New Toy!

January 04, 2011
On Thursday evening, we celebrated Christmas with my husband’s family. We gave Carter a Chicken Dance Elmo. By the looks of this picture, he was pretty excited about it. I swear, kids at this age are so fun to watch…it makes me happy. And for those of you that are wondering where our niece was during all the excitement…I have plenty of funny faces to share of her tomorrow…stay tuned. Until then, check out more “new,” “sweet,” and “happy” shots at:     By the way, the linky for Memories, Dreams and Reflections will be open until...
Winter Wonderland

December 28, 2010
We were blessed this year with a “White Christmas.” On Christmas Eve, there were rumors that snow was coming but I was hopeful that it would blow over…or that we would at least make it home safely before the first flakes. The good news is that we were able to safely make it home before any snowflakes were able to cover the roads. The bad news is that we were not able to visit my in-laws yesterday and today as was originally planned. No worries…we’ll see them on Thursday…right after I shoot my first wedding reception. Wish me luck!On Sunday, we woke up to 6...
Experimental Bokeh

December 21, 2010
The holidays have brought out the very best in bokeh all over the blogosphere.  Wikipedia defines bokeh (pronounced /boʊˈkeɪ/) as the blur,or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie...
Touch-Up Tuesday: My Christmas Tree

December 14, 2010
The current Captivus Living Photoshop Challenge prompt is using the clone stamp tool. This tool is really great for removing unwanted objects, cleaning up backgrounds, etc. So, I thought I’d try using the clone stamp tool (along with my arsenal of background removing techniques) on the SOOC shot below of MY Christmas tree.ISO 6400, f/4.5, 1/40I’ve got this great spot between our front living room and dining room, and position right in line’s eye of our front door for our Christmas tree. I’m sure I could have moved the chair on the right out of the way…I could...