Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Joy's family

Here is my sisters family, she has such a beautiful family.. and yes she is the prettier one of the two of us if you can't tell!
SS 1/160 f9 800 ISO
SS 1/160 f10 100 ISO
SS 1/160 f5.3 800 ISO
SS1/160 f5.3 400 ISO
SS 1/160 f5.6 400 ISO
SS 1/125 f6.3 800 ISO
SS1/125 f5.6 800 ISO
SS 1/125 f5.6 800 ISO

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My first "job"

Not sure how else to title it, it wasn't a job since I refused to let them pay me. I guess I should say my first time going somewhere specifically to take pictures of someone else's child. There that works. I learned a lot there, and I would have done a lot different. Not my best stuff.

First off 5:30 the sun is at a bad spot, and the shade it too dark! A lot of my pictures were at 1600 ISO YIKES! Also since it was darker I need more light, all the light I could get so I had my F stop the lowest it would go, trying to keep my shutter speed reasonable for a fast little 2 year old sweetheart. Yeah not working really well. Since she was running around and I had a high aperture the ones which she was far away were no where near as crisp as I would have liked. I was tempted to throw it into auto. I also thought I wouldn't bother with a reflector, but if I ever take pictures at that time again, I will bring one, for sure. Hopefully they liked them well enough. I do not think they are my very best, but with such a cute subject you kind of can't go wrong!

F5.6 SS 1/125 800 ISO

the same settings

this one I didn't have enough time to drop the ISO as she ran into the light so I quickly thumbed my shutter speed up high enough so it wouldn't be over exposed. Most definitely should have could have been 800 ISO
F5.6 SS1/320 1600 ISO

I really love this one, a cute little moment between dad, and his girl
F5.6 SS 1/100 1600 ISO

Yet another one where I didn't have time to drop the ISO, taken right after that same picture above
F5.6 SS 1/320 1600 ISO

Friday, September 12, 2008

Yet another adorable Evan pic

SS1/200 f5.6 200 ISO

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I am in love with light room

Hands down favorite editing program, I wish I would have found it sooner!
SS 1/250 f 5.6 400 ISO

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Different play

I took a few pictures of my kids and their friends, and I liked the sepia conversion with a little softening a bit better than the black and white conversion I did with the picture I love of Evan, not to mention I felt the black vignette was a bit heavy. I decided to re-do the picture so here it is..
2 175

Monday, August 18, 2008

A few from Park City

SS 1/125 f/9 100 ISO
SS 1/125 f/7.1 100 ISO
Not really a fan of this picture but I thought it would be fun to mess around with.
SS 1/125 f/7.1 100 ISO

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Thinking of deleting this blog, I always do that, I have deleted quite a few blogs in my day.

This is posted on my other blog as well of course, only here you get the settings

SS1/160 f/5 800 ISO
2 175

Sunday, August 10, 2008

This is the part where I usually quit

I am a perfectionist, only in certain areas though. Cleaning the house, not a perfectionist there. I am a perfectionist when I make things. This is the reason I have taken so long to get some hobbies, because unless it turns out the way I want it to, it bothers me to no end. I have gotten better, making things and actually using them. I painted some pictures for my bedroom, and there they hang. Sometimes I look at them and get frustrated that they aren't exactly what I want.

It has been that way with photography. I think my pictures sometimes turn out a bit better, not to mention it is much easier, to shoot in auto, or on P. I have been shooting manual only though so I will get the hang of it. That is what I enjoy about it really. It is not as fun to just press the button, there is not as much thinking involved, and I feel less ownership of the picture (as strange as that sounds).

It is just that they are not where I want them to be yet. Not to mention all the thing I want to buy. A better photoshop, lighting kits, speed flash, more lenses, it goes on and on. They would be better if I only had........

It is like I do not want to put in the time, I want to be there already, good at photography. I am slowly learning to enjoy this blundering full of mistake days.

I will take peoples pictures if they ask (like my sisters) but I won't charge. I think it will be a long time before I ever feel comfortable taking pictures for money. No this is a long road ahead of me, and one day I do hope to be a photographer, until then I have a lot of learning, practicing, and not to mention spending ahead of me. I must admit though I am proud of myself for sticking with it, no matter how much being amature frustrates my (in this area) perfectionist self.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Day at the park

#1 SS 1/125 f/25 400 ISO
2 140
#2 SS 1/125 f/5.3 100 ISO
2 166
#3 SS 1/160 f/5.3 800 ISO
2 164
#4 SS 1/160 f/5.3 800 ISO
2 159
#5 SS 1/800 f/5.6 400 ISO
2 144
#6 SS 1/125 f/5 800 ISO
2 172

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Woo Hoo I am a model!

I think that is a fitting caption for this picture. I went to a photography seminar today and it was fun. The models we worked with were very nice and sweet, and I have no idea how they do it. There was a crowd of people just standing around them taking pictures as they posed.

This picture was taken with speedlights which were fun and confusing to work with. The person putting on the seminar actually has another seminar dedicated to lighting, so when we went out to use speedlighting he quickly set it up, and gave us a brief 30 second run down. If you see the shadow you will understand that with out speedlighting she would have appeared VERY dark next to a bright sky. The speedlight is like a detach flash set up where ever you want to make it so your focal point is illuminated against this very very very bright sky (blinding it was killing me). We only had a small frame of time to take our picture with a line of other people waiting. I am SO bummed because I didn't get one single one I really like. If you have worked with speedlighting *which I can say I have for 2 minutes now haha* then you know your light meter is of no use at all. I set my shutter speed at about 1/125 and nothing faster or else my flash from the speed light would not be let in. So then you look on your light meter and your mind boogling overly exposed. You just have to test it out, and try again, setting the flash speed at various intensities, changing your aperture, moving your model or your speedlighting around. Now all of this I had to in a matter of minutes because there is other people waiting for a turn. I took a few and was on my way. I was focusing so much on so many other things in such a small fraction of time I didn't think too much of about my composition. Unable to move the speedlighting too far, since other students were using it at the same time, I could do nothing about the people in the background. Well I decided oh well they are there, and went on trying to figure out how to best expose my shot, and quickly at that. It didn't ever occur to me that there is a lady peaking through the models legs. It drives me crazy.

Even though none of my pictures turned out super wonderful it was really fun to play around.
There was a really nice girl there that I was talking to through the seminar. We walk up to meet everyone together and passed this lady drink coffee, we both glanced at her no big deal. I was talking to this girl and you could tell she was ignoring me. She looked at me and said "sorry I am not even really listening to you, lets go over here". We walked a bit away from the lady drinking coffee that we had casually glanced at. The girl said "did you not hear her she was totally cussing us out calling us fing b words!". I guess she was pretty mad, and screaming. Another girl walked up to us and asked us what happened why that lady was yelling profanities at us. I had to laugh that I never heard her. I think I have grown a great talent for blocking out tempter tantrums!

Flowers picture

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Boys will be boys

SS 1/125 F/9 100 ISO

Friday, July 25, 2008

Not just a cherry tree

We have a pear and apple tree as well.

SS 1/60 F/4.8 100 ISO

Playing in the back yard

SS 1/60 F/4.8 100 ISO