My Camera Bag

I have had several inquiries about my camera bag…

Camera:   Digital SLR:  Canon Rebel EOS/1000D

Lenses:   Canon 50mm F/1.4–Love this lens!  Great for indoors and in low light.  My only prime lens.

Canon EF 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 IS USM- I use this a lot for little league sports.  Although this lens is limited by the high F/stop, it is one of my favorites.

Tamron SP AF 60mm F/2 Macro-Love this for flower photography and close-ups.

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 aspherical lens–Wide angle, zoom. I often take this lens on photo jaunts because of its wide range of options.

I have two camera bags:

Lowepro Passport Sling Bag–This is my go to bag.  It is very versatile and doesn’t look too much like a camera bag.  It is comfortable even when hiking.

Lowepro Toplander Pro 55-I chose this bag whenever I use my telephoto lens.  It is very easy to move the camera into and out of this bag.

My software:

Aperture-for organizing my files and basic editing

Photoshop Elements-I use this for more advanced editing.

RadLab-I looove this software!  It is extremely intuitive to use.  It employs stylets that are fun to try.
I’d love to hear what’s in your bag... What is your favorite lens?  Do you have any software you couldn’t live without???

Work in Progress-Assignment 4

When my twin daughters left for college in August, one of them had a doodle quilt and the other had only a promise of a quilt.    I spent a bit of time working on that quilt this week.  For those of you who are quilting a long with me, by know you should have gathered your doodles in a notebook,   (read more about that here and here) and… stitched a few practice pieces (read here and here).

In addition, I hope you have had time to choose a color scheme.  I am going to continue with a cool color scheme: mostly blues with a little green and lavender.  Another color scheme I would recommend is alternating a color stripe with a white stripe.     I prefer solids or mostly solids– like hand dyes for this project.  If you do not have access to hand dyed fabric –( we will have to change that soon….)–Kona solids are very nice to work with and are widely available in more than 100 colors.

Assignment 4

Cut 11 strips :  6-1/2 wide by approximately 68 inches long.  (Our final size will be 66 x 66″).  I usually have to piece the lengths as I rarely have two continuous yards of any fabric.  The heavy quilting will hide the seams.

If you are using an assortment of colors, spend some time playing with the arrangement. A design board comes in handy here, but you can also lay them across a bed or a table and then stand back to see how they look.  If you have a digital camera, it is a good idea to take photos of all of your possible arrangements and see how they look from the viewfinder.  This gives you a good perspective of the colors as well as a reminder of their proper order.     I find that placing the darker stripes on the outside and the lighter stripes in the middle provides a balanced arrangement.

Once you are happy with the arrangement, use masking tape to label the top and right side of each strip, 1-11.  This will save a lot of confusion later.

Finally, turn on some soothing music, pour yourself a coke and sew away.  This should proceed fairly quickly.

Next week: We will do a little marking and baste our quilt sandwich…Stay tuned

10,000 Steps-A Prairie Walk

Because quilting is a rather sedentary sport, I have to make a conscious effort to schedule exercise into my day.    I try to mix it up: Pilates, kettlebells, rowing.      In addition, I have been trying to take 10,000 steps a day.     This is no easy feat (feet?).  I purchased a pedometer-and it is the first accurate one I have ever owned.     In order to accomplish the 5 mile per day mark, I usually need to take a walk outside.  Of course, this makes my dogs and my camera -very happy!

Now it’s your turn…lace up those gym shoes and go for a jaunt…

…only 9999 more steps to go!