Week – 10 – Senses



What better way to wake up your ‘senses’ than to see, hear, touch and smell the onset of spring. In the past week we have had pick-up basketball games in the park, while the sun warms us into the mid 60’s and keeps us light until 7:30 pm, and other days where falling spring snow highlights the small daffodil leaves peaking up from the ground. As the robins chirp and the lakes begin to melt, I have mixed feelings. I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the beauty and fun of the winter months. So, I am both thankful and appreciative for this slow northern transition and at the same time giddy with excitement to watch the rest of spring unfold.

This photo of hyacinth, a gorgeous fragrant find at a local market, was taken with my iphone in artificial light. I edited in snapseed where I sharpened and cropped and then softened in pixlr-o-matic.

“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph”~Andre Kertesz



We visited the rodeo in Houston today. It was busy, noisy, bright, colourful, and outside in the amusement park area, full of the smells of funnel cake, cotton candy, and popcorn. Being a complete coward and useless mother, as I’m susceptible to both motion sickness and vertigo, my 3 children are so lucky to have each other to go on rides with. Ella and Jack are for once sitting side by side without any second thoughts, caged together and hanging onto the wire grill with grim determination, spinning around and screaming extremely loudly on this particular ride. It really is sensory overload… the beautiful bright colours and excited yells translating into a great memory for this day of Spring Break.

I took this photograph with my Canon DSLR paired with my trusty 50mm 1.4 lens, which was a small and light option to carry around attached to my camera in the crowds today. Taken at around 2 in the afternoon, with the sun shining brightly, I set my ISO at 100, my aperture at f/2.2, and my shutter speed at 1/640. Post processing in Lightroom 4, I decreased the exposure a little and the highlights, but boosted the saturation and vibrance to enhance the gorgeous colours in the image.


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