Wendy May 5, 2016 at 16:29

    Wonderful photos Soma! Such a variety it’s hard to say which are favourites. I do love those storm clouds and your pink cactus flowers. I have some of the same artwork (cut from oil drums) as you. One of mine is flock of birds and the other is a frog. My sister gave me a proper Brown Betty when I first got married. It still looks as good today as when it was new. Yours has a lovely shaped lid :)
    I pity you and your allergies, I would hate to be forced indoors in the best weather. Lots of camera tips to digest this month. Thanks for the advice and for hosting. Enjoy your week!

  • Dixie May 5, 2016 at 14:57

    A wide array of lovely pictures! I love the stormy sky and the flowering cactus and the other flowers are so pretty. I can’t believe I don’t own a Brown Betty. They are so glossy, and classy and I bet the tea tastes great.
    Always a joy to see pics of the kitties, too.

  • Susan May 5, 2016 at 09:08

    I usually end up taking pictures of clouds when I am out walking. Cloud formations fascinate me. I enjoy the kitty shots. I liek the architecture in the river front picture. And, if I had the money, I would buy the abandon building just for the doors. LOL.

  • krislovesfabric May 5, 2016 at 07:24

    Love all the quiet drama your photos evoke Soma. I looked at the collage with your quilt and at first thought it was placed under that wonderful cloudy sky…it looks great there!! Love your kitty shots as always! I am looking forward to seeing your applique, I am sure it will be beautiful :)

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