Sunday Snap: Focus

Pic and a Word Challenge: Depth of Field

While my latest book is on submission, I’ve recently shifted my focus to photography (see what I did there? 😉 ). I’m starting an online course this week to study what my Canon camera can actually do beyond my usual point and click.

What is Depth of Field?
“Depth of field is the distance between the closest and farthest objects in a photo that appears acceptably sharp. Now your camera can only focus sharply at one point. But the transition from sharp to un-sharp is gradual, and the term ‘acceptably sharp’ is a loose one! Without getting too technical, how you will be viewing the image, and at what size you will be looking at it are factors that contribute to how acceptably sharp an image is.”  ~ photographylife.com

My humble contribution: I captured the above photo when my daughter and her family came to visit. My grandson took a shine to this gorgeous little caterpillar we found near Cape Freels beach.

Speaking of online courses, I’ve also signed up for a free course through the University of Alberta called Indigenous Canada, which includes 12 lessons that explore Indigenous histories and contemporary issues from an Indigenous perspective. The course is also accessible outside of Canada. For more info, click here.

Never curb your lifelong desire to learn, my friends. Focus on something new, to you! 🙂

24 thoughts on “Sunday Snap: Focus

  1. Life is a classroom and if we are open to it, we can absorb so much. One of my focuses is the “eternal” attempt to improve my French and discover more of French history. I’m also digging deeper into Philosophy which has always intrigued me. Then of course there is… 😊📚😉

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  2. Hi Jennifer – wow the colors of that caterpillar are so vivid, I almost thought it wasn’t real. How great that you’re taking some online classes. That is a wonderful way to spend your time. Best wishes with your book submission 🙂

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    1. That was my thought exactly when I showed the caterpillar to my grandson. It looked too pretty to be real!
      I’m really enjoying the Indigenous Canada course. An eye opener for sure. As for my book, it’s such a difficult time to be submitting but I’m in no hurry. And there is always indie publishing. 😁

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  3. A great photo, Jennifer and I think you’ll ace the course! 😀 It’s interesting to learn more about depth of focus and the gradual transition between sharpness to unsharp. We all need that focus in life! Too often one element predominates and blurs the rest. I think I’ll never stop loving to learn new subjects, things … my grandfather was always keenly self-learning throughout his life and kept me on my toes!

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  4. I am so excited for you, Jennifer. This is an exploration into capturing our stories – becoming more detailed, purposeful and focused. By the way, I will be joining you on the free course through the U of A! I love that campus and spent a year there studying to be a teacher before my funds ran out and the trajectory of my life changed. Oh, I do love the twists and turns of life.

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    1. Ha ha, my own life’s trajectory changed a couple of times as well. So nice that you’ve signed up for the course too! Is it coincidental your moniker is Clanmother, as I learned about them in the course’s first module? 🙂
      Storytelling is front and center with the Indigenous, one of the reasons I find the course interesting. Please let me know how you make out and what you think of it. xo

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  5. I love your enthusiasm! And the caterpillar pic:). Good for you for not letting yourself get stale. I joked to a friend the other night that I should learn Japanese on Tuesday nights (a joke due to my current work schedule–oy), but I truly do want to continue to learn new things. Beginner’s mind is awesome. Enjoy it!

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    1. Hi, Kristine! In the words of Stephen King, we have the choice to “get busy living, or get busy dying.” Even in my darkest hours, I’ve always had a curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. This pandemic has thrown many of us off-kilter, me included, but it can also be a time of focusing on what is most important to us and what we enjoy doing. So go ahead and learn that other language. 🙂

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