Saturday, April 23, 2011


This is a photo from the achieves. Not because I didn't want to or couldn't take a picture today but because the moment I saw Jay'me's picture, I thought of this shot.
Don't ask me why, the only link is the sports, but I knew I had to share this here tonight.

Nikon D40
The rest is a mystery because the exif data is missing from the this picture on my external drive. hmmmm....

This is my late husband Scott, throwing a frisbee to my younger (and much bigger) brother Justin. This was the day Scott got home from a 3 month stay at Rush University Medical Center, August 15, 2008.

It was a happy, wonderful, beautiful day. I hope your Easter is equally as wonderful tomorrow. Mary Lou is going to be joining us again. Can't wait to see what she gives us. It's always a treat.

Hoppy Easter Everyone!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Batter... wait for better weather!

Nikon D40
Nifty 50
f 4.5
ISO 400
Thank you Sere for the beautiful still life. That could be that regions next big screen savor.
My shot doesn't have the depth or contrast but it follows along.
Look how green the grass is on the edge of the field. I want that lawn service! Now look at the reflection in the center of the picture - still leafless, naked trees! Summer can't come soon enough for the ball players and their moms dragging them to practice and her FREEZING her butt off while watching and waiting. (Oops, did I say that out loud?) I wanted to go to a field today and make a single track across the clay field and shoot that. First, with my luck, I'd get shot or arrested. Second, someone had already been there to "test" the field.
Today I shot with the Nifty Fifty lens. She gets around and has been lent or borrowed amongst us 3c1d bloggers. I enjoyed playing around with her and hope to do lots more yet.
PLAY BALL! - inside.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Summer Will Be Here.... Eventually!

The sun poked thru the sky for about 2 seconds today. I raced out to enjoy it and get some outside stuff done before the clouds showed up again. Scott's picture had me thinking about practicing my still-life shots again. The connection is in the collections.

Nikon D2X
Aperture F/6.3
Shutter 1/400 sec.
18-70mm @ 55mm.
Natural Lighting, Filter

Sorry Cubbie Fans, I have been down south for too long. I raided my sons baseball collection for baseball gear so I could practice, although the shirt is mine.

I don't do still-life shots very often, it just isn't my thing really. Like in this shot, all my settings are fine, but I don't have any real "feeling" in the shot. Anyway I will probably continue to practice still-lifes because the challenges of them call to me. But only when I have to!

I played around Photoshop because I enjoy messing around with filters. The filter I used in this shot was the contrast color range filter which helped to make the colors "pop" a bit, giving a little excitement to the shot.

Batters Up!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday with Scott

The poster (that's me) will post a picture and its settings. No other verbiage is allowed. The commenter's (that's you) will guess in the comments section below how my picture associates with yesterdays (Tuesday's) picture. It can be a setting. It can be a play on words. It can be a theme. In every photo there are numerous ties, thus creating no right or wrong answer. Just make a comment below and you will be entered into our drawing to be our next guest photographer.

What if I am not good enough to be a guest photographer?
You are good enough. We love all kinds of photographers! That's what makes this so much fun. We believe that everybody has a unique view of this world and we want to see it through the lens of your camera. Any camera goes, camera phone, point and shoot, film camera that has its photos turned into jpgs., high end professional grade cameras, any and all of them! So make a guess and have some fun!
How does this all work?

The contest will go on until my (Scott's) next post. I will use to choose the winner and post the story behind my picture and what the connection is, along with my photo for that day. All you have to do, as our chosen winner, is email us your picture before 10pm on your post day. Usually on a Sunday, but we are flexible. The photo has to be yours, has to tie into the picture from the day before, and 3C1D has to be authorized to use it. Just remember to keep checking back with us to make sure you get the post about who has won.

Only one guess per person. Have fun!

Ready! Set!! Go!!!

Canon 30D
Canon EF-18-55m f/3.5-5.6 at 21.0mm
Aperture f/9.0
Shutter 10 Seconds
ISO 100
Flashlight - used for light painting.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


If you're not living in the midwest, Texas, most of the east coast then you're pretty lucky.
In these places (and others I'm sure) we've had some wild weather. Jay'me's snow picture is a great example.
In this part of the world (Chicagoland) we've moved from snow to rain. Lots and lots of rain and to top off this super fabulous drowning, we've got 36 degree temps and whipping winds. Yep, it's February. Oh wait, not it's not.

I had to play in the rain today. Rain and mud. I love it.
Except when it's raining inside. Then it's not so awesome.

Nikon D300s
Nikkor 24-70 f2.8
ISO 2500
Shutter Speed 1/20
Focal length 58mm
Aperture f/2.8

I was really trying to get out of the f/2.8 range with this picture but I was inside shooting in a the center of a partially complete brick building. I pretty much needed every bit of light that I could get. So f/2.8 it is.
A girls got to do what a girls go to do.

Lets see what a boy can do. You're up tomorrow Scott.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Snow Pants - REALLY?

Nikon D40
f 4.3
ISO 400

Under this iciness lay a gorgeous rose like apple blossom trying to develop. As much as I love that my kids were excited to play in the snow before their busses came, I really hope that these blossoms are okay. The tulips are a good 5 inches tall, my husband mowed the lawn yesterday, and I feel ready for yard work (sort of). Yesterday Maddie and Katie played in the sand and made a sand cake. a half hour ago Maddie made a snow snake- NO JOKE!
I'm loving my new camera. I still need a class to improve my skills and up my knowledge.
Below is the swing that will have to wait another day, I almost chose this because of Sere's post. Not really sure why the composition is so opposite and it's not exclusive to America.
I had to post about the weather - sue me.

Nikon D40
f 4.1
natural light
ISO 400

Sunday, April 17, 2011

American Pride

My first thought when I saw Scott's picture was to play around with a deck of cards. Not sure why, but his guy reminded me of the jack or king of something. But my plans fell through and I wasn't home enough today to try that thought out. Then we were at church this evening and there was discussion about how far off base America has gotten with different things. I remembered this series of shots that I had taken with the American flag a week or so ago. It made me think about how even with its mess ups I still love this country.

But before I get to my picture I need to take care of Wordless Wednesday. I would love to welcome MamaLou back with us. So if you could contact us and let us know when you would be able to post we would enjoy seeing what you have to show us.

My connection was little ones and faces. I LOVE spring babies! That little guy was about 3 days old when I took that picture. He's about twice the size now that he was then. I have a few flowers that were blooming and I really wanted to get spring baby with spring flowers for the shot. So I took baby away from mom for a few minutes to take a couple of shots and then went back and swapped out one baby for another until I thought I had a shot that I liked. I ended up with a few smushed flowers and some cute puppy pics for my work. Moving on, here is my picture for today.
Nikon D2X

Aperture F/7.1

Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.

Lens 18-70mm at 70mm

No Flash, Natural Lighting, Polarizing Filter

For whatever reason the beautiful red flowers with the flag caught my attention at this little park, in this little town of literally like 50 people near my house. It was a windy day, so the flag was just flapping all over the place, but the sky was just soooo blue. I just had to take some pictures so while all the passerbys watched I was laying on the ground, kneeling, moving my body into some nice contortionists positions to see what shots I could get. It was great fun! My connection to Scott's picture would be a part of the main focus running off the camera. In this case it would be the flag pole.

Now I am ready to shut my phone off and chill with my honey.

Take Care!