The Kitchen Sink Test

January 31, 2010
Since I’m snowed in, I decided to pull out my “12 Weeks to Better Photos” and practice shutter speed (I’ve been practicing aperture priority mode for a couple of weeks). My challenge was this: Find my kitchen sink (ha ha, not too hard)Locate an object that is going to obstruct the water flowing from the faucet – I used a coffee mug, then turned up the water temperature (hoping that I’d see some steam)Set my shutter speed to 1/80th of a second – turn on the water and take the pictureThen set my shutter really high – I went to 1/1250 and then...
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Kitty Paw and the Light

January 31, 2010
Last night, as the snow was falling and Kitty Paw (my cat) was relaxing, I pulled out the 50 mm and decided to experiment with light. This first one was taken in our office with just the overhead light on – no flash and aperture priority mode. f/1.81.8 sec. (exposure time)ISO 800f/3.51.4 sec (exposure time)ISO-800No flash, but we used a flashlight (as you see shining on the floor)Aperture priority modeNow this one is kinda interesting. I did use a flash, but I used my hand (or a coaster – I don’t remember) to redirect the light. I didn’t feel like adding my speedlite...
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…and Visions of Tax Returns Danced in My Head!...

January 27, 2010
Right now, we are in savings mode and as a result, I am doing my best to save my money rather than spend it – of course that isn’t easy when you’re going to home shows and going out to dinner with friends, but I’m not complaining. Then it occurred to me that I should be receiving a tax return in the coming months [insert happy dance]. With that in mind…and my husband giving me the green light to use some of the money towards photography, I started to create my wish list. What am I missing (btw, my current camera bag is on the right)?  Gypsy Rose XL Camera/Laptop...
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i ♥ texture – Week 4 Challenge

January 25, 2010
This week’s i ♥ faces challenge is to submit a photo that incorporates texture in an interesting and beautiful way. I can’t help but bring back a picture I took of my husband’s nephew over the weekend. He’s 5 and often makes it difficult for me to take a picture of him – as you can see, I barely got him in the frame. On top of that, we were in my husband’s grandparents’ old cabin…and the lighting is a bit of a challenge. But, I took advantage of it and added a vintage feel to the picture. I personally believe that it looks as if I pulled it...
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