Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Brandi: Yes. They did.
Kevin: And one that takes up half the living room.
Brandi: Well, actually it will be half the dining room. Speaking of which, I am glad you are here... You can help me move this stuff so there will be room for the train table in here.
Kevin: And where's this stuff going?
Kevin: And let me guess, I going to be the one who has to carry it all up there?
[After 8 years he is starting to catch on...]
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Because I am really, really bad at realizing that I need to adjust them before I get back inside to a whole CF card full of dark pictures. The good news though is that I think all of it finally clicked tonight as I went back through the pictures and could see where some things were too high and others were too low and I *think* I now know how to fix it...
Certainly the indoor pictures I took came out better than they had previously.
There's still not quite enough light, but at least I am figuring out where/when to adjust things to the right levels to make IMHO dramatic improvements.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
As a bonus lesson we got a short technique lesson on panning. Thank goodness I picked a subject who didn't mind repeating that same motion a few (million) times as it took a while to get a picture that wasn't extremely blurry. I think I mentioned at one point or another that my hand may not be as steady as I thought??
In panning you essentially choose a longer exposure (Tv like 1/15 or 1/20) and "follow" a moving object until the shutter closes. The goal being to have the main part of the image be in focus, and the background/surroudnings show the motion or something along those lines. Sounds easy enough... right?? :)
I also remembered to bump up my ISO this time around so that the pictures weren't pitch black given that I was shooting indoors. At night. UNDER the dining room table. Don't ask. You really don't want to know.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I did persuade it to cough up Saturday. Saturday I drove to Winnie for 2nd Monday. It was a complete and total bust. With the exception of the food. It's nothing like Canton. The food on the other hand was delicious. There were all kinds of cajun dishes I would have had to try had I stayed more than just an hour. Like the crawfish etouffe that was calling my name. I seriously debated asking them for a sample taste like I did with clam chowder in San Francisco. And the shrimp and crawfish pistolettes that I had no idea what were. But I just couldn't pass up the sugar glazed pork kabobs. They were YUMMY.
So I pretty much drove there, looked for an hour (did I mention it was HOT?), grabbed my pork kabob and then turned around and drove back. As I came into town I decided to make a stop at IKEA where as usual I spent far longer than I intended. Then I caught up with the boys at the Little Gym party. Afterwards we were invited to dinner by one of Ryan's friends' parents. For some reason I can't explain in the least Connor went bezerk and just wouldn't sit down. But overall it was a nice dinner (thanks in great part to the prepared mom for bringing a gazillion train toys and cars for the kids to play with) and I am glad we got to know the other kids' parents a little better.
Sunday? Yeah. Still a total blank. Though I recall Kevin left on Sunday (mostly because he's still gone and the kids made a giant mess at breakfast which I lamented over having to clean up). So it really cracked me up when I opened my trunk to put groceries in and noticed the remnants of the Sunday I couldn't remember. I do now vaguely recall that I went shopping at the dollar store and might have bought a thing or two. Uh, huh.
Apparently I have a bit of a plaid fettish. And I do vaguely recall a trip to Target Sunday evening though I couldn't for the life of me tell you what I was looking for. And I have the urge to explain that the shoes run small. Because I usually wear an 8, not a 9. And yes, I NEEDED more flip flops. That's my story and I am sticking to it.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This week's lesson was on shutter speeds. So I took pictures of the fountain at the duck pond, bubbles, and every other water features in a 2 mile radius. :) And in fact I learned quite a lot. Like what the Tv setting on my camera means. It stands for time value, by the way. I also learned:
- If I use shutter priority over 1/250 the photos start getting a little dark. I am guessing that means time to bump up the ISO...
- I see noticeably nice flow/blur at 1/40 in things like water. 1/4 seems to be my sweet spot for dreamy waterfall pics.
- I shake like a leaf. A tripod is required for anything below 1/40.
- You can go too low in shutter priority which results in totally white/washed out pictures. There is such a thing as too much light. Who knew?
- 1/400 seems to be the sweet spot for freezing action in flight (if you remember to bump up the ISO).
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Because what kid wouldn't want to see 20 ft tall dinosaurs whose eyes track your every move, and whose heads follow you around while growling ferociously?
That would be Ryan who was wide eyed and terrorized by even the small herbivores. Connor on the other hand "ROAR"ed back at them and eagerly dragged me from one terrifying monster to the next. Twice.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
It's terrifying when your heart insists on climbing up to the highest point it can get to while still obeying the laws of gravity. With no fear. Above the tree tops. Out of arms reach. Nearing treacherous falls at every turn. All while laughing merrily and going as fast as it's little legs can carry it.
I know it's all part of the letting go that I will have to do sometime. I just wish they could wait just a little bit longer before spreading their wings quite so far and wide.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Yes, more shelves. Plural. I say more, because if you had seen our garage you would be amazed that there could be room for more. For when we moved into this house you would think we shopped at a wholesale warehouse or something as we had already filled it practically wall to wall with shelves. 6 similar to these, and 1 mammoth rack if I remember correctly. But even with the spring cleaning to come I think we will need more storage space. Kids I have learned, can amass quite the collection of toys, outdoor, or otherwise.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Something brown?? We have to fill this thing with something brown?? It turns out there is a lot more brown than I realized. From horses to cows, fences and shoes, paper bags and lions manes, pennies, rocks, pincones, branches, and leaves just to name a few. Bunny rabbits, dionsaurs, teddy bears, and footballs, too.