Dogwood Challenge 2019 Week 1

A friend told me about the Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge. I decided to take up the challenge as a means of getting more practice with the camera. Unless otherwise noted, all images are presented as taken with the camera, no color correction, no exposure correction and no cropping.

The challenge can be found here ( for anyone wanting to join me.

WEEK 1 : Story Telling : Self-Portrait – Take a picture that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face.

dogwood week1 : self-portrait
Camera : Nikon D5500
Lens : AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G
f-stop : 1.8
shutter speed : 1/160
ISO : 1000

I started off with just the right screen, arranging windows to give a glimpse into my day to day life. I slid to the side and noticed the reflection of the light and reflector and thought that added a layer to the story.

Playing with Gutenberg

Embedding tweets, extraordinarily simple.

Adding example HTML code, also really simple, great way to demo code without having to write all the annoying < and > html entities.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
   <title>Title of page</title>
   <p>some text in a paragraph</p>

Imagine if you wanted to enter your own HTML code, perhaps to embed something not already covered with Gutenberg’s blocks.  You can do that too.  Very convenient. 

<div style="border:1px solid white; padding:5px;">My own html in a div. The code above generated this block</div>
My own html in a div. The code above generated this block

The one thing I did not see at first was the lack of the “insert Read More tag”, but that is now a block by itself found under layout elements.  Best of all, if you really miss the old editor, you can insert that as well.  It can be found under formatting. 

Using Gutenburg

Image of Mac keyboard with a quarter of apple above it.
The new printing press

I’ve watched with anticipation the release of Gutenburg for WordPress.  The concept seemed fresh and made sense from a blogging perspective.  The only issue is, I’m a horrible blogger.  I don’t sit down and write on a regular basis, and most of the things I have to say or blog about, have already been covered a thousand times over – this being such an example.  But, I wanted to experience Gutenburg first hand and see what it’s like.  First impressions are good.

Example by default

The first thing I noticed was the build in tutorial and example, you can see the default example here .  It gives plenty of examples, what wasn’t clear at first was how to move the blocks around. I found this icon for moving blocks little gem.  It shows up as you move the mouse to the left of the text or block and by clicking and dragging you can rearrange the blocks on the page.  Pretty ingenious I say.

Oh, and pressing enter, gives you another paragraph block by default.  The nice thing about that, if you wanted to get really creative, is you can easily customize each paragraphs background color.

contextually sensitive image block
example paragraph settings block
contextually sensitive paragraph block

And with each new paragraph, it goes back to default. To the right of the screen, you will find a contextual sensitive setting blocks (image for reference) allowing you do such things as change the background color and text for paragraph, and details, alt text, and captioning for images.  This is pretty slick.

And that’s just three of the multitude of blocks available in the new Gutenburg editor for WordPress.  I can see this becoming the start of something new and refreshing.  Certainly makes the task of writing more enjoyable. 

The one drawback I see so far, and this is really quite minor because the other editor didn’t have this either, is the lack of ability to pick up on the CSS of the theme.  This could also be a shortcoming of the theme I am using since I seem to recall something about some code needed to be included in the theme to fully support Gutenburg?  Regardless, not a deal breaker at all, and the preview allows for easy viewing to see if things look okay.

Good work developers!