To Read or Not to Read, for Learning Writing

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/Early in my writing journey, I’ve come to my first dilemma for which I don’t have a clear answer, and not one I don’t think anyone can provide me with an answer, either. That dilemma is how much should I be reading to learn about writing styles? A lot? A little? Somewhere in between? What I like? What I don’t like? A mix of both? And what else?

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My Sewing Patterns from Wild Ginger Fashion Design Software

At the Atlantic Sewing Guild meeting tonight, our President gave a nice talk on downloading patterns online for printing out and using. I’ve been learning Wild Ginger software for a few months now, albeit not in as dedicated a manner as I should be due to sewing “distractions”. I thought I’d share a few patterns I generated for comparison, or viewing if you’re a reader who likely wasn’t at our Sewing Guild meeting.

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Photos with the Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens

Fisheye lens give a neat warped mirror effect. While you can simulate it in Photoshop, Photoshop is no substitute because you can’t get the width covered by a fisheye lens into your picture. It covers almost 180 degrees in every direction, or almost half a sphere of vision in front of you so that you can almost get your extended hands and toes in a photo when you are point the lens in front of you as you would see the world. That’s how much width there is!

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The Dahlias and Other Flowers of Public Gardens in Halifax

This summer, Public Gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia, had a gorgeousĀ dahlia exhibit.

With my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens (buy onĀ Amazon.com), I tested it out on those dahlias and other flowers in August. The lens is magnificent, as you can see in the gallery below.

There were displays to show the different types of dahlias in the exhibit, which I displayed first in the gallery below. There were peony, pompom, miniature ball, cactus, semi-cactus, incurved cactus, formal decorative, informal decorative, stellar and collarette dahlias.

See if you can identify the various types of dahlias. Aside from a few types like the stunning collarette dahlia that is my favourite, it’s not as easy as you think!

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The Bugs of Public Gardens in Halifax

I recently purchased a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens (buy on Amazon.com) and tested it out in Public Gardens in Halifax, near where I live. I don’t know enough about lens to provide a review, but I found this very technical review extremely helpful. However, what I can do is show what I got for photos below.

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