The colors on the photo look much brighter in photoshop than here (by the way, all I did to this photo was sharpen it!). Need to investigate – open to any suggestions or information.
Oh, and that’s not frozen spit – it’s an icicle!
Who knew that a 5 day vacation could set me back so far?! I feel like I’m in one of those dreams where I’m running, but going nowhere. However, starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel… and maybe tomorrow I’ll unpack!
Enjoying ice cream on a somewhat balmy afternoon. Snow forecasted for tomorrow night – we’ll see!
Treated myself to a post vacation hair-cut. First time I’ve had bangs (or ‘fringe’) since the 90’s?!! Not particularly fond of the photo, but that’s all I took that day. Will definitely try again!
And of COURSE she lost that tooth while I was gone!
Beautiful day… sad to leave FLA
VERY windy in SW Florida this day. Tested my agility (and camera settings/shutter speed) by trying to catch this soaring bird in flight.
My gorgeous baby sis
Baby sis lounging poolside
First day in sunny FLA. Went for a powerwalk/photowalk and found this lovely treasure! My favorite flower by far. It was windy outside and the flower kept blowing in the breeze, so I had to speed up my shutter to catch this shot.
I love taking my kids to the park. It makes my heart sing to see them run, skip, laugh & be in nature. I think park dates will be one of the things I miss the most once my children grow up. Oh, and yes, it was another lovely day in the 60’s! Hardly warm enough to play in the creek… but oh well… sometimes you just gotta go with it!
Saturday – we were so happy it was ‘warm’ out … upper 50’s anyway … much better than the bitter cold just days before.
Perfect weather for puppy training!
Then Sunday came, and what a weather treat we received – 70 degrees for the first half of the day. This is why I love NC so much. Just when you think you can’t take the weather (especially cold) anymore, it changes. We spent most of the day outside on Sunday – nice!
Hubby was giddy with a chain-saw! (wish I had gotten the blade in the pic!)
And I was photographing all day, have a lovely time in between rain showers. I have started playing with textures as well. So much fun, but so time consuming!
The sun was almost down, and I realized I hadn’t taken my photo today. I turned my ISO all the way up to 1600 (which in my D60 creates a LOT of noise), and luckily was able to achieve a fast enough shutter speed to hand hold my camera, and grab this quick shot of Willis.
I am proud to say that I instinctively took this photo using the rule of thirds (I normally have to think to myself “compose the shot”). If you don’t know what that is, here is a great place to learn about it! One of my many goals with this 365 project is to sharpen my skills with my camera, and need less time in Photoshop cropping and editing. I am happy to report that I am on my way!
My baby girl is getting ready to pass into young girl-hood. Losing a front tooth any second now. Yeah, she’s lost a couple already, but nothing changes the smile more than the front tooth. That sweet baby smile … who knew I was so sentimental? I do embrace her growing up, but it’s just so bittersweet with the youngest one.
I am shooting in Manual Mode on my Nikon D60 now (M on the dial). Thus, this picture has ‘blown out’ highlights, as my setting weren’t quite correct. Funny though, I kinda like it. I may try this more often, perhaps not as severely. We’ll see. The beauty of photography and taking lots of pictures – you learn something every day! Whether it be about your personal tastes or operating your camera, it’s a good thing. I can already tell I am going to enjoy this 365 journey!
May be one of the last times I see this perfect little ‘baby’ smile.
There’s more! As if ice on the lake wasn’t enough of an oddity (first time in 5 years), now there’s swans! Lucky for me I happened to grab my camera on the way out the door. I was simply going to take photos of the ice, as my children were skeptical. I was jogging along, checking for good views to come back and take photos of ice, and if I didn’t stop dead in my tracks and rub my eyes! A pair of swans making a perfect heart shape with their heads! To make the long story short, I ran BACK to my car (about 1/2 mile), got my camera, and proceeded to have a really fun photo walk/jog in the 28 degree weather. (I’m so so lucky to have the freedom to do these things!)
One more from my photo walk. Definitely going to do this EVERY month!
Sipping hot cocoa, waiting for the Santa train
Happy first birthday to a fabulous photography community… i heart faces ! I love their contests, and have resolved to do my very best to be more active in their community. So much to learn, and so much to share.
We bathed puppy and played puppy games.
The perfect age (almost 11) for baking. Must have heard 10 times today how she’s going to be a chef – love it!
We made extremely delicious cupcakes from scratch…you can find the recipe here. Impressed my neighbors with these delicious treats. (good way to save calories – take to neighbors! sorry CQ !) I have never tasted a cupcake so decadent. Love my Ina Garten cookbook!
Hope your Sunday was relaxing as well.
This is my brief attempt to help you understand what aperture is. My ‘aha’ moment was from a blog post I read last year (wish I could remember where!) that was brief and had pictures to support the data.
Although I am trying to shoot in manual mode only (M on the Nikon dial), I frequently shoot in Aperture mode (A on the Nikon dial). In my opinion, aperture allows you to tell the story how you want to. You can choose to have one point of the picture clear and spotlight that subject (large aperture = small f #), or you can choose to tell the story of the scene and have the entire frame clear (small aperture = large f#).
It is confusing, but the more you read and the more you practice, the more sense it will make!
f /2.2 shutter 1/320 ISO100 f/4.5 shutter 1/80 ISO 100 f/6.3 shutter 1/60 ISO200
low f- stop = large opening higher f-stop… notice slower shutter higher f-stop … look at background!
fast shutter and background not as blurry raise ISO to keep shutter speed 1/60
f/14.0 shutter 1/100 ISO 1600 (high iso=faster shutter but = lots of digital noise. Just look at the vase – looks grainy)
I am fortunate enough to own a lense (the one I shoot with 80% of the time) that allows me to close my aperture down quite small (big big number!). Just look at how much of the background is included in telling this story. Looks like a nice, sunny day for a BBQ, eh? Guess again – it’s 25 degrees outside! But you get my point anyway.
Hope this post helped you along on your photography journey!
Realized on my way out the door to fulfill my chauffeur duties that I hadn’t taken a photo today. I almost forgot (which isn’t surprising these days!). Luckily there was enough light in the sky to capture this tree silhouette.
Photo edited with Pioneer Woman’s Boost Action for Photoshop. If you haven’t been to her blog, you should check it out. She has an entire section devoted to photography. Lots of free goodies and great advice there!
My boy. My boy who’s pants were too long before Christmas … this very same pair. Got a haircut today, and all of the sudden he looks so much older.
Ice. Something we don’t see much of here in NC. It is a real treat when the ‘frog pond’ freezes over. It is an even bigger treat when the ice is thick enough to stand on, or is it? Looks like this time the old conch shell test proved correct!
I have always been intrigued with the idea of taking a photo per day, so here I go. Decided yesterday, Jan2nd, to begin my journey. Hubby says will be easy… we’ll see! I hope I stick with it, and cannot wait for the end product as well.
I imagine some days there will simply be a photo of my coffee cup. And some days I will be inspired. But best of all, in the process I will (hopefully) sharpen my photography skills. “Live what you Love”. One of my many New Year’s resolutions.
By the way, this blog is a work in progress. Going to make it really schnazzy in the near future!
To make up for missing Jan1st, I will post two from yesterday. (It helps that I have two that I love!)
Still loving her violin!
Nothing left but the clean-up. Fastest holiday break to date, I must say.