Category Archives: Photography

What Happens When I Avoid My NaNoWriMo Novel

I have a major case of writer’s block. This is not something I deal with often, but writing for this NaNo is driving me crazy.

So, instead of writing today, here’s what I did. I know. Totally useful.

Photoshop, anyone?


A Few Autumn Photos

We are about to start school, so I don’t have much time to write today, but I thought I would share a few of our autumn pictures with you. We took a drive yesterday afternoon to Glade Park, and I played with my camera.

The kids had fun for about the first five minutes, and then they were tired of smiling. I’m pretty happy with the photos I got, and I will pick up some 4×6 samples today to see how they look printed.

Have a great day!



Weekly Photo Challenge – Contrasts

I wanted to sneak this challenge in before the theme changes tomorrow. This week’s theme is ‘Contrasts’.

This picture was taken in Ridgway, Colorado. The sun was just coming up over the mountains. I love the contrast between the very bright sunlight on the snow and the dark railroad car.


Check out the original challenge here. 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Between

This week’s photo challenge is between.  Here’s how The Daily Post describes it:

Between. Capture something in the middle of two things. It can be a person or object, or simply the space in between. It can also be a feeling or relationship — a bond that connects people, or a space that separates. This word might also reflect a choice you need to make — the challenge of choosing one thing over another — or any kind of transition, from childhood to adulthood, single life to married life, day to night.

So here you go–between:

BaseBallTree copy


Check out the original challenge here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

This week’s challenge was to share a photo with a little something extra. The flower is this photo was lovely, but the little bees made it ‘extra’ special.


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Photography – Take your Camera off Auto

I’ve been lazy lately and simply switching my camera to auto instead of manual. I don’t know why I started, but my photos have suffered for it. As I was browsing through my recent pictures, feeling very discouraged, I vowed to avoid auto from now on.  My photos are all slightly blurry, and the camera always seems to focus on something other than my subject (you can really see this in my last post).

To brush up on my camera settings, I visited my very favorite camera tutorial, Exposure Made Easy, at I’ve read a lot of books and articles, and watched several videos on photography, but nothing ever made sense the way this tutorial did. I really recommend it.

Ellie and I ventured out to see if I could remember how to take a decent photo. I’m happy with the way they turned out! I tweaked the color a bit with Perfect Effect, but nothing major. The important thing, to me anyway, is the focus is pretty sharp. You can fix color and contrast, but you can’t take a blurry photo and gussy it up to make it pretty. You just can’t.

Ellie Girl f/4.5 1/800 s iso 200
Ellie Girl
1/800 s
iso 200
Aperture: f/5 Iso: 180 Exposure: 1/800 sec.
Tired Puppy Aperture: f/5
Iso: 180
Exposure: 1/800 sec.

Go take some pictures!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

This week’s theme is ‘threes’– or more specifically, three photos that together tell a story.

Here’s my story!


Check out the original challenge here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

I’ve never participated in a weekly photo challenge–or any blog challenge for that matter, but it sounded like fun. 

This week’s challenge is family. Growing up, my family was small. I’m an only child, and I’ve always very content to be so. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything; our family was exactly as large as God wanted it to be. Still, I find it fascinating to see the relationship between my two children. It’s a side of family I never experienced, and I am so happy God gave them each other. So this week, while thinking about family, I thought about them. Brother and Sister. Family.



Go to the Daily Post to see this week’s challenge. 

Rainy Day Portraits

I begged my sister-in-law to let me borrow her children to practice taking portraits. My own munchkins are, shall we say, slightly tired of being the guinea pigs on the other side of the lens. When I say slightly, I mean they groan and act like I’ve just asked them to scrub the kitchen floor with a toothbrush.

I was so excited to whisk my niece and nephew away to take their pictures. I had been looking up portrait ideas on Pinterest, I’d been studying my camera like a mad person, and I was ready.  Well, we woke up to rain. Of course we did, we live in Colorado, and as you may have heard – our state is washing away. Now, we live in Western Colorado, so we’re not in a flooding area, but we’re still getting crazy amounts of rain.

Needless to say, I was not going to cancel our photo shoot. I was not. I was ready to buy umbrellas, wrap my camera in a trash bag, and see what we could come up with. But you know what? We went for a quick coffee stop, and when we came out…it wasn’t raining. When we reached our destination, it still wasn’t raining!

I got to take pictures! It was so much fun! And the clouds made some great, soft light. Now I just have to find someone else who’s willing to let me take their pictures!


The sun peaked out from behind the clouds!