Thursday, December 15, 2011

I am still alive! 
This blog has been put waaaaaaaaay on the back at a neighbors house or something!! 
Don't worry, I am still snapping away and growing in my faith.
Really somehow I am even doing both of those things together and it is so wonderful to experience.

Here is a fun something for ya!  Those sweet potatoes grew from a wedge that had been growing in a cup of water, that we stuck in the ground.
The vine that grew above ground was gorgeous, but we truly didn't even think about what might be shaping up underground in the soil.
There were six lovely taters! 
God does really cool stuff, right??  I love it that it still catches me by surprise.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

What I saw

Hello there world!! 
Have you all but given up on me? 

Well just know I am still learning and growing and because of that process I don't have time to be here.

No, I haven't taken a photo everyday, but have been solidly working on learning the program called Lightroom which was ON SALE for half price 2 weeks ago!!  It has rocked my editing world in a good and complicated way.
So much to take in.

I am pretty sure that I didn't tell you that my family took a drive to Iowa for the week of Thanksgiving.  It was to be a surprise and didn't want to give it away. 
I knew there was no way my husband was going to stop and let me photograph all the things that caught my eye along the way, so I didn't even ask. BUT I did shoot through the windows of the back seat of the van.  Pretty much a fail all around at 70 miles per hour.
I have confidence that you can sort through the blur to see what I was seeing.
Here are a few SOOC, because I don't have time to do any thing but resize them right now.

(Remember I shot a wedding....hundreds of pictures my friends, hundreds to go through)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This building plus no photo editing, equals wonky photo for you!!

Name this capitol...and you will know where I have been while not here with you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dear Fedex

It takes a thoughtful amount of time to write the perfect love note for the person delivering my lenses today. 
Man...I should have used purple and orange and made that Fedex word look nicer.
I have to be out for awhile today, but I have to be home to sign for the package. 
Can't be two places at once now can I???
Come on Fedex driver, be kind and take the few steps to my neighbors house and leave my package there, or just come when I am here.
I am easy to please!

Oh, that is removable tape on my door for anyone worried over that! hee hee.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Choose wisely

You may have heard about the ACU bus accident
We have heard plenty about it here. 
It strikes close to home for us because one of  the girls who was very seriously injured is the daughter of one of the  teachers of my oldest son.
I wanted to be able to keep up with her situation so my family and I could pray specifically for this family and this Father, who touches my son's life on a regular basis at school.

I knew long ago that this was a man who believes and lives his faith; had heard about it from many in my own church family who had worshiped with him at another local church in the past. 
It has been AMAZING to read his daily accounts of his daughters progress on a special Facebook page set up for updates. 
The ups and downs which he refers to as "the roller coaster ride" of an experience. 

His love for his family and more importantly his trust in the Lord concerning his family is captivating.

It seems impossible that they can keep up this positiveness and trust....except  I feel certain that they can because of their faith. 
  Sure they have talked about being weary, about frustration, about bumps in the road...but never about blame or doubt or an unfair God.

I want to decide right now, when things are easy that I am going to act that way.  I want you to think about that too!!! 

I want to share this facebook comment from a fellow named Phil.  He obviously knows this family well and hits the point that I am trying to make perfectly!!
 "You & your ladies are violating protocols for such forums. We come in expectation of proclamations of the unfairness of it all, the “why” questions, and angst about the future. Instead of wailing and gnashing teeth we are met with bundles of faith, conviction of God’s almighty goodness, praise, and hope. All this negates our twin duties to remind you of God’s mercy and regale you with appropriate verses. Good heavens! You are reversing the paradigm and lifting our spirits! Your “inappropriate” responses are absolutely inspiring. Thank you!"
Doesn't that just make your day? 
Go be a light on this day. 
Choose to love God and trust Him even when the days are hard. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ahhhh, sleeping baby! 
This one moves 90 to nothing every single second he isn't asleep.  I was exhausted after watching him today.
So sweet.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A post just to say I did.

Okay friends, here is the latest!!! 
I think I will make this a random thoughts post as I am in a time crunch!

As you can plainly tell this blog is a sufferin', big time.

The farther along I get towards my goal of being a "real" photographer the less time I have for this site here! 

I find I am spending a LOT of time messing with, reading about, crying over, trying again, making headway,  and making mistake with the Lightroom trial I have loaded on my computer.  Every time I open it I both love it and hate it. 
Ignorance and frustration can't keep me away though because it is an amazing program!! 

It makes what I have been using before look like child's play.
I can't go back.

So all that to say, I have spent a TON of time either using this program or learning to use this program or researching how to use this program. It is fairly intuitive, but I want to be able to wrangle all the amazing stuff out of it that I can.

 One of the things that I find fascinating is a little thing called a Preset.
With one click of a button you can dramatically change the look of an image.
They are like code written into a program which tells Lightroom what to do.

Some people all they do is write these programs and sell them, which makes the editing of photos go so much faster once you figure out if one of them suits what you want a final photo to look like.
See my example to the left.  One click, that was all.
I know it isn't all majorly impressive, but it sure simplifies things.

On another note...I am shooting a wedding this weekend. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

I am super excited at the opportunity it affords. 
I am super excited about the lenses that I am renting for the occasion and am anticipating their arrival Wednesday or Thursday from which point on I may not actually let go of my camera except for eating and sleeping so that I can get as much out of these lenses as I can.
It is not everyday, or every year for that matter that a $2300.00 lens finds itself on my camera and I am so thrilled to be able to see what I can do with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens. 

I bought my dog a sweater today...she shivers when it is cold.  Now if it would just get cold.
It is green and has Santa on it. 
I am not sure what the best color for her would be. I tend to think a nice rusty orange, but often buy pink for her because she is a girl. 

I took that picture there with my friends Canon 7D.  She is letting me borrow it as a backup camera for the wedding.  Oh it is similar, but oh it is different.  I just need some familiarity with it just in case something crazy should happen to mine. 
Let's just pray it doesn't...fervently okay?? 

I have a fellow who is on leave from the Marines coming by to visit the family this evening. 
I hope he feels loved and cherished before he has to set off again.

I am going to make french toast, eggs and bacon.
My neighbor from England says you simply can't eat syrup on your "eggy toast".  I wondered outloud just what one does eat on it if not syrup. 
She replied Ketchup.  WHAT???  Can you even imagine in your worst nightmares having Ketchup on your french toast....blech!!! 
Oh she is funny that one!! 

I really have no more time to dedicate here.
I promise I am working and making progress it just isn't happening here.
Gotta run.