Saturday, February 27, 2010
I used Ali Edwards' Grid No. 01 Layered Templates and her Sentiment Strips to quickly and easily bring my photos together.
Friday, February 26, 2010
It seemed fitting yesterday to capture something strong as I wandered around our garden.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
First I’d like to say to you that I’m flattered you chose to feature me. It really makes me feel like my photography is improving and encourages me to continue. I’ve been inspired by your work since joining DesignerDigitals two years ago and I’m so grateful for the knowledge you’ve shared with us through the chats, forums and now the tutorials and classes.
I definitely have a better understanding of aperture and DOF, one of the reasons I upgraded to a DSLR in the first place. Also remembering to check my shooting mode and settings in different situations are second nature now.
You can see more of Angela's photos in her DesignerDigitals gallery and flickr photostream.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Leslie, Esther, and Carol all guessed exactly right! The shutter speed was 1/125th of a second. As a rule of thumb I use 1/60th of a second to avoid camera shake and 1/125th of a second to stop motion. For a little boy who moves quickly, faster is always better!
If you notice the tulips in the corner of the frame are in focus, which is a good indicator that it's not my aperture creating the blur of his hand and the tulips.
Shirley noticed the light. The farmer's market is under a freeway which gives beautiful diffused, indirect light.
I'm keeping this photo, even with the blur. His face is sharp and that's what matters to me! Thanks for playing along.
You read that right. 9 photos. That's all I took yesterday. I was slowing down. Going for keepers. Trying to avoid the machine gun approach so easy with a DSLR.
This one I love. Early every Sunday morning we go to the Farmer's Market. We do a complete loop, stop for Ian to see the fish, buy a basket of strawberries, grab a bunch of cilantro and anything else on our list. Every Sunday Ian asks if he can buy "buy flowers for you momma." Most mornings we convince him to buy me carrots instead. Yesterday he was too sweet. His request too sincere. So he picked tulips and carrots for me.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Let's see how you did.
ISO, yes not much noise, so those of you who said 200! Spot on.
For the aperture, there is a shallow depth of field, like many of you noted and Leslie and Shirley got it right! f/2.8 (Wendy, it's the "hole" the camera lets light through, also referred to as aperture) Notice his face is still recognizable with some detail, a bit wider and the definition would be lost. The distance between his shoulder and the fence gives the extra blurry portion on his left side.
Shutter speed. I loved Denise's response, "is there really a way you could tell this by looking?" Her guess was one of the closest! Definitely not an easy thing to see, but you can tell that there is no movement in my subject, so my shutter speed had to be fast, he is a four year old moving boy. That gives you a fairly safe guess that it is at least, 1/125th of a second. Knowing, that I play it safe when I can with him, a better guess would be 1/160. I'll admit, this would be a bit of a guess.
Shirley guessed 515 making her closest to the 507 time of the picture!
Those of you who guessed worm in his hands were right. Great guessing made it the response with the most correct answers!
Four of you had three correct answers each, Carie, Leslie (go see her hearts), Shirley (make sure you scroll down to her merry go round photo), and Claudett. Congratulations!
Want to play again next week?
Friday, February 19, 2010
I'll begin here. The answer that arrived first, without even thinking. There is more. But let's start small.
I am a mom to a little boy who I care about more than anything. ANYTHING. And I will admit, it is all so unexpected. Both the little boy and the amount of pure love and joy he forced into my life.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
What camera do you use?
What makes you happiest about your photography?
I am a creative person but I’m not an artist. I don’t always make the best digital scrapbooking layouts, I can’t always sketch as good as I would like but with photography I can see something beautiful in the world and capture it from my point of view and share it with my loved ones. That definitely makes me happy.
What have you learned that helped your photography most?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Can you tell me what time it was? And my aperture? And maybe even my ISO and shutter speed? Which direction was the sun in relation to him?
And the extra credit question, what is he holding in his hands?
Have fun! I've got a little something for whoever gets the most correct answers! Post your responses before 5PM PST on Friday, February 19th, 2010!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Notice the winner from the CheeseIts Versus Bridge Post?
