After dinner & bath, Noah (just turned 4) was coloring & having a snack before bedtime. He "found" my post-it notes and proceeded to write on every single sheet... all 150 of them! He was SO proud of himself because he put two together so it would be big enough for him to write his name. He can usually write his name if I help him along a little, but he did this all on his own. Ignore the awful PS work! It was really dark & had a bad shadow covering up part of his name so I did a very quick edit... cloned some to get rid of the shadow, sharpened it a bit and lightened it too. I should really just try getting another photo of it, but I'm kinda lazy tonight!
I'm hoping to get out & find some interesting things to photograph for the challenge this week... now that I'm feeling much better. (I hurt my back about 2 weeks ago so I've been limited on where/when I can get out & shoot... but I'm moving much faster now.) :)
It took us a few tries to get positioned right for the shot... and after about three shots, he decided making goofy faces was kinda fun!
As soon as I put away the camera and tried to do anything around the house, he got really really whiny again... so no other photos for me today.
I almost forgot to mention what my hubby said about these photos... I emailed them to him (I try to email him pics every day while he's deployed) and his response was: "OH MY GOSH... he looks more and more like you every day". That's saying a lot since we all thought he looked just like his Daddy from day one. :)
Canon dRebel XT, 50mm 1.8, ss 1/13, f 1.8, ISO 400... SOOC/resized for web viewing.
I could have played with the settings a little bit to improve the photo, but I just went with the quickest settings I could possibly use before he fell off the chair!!! :)
Living in military housing never allows for a real scrap room so I always steal a closet for my space. This area is the near the front entry of my house... the foyer alcove area... in what used to be the coat/storage closet. The brown line on the wall is where the closet doors were... so I guess I stole a little more than just the closet! I took the closet doors down and made an L shaped desk out of my Store-in-Style cubes! I still need to finish making the curtain that will hide it all away, but for now, I love my little scrap space!
(No need to cc... it's just a quick snapshot on auto... and really bad lighting!)
Nothing technically correct about this photo at all... just a quick snap with my 50mm since that's what I had on the camera at the time!
I took about 35 shots, and got pretty consistent with focusing on the object I *wanted* to be in focus... some near objects, some far objects. I can't even begin to explain how much this challenge has encouraged me to learn more about my camera...
Image #1: Focus on near object, blur background...
Both images shot with Canon dRebel XT, 50mm/1.8 lens,
Passed this while out shopping. I was walking down a sidewalk... sort of off the beaten path... on my way back to the train station when I saw this driveway entry. It was a private home, and I have NO idea what the sign says, but I thought it was pretty cool looking! :) The area is very urban, tall buildings on the opposite side of the street, and then there was this entry. The houses behind the entry were bigger than most in the area and the garden area was immaculately kept. The most amazing home I've seen in that area... but I was too chicken to poke my head through to get a better photo of it! ha!
Canon dRebel XT, kit lens, auto setting; ss 1/60, f 5.6, ISO 400
PSE4 EDITED PHOTO: lightened & sharpened...I'm no expert with PSE4... so I did what I know... anything beyond that will require some really good instructions! ;)
(this was taken on the sports setting... the last shot in a series of 4 photos)
PSE4: brightened a little and cropped to cut out some other airport dwellers!
Taking Mom and Dad to the airport was really hard... but it was a nice trip. Originally I had planned to go alone to take them to Narita... right up to the time to leave! I could tell my parents didn't want to say good-bye to the boys and then ride a bus for 2 hours to get to the airport. I also didn't want to ride home by myself after saying good-bye to them at the airport. Less than an hour before we had to catch the shuttle bus to Narita Airport, I made a quick trip over to the transportation office and purchased tickets for the three boys!
Having my parents here helped me so much with Tom's deployment. I had their visit to look forward to when he left, and it was wonderful to see them with the boys. Noah had an amazing time playing with Grammy and Papa! I miss them already... and now all I can do is count down the days until Tom comes home. I mean, I'm ok... there's just nothing big coming up to keep my mind off of it. The everyday stuff keeps me busy, but when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet...
Canon dRebel XT, kit lens, ss 1/80, f. 9.0, ISO 400
I took Mom to eat at a restaurant that my husband took me too a few months ago. Ya have to pick your meal from the pictures on the menu and just hope it's what you think is in the picture!!! ;) When we were walking back I took these pictures of the big road sign & Mom in front of a cute little statue. I didn't carry my camera today so I used her little Kodak point-n-shoot camera. And since her camera is set to her date/time in Florida, it still said 1/7/07 at 2:30pm on January 8th here!
dRebel XT, kit lens, ss 1/60, f. 4.0, ISO 400,
(auto fix red eyes on one person with PSE4)
ss 1/320, f. 5.6, ISO 400
Oh, and I made two discoveries tonight.... 1) my new green tweed coat was definitely worth the price and 2) my tripod is broken. :( I will be going shopping tomorrow for a replacement. The base exchange doesn't have a tripod so I will have to go off the base. (yay!) ;)
ss 1/800, f. 7.1, ISO 400, Focal Length 300.0,
cropped in PSE4 to show closer detail, no other adjustments made to image!
And this one... well, I just thought it was kinda cool looking! :)
Canon dRebel XT, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
ss 1/500, f. 8.0, ISO 400, Focal Length 300.0,
cropped a tiny bit to center image.
I am obsessed with the trees of Japan... and most recently, the trees in my backyard! They were beautiful, lush green trees when we arrived in late April. Everyone said we just narrowly missed the Cherry Blossoms. I've watched these amazing trees transform from those full of leaves to these skeletons... and I am still obsessed!
ss 1/100, f 7.1, iso 400
Yes, I know it's photo of the day... not photos... but I couldn't decide which one I liked best! The roots of the skeletal trees are just as fascinating to me. There's something very peaceful about their finger-like roots sticking up out of the ground... seeing part of the network that keeps these huge trees alive.
ss 1/60, f 5.6, iso 400