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Day 17

January 17, 2011

I took a small step outside of my comfort zone and spent most of the time shooting in full Manual.  It was kind of difficult, especially with a squirmy subject who looks anywhere but at you when you break out the camera. (Little Stinker…I see bribery in my future).  I’m learning and becoming slightly more comfortable with it every time I take away the training wheels of Aperture Priority (and hey I’ve come a very very long way from shooting everything in full auto).  These picture aren’t perfect but my child is cute. 🙂

My sweet lazy dog pretending he’s anything other than a giant wimp. (Note:he was afraid of the grass when he was a puppy)

Throwing a ball and looking anywhere but at the camera.

Hey he’s looking at me!!!!!!!  I think this is the only picture of direct eye contact today!

and where back to looking away

This is the only one I’m posting today that wasn’t taken in Manual and further it’s proof that my child doesn’t look at the camera.  I promise I’m not torturing him.  He even says “smile” when I break it out but then quickly looks a different direction.


Day 4

January 4, 2011

I think I need to start taking fewer pictures.  Between taking, uploading to the computer, editing and, uploading to the internet I’m spending quite a bit of time on this project.  But I’m really learning a lot and having fun.

Here is Blake and the wand he insisted on getting at the craft/fabric store yesterday.  His cousin received a wand for Christmas and he coveted it big time.  This one only cost $1.  Notice the pretty fleece in the back ground… I spent 3 hours wash/drying and ironing it yesterday.  The felt I had been using just wasn’t big enough.

Lest you think I’m feminizing my child (honestly, I don’t really care) here is a picture of the wand and his train.  Really he just likes the trains too and that’s what he happened to be playing with.

Have I mentioned how much I love this kid because I do.  He’s pretty awesome

Even though he’s loud and currently refusing to nap in his crib….I predict a cranky evening.

But usually he’s so fun and silly

He can even do a summersault

I turned my camera over to raw in the last two pictures and I really enjoyed messing with the sliders while I was converting it.  The only other editing I did in PSE8 was adding the watermark.  I wonder if I’ll need more memory in the future because I think I’m going to leave it in the Raw+Fine Jpeg setting.


Day 2

January 2, 2011

My grandpa who passed away over 11 years ago made awesome wooden toys. Here are a few of the smaller ones

Later he stamped every thing with a logo even though he only made them for friends and family.  His initials were C.E.F.


Day 1

January 1, 2011

I played with my camera today…. a lot.  And then I kicked my husband off the desk top an played in PSE 8 even more.  I narrowed the ~175 pictures down to seven.  So I’ll be sharing them all today.

My to read pile is giant and my book shelf is out of commission until we get it anchored to the wall so stacks of beautiful books are what I have now.

One of said books.  My copy of the Constitution.

Playing with the Plexiglass floor.

The Christmas tree came down today.  The Holiday season is officially over.

Every year my husband and I buy one of these hand blown bulbs at a little glass shop in the mountains.  We’ve been doing it since our first Christmas together in 2000.  It’s really a deep purple but I couldn’t get the color right no matter how hard I tried.