Monday, December 13, 2010

I wanna

Hippopotamus for Christmas! In case you're scratching your head and saying "Has Brandi lost her mind again?" here's a video link so you can "be in the know".

This is one of my favorite holiday songs. My three year old sings it fervently from the backseat every time it comes on.
So what does that have to do with this blog? Well, all these holiday photos and guess what I ran into while taking photos of a big Christmas tree in a mall plaza. That's right a hippopotamus.

Nikon D40 kit lens
ISO 400
shutter speed 1/200sec
aperture f/3.5

Nothing crazy or fancy about this photo. Just a good straight shot with zero post processing.

Now for some needed 3C1D business...
Scott misspoke (typed whatever) Myndi was not the winner from the most recent WW. This one here. The winner is about to announced. But first, to go with the new rules a little about my photo from that day and what I was going for in my tie in to this photo of Scott's.

The commenters that said that Bass Pro Shops was a place of worship were thinking the same way as I. In my house, the Bass Pro has served as the Sunday communion on more than one occasion.
Another straight shot, nothing fancy and minimal post processing. This cold weather is really taking it's toll on staged, posed, long photo shoots. One of the tricks I did use was a UV filter on my lens. An absolute must for cold, winter, snowy weather photos. I also made sure I turned properly to get a little back lighting from the sun. Shooting directly into the sun will wash out the sky. I couldn't wash out that beautiful blue sky.

Now to the winner. has spoken. Commenter 4 is the lucky winner.
Jen P said...
I am going to guess this is a tribute to your husband Scott--who loves to fish and are those the doors to the Church you got married at in the picture from the day before? going out on a limb there but why not?

Congratulations Jen P. You're the lucky winner. Email us at to make the arrangements.

Finally. Sorry we promised you another great photo from Myndi yesterday. Unfortunately life got the best of her and she wasn't able to send us a photo. Give us a shout when life settles down Myndi. We would love to have you back anytime.

Phew. I'm exhausted. That's all for now kiddos.

Later Dudes,


    Thanks so very much for getting that song (new to me) stuck in my head FOREVER! Great shot and so very fun!
    Thank you... I think

  2. I love that song and Dominick the Donkey!! Love you guys!