Oh So Silly…

I’m really beginning to understand the importance of having just the right light for a good picture. I took some pictures today and the lighting was perfect so I got some great shots of the kids. The pictures were pretty good straight out of the camera so there was no need to do a lot of post processing. Here is a picture of Makenna being silly that I really like.


Photo Challenge Submission

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com

Botanical Gardens…

Makenna and I  went to the botanical gardens last weekend to take some pictures. We had a great time. I’m trying to give Makenna the photography bug I caught. 🙂 The gardens were  empty with plenty of opportunities for photos. Here’s a picture I took of a lone flower.  I love the bokeh; it almost looks like a painting. I also like the simplicity of the picture.

Park…

I dragged the kids to the park this afternoon and took some pictures. It was a beautiful afternoon after the clouds burned off.  Here’s a picture I took of my daughter.

Dogs…

Here are my two fur babies, Kona and Kiki Lani. I love taking pictures of them because they never complain. Well, not verbally. The look on Kona’s face says it all..LOL!!  I try to take some pictures every night in order to get a little practice. I also used two new actions that I bought from My Four Hens Photography. I love the way they came out.

Flash…

I was playing with my flash tonight. Makenna was actually willing to let me play!!  This was my favorite out of the bunch. I was trying different angles and bouncing the light off the wall and ceiling. It’s a bit tricky to get the flash just right, but I’m sure after some practice it will get easier.

Roxy…

Just doing a little practice. I did shoot this at f/1.8 to practice focusing on her eyes. I really like the lighting because it gives the pictures a dreamy look. I don’t think I nailed the focus, but I like the pictures.

 

Catching Everyday Moments…

I walked into the living room and saw my son watching t.v. so I grabbed my camera and took this shot. It’s just a snapshot, but it captures a moment in my son’s life. I wish I had caught this photography fever a long time ago. I have tons of pictures of my kids, but they could have been so much better. Oh well, my kids are still young and I have plenty of time to catch those special moments and everyday moments.

Depth Of Field…

I feel like I understand exposure and I’m getting better at it, so it’s time to tackle my next obstacle, depth of field. Makenna and I went out for a quick shoot so I could get a picture for the 52 week challenge I entered and I got a great picture of her. When I got home I realized one eye was in focus and the other was slightly out of focus.  It’s frustrating!! Well, I’m tired of out of focus pictures, so this weekend is about learning depth of field and using a dof calculator. I downloaded a calculator on my iphone a few weeks ago, so it’s time to put it to use! Wish me luck.

Here is the picture I took. I still submitted it for the 52 week challenge because I think it’s a beautiful picture of my daughter! 🙂

Photography Class…

My husband bought me a 4-hour photography through Shelly Love Photography  in Phoenix and I got to go tonight. It was a beginner class that covered exposure and basic composition with a tiny bit about processing. There were only four of us in the class, so we got quite a bit of one-on-one help. Since I have been doing quite a bit of reading  on photography I already knew quite a bit of the information she taught, but I still learned a lot and it was nice to have someone answer my questions. I plan on taking her intermediate class that focuses on using flash.

Here’s a picture I took while I was there. It was my first attempt at panning. Not bad, huh?? 🙂