Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sit, Stay, Good Boy!

Nikon D40
f 5.3
ISO 800

Seriously, Fish are not stupid and this one is mean! This is a stunning fish and I have forty thousand crappy shots to prove it. Fittingly, the snake in the grass is the shot I chose. I went back and forth FORTY THOUSAND times between shots trying to choose between color and composition. This won.
I used my kitchen spot lights on dimmers, a few swear words (Can fish hear?), and my new camera... YEAH! I took tons of shots and ended up with less than a handful. Fish just keep on swimming and water distorts our focus and I'm blind as a bat! This was challenging to say the least.
My tie is that the fish and dog are both alive and each have two eyes... I can't even say they're both mammals.
Going to bed now.
Have a great Sunday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Faces with Sere

This was not the picture that I had planned on posting today. But it was just such a beautiful, sunny day (a tad windy) but beautiful that I decided to head out and play with the kiddos (human and animal). I was looking for bird's nests, instead I had fun taking shots of Nanook, you've seen him before here, and my son playing together. Hope you enjoy it.

Nikon D2X


Aperture F/8

Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.

18-70mm at 65mm

No Flash, Natural Lighting

I have no real connection to Amanda's gorgeous shot except for the spring theme. I don't know about anybody else but I am really glad to be able to head outside to take some photographs and not freeze to death. Yay for spring!!!

BTW I am having some issues with spacing, anybody else having any??? Not sure what the deal is because I'm doing the same things I've always done. But my paragraph spacing is WAY big.

Enjoy! Sere

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Our Bestie Amanda

Tonight we have Amanda. She was the guesser chosen from the last WW challenge. We've become friends with Amanda, mainly because she's stuck by us for a long time. It's the best thing about a blog really - meeting new people with similar interests. If you get a chance check out her blog here. She has some fantastic photos and you won't regret it. Here's her latest in her words:

My tie in is flowers. I grew up in San Diego where we don't get
seasons per se, we had summer and spring and maybe a touch of fall.
But the spring was so fast and you hardly noticed it since so many
plants were year round there. When I moved to Oregon I was astounded
at the spring they have up here! IN LOVE more like. You have time to
enjoy God's creations. This was the first year I have been able to
capture it with any success if I may claim that. I haven't edited
this photo. I really like how bright it is. If I do edit it I may
tone the exposure down just a tad so you can see more of the pink of
the flowers. Thanks for letting me share... again! :-)

Canon Rebel 300D
35-80mm lens at 80mm
ISO 200

I'll only add that it's nice knowing at least one other photog out there uses Canon. Amanda, this is becoming WAY too Nikon heavy now that Jay'me defected. See if you can drum up more Canonites for me! As always, thanks for posting!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Texture Fever

It turns out I have a fever too. I can't seem to shake my attachment to macro and specifically the textures that appear when I hold the camera to my eye. So you've been bombarded with macro macro macro and texture texture texture when I post. So with no further adieu, I give you more texture:

Canon 30D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8
Aperture f/10.0
Shutter 1/10
ISO 200
Natural Light

My tie-in is simply the texture. The strawberries scream knobbly bumpy texture. I promise I'll start shaking it up soon. I can feel the outdoor photography floating closer. Until then, bear with this macro loving, texture craving freak!



Scarlet Fever

Nikon 40D
f 5.3
ISO 800
No flash

Yep, I really have Scarlet Fever. I think I waited just a little too long to to the doctor. Not only do I look like the old man strawberry in the middle but I feel like him. All my joints are sore and swelling.
Sorry, I missed yesterday I was in bed.
My tie to the previous photo is the fruit looking like characters/pawns.
My daughter was in haven playing with her food. These guys have names and moves.
On a more serious note I did play and tried to get a pretty shot and here she is...
Back to bed,

Nikon 40D

Monday, March 28, 2011

It's the Everyday Things

Sick child=no camera time today. After taking care of all those things that a mom needs to when her child is not feeling well it was way past dinner time and the day was effectively gone. But..... My husband was playing chess with my son before bed, so I just decided to snap a few pictures of that. The connection being all about the common, everyday things of life. Blueberries and chess pieces in this instance. Nikon D2 ISO-200 (oops not so good for inside shots without flash) Aperture F/1.4 (wide open baby!) Shutter Speed 1/10 sec. Nifty Fifty Lens No Flash, Indoor Lighting

Sunday, March 27, 2011


First things first. Amanda, you're our winner from the last WW. I put your name (and only your name) into the randomizer and you came up! Congrats! Let us know when you want to post and we'll accommodate.

Moving on, aside from asking myself what is was that Jay'me photographed, I noticed immediately the centered framing. I had several ideas but when lunch came around, I was washing some blueberries and low and behold, the sun was putting on a show once more.

Canon 30D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8
Aperture f/16.0
Shutter 1/6, 1/15, 1/40
ISO 100
Processed with Photomatix

I'm back in the saddle with HDR! WooHoo!!! Let me tell you, those with good computers (I count myself among them now), you can run Photomatix without fear of crashing or taking too long. What a joy! It's an entirely new experience for me!

I chose to do HDR because there really was a lack of contract and this is one thing HDR can improve. The tie-in is simply the centered "dot" if you will.

Okay, gotta take care of some kiddos. Have a great weekend everyone!