Monday, July 26, 2010


About a month ago, right after we moved back to my hometown in Kansas, I saw that my childhood home was having an open house! I decided to take my camera with me to document my old memories as I walked through.


This second photo is one I took in my dad's old workshop next to the garage. I love this photo because this vice was used to help make many of my favorite toys and furniture when I was young. Ah, the memories:-)

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I left my heart in Texas...

Luckily, my heart is in good hands:-) Now she can bring joy to someone else!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Robert Lee Sanders

I finally got to "meet" my father-in-law last week when we were in Houston. We drove to the Houston National Cemetery to visit his grave. My husband hasn't been back since the funeral in 1996. He was 13 years old then. 

Through teary eyes I took these photos. No words were spoken, just quiet respect for his father. 

Melvin's Dad and the family. Melvin is the baby of the family:-)

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Hola, Jorge. This is my friend's beautiful German Shepherd/Collie mix. I finally paid attention to ISO this time. I definitely saw a difference in the sharpness. Yay! Learning one step at a time:-)

f/1.8, ISO 800, 1/30 shutter speed

f/1.8, ISO 800, 1/20

f/1.8, ISO 800, 1/13

Don't forget to grab some pictures and show me how you would edit them! Upload them to the pool of my Flickr group with a brief description of what you did. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Help Me Edit!

Here are some more pictures I took of my friend today. I don't really know how to edit them (besides retouching here and there). So grab one or more of these pictures and show me how you would edit them, then upload the edited version to my Flickr group with a brief description of what you did. I won't use your edited version for anything besides learning. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with! Here are the SOOC shots:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Photography Goals

One of the many photography blogs I follow, Digital-Photography-School, recently had an article on creating photography goals for yourself. I really liked the suggestions they gave, and so here is my list of my top goals for 2010.

  1. Always carry my camera. I'm going to have to sew a camera case that's comfortable to always tote around:-) You never know when you'll get a great photo opportunity!
  2. Post at least one photo on this blog EVERY DAY. Yup, so that means you should become a follower so you can see pictures everyday:-)
  3. Save up for a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens. I want this lens because I discovered that I really like prime lenses when I got my 50mm (I almost always use this lens as opposed to my 18-55mm zoom lens), and it's more in my price range than the insanely awesome 85mm f/1.2 L that I really want (that's not gonna happen for a few years, I'm sure). I'm also going to be taking a lot of pictures of indoor basketball games because of where my husband works now, and according to the review, this lens works well for indoor sports.
  4. Submit my photos to all of The Pioneer Woman's photo contests, and any other photo contests I see online.
  5. Participate with Help-Portrait in my community.
  6. Print my photos! I don't want my pictures to be in computer jail. I want to print off my favorite shots and use them as postcards, calendars, wall art, and gifts! Maybe even make a book of my favorite shots at the end of the year.
  7. Learn how to manipulate my flash to create great photos. I know flash can be a great tool, I just don't know how to use it yet.
  8. Maybe look into helping with the Photography project for local 4-H kids? That could be fun:-)
  9. Figure out a post processing workflow. I need to work on this one a lot. It's hard to want to even edit my photos after I shoot, because I don't I don't like the way I currently organize/rate them. Having hundreds of photos to go through only to find a handful of good ones is overwhelming and slightly depressing. I'm open to suggestions for this one! Help! (P.S.-I have a Mac, so I have Bridge and iPhoto. I don't have Photoshop yet)
  10. Start a photo group in my town. I need people to go on photo outings with, get inspiration from, etc. I think I'd also like to have a place for this group online so my photographer friends in other states can add to the inspiration (you know who you are!).
Well, those are my top ten goals for the rest of the year. I'll keep you posted on my progress, and feel free to keep me accountable and ask me how I'm doing with these things:-) So here are some photos I took today to end the post with. Meet Molly, the Boston/Fox Terrier mix:-) All taken with my 50mm, 1.8 aperture. I also used manual focus on all of them. Quite a challenge! Again, I completely forgot about what my ISO was doing. Oops. It was set on 200 for all of these.

She's a little lady: always crossing her legs.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Belly Laughs

I'm visiting my friend in Texas this week, and she just happens to be pregnant, which of course is exciting to me because that means I get to practice maternity shots:-)

So I realized I forgot to tell you what I was working with in the last post. My camera is a Canon 20d, and the pictures below were taken with a 50mm lens.

My friend loves to swim, and we have many memories of swimming in her backyard pool growing up in the hot summers of Kansas. So today we went to her gym to swim some laps for exercise, and I thought it would be a cool time to take pictures:-)

ISO 200 (I realized later I should have turned it up, but I wasn't thinking about ISO at the time), 1.8 aperture, 1/800 shutter speed for the picture on the left. Right: ISO 200, 1.8, 1/320

ISO 200, 1.8, 1/800

ISO 200, 1.8, 1/640. Now this could have been my favorite picture if her belly was in focus. But of course, I couldn't even tell it wasn't in focus when I glanced at it on my camera. Awesome. I didn't edit this shot at all.
So, what do you think of my editing choices? Like I stated in the last post, I'm not a huge fan of editing. I like shooting better:-) And I also don't use black and white very often, but in this case I liked it. How would you have edited these?

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Here are some of my favorite photos that I took while we were in Jamaica last week. A lot of these are straight out of the camera because I'm being lazy and don't want to spend time editing them:-) Enjoy!
On the van driving from Montego Bay to YS Falls in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. These are our friends Tony and Lyndsi. You will see much more of them in the future. I don't really know what it is about this photo that I love, but it just grabs my attention. 

This is my gorgeous husband, Melvin. You probably won't see much more of him here, because I can hardly ever get him to stay in front of the camera:-) I love his skin against the bright background in this photo. Love, love, love!

This was where we ate lunch that day. These chairs made me happy. 

YS Falls. This was sort of an attempt at leaving the shutter open long enough to get that smooth waterfall look. After this, the photo just looked overexposed. I like having people in my pictures instead of just landscape shots, so I like that I got the men sitting on the side. 

Before I left for the cruise, I was reading about travel photography. It talked about meeting people and having a story behind each portrait, not just going up to people and taking their picture. This guy offered to take my camera and walk through the waterfalls taking pictures of us. I was SUPER nervous, and I almost said no, but then I decided to trust him, and he didn't let me down. I kept telling him, "Now be careful, you're holding my life in your hands!". He was very careful, and I'm glad I trusted him, because we got some great shots! 

This is one of the pictures he took. Fun memories!