Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The girls were playing this annoying game where these plastic ducks move around this "pond" and quack incessantly. While I was laying there I had an idea for a photo. It turned out better than could be expected since I had two little girls jumping on my back while I took the picture.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Finally all caught up for now. It was such a beautiful day yesterday that while Sarah was at dance Lily and I headed over to the Lagoon Park Trail and went exploring. It was fun to just let her walk at her own pace and discover the world. I love seeing things through my children's eyes.
We were invited by some friends over to their house to roast marshmallows. I took my camera thinking it would be fun to try some photos of the girls by firelight. They didn't really work out the way I had hoped but here is just one photo of the fire itself. It's not great but there you have it.
I have always wanted to try taking pictures of water drops. It seems to be something just about every photographer tries at some point. I haven't tried it up till now because every tutorial I've seen on how to do it has required an off camera flash, which I don't have and cannot afford right now. I finally saw a post in a photography forum where someone was able to set it up in their kitchen sink and used his on camera flash. It's not as spectacular as some other water drop photos that I've seen but I decided to give it a try. It was a lot of fun and I think I could improve upon it. Here's an example of what I ended up with.
Sorry, I have really dropped the ball lately. I haven't been consistent with taking pictures or posting them. We had injured kids, sick kids and I wasn't feeling great a couple of those days so the photography kind of went on the back burner. I have recommitted myself to this project and will do better.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Today I made bread. I don't make bread very often but it sounded so good. It was kind of cold today and we had a bunch of vegetables to use up so we had minestrone soup, salad and homemade bread. I was so proud I had to take a picture. Also, food photography is something I would like to work on.
Another day where I failed to get a photo taken. I was not feeling great Sunday and all I wanted to do was get through the day and go back to bed. Here is a photo from another time though, just to fill in. This was an image from the zoo. These turkeys are not the prettiest creatures but they were fun to watch that day. They were strutting around, puffing their feathers out and trying to attract a mate. I guess when you're this ugly it takes a lot of work.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I'm kind of pleased with this photo. Not just because it caught a great expression from my daughter, but that I did it with manual exposure and manual focus. I really love this 50 mm prime lens and I'm getting used to focusing manually since my camera does not have the ability to focus this lens. The 1.8 aperture lets me take photos in much lower light. I look forward to using this lens for a long time.
Friday, March 5, 2010
This photo was partially inspired by a weekly assignment on a photography forum that I frequent and partially because it was cold and wet today. The assignment was food photography, namely beverages. I love hot chocolate and I drink it on a regular basis, even when it is not cold outside. Even better is a couple slices of toast to dip in it.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I decided to head back out to Farmington Bay bird refuge today while Sarah was at dance. Lily came along for the ride and took a little nap. The sky was kind of dark and stormy and for some reason this tree stood out today. I did play with the levels a little and the saturation. I'm pretty pleased with the way this turned out.
Monday, March 1, 2010
These are actually from last night but since I posted something for Day 72 already I thought I would save these for today. The moon was rising over the mountains and I was trying to get some shots of it. It took me awhile to find settings that kind of worked so the moon had risen quite a bit by then. This is what I ended up with. I will need to revisit this sometime.