Theres a journal for that!

Really… there is!

I write everything down.
I keep a record of the movies I’ve watched and the books I have read.
I have a journal for my thoughts and a journal for my doodles.
Journals help you sort your feelings and frustrations or just clear your mind before bed to get a good nights sleep.
One of my favourite things about journaling is finding a new list of prompts.

So I thought, why not make some lists of my own.
Starting with

20 prompts for positive re-wiring!

  1. Think of something challenging that happened today, what was the lesson you learned from it?
  2. List 5 people who have changed your life for the better
  3. Write out a funny made up story about yourself and your best friend in a ridiculous situation.
  4. Write about your day and leave out everything that was negative.
  5. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  6. List 5 things that make you smile.
  7. List 10 positive affirmations about yourself.
  8. If you had $1 million to spend on good deeds, how would you spend it?
  9. You are nominating a family member for family member of the year! Who do you choose and why?
  10. Write a speech on your favourite food.
  11. Make a list as long as you can of everything good in your life.
  12. What is something/someone you cannot be happy without?
  13. Write out your daily routine, how much time is there for self-care?
  14. List all of the people who brighten your day.
  15. What are you excited about right now?
  16. List the ways you get energized.
  17. CHECK-UP: How is your health? Mind, body and soul.
  18. Write a poem. (Doesn’t need to rhyme)
  19. Write a bucket-list (achievable dreams!)
  20. What was your favourite vacation ever?
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Camera Basics

Just an easy referral blog with some definitions.

Aperture
(F-Stop)
Aperture controls the amount of light that enters the lens. It is the hole or opening in which light goes through. The lower the F-stop the higher the Aperture.

Aperture also controls the depth of field, the lower the F-stop, the more shallow the depth of field.

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Shutter Speed
Shutter speed is the length of time your shetter is open. This is measured in fractions of a second. 1/4 shutter speed is a long shutter speed where as 1/200 is a faster shutter speed.

The faster your shutter speed, the less light you are letting in, your image will be darker but you can get a clear image in motion.

To get more light in an image, or a smooth buttery affect on moving water, you want a slow shutter speed, 1/10, 1/4, etc.

ISO

ISO is the speed that your camera’s sensor reacts to light. The lower the ISO, the less light and noise in the image (greater image quality). The greater the ISO, the brighter the image, but you gain noise and lose image quality.

White Balance
White balance is adjusted to get your image colour as accurate as you can. I don’t suggest going by the camera presets because they won’t always be accurate. Use the number under each preset as a guideline and adjust from there under K (Kelvin)

White-balance

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Hope these help !

Nature Blessed us on a Wednesday

Wednesday, March 30 we ventured to Cambridge Riverside Park. If you have never been, you need to go as soon as possible! let me give you a few reasons why…

 

This Park is so full of nature and gorgeous bird ! Birds that will eat right out of your hand! The more timid birds will eat off the boardwalk ledge if you put seeds down. This is a fantastic spot all year, but certain times of year the river floods some parts of the trail.

We felt so blessed with what we had captured we ventured to Churchill Park. Let me show you why we are so excited…

It didn’t end there !! In brantford we managed to find many more friends…


We named this our Wild Wednesday and of course I needed to blog these spots and share them for others to enjoy ! I will be posting some awesome photos under “Photography” very soon!

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What’s in Your Bag?

My friend and I decided we need to carry “safety bags” with us while taking photos. We are big into nature photography and anything can happen. I am going to do a breakdown of what should be in a typical safety bag for a photographer or hiker.


 

  1. First Aid Kit
  • Band-aids
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Latex Gloves
  • Gauze & tape
  • Tensor Bandages
  • Tweezers

2. Phone with Full Battery & Maps App.

3. Compass

4. Sunglasses & Sunscreen

5. Snacks – Granola Bars, Trail Mix, etc.

6. Flashlight

7. Water Bottle

8. Hunting Knife

9. Whistle


It is always best to hike with one or more people. if you are hurt they are there to assist (and it’s double the supplies!). Strength in numbers!


My Kit So Far: I have just started mine and will update when mine is complete!

 

 

 

 

 

Therapeutic Photography

Therapeutic Photography is a lot like Phototherapy but you can do this on your own, without help from a counsellor. Using photography as a method for therapy is incredibly healing and freeing. The benefits are endless.

  • increase well-being
  • improve on your personal relationships
  • rehabilitation
  • bringing light to issues
  • improve upon your mood & mental health

I use my camera for therapy, taking photos for me helps me breathe a little deeper, think more clear, smile brighter. I can figure out anything I couldn’t before. I am not one who likes to talk about all of my problems in length to a complete stranger so counselling isn’t really for me when I have something I am stuck on or if something is upsetting me. Grabbing my camera and taking pictures helps me figure everything out.

There is also PhotoTherapy for those who like photos and help from counsellors, that would be good to look into. Photography is now a valid means of therapy and self-healing. For those wondering why photographers can love photography so deeply.

Information found at http://phototherapy-centre.com/therapeutic-photography/