Wednesday, January 31, 2007


ISO 100, ss 1/60, f 3.5, 50mm lens, bounced flash

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Momma's Game
ISO 100, ss 1/60, f 2.8, 50mm lens, bounced flash

Monday, January 29, 2007


A boy and his bear
ISO 400, ss 0.3 sec, f 2.8, 50mm lens

Sunday, January 28, 2007


The Dogs
ISO 100, ss 1/60, f 2.8, 50mm lens, bounced flash

Saturday, January 27, 2007


A bearded girl
ISO 400, ss 1/320, f1.8, 50mm lens

Friday, January 26, 2007


Red Scarf
ISO 400, ss 1/50, f1.8, 50mm lens

Thursday, January 25, 2007


1. ISO 400, ss 1/40, f 1.8, 50mm lens
2. ISO 400, ss 1/15, f 5.0, 50mm lens
3. ISO 400, ss 1/125, f 1.8, 50mm lens

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


ISO 200, ss 200, f 4.0, 50mm lens
Winter berries

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


ISO 400, ss 1/60, f 2.2, 50mm lens
Oh, what I'd give for lashes like these.

Monday, January 22, 2007


ISO 400, ss 1/125, f 2.8, 50mm lens

Sunday, January 21, 2007


ISO 400, ss 1/2000, f 5.6, 50mm lens

ISO 400, ss 1/4000, f 4.5, 50mm lens

ISO 400, ss 1/1600, f 4.5, 50mm lens

And this is the weather in Texas. The sun was out in full force and made for some harsh shadows and squinty eyes but I just had to photograph the kids playing outside.

Saturday, January 20, 2007


first 2 pictures: ISO 400, ss 1/30, f 3.2 , 50mm lens
third picture: ISO 400, ss 0.3 sec., f 18, 50mm lens

Another rainy day in Texas. Ugh. We took the kids to the mall to get them out of the house and run off some energy but Jayce would have been happy to sit and watch the ice skaters all day. I think Maggie is ready for her first hockey game. She spent the entire time pounding on the wall and yelling.

Friday, January 19, 2007


ISO 400, ss 1/30, f 2.0, 50mm lens

Maggie is shoe obsessed and at 13 months I'm mildly concerned. She has just made the move up from soft-soled Robeez to "real shoes" and she demands that we put them on her at all times. And while there's an element of extreme cuteness to a little person throwing a little shoe at us, there is also a touch of the reality of what living with this little diva might mean.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


Betty over at posted on Tuesday about taking macro photos by turning your lens around and holding it in place over your camera. This gives you an aperture of 0 and you just have to set shutterspeed to get the correct exposure and move the camera forward or backward for focus. I decided to play with this today and see what it did. It was fun and definitely interesting. The first 3 shots were taken in this manner and the fourth shot is a full shot of the other 3 taken normally. This is part of a playplace at a McDonald's.

macro shots: ISO 400, ss 1/40, f 0.0, using a 50mm lens backwards
last shot: ISO 400, ss 1/30, f 2.2, 50mm lens

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Snow Day - Texas Style!

ISO 200, ss 1/200-1/400, f4.0, 50mm lens

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Not bothering with settings because they're all over the place and these are basically snapshots. We went to a little birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese tonight and I had a great time capturing Maggie's first time there.

Monday, January 15, 2007


ISO 100, SS 1/125, f1.8, 50mm

Sunday, January 14, 2007


ISO 100, ss 1/60, f3.5, bounce flash

Another day cooped up inside with only more rain to show for it. For two days there have been threats of huge ice storms with over an inch of ice. I kept thinking, wow, that'll be something to photograph. But no, just rain. While I'm not too disappointed in the lack of ice, I am ready to get out of the house again already.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


ISO 400, SS 1/8 to 1/50, f1.8, 50mm lens

We're having unusual winter weather here in TX with threats of ice and power outages and gobs and gobs of rain. So after being cooped up in the house most of the day we headed to the indoor playcenter at the mall.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Two for today.

ISO 100, SS 1/200, f 2.5 for both using studio lighting.

Maybe not the cutest expression and yes, he's holding a lollipop stick but he's looking at the camera and that's something I'm really having a hard time with lately. We were taking pics for a valentine project and I was practicing with the studio light.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


I was not happy with anything I took today but considering I snapped about 5 pictures in the car on the way home from work, I guess that's understandable. So I picked my favorite of the bunch and decided to play with actions & conversions.

Maggie in the car

ISO 400, SS 1/25, f2.2 , 50mm lens

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Rubber Ducky
ISO 400, SS 1/400, f1.8

Tuesday, January 9, 2007


Winter Sunset ISO 100, f 7.1, SS 1/640

I caught this one on the way home from work out the car window. What do I do if I run out of photograph ideas before the end of January?

Monday, January 8, 2007


I'm really trying to work on using available light and not use the flash on my camera for photos but I have a long way to go. Just some snapshots from Coldstone Creamery but something for today and some good practice. These are AP, ISO 400, ss 25-50, f2.2

Sunday, January 7, 2007


ISO 400, SS 1/2000, f1.8
Two different crops of the same pic. I'm not sure which I like more so if you have a preference please let me know.

Saturday, January 6, 2007


While taking pictures of my husband's most recent obsession I figured I'd practice getting some shallow depth-of-field.
ETA: This is a the first of the Lost puzzles. I didn't want to give too many details because part of the challenge of the puzzle is not knowing what it looks like.

Friday, January 5, 2007


Jayce - 2 months shy of 3 years old. He calls this his "crunchy face" because he can not pronounce the s at the beginning of words and it's supposed to be scrunchy face.


Maggie - 13 months.

356 (er...360) days of photos

I've been reading an on-line photography message board for quite a while. Today I noticed a post about a challenge some of the members have started about taking and posting a photo a day for 2007. I really want to do this but am afraid of failing after seeing two other blogs of mine fail miserably. I think I'll give it a go on my own and see where it takes me.
I want to spend 2007 improving my photography skills and I'm hoping this project can help with that.
Here are my photography related goals for 2007:
I want to learn how to shoot in available light.
I want to work on my studio lighting and really learn high key lighting.
I want to expand my post-processing skills in Photoshop and really be able to use the program to its full potential.
I want to work on design basics and really perfect my card designs to the point that I could sell them.