picture inspiration, sun flares & advice from the dudes

I recently signed up for an online course … my first ever and the first photography-related course I’ve taken since the Intro to Nikon D70 class that I took … uhm … 6 years ago. On week one, we had to take a self portrait … pretty easy because of my 52 week project. This week, the theme is “Finding a little rhythm” … which got me thinking. Rhythm is exactly what I’m lacking these days with the hubby being so busy at work and other stuff which I haven’t told you about. So I’ve decided that it’s time to step back and find me some.

I’m going to take a little break from blogging … for how long, I don’t know. So I thought I’d share a couple of happy images and thoughts before I go.

Picture Inspiration – Week 2 “Finding a little rhythm”
I took this photo earlier in the year and thought of it immediately after reading this week’s theme.

Big Picture Classes

Sun flares
I wrote a beginner’s guide to capturing sunflares at the Paper Heart Camera last week. It was a lot of fun taking new sun flare photos. Here’s one of my favourites. I’m hoping the weather brightens and warms up soon so I can start practicing outside.

Advice from the Dudes
This is part of a conversation I overheard between my 3 1/2-year-old and soon-to-be 5-year-old. They were making up rules.

“Don’t touch fire. Don’t touch batteries.”
“Don’t touch dinosaurs.”
“Don’t knock down trees. They’ll bonk you on the head.”
“Don’t go out. A snowstorm can blow you away.”

And with that, have a very lovely weekend all. I hope to return with some lovely spring photos.


shoot and edit – pink

Even though the males in my house outnumber me 3 to 1, finding something pink wasn’t a big stretch for me. Deciding on which pink thing to photograph was a different matter. So I gave in and indulged myself today. I went around the house photographing anything pink.

I think I could’ve gone on and on but … uhm … the kids got hungry/bored. I still haven’t completely decided which photo to edit but I am leaning towards the measuring cup guy in the cupboard full of glasses because it needs the most work and I’m thinking of experimenting with textures. But don’t hold me to it : )

scavenger hunt sunday

I had only one shot as of this morning and it wasn’t even originally intended for this photo challenge. But then my hubby put these in the oven …

Nothing like chocolate chip oatmeat cookies to get me inspired. I think I might have eaten half of them today.

I photoshopped the number on this wall. For the story behind it, you'll have to go to my other blog ...

This is an icky photo in more ways than one. I didn't bother to wipe the cans down nor did I get sharp focus on any of the cans. I just took a peek at Ashley's interpretation and am now wishing I had reshot this.

Our emergency flashlight/radio powered by rotating the handle or with batteries.

The boys working on a masterpiece with their blocks this aft.

Visit Ramblings and Photos by Ashley Sisk to see how others interpreted this week’s themes.

Here are the themes for next weekend’s challenge:

  1. Capture the Sky (Exploring with a Camera prompt)
  2. Everyday (February 2011 Photo Hunt item)
  3. Furry (February 2011 Photo Hunt item)
  4. Life (Sarah’s suggestion – hopefully we’ll see signs of “new life” this week)
  5. Blurred (Sarah’s suggestion – could be bokeh, motion blur, unfocused shot, etc.)

scavenger hunt sunday

A bug swept through our house this past week beginning with the hubby who gave it Little Dude who passed it on to me a couple of days ago. Still unscathed is LittleR Dude but I’m sure winter has more flu bugs in store for us. For now, we’re all feeling normal again … healthwise, that is. And thank goodness for that. Here are my interpretations of this week’s Scavenger Hunt themes.

My feverish 4-year-old taking a swig from his water bottle.

Happy Birthday Daddy ... Little Dude

Is everyone all done with winter, yet? Yep. Okay. Me, too. My boys? Uhm, maybe not but they're discussing it in front of the window.

Celebrating the hubby's 47th birthday.

page 25 of a magazine
An ad on page 25 of the Cooking Light magazine. We're trying to eat more healthfully.

Visit Ramblings and Photos by Ashley Sisk to see how others interpreted this week’s themes.

Here are the themes for next weekend’s challenge:

  1. Shadows
  2. Patterns/Repetition (Justine’s suggestion)
  3. Bright White (Dina’s suggestion)
  4. Strong (Dina’s suggestion)
  5. Warmth (Dina’s suggestion)

365 | week 4 in 2011

It’s been a weird kind of weekend. Friday night, I published a post I was in the middle of writing, walked away from it and then finished writing it only to realize that it had already been published. Then today I discovered that I forgot to link the post up to the Shoot and Edit challenge. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

I finally got a chance to sit in front of my computer to edit and post my week 4 in 2011 photos on Flickr. It only took me a few minutes to create this story board so I think doing weekly posts of my 365 project images will work out, after all.

I’m linking up with the following 365 projects for the first time this week:

NapTime MomTog Project 365The Daily Wyatt

365 | week 3 in 2011

I’ve decided that taking a photo and creating a blog post each day just isn’t going to happen for me this year. Daily photos … yes … maybe. Daily posts … clearly, no. I’ve been posting my 365 project photos on Flickr when I have the time. I’m also considering posting them here weekly like the NapTimeMomTog does but that really remains to be seen. Anyway, I just spent the last few hours making my own template. I considered using the CoffeeShop template but I’m not a rounded-corners kind of gal. Type A. I know. Anyway, here is the result of my efforts this evening. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be saving time posting weekly mosaics of my 365 photos but … whatever. It’s done.