Photography – Adventures With HDR

colorful pinwheel hdr

Have you ever heard about HDR?

HDR stands for high dynamic range. And that, let me tell you, is a truly magical thing.

It works like this – you take a series of images with your camera, each shot with a different exposure from darkest to lightest (there’s a special setting in you camera to achieve that.)


3 exposure for pinwheel hdr

Then you open these images in a program which is able to combine the best parts of the three overexposed, underexposed and balanced shots to create a dramatic image with beautiful shadowing and highlights.

colorful pinwheel hdr

Isn’t that idea just amazing?

I love it!

What I especially adore is the contrast and detail which these pictures seem to have and which I could not really achieve before.


I came across this technique some time ago, but just recently I got myself a software which helps to make this kind of magic happen (there are quite a few in the market, I chose Photomatix; you can find some really cute examples of HDR photography on their site.)


flower in vase on tray

Me and HDR, this is just the beginning of our journey together. And I am so looking forward to that adventure!


I made a few more pictures to play with this new software thingy… here they are…


breakfast hdr


crochet owl cushions hdr

(Note: You can find the owls here and here.)


flowers on doily hdr


flower and colorful vases


crochet floor cushion in progress hdr

I will definitely let you know when I learn something new in this amazing realm of photography.

Thank you for letting me share.

Wishing you a nice day!



Flowers For Sunday… and a slight change

flowers on crochet doily

I have to tell you, this Photography Project 365 is a very interesting thing to do. So far it’s brought a lot of fun into my life, as well as learning, improving self-discipline and most importantly, a lot of joy from sharing with you, dear friends.

Thank you for your support and following!

I love this project a lot now and definitely want to continue.

But there’s this slight bit I’d like to change. What I’ve learned is that adjusting is a good and wise thing to do … and for this reason, to adjust this project to the time and focus that the other projects on my site require, I thought I could try a little change and start posting my everyday-life pictures in batches once a week. Yes, I am talking about big, colorful, happy collages of my daily little joys sent from me to you once a week. And, of course, there will be my usual cooking, crafting, photography and traveling posts in-between.

I hope this does not sound too bad… 🙂

So let’s see how it works.

Wishing you a happy happy week!


Night Out

theatre night

(Day 75/365)

Just stopping by to say hi and wish you a nice and relaxing weekend!

Mine has been really good so far, with getting ready and going to a theater being the best part of it.

See you soon!


Baked Egg Boats

egg boats recipe

I am very happy that I found this recipe, I have to tell you.

This baked egg boats (or small baguettes filled with bacon, egg and green onion goodness) are fun and super-easy to prepare and whether served for breakfast, lunch or dinner, they will bring a happy smile on your face. Highly recommended!

Here’s how to prepare your baked egg boats…


baked egg boats recipe ingredients

The ingredients.


egg boats recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).

2. Cut a deep “V” through the tops of each baguette. Partially unstuff the baguettes. Set aside.


egg boats recipe

3. Place the eggs and cream into a mixing bowl and lightly beat together. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.


egg boats recipe

Just like this.

(A little note: At first, I used 5 medium sized eggs and found out it was not enough. So, if you are using medium eggs, use 7.)


egg boats recipe

4. Divide and spoon the mixture into each baguette boat and place onto a baking sheet.


egg boats recipe

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, puffed and set in the center.


egg boats recipe

6. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.


baked egg boats recipe

7. Cut and serve while still warm.



(This amazing recipe was adapted from Makes 4 baguettes.)


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