Friday, October 17, 2014

Photography Challenge - Day 08

Feel free to join me as I go through this "30 day photography challenge".  I'm having fun and learning lots even if it is taking me FOREVER to complete! ;)  Also, go check out Click it up a Notch to learn even more about photography.

Day 08 - Limb chopping

I worked on challenge day 8 last weekend and hope to do a couple more challenges this weekend, but day 8 was a great lesson because I'm pretty bad (or maybe it's "good") at limb chopping!  I constantly zoom in and cut off the tops of the girls' heads or crop at a weird location.  So for this challenge, I focused on "backing up" and taking in the whole picture with NO limb chopping!

Here are the photos I took last weekend.

And here are the edits.  All the pictures below include my straight out of camera image (left or top) and my edited image (right or bottom).  I used my Canon EFS 18-135mm lens to take all of the photos.  I'll list the details of each shot below if you are interested.

36mm   f/4.5    1/100ss    ISO-200
36mm   f/4.5    1/100ss    ISO-200 

29mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200 

289mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200

26mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200

28mm   f/4  1/125ss    ISO-200

45mm   f/5  1/60ss    ISO-200

24mm   f/6.3  1/50ss    ISO-200 

There are definitely some new favorite photos in this group!  Now onto day 9!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outside fun, but not really.

In early September, I decided it would be fun to go to a "mommy and me" thing at a nearby outdoor shopping center.  We drove there right after swim lessons and I wasn't really prepared for the heat so I only had one water cup for Miranda and no sunscreen.  September in southeast Texas is HOT!  I looked up the weather from that day and during the 30-45 minutes that we were there the temps were 80 to 84 degrees with 100% humidity and no wind.  The records show that the heat index in that time went from 89-103.  That was fun sitting out in the hot sun and humidity without any shade!  What was I thinking?

It wouldn't have been too bad if the event was actually fun and kept your mind off of the heat and humidity, but sadly the event was too boring.  First there were a ton of mommas and kids with barely any room to sit and very little shade.  The lady leading the songs was very hard to hear and the music wasn't loud enough either. :/  Meredith liked her little puppet she received and Miranda slept through the first 15 minutes.
Meredith and I tried to have fun by taking pictures.  We were back at that fountain she likes so she was a little excited.
Once Miranda woke up and drank all of her water we decided it wasn't worth the heat, so we packed up and headed to Whataburger for an early lunch.

I guess I'm just not a big fan of things like this indoor or outdoor.  It's a lot like story time at the library - too loud, can't hear and no one is paying attention.  It's just not our thing no matter how many times I try.  Lesson learned...again.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Donuts and "Cheese"!

Miranda and I stopped at the donut shop last week once the big girls were at school.  She LOVES donut holes.
When I held up my camera to take a picture she smiled instantly.  She is "cheesin'" for the camera at 13 months! ;)
Silly cheeses! ;)
And yes, those are pajamas!  I got the two other kids dressed and out the door, so its ok. ;)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Random phone photos

I downloaded some photos from my phone today and realized most had not been blogged about, so why not include them all in one big random blog post?!

This was from this weekend.  Meredith and Miranda were having fun playing together while Brandon and Mackenzie were building legos! 
We went shopping at the beginning of the school year and Meredith really wanted to go see this fountain.  She waited so patiently while we shopped in different stores until we could pass by the fountain again.  It was about to start raining, so she was a little bummed when I told her we couldn't stay very long.  At least she was happy in the picture! ;)
For Mackenzie's actual birthday we went to dinner and then picked up cupcakes.  She chose the cupcake with all the candy on top!
I guess Miranda didn't want any  more kisses! ;)
Mackenzie wrote her first set of thank you notes this year.  I had a post it note on each one with the name of the person(s) and the gift they bought.  I forgot to take pictures of her handwriting, but my sister-in-law sent me a text with the picture.  Below, the blanks say "Casey, V" and "geodes, books".  She did a stack of about 10 or 12 cards one afternoon while I was working in the kitchen. ;)
Meredith took a gymnastics class last week and then crashed after lunch.  She rarely naps anymore, so this unusual.  She didn't like gymnastics, so we won't be going back.  She said the teacher kept calling her "Amanda".  I asked her if she told her her name and she said yes, but apparently that bothered her.
We broke out the Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving books the other day.  We have quite the collection...38 books!
Meredith LOVES this Minnie Mouse dress my mom bought her.  She wore it twice last week and requested to wear it for picture day tomorrow.  Um no.  I probably should let her wear it to document her personality, but it's not clean, so we'll find something more appropriate for the fall themed picture. ;)
Mackenzie was sick one day a couple of weeks ago and had to stay home another day for the 24 hour fever free rule.  She requested to do school activities and picked out a Lego Kindergarten pack to do while I did school with Meredith.  I LOVE that!

Miranda yelled at me until she got to hold the bowl of mashed potatoes and feed herself!
Miranda's favorite breakfast - a smoothie!

 One morning, Meredith was on a mission to stomp all the mushrooms in our yard.  She stomped and stomped until they were a mushy mess.  Then we got to clean off the bottom of her shoes! ;)

Is that enough randomness?  That's our life - some what random it would seem. ;)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Photography Challenge - Day 07

So, remember when I started the "30 day photography challenge" back in MARCH?!  Yep, I'm blogging about Day 7 challenge 200+ days after I started Day 1!  I guess technically I took the Day 7 pictures back in May and started Day 8 yesterday, so the big gap is between day 7 and 8!  Either way, I'm taking way too long!  Time to complete something!

Anyways, I think I kept putting off this post because I had planned on taking more pictures for this challenge and then preschool graduation, followed by summer, followed by kindergarten happened. ;)  I also got a new ipad and didn't have Courtney's ebook to reference as easily.  I guess those are all just excuses, but oh well.  All that matters is I picked up my camera last night and started Day 8, so hopefully I'll post that soon!  Since I'm going so slow, you can download your copy of Courtney's book and probably catch up to me super quick! Or if you just want some photography tips go check out Click It Up A Notch.  ;)

Challenge 7 - Focus on the Eyes

Focusing on eyes should be simple enough, but when the subjects move around so much, it makes for some funny pictures!

As usual, all the pictures below include my straight out of camera image (left or top) and my edited image (right or bottom).  I used my Canon EFS 18-135mm  and EFS 50mm lenses to take all of the photos.  I'll list the details of each shot below if you are interested.

I focused on the eyes and had the picture offset.  That would be two challenges in one! ;)  The big blue bouncy ball in the background annoys me, so I made the picture black and white.
50mm   f/5    1/60ss    ISO-1600

Her tongue is too cute!
50mm   f/5    1/60ss    ISO-1600

So much for eyes! ;)
35mm   f/5    1/120ss    ISO-1600

45mm   f/5    1/50ss    ISO-1600

Cute little cowgirl!  I probably could have moved a lot of the "stuff" that is all around her, but they were playing, so it's in the picture.
50mm   f/3.2    1/50ss    ISO-1600

Sweet Miranda Kate!
50mm   f/2    1/200ss    ISO-1600

I'm not sure how she was watching TV upside down!
50mm   f/2    1/250ss    ISO-1600

50mm   f/2    1/250ss    ISO-1600

Seven down, 23 to go! ;)

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