Extending the End Date for the Giveaway

I am extending the end date on the giveaway to allow for more people to trickle in and sign up. {I’ve been too busy this week to promote this.} So if you haven’t already, go check out the GIVEAWAY now! Enter to win these earrings:

The new end date is June 21st at midnight. I will announce the winner the next day. Good luck!

I’ve Moved! The blog that is

I am so excited! How excited? This excited:

I am happy to announce that I have moved the blog! Whoopee! Yay!

Where did you move, you might be asking?

Contrary to popular belief, I decided moving to Blogger was best for me. I plead with you, please please please come check out the new site and update your bookmarks/follow method.

  • If you followed me via email: please sign up with the new email list via the widget on the right.
  • If you followed via Bloglovin’: please follow the new blog address.
  • If you followed me via the WordPress reader: please select a new method to follow me by.

I am attempting a solution to retain my WordPress followers, but I can’t guarantee it will work. So if you update your follow method, I would be much obliged!

Here are my social links if you prefer to follow me that way:

     

Head over to the new site at ngnrdgrl.blogspot.com {if you aren’t here already!}, check it out and let me know what you think. I have an updated about me page and blogroll page, so check those out!

Also, in case you need a little more encouragement, I have my first GIVEAWAY at the new blog going on RIGHT NOW. So check it out already!

I’ll be going over why and how I moved shortly, so stay tuned!

Disclaimer: Wow excited face image courtesy of howismyface.com.

My Fitness Goals and Meal Choices

My Fitness Goals and Meal Choices by Bethany the ngnrdgrl

Remember my list of New Years Resolutions? I know most people don’t believe in new years resolutions because they are, frankly, designed to fail. I know… I know… but I am a list-making-fiend so making myself a list and reviewing it helps keep me on track.

I made an emotional scene at the mall last weekend. Continue reading

The Photo Files: Picardo Farm P-Patch

the Photo Files: Picardo Farm P-Patch

A couple of weeks ago, we had a mini-Summer for a week here in Seattle. It was awesome! With temps in the high seventies (which is summer weather for Seattlelites: shorts, tees, sunglasses, sunscreen and complaints that it is too hot – keep in mind we don’t have AC in our homes), I couldn’t resist going for a photo walk.

And yes, I got sunburned, even with 70 SPF sunscreen on. Only slightly, but the sun was a shock to my system. I came home feeling totally over done.

Tool Barn

Tool Barn
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 28 mm
ISO Speed: 100
SOOC

I walked down to my neighborhood p-patch, Picardo Farms, looking for something fun to photograph.

Kids Barn

Kids Barn
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100
SOOC

I love architectural photography, so naturally the buildings at the p-patch drew me in.

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter
Camera: NIKON D3200
Focal Length: 20mm
Exposure: 1/125
F Number: f/3.8
ISO: 100
Enhanced color saturation slightly

As a civil engineer who has taken structural engineering courses, the picnic structure was a magnet for me. I love all the shapes in the structure.

Planter Beds

Planter Beds
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100
SOOC

Everyone seemed so busy trying to get their plants planted in the nice weather. Most of the beds were recently tilled and planted. I didn’t get any pictures of people, as I would be embarrassed to have my picture taken while all sweaty and dirty.

Flower Box on Gazebo

Flower Box on Gazebo
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100
SOOC

I was practicing with histograms, so I was paying less attention to composition and depth of field. Looking back on a few of these I wish I had selected a different aperture, especially the flower box above. Oh well, live and learn! {Don’t you love clichés?}

Brewer Patch

Brewer Patch
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 34 mm
ISO Speed: 100
SOOC

I love all the little things people do to make their beds their own. This scarecrow seemed to be doing the trick!

Scarecrow

Scarecrow
Camera: NIKON D3200
Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure: 1/125
F Number: f/13
ISO: 100
Cropped

I loved the colors in these veggies.

Vegetables

Vegetables
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100

As I was walking out of the p-patch, I couldn’t help but take a picture of these bleeding hearts. I actually have a black and white photo of bleeding hearts in my darkroom photography collection that I took in Boston from 10 years ago. I like taking pictures of flowers; take my Summer Walk as an example.

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Cropped, adjusted exposure, contrast, and saturation just slightly.

I love how expansive this p-patch is. Can’t wait to walk around it during different seasons and see all the plants in bloom.

Picardo P-Patch

Picardo P-Patch
Camera: NIKON D3200
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100
SOOC

I was quite pleased with how these turned out SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera). As I mentioned above, I have been practicing with histograms. I am planning on giving a review of what I have been studying and practicing, so stay tuned!

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How to add a Social Buttons Widget (Part 1)

How to add a Social Buttons Widget | Bethany the ngnrdgrl

I have seen several Social Buttons Widget tutorials out there on the interwebz lately. Most are from a Blogger (blogspot) perspective and require html coding.

Right after I set up my own social button widget (many months ago), I received an email from a fellow WordPress.com blogger asking how I did it and whether I used html to do it. I responded to her personally right away with some really simple, but un-detailed, directions.

After seeing all the tutorials on this topic, I thought I would offer the steps on how I made mine and also some alternatives. Continue reading