Today was beach day. Pop took the kids and the dogs down to the "beach"; one of the few spots on the lake that isn't infested with weeds at this point. They had a good time frolicking in the water and throwing a toy for Patton. Brice, being the only boy, was all over that. I don't think he beat the dog to the floatie but gave him a good run for his money. Cropping, curve adjustments and som minor touch ups to highlighted areas etc were done post. (ISO 100, 70mm, f2.8, 1/1000)
They finally got around to tubing today so I got back out there with my 70-300. Again it was extremely choppy and getting anything in focus and in frame was trying. I managed fairly well though and got a few. I think they all managed to stay on for this one but the next one took them all off. (ISO 100, 185mm, f5.0, 1/1000)
Here are the rest of them. Even after he fell off in a terrible crash, Riley got up and skied. For the first time, he stood up nice and straight.
This was my favorite family photo for the day. Macy, who claims to be very shy, went up to Kevin within minutes of his arrival and climbed on his back. Bless Kevin he didn't even blink. (ISO 100, 125mm, f4.8, 1/500)
Here's another one of my favorites.
(ISO 100, 70mm, f4.5, 1/640)
I got pics of most the kids while we were out on the boat. I tried to get one of Ragan but she was awkwardly seated in front of the windshield and in order to get a picture of her I'd have had to hang off the front of the boat. Not something I'd really like to do with my camera and the boat bouncing around on the chop. I originally thought we were going to go tubing so I brought my 70-300 which made it difficult to get far enough away.
There was a boat race going on and I tried to get a few pictures of it: extremely difficult to do on a bouncy boat on a choppy lake with a long lens. I got lucky with these 2.
My father wanted a family picture of all of his grandchildren. I tried to get them all but this is as good as I got. I did some fairly significant adjustments but it's still over exposed and I got tired of trying to fix it.
We left for NY today. I spent the entire day in the car so photography opportunities were extremely limited. I took this before we left. (ISO 100, 50mm, f1.8, 1/30)
Today, KC was "off" from work so he can pack. We went to LaFarm for lunch. I had their Mediteraneo with chicken and cheese. Very yummy. (ISO 100, 50mm, f2.8, 1/30)
I brought the girls to try to find some shoes and in the parking lot we were buzzed by this grasshopper. We followed it over to the window where we realized it was eating a lady bug. (ISO 100, 50mm, f2.0, 1/1000)
We went into the back yard after dinner to let the dog run off some steam and I worked on my 3D setting. Some came out pretty cool but there's a technique I have yet to master.
With all my new gear, I had officially outgrown my old camera bag. I spent HOURS reading, researching and watching tutorials before deciding on the Kata 3N1 35. I ordered it the other day from B&H and it arrived today. It's larger than I had anticipated but fits all my gear well with a little extra room for the 85 or 105 when I save up for it. Plus it has a laptop compartment and "personal space" on the top so I won't need to carry a purse or laptop bag anymore while shooting. While it's considerably larger than my last one and on the heavy side, I think it'll be much less cumbersome than carrying 3 bags around.
It was a warmer day today so instead of donut night on the way home from the gym, we stopped at Goodberry's. I still need practice with increasing DOF as you can plainly see. At least the exposure is right. I only had to crop slightly and do minor curve adjustments. (ISO 100, 50mm, f2.5, 1/200)
We are having a used leo sale at the gym. Annette Carter and I are hosting it. We needed a poster to put up in the loby and it needed to have eye catching color. I had an idea about using the hair scrunchies that come with the leos to bring in the colors and the right texture. I stacked the up, put them outside used white poster board for a backdrop and a reflector, attached my 50mm lens, hooked up my speedlight with the diffuser, loaded it up on the tripod, hooked up the remote release and even used the mirror up function to eliminate camera shake a s much as possible. I cropped this one a bit and played with the highlights some. (ISO 100, 50mm, f16, 1/8)
This was the best picture I took today. Other than cropping, spot removal and some slight curve and WB adjustments, I didn't have to do anything. (ISO 100, 52mm, f2.8, 1/125)
Here's another. (ISO 100, 70mm, f2.8, 1/160)
As I was walking up the street to get Gus for a walk, I noticed this butterfly in our neighbor's yard. It was flitting around a lot so I took lots of pictures. Unfortunately, it was very bright out there and it's very difficult to see my LCD when it's that bright. Upon closer inspection, I should have closed down the aperture a step or two to get those foreground flowers in better focus. Cropping and minor curve adjustments done post. Both ISO 100, 70mm, f2,8, 1/1250.
Why didn't I use the flash? I'm not certain why I all of a sudden think I should be able to shoot without a flash 100% of the time. Backlit pics most of the time benefit from fill flash. I did so many things wrong with this picture, I'm almost too embarrassed to post it but I figured I fixed it up passably for a snapshot. I need to slooooow down. How many times do I need to give myself the same feedback before I start to listen?
This is what I get when I don't take any pictures during the day and remember that as I'm getting ready for bed. Fortunately, I have 2 unwitting and fairly cute captive models. That's it for today.
As we were hanging around on the dock, this butterfly fluttered around for a while. At first it lighted on a shoe. I got a few pics but honestly pics of a butterfly on a shoe would most definitely not go in my book of great pics. Eventually he landed on the railing and amazingly enough, allowed me to get close enough to get a decent picture of him. Granted, I still had to crop it down and a railing, while a better backdrop than a shoe, is hardly a winner either but given my 2 choices, I'll take the railing.
If i had a chance to do it again, I'd up the f-stop to 3.2 because the edge of the right wing is soft focused but that's why I shoot every day: to learn. (ISO100, 70mm, f2.8, 1/640)
Here's another pic I got of him straight on. I liked the way the rocks in the background looked but even then, I'm not wild about the bokeh. That was a common complaint I read about the Sigma lens so I can't say I wasn't prepared for it. (ISO 100, 70mm, f2.8, 1/640)
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