Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 31: Bridges/Heather

One of Portland's nicknames is "Bridgetown" so finding a bridge to take a picture of was not a problem. Taking a picture I liked, on the other hand, was the challenge. Several weeks ago I went on a bridge tour and took a great picture of the Marquam Bridge with another bridge behind it (not sure but I think it might be the Ross Island Bridge) so I wanted to recreate that. Naturally, I could not but I came close. I took this shot standing on the Hawthorne Bridge. The Marquam Bridge is a double-decker with traffic on the top heading north and traffic on the bottom heading south. It is my least favorite bridge on which to travel north.

f9, Exp. 1/320, 200mm

Day 31 - Bridges/Selina

I knew just where to head for these pictures, I was hoping they would be great.   I still have work to do and maybe using my tripod would have helped, but we headed to Manito Park and the Japanese Gardens again for this shot.  I think it was pretty good.  I love all the reflections in the pond below.
(F 5.6, 1/30 second, ISO 100, 55mm)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 30: Bubbles/Heather

This was a toss up. My plans for this evening were to head downtown for the second movie in the "Flicks on the Bricks" series. Last week, one of the girls in our group brought bubbles so I knew there was a chance I would be able to get some shots again this week. I did get one I like of bubbles and the corner of the big screen they show the movies on.

Before I left my house, however, just to be safe I filled the sink with soapy water and took some shots of that as well. I really like how this one turned out.

f5, Exp. 1/60, 70mm

Day 30 - Bubbles/Selina

I thought this would be easy for me since I have captured some pretty cool bubble shots before with my regular point and shoot.  Not so...took me an hour probably to get the shot I was happy with and by then the neighbor kids were all in on this one too, trying to blow bubbles for me.  If this hadn't worked, I was going to resort to putting a bowl of soapy water out and blowing bubbles into to.   But this did work fairly well, not what I was going for, but cool none-the-less with the reflections of a couple bubble blowers, a child bystander, and even me.
(F 5.6, 1/40 second, ISO 100, 55mm)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 29: Texture/Heather

Well, I didn't get lucky tonight at the Food Bank with my hopes of bagging instant mashed potatoes. We bagged rice but I left my camera at home.

In between coming home from work and leaving for the Food Bank, I scoured my fridge and cupboards for something with good texture. I took some pictures of pickles and then stood on the stool and shot into a container of oatmeal from above. In the end, I liked the oatmeal shots better than then pickles.

f4.5, Exp. 1/60, 105mm

(Yea! Now that I'm online at home again, I can put pictures back on the bottom)

Day 29 - Texture/Selina

I really wanted to go out and find something totally cool for this one.  Heather sent me a text in the hopes that her volunteer group would have instant mashed potatoes because they'd be cool for a picture.  That reminded me that Victoria had made Rice Krispie Treats the night before and those would have tons of texture.  So, I tried some shots of those and some shots of the bricks on the house and then I headed to the craft room.  Here's what I came up with - it's glass beads for scrapbooking and stamping.
(F 5.6, 1/25 second, ISO 800, 55mm)

Day 28: Toy Time/Heather

f4, Exp. 1/60, ISO 200, 29mm

Hmm...what does a single woman with no kids and nearby friends whose children are teenagers do for toys? In this case, she dumps out the dogs' toy bin-some of which have clearly seen better days! I sometimes wonder why I keep these since the dogs stopped playing with/destroying them long ago. Every now and then, however, Charlie will randomly drag one out. He won't play with it per se, but will keep getting it out whenever I put it away until he gets bored with this game.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 28 - Toys/Selina

Really?  You'd think this would have been a cinch with two children, two dogs, a cat, and two adults in the house.  But, it'd be easier if said kids cleaned their rooms and said adults weren't exhausted all the time.  I took Morgan to youth group again and had to take my pictures when we got back, which meant it was dark so I had to find something in the house.  I took some of my craft room since that's what I get to play with, but stamp cases and supplies don't make for the most creative pictures.  So, I wandered to Morgan's room in the hopes I could make something work.  Lucky for me, he had all the K'Nex toys right there in a bin for me.
(F 1.8, 1/50 second, ISO 800, 50mm)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 27 - Down Low/Selina

The kids and I took a walk for this one, to the end of the street where they have a community garden in the hopes that I could find some little critter on the ground.  I did find some ladybugs, but those shots weren't my favorites.  I chose this picture because it's not something you see every day.  It's red cabbage.
(F 5.6, 1/50 second, ISO 200,  50mm)

Day 27: Down Low/Heather

f8, Exp. 1/320, ISO 200, 70mm
I didn't have a lot of time today between work and my evening plans so I went around the yard and took pictures of various things at eye level. I actually took several that I liked.

