For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. ~Vincent Van Gogh
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I've wanted to do this for a while & finally got the kick in the pants I needed to attempt it.
However, it was late in the day with a cloudy, dreary sky so I didn't get quite what I was after. I'm looking forward to another attempt.
This was totally in camera...NO photoshop (except for the exposure correction, noiseware & sharpening). N was about 4 feet in front of me & K was about 10 feet behind him. I couldn't get N to keep his thumb down, grrr. *L* I needed to close up the aperture too, to get K in better focus...that kinda ruins the effect for me. Oh well.
Monday, March 15, 2010
This is something I've wanted to try for awhile. This was not the greatest photo for it. The photo needs to be from a higher angle & it's better if there's lots of "stuff" in it but, it was fun trying. Here's a link to the tutorial if you want to give it a go yourself... Tilt-shift effect
And here's today's perspective photo:
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Rain, rain go away.
Well, actually it's not raining today but it has for the past two days & the ground is saturated. I know where a gorgeous field of daffodils is, I have a senior girl who is willing to pose for me in said field, but, it's too icky to ask her to sit or lay on the ground. I'm afraid the daffodils will be in bad shape before we get to go take pics so I'm hoping for bright, sunshine-y days soon!
This week's themes are perspectives and feet. Should be an interesting week! *L*
Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide. ~Marva Collins
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I think my life is starting to slow down. Mom's doing well and learning to do so much for herself now. She has PT coming to her house 3 days a week. Her dr. seems pleased w/ her progress.
This week's theme is "something old" and here are the rest of my photos for the week.
My mammaw's china. When we were cleaning out her house so we could move in, we found 2 big boxes full. Never used. No one knew she had it. She did have probably an 8 piece setting of it that she did use for everyday. Knowing her, she kept the other packed away to replace broken ones. I would love to know the story behind how she acquired it. I've researched it and it was made in the late 40's/early 50's...around the time mom was born.
Each violet peeps from its dwelling to gaze at the bright stars above.
My mammaw's earrings.
She gave them to me when I was 16 & I wore them religiously, even though they were clip-ons and did dreadful things to my ears. I was going through my Madonna material girl, rhinestone & lace phase. It tickled her that I loved them so though she had a hard time believing I "actually wore those old things". The doily was made by either she or my great-grandmother. I'm fortunate to have a bag full of these little jewels that they made.
This was a ring I wore when I was little. I think it was an Easter gift.
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.
DH & I are rock hounds. Not so much now as we were when we were younger but we still get out & go for a hike occasionally, looking down for a glimmer of flint all the while. Here are some treasures from our most recent finds.
When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.
One of Mammaw's old canning jars, filled with her buttons, sitting on one of her doilies with keys that unlock secret places that I've yet to find.
She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went.
Monday, March 8, 2010
This is my first camera. My dad first placed it in my hands when I was about 8 years old. He began trying to teach me about aperture and shutter speed but I was impatient & it was all over my head. The lessons turned into aperture on "A" (which I assume was automatic? not sure) and I'd turn the shutter ring "until the black line is in the middle". Of course, no auto focus on this thing but I love the way it did focus. You'd have "double" of something until it was in focus and it became one. I might could handle manual focus today if it acted that way instead of blurry to clear.
I carried the camera to Disney World on a band trip when I was 12. As I was getting off of Space Mountain, the camera slipped out of my hands and the flash (yep, I had the flash too!) popped away from the camera & I realized the hot shoe was broken. I was soooo afraid to show him. But, he never raised his voice and a week or so later, he gave it to me. At first, I thought it was to remind me of what I'd done but later, I realized that he knew I had a love for photography and he had gotten a better camera so he passed the other on to me. In fact, I think that he was secretly thrilled that I'd broken it because of the upgrade to the Canon AE1. *L*
Sunday, March 7, 2010
LOVE this week's theme. Something old. The other group's theme is sun which is good because it has decided to make an appearance this week! Maybe I'll get lots of shots for both.
Today, it's only "old" though.
We live in what was once my grandmother's house, which was built in the late 30's or early 40's. This doorknob is on our bedroom (once was my mom's) door. When I was little, I always thought it was a huge diamond. I'd go into mom's old room, pretending it was a palace (where else would you find a door w/ a diamond for a doorknob), playing dress-up in her old can-can crinoline slips- they make great princess dresses, and snooping around for other "treasures".
I took several shots trying to "get it right" and those can be seen on my flickr but this is my favorite.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Last for my color accent theme.
Our annual chicken & egg festival is coming up and they have a photo contest. I've missed the deadline every year for some reason or other & want to enter this time. I am trying really hard to get a nice "portrait" of a chicken. Chickens are NOT great models. Here's one I won't be entering but I thought had good accent color.
When arguing with a chicken, a grain of corn is always wrong.
Friday, March 5, 2010
I've neglected my poor blog but I'm not giving up. *L*
My mom had her surgery & is doing well. Will start PT on Monday. She ended up w/ a "ball" replacement.
I'm learning a lot about patience. I'm doing a lot of tongue biting. I know she's in pain & I try to remember that it is the pain talking. I'm learning to be a hairdresser. I now know why God gave me all boys. I was born w/o the "do hair" gene & any girl children offspring would've suffered, most likely w/ boy cuts. I haven't learned to "tease" hair yet. I just don't get it. Curl it w/ a curling iron, hold it up a bit while spritzing w/ hair spray...THAT'S teasing to me. *L*
This week's themes are "color accent" & winter...
We did have a snow event so I have one snow pic for winter...
Thankfully, spring appears to be peeking through.
Now, for my color accent shots:
I'm not crazy about any of these. This has been a tough one for me.
My new Nikes
Mandarin on teal
What's up, Buttercup?
Buttercup, Take Two
Helen, a lovely lady in our little group, mentioned the 60/30/10 color accent rule for interior design. This is an attempt at that.
Ted's sister, Tallulah, in blue
Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven't fallen asleep yet.