It’s the first day of Spring Break. The kids are sitting on the couch, watching TV, in a comatose like state. My hubby is still sleeping. It’s pouring down rain, and the dog doesn’t even want to go outside. For me, that means it’s blogging time! I’ve been changing up a few pictures on my sidebar this morning. Now that I actually (kind of) know how to use my fancy pants camera, I think the pictures of my house are turning out much lighter and brighter. Here are a few of the pictures, from my house, that I’m using. I’m also linking to updated blog posts about the pictures. If you’re interested in seeing and reading more, scroll down and you’ll find them on the right side of the blog.
Photography is challenging stuff! I’ll keep experimenting.
I had twenty minutes to kill today. My daughter was at a friend’s house and my son was at baseball with my hubby. It wasn’t enough time to start a project, so I figured I’d browse through Pinterest. The first thing I came across was a post on taking photos of your pets. I was inspired. So, I set up a mini photoshoot for Cookie and Cooper. 20 minutes is really all the pets would give me anyway.
Cookie just sat there and glared at me. She didn’t like sitting on the end table too much. Cooper wouldn’t make eye contact with me. I think he thought he was in trouble for something.
Now, let’s see… black bunny, black dog… how about a black chicken?
Don’t you think I need a couple chickens?
As yummy as the cake was, this post isn’t about cake. As I was taking pictures, I decided to play around with the white balance. Each of the following pictures was taken with the same settings.
1/320 f/1.8 ISO 400
The only difference in each picture is the white balance.
I usually take all of my pictures with auto white balance. It’s still too much for me to think about my choice of lens, f stop, ISO, shutter speed, and then add white balance to the list. It’s still not natural for me. I strive to be more like my cousin, Tina. She’s a professional photographer. If you’re looking for photography inspiration, you should check out Tina’s blog.
At the end of my experiment, I thought my favorite picture was the one taken on auto white balance. I’ll keep practicing.
Happy picture taking!
We had a photographer come to the house to take family pictures, on Christmas Eve, and she had the cutest camera strap! I decided that I needed one too. My hubby took the kids to a movie last night, so it was the perfect time for me to get some sewing done.
This project took about 20 minutes (maybe less) and it was really inexpensive. It was super simple and I love the instant gratification.
All you need for this project is fusible fleece, two contrasting fabrics, thread and a sewing machine. I love the gray and yellow combination. I plan on making a few more camera straps this week. I’ll take a few pictures of the process and post a tutorial soon.
Happy sewing… and picture taking!
Here are a few more linky parties I like to participate in.
I decided to look back through a few of my recent pictures and try to figure out what I like. Here are two collages that I made with some of my favorite pictures from the past few months.
I’ve decided that photography in natural light is the way to go! I took the picture of the milk and cookies in my photobox setup, and it didn’t turn out too bad. It’s just not as crisp and clear as the other three pictures. The other three were taken in natural light.
I’m not exactly sure what I liked about the photos in the collage above. They just stood out to me. They made me happy, and I guess that’s what I love about photography. It just makes me happy to take beautiful pictures.
If you’re interested in photography, I’d love to chat with you. Send me an email! Let’s see what we can learn from each other! I have so much to learn!
Happy picture taking!
Today was Christmas Tree Day. It’s been a tradition for as long as I can remember. Of course, I brought my camera along. I’m still learning how to take clear, sharp, pictures and I am in the very, very beginning stages of learning about Photoshop.
I tried to add a little glow in this picture to capture the sun trying to break through the fog.
I didn’t have my big, zoomy, lens but wanted to try some close ups of the water drops on the trees.
At this point, my mother started laughing at me. “Why are you taking pictures of cob webs again?” I think I need to work on the whole dew-on-the-spiderweb look, because you can hardly tell there is a spiderweb there.
In the end, we found the perfect tree. The kids always want to help cut the tree. My hubby is so patient and lets them try as long as they’d like. The tree is up, but we snuggled on the couch and watched a movie instead of putting the lights on and decorating. Maybe tomorrow.
Yesterday, I decided to reclaim my own joy. My hubby bought me a new lens for my birthday. It’s a 50mm f/1.8 Canon. Everyone who has one of these says it’s the best. I love the way it really blurs the background.
I worked on a few sewing projects in my spare time, and had to snap a picture of my sewing supplies.
This fabric is actually for a school project. It was so beautiful, I had to take a picture of it. I LOVE Cheryl’s blog. She writes over at A Pretty Cool Life. I fell in love with her gingham buntings and decided I wanted to use this idea to make a color words wall in my classroom. I have no idea where she found her gingham fabric in every color of the rainbow, because as far as I can tell, it is no where to be found in stores or online. So, I went with the next best thing… polkadots. My favorite quilt shop had a beautiful selection of polka dots.
The first week of school is behind us. My kids are in 5th and 1st grade. They are settling back into the routine of school, homework, sports, and earlier bedtimes. I’m settling back into the routine of greeting smiling 5 year old faces, eager to see the fun I’ve planned for them each day. One thing that’s harder for me to settle into is finding time for the things I enjoy. I need to remember to sew, write, organize, take leisurely walks, enjoy the view of my garden when I’m sitting on my deck, cook dinners inspired by the Food Network, bake for no reason at all, and make sure I get to yoga on Monday nights.
So much to do, so little time.
Well, hello friends! We spent the long holiday weekend with family over in Eastern Washington. I think the farm is my favorite place to be. I took 300+ pictures, so I won’t share all of them. (About 200 pictures were of my kids. We always try to get the Christmas card photo while we are at the farm.)