There is a sandbox in the backyard (it came with the house). Next to the sandbox is a water faucet. James and I could never figure out what purpose it serves-it doesn't work. We never tried to fix it; we just accepted it and were amused by it.

This picture is oriented corrected. The faucet sticks up like this.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 26: Signs/Heather

f8, Exp. 1/250, ISO 200, 65mm

When I passed this sign on Saturday, my first thought was "No kidding!" I do a lot with a group I joined through and one of my biggest frustrations with going to events at venues I have not yet been to is the lack of addresses on Portland buildings. Then it appealed to my warped sense of humor. While I know they get called out for other emergencies, the thing that first comes to mind when thinking of the fire department is of course fire, and wouldn't the smoke and flames be a good indicator they are at the right place?

In all seriousness, one of my fears has always been that I will lose my home to fire and this is a good reminder that in the case of a fire or other emergency it is important all emergency personnel can easily find where they need to be. So, is your address visible?

Day 26 - Signs/Selina

I completely forgot about this challenge until it was almost too late, so I wandered down the street to see what I could come up with.  There's construction all around us, so there are many signs to choose from, but this one showed a lot of detail on the signs themselves.
(F5, 1/50 second, ISO 1600, 200 mm)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 25: Flight/Heather

Action, f4.5, Exp. 1/1600, ISO 200, 70mm

UGH! "Flight" was not good to me! I had a potluck to go to this afternoon and thought it would be fun to park along Marine Drive, which runs parallel to the airport, on my way home and get some shots of planes taking off and landing. It was a good idea in theory, but I forgot the zoom lens with a range of 70mm - 300mm (or "the paparazzi lens" as James called it). If you look closely (click to enlarge the picture), you will see the front tire of this plane is not on the ground; the plane was in the process of touching down when I took this shot.

Day 25 - Flight/Selina

I heard that the Thunderbirds were going to be at Fairchild Air Force Base for SkyFest 2010, so I planned our themes to include "flight" for today.  I was so anxious to try out my camera for this.  We had a great time, however it was 94 degrees, so we were roasting.  But bringing lots of waters and the misting showers they had up for everyone were great at keeping us cooled down.  While I was able to get some really great shots at SkyFest today, this is my most exciting shot, I would have liked it to be a bit more in focus, but it's still a pretty good one.  I can't believe how close these two planes came.  They call this the "reflection" maneuver.
(F 5.6, 1/2000 second, ISO 200, 300mm)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 24: Fabric/Heather

Portrait, f4.2, Exp. 1/1600, ISO 200, 35mm

I had a few options for today: a shot I took of the fabric my friend bought to make a quilt for her new niece, a shot of a quilt my grandma made or a shot of this umbrella. I chose the umbrella for its uniqueness.

Today was a beautiful summer day so my friend and I decided to have a "hammock day" on her deck (good idea as I have a 500+ page book to read by 8/8 and was able to knock out about 100 pages). As I was heading out of my subdivision, I rounded a corner and there was this open umbrella sitting in front of a truck. I stopped to take a few pictures as this was too good (and weird!) to pass up.

Day 24 - Fabric/Selina

We had a baby shower to attend today and I was going to stop back by the fabric store and I left the party too late.  That's OK, I snapped this picture of the onesie's we made just in case.  So here's my fabric shot for the day.
(F 7.1, 1/1000 second, ISO 100, 75mm)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 23: Music/Heather

Portrait, f4.5, Exp. 1/30, ISO 280, 52mm

This evening I attended an outdoor showing of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," which was the first movie in this summer's "Flicks on the Bricks" series held each summer in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. This is a popular event and the Square fills up long before the movie starts, so I wanted to get there early. This week's pre-movie entertainment was a rock duo so I figured all I needed to do was get close enough to get a picture of them. I was thinking about this as I was walking to the Square and realized I heard music. I turned around and was able to get this shot of a street performer, which turned out better than the shots I took of the duo.

Day 23 - Music/Selina

The kids have been at a Music Drama Day Camp through the church all week.  They have been having a great time, even earning a small part in the script.  It's been a busy week for them that concluded with a drama this evening.  They were both awesome and said their parts very clearly.

My original thought with today being the drama was that I would be able to capture a great picture of them singing, but that didn't happen quite the way I hoped, so I used my fall back plan of Morgan and his viola.  He LOVES this viola and is great at playing it, so he was happy to help me with this challenge.

(F 2.5, 1/50 second, ISO 1600, 50mm)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 22 - Letter "T"/Selina

"T" should have been an easy one for me, but it wasn't until I was reviewing my pictures that I realized I should have used "Toria". :) Toria even suggested teacups, but I, of course, had my own idea. And when I got it home, it was OK, not great, but OK. Jeff had suggestions for me next time if I try this shot again. Here you go:
(F 5, 1/60 second, ISO 400, 140mm)

Day 22: Starts with "T"/Heather

f8, Exp. 1/250, ISO 200, 70mm

I spent a lot of time today thinking of things that start with "T." I have a cute tea set that I inherited from my grandmother and thought about using that. I considered getting a package of Twinkies and putting them in the shape of a "T." I wanted to find a cool tower. And then I thought of train tracks. Being this is a port town, finding tracks isn't really difficult but I wanted something a little more scenic. My boss knew a great spot.

When I got there, there was a train on one of the tracks. It wasn't moving but it was started. I didn't know how long I had before it started moving and I had Charlie with me and didn't want to leave him in the car for too long, even though it wasn't hot, there was a good breeze and the windows were down. So I didn't take too many pictures. I got a couple of shots of the train, but decided to use this one of just the tracks. There's 365 days in a year, and we may need to use "train" for a future challenge!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 21 - Details/Selina

I forgot about doing this challenge until just as I was supposed to be heading out the door to take Morgan to youth group.  I snapped a few shots of some flowers and had two really great ones to choose from.  Make sure you click on this picture to see it up close, showing all those details!

(F 4.5, 1/60 second, ISO 400, 33mm)

Day 21: Details/Heather

Landscape mode, f11, Exp 1/500, ISO 200, 70mm

My boss came up with the idea for today's photo. I was at a loss and all I could think for "details" was "fine print." When he suggested a computer circuit board, I have to admit I was skeptical. But he took a (dead) computer apart for me and I snapped a few pictures. I also took several pictures in the garden department of Home Depot while I was between orthodontist and dentist appointments as my dentist office and Home Depot are in the same shopping center. I got some nice shots, but in the end this circuit board shot was the most intriguing to me. (Click on it for the full effect). Thanks Steve!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 20: Through the Fence/Heather

f4.5, Exp. 1/320, ISO 200, 70mm

My dogs love to run along the fence and bark at passersby. So for today's picture I wanted to get a shot of them looking through the fence. Naturally, this is the one time I couldn't get them to stay near the fence and bribery doesn't go very far with fur kids. (Maybe I should have gone with the peeping Tom option and tried someone else's fence!) I did get a couple of usable shots and decided on this one of Charlie plotting his escape.

Day 20 - Through the Fence/Selina

Through the fence...Heather and I both worried about appearing like peeping toms and getting arrested for trying to take these photos.  But I made it through...haven't heard from Heather yet.  :)  We headed up Manito Park today to try these pictures and I had some great shots of the kids in the Japanese Gardens, but my best "through the fence" shot was in the Old Fashioned Rose Garden.  Victoria did find a knot hole in one fence and she peered through it for me, but I didn't have any luck getting it to focus on her eye.  So, here we go:
(F 14, 1/200 second, ISO 400, 50mm)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 19: Looking Up/Heather

Close Up Mode (aka "plant mode), f/8, Exp. 1/640, ISO 200

In my yard, I have an Adam's Needle plant, which is a type of Yucca. This is the time of year it is in bloom. Last year, I was able to get a few good shots of it by laying on the ground and looking up into the blooms. When we decided on "looking up," I decided I wanted to try that again. It was cloudy most of the day so I was happy to see blue sky when I got off work!

Day 19 - Looking Up/Selina

Today's theme is Looking Up. I wanted to go outside and lay on the grass for the pictures and try to get a good shot up a tree, but the bass wood tree in the front yard is too full to really see anything and the maple tree is too skimpy and there's only dirt under it (and yuck! who wants to lay in the dirt?). So, the kids volunteered to model and climb the maple tree. Here's my Looking Up shot.

(F 5.6, 1/30 second, ISO 100, 150mm)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 18 - Starts with "C"/Selina

There were so many things I could do with this one.  I even tried "cousins eating cherries" and didn't get any good shots.  I tried ice cream "cones" too.  But this is one of the best composed, not my fav picture, but had better composition but could have had better lighting.

(F 5.6, 1/50 second, ISO 200, 55mm)

Day 18: Starts with "C"/Heather

f3.5, Exp. 1/30, ISO 900, 18mm

Charlie had surgery yesterday so I decided to stay home today despite the vet's assurance he was fine. Of course, Charlie came to mind for something that started with "C" but I wanted something else. I kept racking my brain trying to decide what to photograph. I was doing the dishes when I looked up to see my subject "staring" at me.

I collect cows and I love to bake. The cookie jar on the left was a gift from my nephews and the one on the right was a gift from my mother.
(My home computer is on the fritz. For some reason, I cannot move the picture to the bottom of this post on my computer at work. I can copy, but it do not have the option paste).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 17: Antique/Heather

Part of the reason Selina suggested "antique" for today was my plans included attending a vintage baseball game using the rules from 1860. While I did get some good pictures of some of the players in their Civil War era uniforms, as well as a couple of shots of the bell they had to ring after crossing home plate, I could not authenticate them as actual antiques.

One of my (currently neglected) hobbies is genealogy. After my grandmother passed away in March of 2007, we had an estate sale. I was pleased to find Grandma had several items engraved with my great-great-grandfather's initials and/or name. As I am now officially the family historian, my aunt sent these items home with me. We were told (by a very persistent shopper) the item below is an old ink blotter set. The little jars are made out of glass and while it did not show up in the picture, this piece is engraved with his name and "August 1916."

f3.8, Exp. 1/30, ISO 1600, 22mm

Day 17 - Antiques/Selina

We had to do some shuffling again this week for themes and today's ended up being antiques.  Too bad I didn't make another trip out to Green Bluff as I got some great shots of an antique scale.  But our rules are the picture has to be taken on the day of the challenge.  So, after dinner with a friend (thanks, Melissa!), we wandered to The Davenport Hotel and I got some great shots.  Here's my favorite.   This letter was written in 1925.

(F 1.8, 1/60 second, ISO 1600, 55mm)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 16 - Strawberries/Selina

I had such wondrous ideas of strawberries, but didn't get any shots that I was completely thrilled with.  I did, however, find one strawberry that was actually three small ones.  And from one flat of strawberries, I did manage to make up 20 cups of freezer jam (3 1/2 cups of that though were strawberry-tayberry jam).  We love picking strawberries, but this year the kids didn't have quite as much fun since the berries are smaller.  But we also tried and purchased tayberries for the first time.  In addition, we stopped down the hill and also bought cherries.  We made some homemade ice cream from the tayberries.  It was a wonderful afternoon!
(F 7.1, 1/100 second, ISO 100, 50mm)

Day 16: Strawberries/Heather

Third times a charm! We kept having to move strawberries to another day and I told Selina if we didn't do it soon, I was going to have to buy some and stick them under my plants. I took several shots holding them-which is tricky to do when it's just you-and a couple of just the plants.

I had a potluck and outdoor movie to go to tonight and didn't have a chance to look at my pictures before I left. Someone brought a platter of strawberries with a really yummy dip so I took a couple of shots of that just in case I didn't like any of the ones I had taken at home. It turns out the picture I like best is from the party.

f4.5, Exp 1/30, ISO 360, 46mm
(I accidentally took this with the camera in action mode).

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 15 - Black & White/Selina

I was very much looking forward to black and white day as I love taking pictures of the kids.  I was really hoping to talk Morgan into it today, but he decided he didn't want to do it and Victoria is, of course, a willing model.  My camera doesn't the traditional "black and white setting", but I finally found the monochrome setting and was thrilled to see what it could do.  I also had Victoria in the cutest black, white and yellow summer dress, so it helped these photos a lot. Here's what I finally came up with.

