October Idioms Photo Hunt

Photographing Idiom is Greek to me, but I‘m sure I‘m not the only one.  We might be all in the same boat for all I know, and here is my contribution to Karma’s October Photo Hunt.  My first idiom is hit the hay meaning to go to bed. Back in the days mattresses used to be stuffed with hay or straw, so when one was hitting the hay they were on their way to bed. I saw this dog at the temple sleeping on a straw like mat while the monks were chanting.

I have been preaching to Lee that money doesn’t grow on tree, and she was surprised to see that it does grow on tree at the temple.

I believe this is a Chinese idiom, to beat the drum and sound the gong.  It is to order an advance or retreat, to egg people on or to call them back.

Last Saturday was Lee’s 10th birthday party.  This image is perfect for the idiom icing on the cake, meaning when you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.

Last but not least, I think this image speaks for itself. Max is in the doghouse.

Bonus Halloween images, one of my dad’s neighbors gave us a sneak peek tour of his garage haunted trail. This one is a skeleton in the closet.

Lee came face to face with a robotic skeleton ghost.

And we saw this on our way back. I keep an eye on him the whole time while taking this picture and thank goodness he didn’t smile for the camera.  I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.

Summer Rainbow of Colors

This is my contribution to Karma’s August Photo Scavenger Hunt. Karma is not asking for any specific photo this time, but she is looking for a photo for each of the prominent rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.  Each photo should show something specific to summertime. Bonus: a self-portrait of you in the summertime!

I want to start off with Summertime Vacation. We spent a couple of days vacationing at Virginia Beach.  I would never have thought to get up early to wait for the light but here I did. It’s definitely worth it, a beautiful golden orange sunrise during golden hour.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/1600sec, ISO 400, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering

After we got back, there were plenty ripped orange cherry tomatoes.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 168mm, evaluative metering

My first red chili pepper, note to self August 3, 2011.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

A yellow black-eyed Susan flower.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 800, focal length 163mm, cropped, evaluative metering

A Late evening visit by a green hummingbird.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO 800, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

It is green and here is a closeup image.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO 800, focal length 200mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

Purple passion flower.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 800, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 800, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

I waited for the sun to set, and here is the blue sky during the blue hour. The blue hour comes from the French expression l’heure bleue, which refers to the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of light at this time of day.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/16, 13sec, ISO 100, focal length 28mm, evaluative metering, tripod mounted

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/16, 15sec, ISO 100, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering, tripod mounted

As for the bonus, a self-portrait of myself in the summertime.  It’s not the easiest task and I had a little help from my tripod and remote control. I know I must have looked funny to my neighbors if they happened to see me, I was walking back and forth several times. And here is a self-portrait of a gardener.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering, remote control, tripod mounted

I started my photo hunt early since I have other projects I’m working on.  The due date is August 28, 2011. I hope you will join, would love to see your portrait, I mean your summertime photos. 🙂

Summer Time Fun

Karma’s When I Feel Like It Blog is having another photo scavenger hunt for August.  This time she is not asking for any specific items to hunt for but she is looking for a photo for each of the prominent rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.  Each photo should show something specific to summertime. Bonus: a self-portrait of you in the summertime! The due date is Sunday, August 28th and I hope you will join.

I think I might have gotten lucky in this image, we visited Cool Park Pool yesterday morning.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, AV, f/4, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 122mm, evaluative metering

There was one dude there that I had to take a second look.  He was dressed in a lady’s swimming suit and painted his fingernails hot pink. As you can see that he is bald headed and even sitting cross legged in the pool.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority (AV), f/4, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 149mm, evaluative metering

Lee likes to jump off from the rock.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority (AV), f/5.6, 1/2000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 87mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority (AV), f/5.6, 1/2000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 100mm, cropped, evaluative metering

She made some splash.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority (AV), f/5.6, 1/2500sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 188mm, cropped, evaluative metering

I’m glad that we have a pool close to home especially for some of us that don’t have our own swimming pool.  It’s $14 for adult and $7 for children to get in.  The best time is to get there early when it is not too crowded.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority (AV), f/5.6, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

The slide was a lot of fun, I did a couple rounds myself.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, AV, f/4, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 131mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, AV, f/4, 1/2000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 131mm, evaluative metering

This is my first time there, but several times for Lee.  She came with the summer camp and daycare in the past.