Thursday, January 31, 2008

Day 31...2008...neighbor's cat...

January 31, 2008

This cat is very wary of anyone but it's owners.
It wouldn't let me get very close and never has.
But it doesn't mind using our yard as a litter box...

Day 31...2008...neighbor's cat

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Day 30...2008... *shine*

January 30, 2008

Winter's weighin' on your shoulders
It's hangin' around a little too long
And I can see it in your eyes
You've taken on a load that's just too strong
Oh but let me get down to the heart of the matter
Baby if you want I can make it better now

When the sun is hard to find
When it's rainin in your eyes
When the shadows block those pretty little blue skies living inside you
When the fallin' of your tears, makes a candle disappear
When you just can't see the light
Baby I'll find a way to shine
I'll find a way to shine

Day 30...2008... *shine*

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

Day 28...2008...I have never understood...

January 28, 2008
...why people do this.
Anyone know?

Day 28...2008...I've never understood...

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Day 26...2008 .happy birthday to her.

Well...the plan was...
to have a small birthday with a couple friends at our house...
We woke up this morning to my second son complaining of a headache and stomach ache. So I went to check on him and he also had a fever. So I gave him medicine and later he threw up. :\
So.......I took the birthday girl and my oldest son along with 4 birthday The Freedom Station!
Lot more money than I had planned on spending for this day...and we had to leave my youngest and the sick one at home. :(
But is was the birthday girls day and she had a good time! And that was the point of the day! :)

Day 26...2008 .happy birthday to her.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Day 25...2008...

My attempt at combining two shots...

The clouds this morning were so we drove around for 2 hours! LOL!

That DVD player comes in very handy sometimes!

Day 25...2008...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Day 23...2008 .nervous.

January 23, 2008
My son was in a Spelling Bee today.
He was so nervous sitting up on stage.
As the room filled up he kept looking at me...more and more nervous each time.
But when it came time for him to stand up and spell he was so confident!
He made it through four rounds!
He did very well! We were very proud of him! =)

Day 23...2008 .nervous.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Day 20...2008 .more lighting.

January 20, 2008
My husband reminded me that we have some shop lights. So I decided to try those out. They work much better than the desk lamp.
Still nowhere near perfect. But this was almost sooc, I did a defog and crop.

Day 20...2008 .more lighting.

Day 19...2008...

Day 19...2008...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Day 18...2008 .a study in lighting.

January 18, 2008
So...I started taking a photography course two years ago...NYIP (New York Institute of Photography). I got into and and was blowing through the lessons like nothing. Then I just stopped. I never sent in any of the photo projects...or comprehension tests...
Luckily, you have 3 years to finish. Well I have a year to finish now and I am going to finish!
I am on Unit 3 of 6. I got together all the shots for the first 2 Units so that is behind me.
Now I am on lighting. I know nothing about lighting so these shots are quite rough! But you gotta start somewhere! =)
Lessons learned today:
#1: (and most important I think!) Don't put a 100Watt bulb in a 40Watt lamp...oops!
I didn't even check the watts when I put it in. There were no disasters but it got pretty hot and smelly!
#2: Two year olds make pretty good light turner on-ers! LOL!
#3: I want real lights...but...and desk lamp works if you have to use it!
#4: I am going to love studio lighting! =)
#5: Open up that aperture!
#6: WB-Must do a custom white balance.

The first image is 90* sidelighting.
Second image is 45* sidelighting.
Third image is 45* sidelight with a shoot-through umbrella.

These had to be lightened quite a bit...yet another thing I have to get the hang of...exposure using lighting.

Day 18...2008 .a study in lighting.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Day 15...2008...kisses for you!

January 15, 2008
Candy Cane White Chocolate Kisses...yummmmmm...

Day 15...2008...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Day 13...2008...

January 13, 2008
I feel like blah...I got lots of cool pics yesterday and now I am paying for it.
Too much cold air for my already sick body.
So I pulled out my macro lens and tubes and took some quick pics of this shell...

Day 13...2008...

Friday, January 11, 2008

'Cause the flag still stand for Freedom!

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

"Cause the flag still stands for Freedom!"

Day 11...2008 .delicate.

January 11, 2008
I need to remember to put on my macro lens at night so I can get a good macro of this. But this one still turned out pretty good.

Day 11...2008 .frosty.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Day 10...2008...

January 10, 2008
Not exactly how I wanted it...
But I didn't want to go blind.

Day 10...2008...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

.back to school.

I could handle always being on break!
But since I have started a new 365(366...leap year!) I have been loving having to get out and take the boys to school.
I hadn't realized how much doing last years 365 had dragged me down. I never really wanted to pick up my camera. I did it most days only because I HAD too.
But now I have found that with a 365 that is whatever I choose and not just me...I am LOVING IT!
And the weather has been great for pictures the last week!



Looking out over North Prescott Valley...

.passing storm.

more beautiful blue skies!

more beautiful blue skies!

Day 9...2008 .sunrise.

January 9, 2008, 6:50 AM
Good morning everyone!
Man I have been up early enough to see a sunrise for a long time!
But it was beautiful this morning!

(I wish it wasn't so noisy...)
And I don't know what the deal is with the dead pixels...grr...

Day 9...2008 .sunrise.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Day 8...2008...Anyone for a drink?

Nah, I don't drink...but the bottles and glasses were cool.

Day 8..2008...Anyone for a drink?

Monday, January 7, 2008

Day 7...2008...

January 7, 2008
There were so many beautiful clouds to take pics of this we took a drive!

Day 7...2008...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I chased them each down and took a pic today!

Lookin' up

The element of surprise...

She's some kinda fightin' fool!

Excuse miss messy face here...she found the candy...

Well hello there messy face!

Corbin and I went on a drive...

to Fain Park...
It was quick...cuz it was cold and raining...

Not sure what this is...





Day 5...2008...Misty Mountains...

January 5, 2008's COLD!
Cloudy and rainy! Maybe tonight it will snow!

Day 5...2008...Misty Mountains...

Friday, January 4, 2008

.bulletin board.

I get to put together the ward Relief Society bulletin board.
Standing strong and immovable in Faith...
This is the theme for the next 3 months.

Day 4...2008...

January 4, 2008
It's been windy today...the forecast calls for snow...
That would ne nice!

hmm...trees seem to be my theme...dead trees...LOL!

Day 4...2008...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Day 3...2008...

My neighorhood is rather boring...I will need to branch out! :)
Day 3...2008...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Day 2...2008...

January 2, 2008
I am going to love/hate this whole 366 of whatever I want!
I am such a homebody! So I will love it because it will make me get out more.
Otherwise this will get boring and old FAST! Kinda like my 365 last year did... :(
And that is why I will hate it...haha!

Day 2...2008...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Day 1...2008!

January 1, 2008

Bet you all thought you were done seein' my annoying blogs didn't you!

I probably shouldn't have bothered...
A little over a mile away...50mm lens on the tripod...through the shoes...really cold...ran out the door cuz I heard tons going off...had no idea they were doing them!  Still...I can't deny the urge to take fireworks pics!
Here's to a new year and the start of a new 365...or 366! =)
Full of randomness...and no more me! HAHA!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Day 1...2008!


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