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It was my birthday over the weekend, and I’ve been blessed with some really amazing family and friends.  The actual day was on Saturday and my boys treated me to breakfast and took me out to dinner.  I spent the day with extended family on Sunday, and on Monday I hung out with my girlfriends for dessert.  It was a great way to celebrate getting older.

One of the gifts I received was an amazing macro lens for my camera.  I’ve wanted a macro for a very long time, but the price had me not seriously considering it for a while.  I was very, very surprised to receive one as a gift. It’s well beyond my skill-level, so I have lots of learning to do, but I wanted to share a few pictures I’ve taken.

some of my metal stamps

weeds

tiny pink flowers

tiny bee

rain drops on grass

I am so excited about the potential to get really nice pictures of my jewelry. I love being able to take pictures of nature too. And it’s supposed to be a fantastic portrait lens.

I have some books coming from the library that I hope I’ll be able to use to learn more about using this type of lens well.  I am definitely having fun with the practice shots!

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Linking up with Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday
Go and visit the others 🙂

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I see this sort of thing all over the Internets, the weekly blog post of all the other interesting things in the blogging world.  One of my bloggy friends (Angry Julie Monday) started a weekly post of her five favorite posts from the week, and I think that’s a fantastic idea. I like seeing what everyone is doing, but at the same time, I don’t have the time to visit everyone’s blog.

So here you have it, the posts that I liked this week. I only have four this week, but I have other blogs I need to add to my reader, so maybe there will be five next week.

1. Artbeads.com Blog for Beaders

Swarovski Spring 2010 Color Trends

This is a fantastic post about the colors for Spring (I’m assuming this spring even though the post says 2011), and matching them up with Swarovski crystals and pearls.  I thought it was a great resource because it also includes complimentary colors.  Well done artbeads.com!

2. Strobist: Learn How To Light

After the Light: High-Pass Post Production

I like reading Strobist, but for the life of me, about 80% of it goes right over my head.  One day I hope to have any idea what they guy is talking about. 😉 But I thought this brief Photoshop tutorial was pretty easy to understand and useful.

3. Oopsy Daisy Photography Blog

{She . Reads}

I loved her quote at the beginning, and the photos reminded me to work more at my perspective and depth of field.  A simple, but great post.

4. Inspirational Beading

Inspiration Tip: A Deck of Many Things

This post was one of those “ah ha” moments for me.  A tip so simple, and yet, just outside the realm of what I would have thought to do. She’s a jewelry designer, but I think many others could benefit from this tip as well.  I’ll give a hint; it’s about keeping track of your many ideas.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little trip around the blogs I’ve highlighted this week. I hope to be able to gather some other fun posts for next week.  Thanks again to Angry Julie Monday for the idea!

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