Three guesses what I did today. This was the only shot I had time to get. So very telling. UGH! (32mm, f5, 1/100)
This morning our first tropical storm of the season came through. It was supposed to rain all day but as it turned out, by noon, the last bands blew away and we had a beautiful afternoon. It was raining as we stood outside waiting for the bus in the morning however. (48mm, f5.6, 1/100)
Several months ago, Delaney brought home a cabbage plant. It had instructions about how to plant it but needed to wait until after the last frost. Then we realized the bunnies would devour it if we planted it in the ground. At first we planted it in a pot but it wasn't doing so well so KC went to Lowe's and got some chicken wire to fabricate a cage to keep the bunnies away. (42mm, f5.3, 1/60)
Here's another view of it. (42mm, f5.3, 1/60)
It's that time of year: end of year projects. Both girls have one. Delaney is writing a report on Israel and has to draw a map. It has to be larger than 8.5x11 so she is going big and covering an entire poster board. Unfortunately, that means to be able to write on the top of the paper, Delaney needs to be on top of the table to reach it. Whatever it takes, right? (18mm, f3.5, 1/80 with on camera flash)
You may remember several weeks ago I posted a picture of Macy at the shoe store buying her first pair of tie shoes. She's been practicing since then and today, she finally got it. She is very proud of herself. (20mm, f3.8, 1/100 with on camera flash)
My kids aren't the only ones who have inherited the shutter bug gene. Dana & Eyal came over tonight and Shiri got in on the fun with Macy. I'm not certain if any of the pics they took were recognizable esp since Shiri had Macy's old camera that has about 16 pixels (not Mega, just pixels) but they had a good time and it kept them occupied for a good 1/2 hour. Can't ask for more than that! (29mm, f4.5, 1/200 with the on camera flash)
Hair in her eyes and all. THIS is Macy. (24mm, f4.0, 1/200)
We were up to the lake for the weekend and in true American style welcomed summer. The kids were almost constantly in the water. In order to have nice warm, dry towels when they did come out, they all lay them over the bench in the sun.
In my attempt to get better with practice, I shot a few dozen pics of them varying the shutter speed and aperture. I ended up liking this one the best and had to do very little adjusting, just a slight straightening. (ISO 100, 36mm, f8, 1/1000)
I was working on this when I realized the kids were on the jet ski and hot dogging. I missed Delaney and Ben but got out there with my big'un in time to get some really great shots of Macy. The best part about this is that at first Macy was afraid of "doing the hot dog" since KC broke his ankle doing it a few years ago. KC took her out and gradually she started pushing it harder and harder until she looked up at him and asked with a big grin on her face, "Daddy, am I doing the hot dog?" She was pleased as punch with herself.
These were all shot ISO 100, f5.6, 240-300mm, 1/800-1/1000. I had to do some minor lightening to clean up some shadows on their faces and some cropping to frame them better.
Then the kids took to the boats and I couldn't resist a few (hundred) shots. I've learned to be more picky however and I've narrowed the field down considerably. These were my 5 favs out of probably 150 pics.
I tried to do this fully manually but with the boat going in circles and the light changing so rapidly, I finally gave up and shot in aperture priority. There was enough to deal with trying to keep the camera from shaking. These were all shot with the aperture as wide as I could get it with the zoom anywhere between 85mm and 180mm. I had to crop and straighten them all. In order to make sure the subjects were anywhere near the center of the frame, I couldn't zoom in much farther. It's kind of a crap shoot as to what will be in focus and in the frame when you're shooting from the back of a moving, bouncing boat. I did some minor adjustments to decrease shadows on faces and kill some of the highlights on the front of the tubes but nothing too drastic.
In the perpetual hunt for something that will Stump Amy, I shot some rope. Unfortunately, I had left the ISO at 6400 from the night before when I attempted to get a picture of the 4 kids on the top bunk reading to each other by flashlight. So, not only is this no where near hard enough to stump ANYONE, I can't even blow it up any bigger without some very significant noise. Grrrrr...... I need to think about all the settings before shooting. I dropped the ball on this one. But it's a learning point at a time where it wasn't critical so I guess I'll count my blessings.
Macy had an optometrist appointment this morning at 10 so she didn't ride the bus to school. We had a few minutes to kill before we had to leave so we went shooting in the yard. She had my phone and I worked on my manual skills. I was also trying to find things to shoot close up to try to stump a friend of mine. I tried several different angles of this but none were obscure enough but I did like the way this one came out.
I've had this terra-cotta fish for nearly 12 years. I bought it at one of those in house parties a friend was hosting. There was very little in the catalogue I liked but this was kind of cute so I got it.
