"Forget not that the earth
delights to feel your bare feet and
the winds long to play with your hair."
~Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, March 8, 2012

There's always the weekend

I really feel the need to get out and take photographs. Today is beautiful; a rare warm March day in Maine. I am stuck inside working when all I want is to be out enjoying nice weather, even if the ground is covered in icky mud. Alas, I must work......I guess there's always the weekend!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

50mm Practice

 I received my 50mm 1.8 lens on Saturday!  It came in the mail much more quickly than I was expecting, so I spent the afternoon taking pictures while my husband was so nice as to take our son on a father/son adventure to Home Depot.  Of course, that left me with my usual subjects:  the kitties and random objects around the house.   I was okay with that though; I had a new toy to play with! 

 The kitties were all napping, so I nicely went into each room and woke them up with the sound of my shutter going off every few seconds!  They bug me all the time while I sleep, so I really felt no guilt about it at all! You can see the attitude Ky Ky was giving me below as I was swiveling "her" computer chair around to get the best light on her face. 
 I have to say that I had a lot of fun with my camera yesterday.  I tried out some random objects in the house.  Some were way too random and just didn't work composition-wise, so they aren't in the set of photos.  It was fun nonetheless.  My favorites had to be the beer bottles that my husband left by the kitchen sink.  It was a bout 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon and the light coming in the back windows was absolutley perfect.  Once I uploaded my photos, I did notice that I still need to work on my shaking hands.  Many photos I knew were in focus, but when I was kneeling to take the photos, I was not steady.  I would say about half of the photos came out how I wanted them to.
 I have Lightroom 3 that my husband bought me for Christmas.  I love the few perks that I have being a teacher, and getting a discount on editing software is one of them!  I would love to have Photoshop someday, as I think I am limited in some respects with Lightroom, but I am still learning the program as I go along.  My new favorite thing is to google "free Lightroom presets and templates".  I have actually found quite a few out there.  I used many of them on this set of photographs.  Of course, I went back and messed with things after I applied the presets, but didn't have to do a whole lot.  I like that there are some peoplpe out there willing to share what they create for free.  I hope to learn how to create presets and return the favor someday.  I don't, by any means, think using just pre-made presets is the way to go all the time, but it makes the process go much quicker. 
That's it, my first collection of 50mm shots.  I took a few more today.  I live in Maine, so I have to wait a little while until the flowers and nice weather arrive in order to get out there and do even more photos.  We just got a half foot of snow the other day, so it will be a little while.  We are in our mud season now; I am trying to find something pretty about it so that I can be inspired, but alas, I have not found anything yet.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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50mm f1.8

I broke down and bought the 50mm f1.8 on amazon.com for myself. After going back and forth all last night, I finally bit the bullet and just did it.  I looked at examples of photos and they were so much better than what I am getting with my kit lens right now.  I am very excited to get it and start trying it out!  I have a maternity photoshoot in a couple months and hopefully will have some more newborn and children photo shoots coming up. I will post some photos as soon as I get it and have time to play around!

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