I used Ali Edwards' Grid No. 01 Layered Templates and her new All About Me Hand Drawn Brushes (available on 2/21) at DesignerDigitals.
You know my technique. I resorted to it again. Bribery. He asked if he could go to Target to look at Lego's. I said sure, but you have to let me take your picture. He gave me "silly face" and "clown face" and then finally "love face," followed by a big hug.
Ahhh, free love! I can push a cart through Target for that! Miraculously he left with only a box of animal cookies. I, on the other hand, found the 50% off Valentine's stuff shelf!
My light source was behind me in the shape of a HUGE window at our local coffee shop. Not much better than 830AM sun as it filters in. I moved so the light was almost even on his face, keeping it behind me. I spot metered off of that sweet sweet face (not the red cheeks) and shot away.
DesignerDigitals all day chat! I'll have a fun new tutorial to give away during the chat. I hope to see you there!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
15 years ago today was my very first date with Mr. Kennedy. Valentine's Day happened to be on a Saturday. We'd run into each other at the gym the week before. He remembered me from high school. I didn't recognize him at first.
He was the boy I always thought about when other boys treated me badly. I'd known him since we were 13 years old. We'd spent one week "going together," which at 13 doesn't mean much. I tired of him and his smelly 13 year old ways.
I always thought about him. With friends we'd joke, "should have stuck with Shea" every time I was jilted. Later I would discover he was checking up with my friends to see how I was.
I had no idea.
I love how life sometimes leads you to the decisions you need to make.
We met again at a gym. I was on the stair-master. We were both a little bored having moved back to our home town after college. Later, I called him. It felt too strange not to. He showed up at my house with a pink carnation. My least favorite flower. I made a gross dessert. He ate it anyway.
And after those 13 or so years of making the wrong decisions about boys. I made the right one.
Happy Valentine's Day Mr. Kennedy.
Friday, February 12, 2010
I'm not sure where I heard it first, but I LOVED it the moment I learned. The rule is simple. When you see red, photograph it.
I love the punch red gives to a photo. And when a little smiling guy is behind the red, how can I go wrong?
What color do you like to capture? Link us up to your favorites!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Created and delivered. Ian insisted the hearts be red. After we punched all 34 of them out of paper, I found him under the table cutting the "curl" off. He wanted real hearts, not the fancy ones!
I had a lot of fun with the metering techniques as well as bokeh in "Give it Your Best Shot no. 1 capturing light". I think I need to keep my Christmas tree up year round just to practice! Maybe I'll just hang lights on a plant!
My daughter read as I had fun with depth of field. I love this shot and as a bonus so does she!
I was taking photos for the tricky lighting assignment in "Your Life: Captured Through the Lens". This shot worked, but ahhh ... metering! I found the additional help I needed in "Get Me Off of Auto".
This photo is proof that I am beginning to see my world differently! Everywhere I go I see things I want to photograph ... bits, pieces, pictures, life.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
So as I continue to focus on what I love, I've decided to capture some snapshots as well. Just the everyday. Not amazing photographically, but amazing in the details of our lives.
This is such a familiar scene. In my office in the late evening, right before the bedtime routine begins. Ian and Shea watching a Netflix movie on the laptop. Perched in the chair that was rejected from the living room last year. In the background the boxes of unused craft supplies. Somehow I can't get rid of them. The bookcase overflowing with training and development books from my day job. Books I'm slowly purging. Shea with a beer in his hand, one he carefully crafted in our hall closet. Ian holding his new cork gun (a completely different story behind that).
Look even closer, you'll see my gardening basket given to me by my mom. The window covering? Still the paper ones used to cover our living room windows after our newly installed shades had to be returned. I just couldn't bear to see them throw perfectly good paper out, so they were a makeshift temporary solution in my office. And yes, temporary can be two years!
This is our life. This is what drew me to photography in the first place. This is why I continue.
What snapshots do you need to capture? What is it that you love in yours?