A few years ago, my sister came down to vist for a day or two with her family on the way to or from Florida, I can't remember exactly which way they were going. Anyway, Riley or Brice was out front playing with Delaney and/or Macy and he picked up the fish. Chris told him to put it down and he promptly let go. Fortunately, it broke cleanly into 3 pieces which KC was easily able to glue back together. Unless it's been wet and the terra-cotta has been soaking up water, you'd probably never know. If it's wet, the water stops at the glue so the bottom part of the fish will get dark and the top will stay light.
On a different topic, my cone flowers have finally started to bloom. Yay!!!!
My only patient for the day cancelled on me so I had some extra time on my hands this afternoon. I went to The Wake Zone for a small iced mocha (skim, 1/2 chocolate, double espresso, no whip) and worked on my billing. Look at me getting ahead for the end of the month!
I came home because I was hungry and it was so beautiful, I wanted to take Floyd for a walk. I brought my camera, as usual, and practiced shooting things in full manual but as I was out there, the sun came out and it got rather warm. I was sweating which is never pleasant and poor Floyd was none too happy about standing around in the heat. None of the pictures I took on the walk were anything to write about but practice never hurts, right? The more one shoots, the better one gets, or at least one would hope.
As I was approaching the house, Floyd was pulling pretty hard because he does NOT like the heat. Even though it wasn't that hot, he wanted to get inside into the AC. However, the garden caught my eye, yet again and I made poor Floyd wait a few more minutes while I crawled around in the flower beds to get a few more shots.
We've been working on our garden out front for years. This time of year, is very exciting out there. We have balloon flowers and fairy snow blooming. The look remarkably similar so maybe they are related. These two are not the same blossom with some kind of post processing trick. It is actually two different plants.
They are in the same bed but due to the shade difference, I used a slightly faster shutter speed on the balloon flower. Both were 100 ISO, 50mm, f 5.6 but 1/160 & 1/125 respectively. Thankfully, both were fast enough that I needn't have worried about shake. I did have to crop them and tweek the lighting just slightly.
Here is one more picture I took today. It's teacher appreciation week at school. Today was "School Supply Thursday" so yesterday I went over to Stones and got each of them gift certificates.
Naturally, I completely forgot to send them in with the girls this morning. Since I had some extra time, I swung by LP to drop them off before going to TWZ. I actually saw Macy's assistant in the office while I was signing in and popped the others in Ms. Maye's mailbox. On my way out, I noticed the car pool cones stacked up in the front hall. They looked like a likely subject so I snapped a few shots and this was the best of the bunch. I had to play with the levels and decrease the saturation just a tad to compensate for the blaze orange which was throwing everything off. I cropped it a little too. (ISO 100, 48mm, f/5.6, 1/60)
My gardenias are blooming. I adore the smell of them. They line our driveway so any time I go in or out, I can smell them and it makes me happy. This afternoon, we had a shower and when I came back from walking Floyd this evening, the scent drew my attention and then I noticed how the rain drops were still clinging to the petals.
It was getting a little dark but I didn't want to engage the flash since that always washes out blossoms so I just opened up the aperture and slowed the shutter speed as much as I could before camera shake became an issue. (ISO 100, 48mm, f5.6, 1/10) I lightened it up a little in iPhoto after the fact but I like the somewhat dusky look that came out. If I'd had more time I would have gotten my tripod and set it up so I could have slowed it down some more and then maybe I could have gotten the leading edge in better focus. So this isn't going in my "Best Of" album but that's part of the process of learning.
Today, being Wednesday, I packed dinner for the girls to eat at the gym. Since Delaney has recently begun to turn her nose up at carrots, I have switched to cucumbers. I went to the local farm and bought a few fresh off the vine. They were nice and firm. Mmmmm... crispy cucumbers. Both girls prefer them dipped in ranch dressing so I popped a smal container of that in the bag as well. As I was sitting in the lobby encouraging the two of them to eat, I happen to drop one of the slices and it landed in the lid of the dressing. Interestingly enough, it was almost a perfect fit. I couldn't resist snapping a quick shot of that. I did have to turn on the flash and configure the white balance for that the settings were ISO 100, 48mm, f5.3 1/125. Significant cropping was done and a little brightness adjustment for the cuke pic!
Today I was working on a new form for writing notes that will automatically input all the billing info into the billing sheet. I was a bit distracted when Delaney came in officiously proclaiming that there were "ants all over the dog food." She stormed in and back out through the garage and I didn't really think about it until a few minutes later when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I looked up and found an ant crawling on my computer screen. Immediately I looked around and saw that in her attempt to fis the ant in the dog food situation, she simply brought the bag in and left it on the kitchen counter: ants and all. So now we have ants in the kitchen. I have found a few crawling on me and once that happens, I have the creepy crawlies and feel them on me all the time.
I pitched the bag outside and that is where it will stay for now. UGH!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun