So our back yard is not as nice as it probably could/should be. But hey, this is Texas, I seriously doubt we were ever going to have a lush green lawn, living in a place that seems to be in a state of perpetual drought. That said, I’d think I’d prefer that the weeds not take over either.
The girls LOVE Flowers. Doesn’t matter if they come from “acceptable” flowering plants, or just your average weed.
… and if they find em in the backyard, you better believe they’re gonna pick em.
One of these days I’ll get out there to kill all the “bad” flowers, and maybe even plant a real garden for them to admire (and let’s be honest, probably destroy). But in the mean time, the girls are happy with the flowers we do have, and daddy gets to feel slightly justified in his laziness. lol, seriously, they Like the weeds … as long as they have flowers.
Keep havin FuN!
I’m such a responsible dad. At the first sign of an approaching thunderstorm, instead of telling my girls that they need to come inside, I simply grab my camera, and make them part of the shot.
Reporting live from our backyard .. we expect rain & hail any minute now!
Rest assured though, they were (relatively) safe the whole time, and actually had fun trying to stand up in the wind gusts. At first I was just out in the backyard taking picture of sky. I was using a 17mm Tokina lens on my Canon 20D, so I could get some nice wide shots of approaching thunderstorms. But then when I saw the girls jumping on the trampoline, I decided to try to include them in the pictures. I really like the depth of the shot with the wide angle lens. lol, and my little models definitely made it more than just another ominous sky picture … Joey my youngest looking like one of those crazy weather channel reporters, broadcasting from the teeth of the storm.
I think for the rest of the spring, she’s going to be my “storm chasing” partner.
Keep havin FuN!
p.s. this thunderstorm happened back in January. It’s pretty nice in Texas today.
I don’t know about you, but I hate to use the pop-up flash on my camera. But sometimes you just have no choice, even shootingwith wide open apeture and high ISO, it’s just not light enough. I saw something on a youtube video a few weeks ago (and I wish I could remember when/where so I could give credit), about how in a pinch you could put a piece of this tissue in front of your flash to soften the light, and cut down on the harsh shadows.
Of course I had to try it …
Jaiden has a tummy ache
The subject was my sick daughter Jaiden, laying on the couch in our living room with the only light coming from the TV to my left, and the hallway behind me. I was probably about 10 feet away from her, using the pop-up flash, with a piece of tissue held out about an inch or two in front of the flash.
I think I need a little more practice with this technique. But for a first attempt, I was happy with the way it turned out. The shadows behind the bowl and the couch are from the TV light. I really should have taken a “without tissue” shot for comparison. But even without that, I’m pretty sure that the green couch, purple blanket, her skin tone, and especially that white pillow would have looked much different with just straight flash.
I’m sure I’ll be trying more of these in the future.
Do you have any “creative” shooting techniques that you’ve tested out recently?
Why do they put the candy right next to the checkout line?
We swung by one of Fort Hood’s two commissaries on our way home from my work’s Valentine’s Day party. Just had to pick up a couple of things. So even though all three girls were with me, it was pretty smooth sailing. They were happy as we managed to get one of the carts with the steering wheels (apparently mommy has let them ride in this one before, buy not me).
The only minor “almost got in trouble” moments we had were right here at the end, waiting to get to the checkout. That entire row of candy and toys, you know that Jaiden wanted EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.
… but she didn’t get any. Primarily because she already had a bag of goodies in the car, from the party.
Speaking of the party, we’re gonna make this a short post tonight, as I was the only one who brought a “real” camera to the party. Which means, I’ve got about 100 pictures to edit and post to the squadron’s Facebook page. I’d better get started.
Keep havin FuN!
This year, mommy is going to get an extra special Valentines Day card, that can’t be bought in any store …
Back in December, Joey and Jaiden decided to get dressed up in their colorful La La Loopsy duds and put on a mini fashion show for daddy. Of course I grabbed my camera and searched for spot in the house with some good light. They stood and sat on the stairs smiling and posing for a good 15-20 minutes. I got a lot of good pictures, but the consensus after I posted them on Facebook is that the one of above of two loving sisters having a kiss was by the far the best capture.
So when I started thinking about Valentine’s day, it was almost required that I use that picture in some way or another.
So I opened up my Pixingo studio, and searched for a card template. There was a whole section for Valentine’s Day cards, and one above worked almost perfectly with the colors in the picture. I inserted the picture, and the front of the card is done!
LOL, now comes the really hard part … I have to figure out what to write on the inside.
I’m sure I can up with something.
Keep havin FuN!
Today was the first day of school here in Copperas Cove Texas. Momma got the girls cute little matching outfits, so of course Dad had to get out the camera …
Jaiden and Jasmine posing in the front yard with their new outfits on.
Jasmine sitting on the couch showing off here new clothes.
Jaiden posing in her new threads
I took more pictures, but have to run to work, so I’ll try to upload them to flickr, and add the link here later.
Hope you’re having a FuN day!