Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Chewie, our cockapoo and resident ball fanatic, was happy to accompany me on my photoshoot. He looks for any opportunity to play fetch. It's hard to deny this face.
My kids love to skate and were so excited to do so on our friend's rink. A nice fire for the adults to hover over and just about everyone was as happy as can be.
Later on, I was trying for a cool Bokeh picture for PW's contest and took a picture of this snow globe. I was going for the bokeh outside and inside of the snowglobe. I added some Kim Klassen textures to come up with this.....
I would like to try and remember to use handmade photo gift tags next year because I think it's a great idea!!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
But here are a few of my photos from prompts over the past week:
Wrapped with Love - the teachers' gifts I bought nice and early this year....
Recharge - I finally feel recharged now that I found time to make my favorite holiday cookies. They are the Italian Anisette cookies. Probably prettier in color...but I decided to go with black and white for this one.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
And this one is just plain lights....
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I'm happy to report that I learned how to apply textures to my photos in Elements in my Kim Klassen Skinny-Mini class and this photo has two cool textures applied. I'm so excited about how it looks!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Shaping Up - when I pulled out the wrapping paper this morning to get some wrapping done I realized I could photograph pretty shapes....and document that I'm IN better shape with my progress this year....thank goodness.
A Whole Lot of Happy - I got lucky when two of my favorite people decided to snuggle up in front of the fireplace close by. Watching these two together brings me to a happy place that I can't even describe.
Friday, December 10, 2010
I didn't think it was going to be worthy of posting so when I got home I played around on manual mode until I got a picture of the candle light in our dining room window. It is simple and boring, but it was a good exercise in adjusting shutter speed, aperture and ISO. So in that respect, I'm happy.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The second photo I submitted is of our stocking holders spelling out PEACE. I was pleasantly surprised to have captured some reflecting bokeh from the Christmas tree. The only thing I did to the photo was apply Pioneer Woman's Colorized Action. (It's my favorite!).
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
My first reflection photo has Buddy looking handsome in his new bandana. When he is done outside he gives a bark at the door. His trips outside have been short ones this week because it is SO COLD here in New England!!
Later in the early evening I took my other three little men to the salon. While waiting I captured Ben's and my reflection on a Christmas ornament.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I had a really hard time trying to think of what to do for this theme. I've never been a fan of getting my picture taken. I decided to try to capture part of my face in a photo. It was hard to capture what I was going for while trying to kiss a squirmy dog. While one of my fingers was holding down the focus button, another accidentally moved the exposure setting down. The photo was very dark...but I boosted the lighting and then applied a couple of Pioneer Woman's actions to get this result.
Honestly, I was feeling ashamed at this photo and not expecting many comments. But wouldn't you know it's the first one that the teacher has commented on....calling it 'precious'. A great end to the day!
Monday, December 6, 2010
We got the tree back up and I just couldn't stomach piecing together the ornaments and taking inventory of what was lost. I had a busy and productive day of shopping.
I was encouraged that one of the ornaments I was able to salvage was the one Luke announced as his all-time favorite. A little super glue and the feet went right back on. I chose this ornament as the subject of today's prompt. I delighted in the strength of the glue. And I got my first holiday bokeh! Now to work on getting rid of that yellowish hue!
I also started another class today called Kim Klassen's Skinny-Mini E-course. Becky told me about it and it involves learning some things in Photoshop Elements. Bonus! Free course on Elements! It's like a Christmas present. The little lesson she gave today was cropping your photo and adding text. I already knew how to do both of those things, but I learned a few pointers with the text and downloaded a free font that I really like.
A vase of flowers left over from Thanksgiving has been staring at me for the week or so and I took a few snapshots and then applied what I learned from the class. I took the photo at night with the light from my new dining room chandelier. I was happy with the outcome though!!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
And my other photo choice for today was a picture of Chris and Chica walking out to the field to meet us. Somehow Chica forgot her coat and nobody noticed until she announced she was cold. Back they went to the car and the boys and I trudged along to find a tree.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
I was trying to capture Buddy giving Chica a big, fat, slobbery kiss but I had no luck there. When I pulled out the bribery treats, I noticed they were shaped like hearts....resulting in picture number 2. Buddy is a true LOVE of mine, that's for sure.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Chica has a little class at our local YMCA with a few of her friends. After class she asked if her friend, Rose, could come over and play. Rose and Chica have known each other since they were born. Both were 4 this past June and both are the fourth (and final) kids in their families. I was happy to have Rose come over because I had nothing planned and hoped Chica and she would play and keep each other company so I could get a few things done around the house.
When I first read the reframing prompt I took it somewhat literally and remembered that I had an open-backed frame in the basement from a print I had reframed. I pulled out the frame and took the girls outside after lunch for a little photo shoot. I didn't think I captured something I would like until I downloaded the pictures and saw their little faces.
I couldn't help but be excited about this photo. I love their little faces and the color of their clothes. I love the way the photo captures their friendship....in the frame. And when Rose's mom came to pick up her up I knew she was so sincerely thankful for the little play date which gave Rose a chance for her own playtime and gave her some quality time to accomplish things at home without distraction or guilt. She made a point to come back in the house to give me a hug and reiterate her thanks. The whole experience made me thankful to be able to give her the small gift of time today. Hopefully her accomplishments today will afford her a few extra zz's tonight, as we all need rest and health over these crazy holidays.
So let's hear it for Friendship over the holidays!
Here are some other outtakes from the photo shoot. The girls were such troopers.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This class poses several challenges for me. First, I have never done anything like this before.....forcing myself to take a photo every day and sharing it with others. Second, this time of year is typically insane and almost uncomfortably busy. The past couple of years I really didn't feel like I enjoyed the holidays at all because I was rushing to get things done until the very end. Yuck! I'm hoping that instead of adding further stress, this class will force me to prepare for the holidays better, faster, smarter! Third, this time of year is when my camera usually stays in the bag for an extended period. The lighting isn't good...the weather isn't good....it's a real challenge to take pictures with natural light inside the house.
But I dove into the class anyway figuring 'what the heck'? I have a jump on my Christmas shopping and I'm feeling like I want to do this for myself.
So, the first prompt asked to photograph something that you are grateful for. Well, this first day of class is as gray, dark and rainy as can be. The light inside was horrible. I left the house this morning on my way to do Christmas errands. I left with my camera bag, just in case I saw something to photograph. As I was driving down the street I passed a house on my left that I always look at. There are window boxes in the front and the owner of the house has a couple of cats that take turns sleeping in the window boxes. I have been wanting to photograph this for probably about a year. I drove past the house and then stopped. What better time to take a photo then Day 1 of my class?? I put the car in reverse and backed up in front of the house.
With my zoom lens I was able to capture the cat sleeping there. I eventually called out to the cat and it lifted its sleepy head at me.
I wasn't sure if my classmates would understand why I would chose this photo for gratitude. What it comes down to is that I am so grateful that I took my camera with me, that the cat was sleeping in the window box and that I stopped to take a photo. I'm grateful for my love of animals and for what this sleeping kitty represents - rest, peace and quiet.....all things I'm striving for this holiday season.