(F 4.5, 1/60 second, ISO 100, 100mm)

Day 15: Black and White/Heather

I thought this would be a fun challenge and was looking forward to playing with the black and white mode on my camera. It turns out my camera doesn't have a black and white mode so I had to come up with a Plan B. Charlie was the first thing to come to mind but I thought that would be too easy.

I was on my way to lunch today when an idea came to me: I could put eggs in a frying pan. That turned into putting them into a bowl instead. I took a few pictures inside and then decided to take a few outside for different lighting effects. I decided to get a few more inside shots but my photo shoot was cut short when Charlie realized he could push the eggs out of the bowl and onto the floor, breaking three of them.

I am torn between two pictures and decided to go with this one because I decided the other one doesn't show enough of the bowl and shows too much of the driveway:

f3.5, Exp: 1/60, ISO 200, 18mm

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 14 - Rocks

Well, who would have thought rocks would prove to be not so cooperative for me?  My thought was to try to go to Bowl and Pitcher and capture those incredibly large, awesome rocks.  I decided to go there on my way to taking Morgan to youth group.  After arriving I wanted to snap a picture of Morgan as he walked along and as i did I received that error message I just knew was going to happen someday "no card"!  Dang it!!!  I forgot to put my memory card back in yesterday after I was done.  So, we turned around, back to the house (no easy feat since they are doing construction all around the house!) and picked up the card.  Morgan really wanted to go with me and decided he would be late to youth group, so we tried again.  Still not happy with the lighting, but here's the best I could come up with.   I was actually at the wrong angle to get the Pitcher well, but there were some other very large rocks there that I was able to get along with the shoreline.

(F 7.1, 1/100 second, ISO 400, 55mm)

Day 14: Rocks/Heather

Selina and I did a bit of theme shuffling this morning before settling on rocks. I'll admit it isn't the most glamorous idea, but it was one that I thought would be easily doable. And after yesterday, I wanted easy!

I have rocks lining the the walkway next to my driveway and the neighbor across the street and I both have rocks in the space between the sidewalk and our fences. I took some pictures along my fence line and decided to check his out too. I loved the way the sun was coming through the slats of his fence casting light on some rocks with the fence shadowing the others. I took this picture sitting on the sidewalk (I wonder how long I am going to get away with that before someone says something?):

Landscape mode, f8, Exp. 1/60, ISO 200, 70mm

(Note: left-clicking on the pictures will enlarge them for a better view).

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 13 - Shadowy Silhouettes/Selina

Today's challenge was going to prove difficult because it was cloudy when I got home from work.  Luckily, the sun came out after dinner and I was able to go play some.  I interpreted the silhouette side a bit more than shadows and did some research.  Here's what I came up with.  I love how you can see Morgan's eyelashes.

(F36, 1/100 sec, ISO 100, 300mm)

Day 13: Shadowy Silhouettes/Heather

The first part of today's challenge for me was figuring out what exactly "shadowy silhouettes" even means. I decided that to me, it means something that has a shadow so clear you can tell what the object giving off the shadow is. I have spent the last several days looking at things I pass by for something to fit this description. It is amazing how many things give off boxy, non-descript shadows!

The second challenge for me is that it has been cloudy most of the day today, which meant no shadows. Fortunately, it cleared up enough this afternoon that I was able to go out and take some pictures. I'm not happy with most of them-and I went out twice. I narrowed it down to two and ultimately decided to go with this one:

f8, Exp. 1/400, ISO 200, 18 mm

Monday, July 12, 2010

Day 12: Purple/Heather

Ah, purple. My favorite color and what I thought would be an easy challenge as I keep seeing all these pretty purple wildflowers along the side of the road. I found a spot where I could safely park and take photos only to discover what looks purple from a distance is more of a pink up close and was captured as pink by the camera. So that was disappointing. Luckily, I also snapped a shot of a huge basket of petunias (with some other flowers)-they are definitely purple!

f8, Exp. 1/160, ISO 200, 18mm

Day 12 - Purple/Selina

Oh my goodness!!!  My favorite color...and a total by accident shot.  I really wanted to go to Manito Park to see what I could do today, but the wind is crazy here so I decided that it would probably be more dusty up there and not the best environment.  So, Toria and I took off to see what we could come up with.  I found a beautiful large butterfly, that I LOVED my picture of.  Then...I went through the rest of my shots and caught this little bee, in mid-air.  I love how you can see his eye and his legs just before he lands on these purple flowers.  If you click on the picture, you will see it enlarged.

And to see some of my other favorite shots (albeit not the best shots always) you can click on this link: Favorite Flickr Shots

(F 6.3, Exposure, 1/320 second, ISO 100, 150mm)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Patterns & Shapes/Heather

I am a crafty person so when I think of "patterns and shapes" the first thing to come to mind is puzzles and cross-stitching. I have plenty of both in the disaster area also known as my craft room and as I was trying to decide what to do, I realized I could do something of sentimental value. This picture is of the patterns for the cross-stitch samplers I did for Selina's kids when they were born:

f3.5, Exp. 1/30, ISO 360, 18mm

Day 11 - Patterns & Shapes/Selina

It was another walk around and drive around the town to find the best pattern that I liked.  I had so many choices again.  The Greek Orthodox Church held lots of inspiration for me.  I chose this picture because it was unique, but not my favorite photo.  Do you see the angel pattern in the window?

(F 4, Exposure 1/250 sec, ISO 400, 90mm)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 10: Water/Heather

I asked for today's theme to be "water" due to my weekend at the beach. I don't get there too often and wanted to take advantage of being able to take pictures of the ocean. This was taken in Newport, OR shortly after noon. I have some with one of the lighthouses in the distance, but this is the one that really caught my eye. Luckily, I took pictures early in the day as it became really foggy as the day went on!

f10, Exp. 1/400, ISO 200, 70mm

Day 10 - Water/Selina

I wanted to take one of the kids to the fountain downtown, but they weren't interested today.  So, I had to improvise since I didn't want to do the river today.  After watering the lawn, this picture is what I ended up with.  There was a puddle under the trampoline.

(F 5.6, Exposure 1/80 sec, ISO 1600, 300mm)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Day 9: Shoes/Heather

Last month I spent a weekend at the coast with some friends and took (what I thought was) a really great shot of all our shoes in the sand. But since I'm the one who made the rule we can't use pictures we already have, I needed something else for today. I asked if we could do shoes for today because I'm back at the beach. I didn't get any shots that I like as much as the one in June, but this is my favorite from what I took this time around. (My friend Joanne thought the flower would be a nice touch).

f9, Exp. 1/320, ISO 200, 70mm

Day 9 - Shoes

OK with four of us in one house, there are plenty of shoes around, especially with two of us being girls!  Not sure what I was going on for on this one, but here's what I came up with.  Victoria tried to rearrange them into a neat row, but I didn't like that one as much.  :)  And if she had her way, I am sure all the shoes would have been put out here and that would have taken way too much time and space!

(F/4.5, 1/80 sec, ISO 200, 100mm)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 8 - Nature/Selina

I knew we were taking the kids to the lake for a picnic today so I wanted to do nature for our theme.  This lake usually has turtles and frogs that the kids catch, so I was hoping to catch a picture of that.  No such luck - figures!  So I had to wander around the lake and see what I could come up with.  Turns out my best picture was a flower I saw on the side of the road on the way home. 

(F-3.2, 1/80 sec, ISO 400, 50mm)

Day 8: Nature/Heather

For today's challenge, I wanted to head out to one of our little local lakes. It is 100 degrees outside, however, and not much cooler inside. So I decided to take refuge at the $3 theater-and post it as a last minute event for my Meetup group. This meant I would no longer have time to get to the lake and back.

I have a ravine across the street from my house and was able to get a shot of nature in action: a bee pollinating wild blackberries:

f4.5, Exp. 1/50, ISO 200, 70mm

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 7 - Power of Three

What I really wanted to take a picture of was a cross.  The Trinity...that's the ideal three to me.  But, I couldn't get one to turn out well (would have helped if I had been home for more than 30 minutes tonight)...  So, I tried a few other things and wasn't happy with any of them.  I finally took this picture of Victoria.  Every good cheerleader needs a sweet girl with a sweet smile, a set of pom-poms, and a megaphone.   This would have been a better picture though if she hadn't gotten tired of me trying to get the lighting right.  Next time...don't wait until after 9:00 pm to get the picture done!
(F-20, Exp. 1/100 sec, ISO 800, 50mm)