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august | motion blur

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Another month has come and gone and with it another Challenge with my Clickin Mom's photo group.  This months challenge was a fun creative exercise!  We focused on motion blur; it's a tough technique that requires a lot of practice to get sharp images.  Some of the results I got are definitely far from perfect but I find that I love them anyway for the dreamlike feeling of them.  I was really loving black and white processing on these images as it really emphasized the streaks of light and the blurring. I can't wait to see what the other ladies in my group have to show.  You can follow the link at the bottom of the post to see what the amazing Joanna has been up to!

 Click here to check out Joanna's post.

june | shallow depth of field

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Its time for another Monthly Challenge with my Clickin Mom's group.  This month was all about shooting with a shallow depth of field in mind.   So in order for this months challenge to make sense for the non-photographers that might be reading I am going to break out some wikipedia definitions for you. Depth of field (DOF) is "the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image" and "a small DOF may be more effective in emphasizing the subject while de-emphasizing the foreground and background".

I love to take pictures with a shallow depth of field!  It can create the most beautiful bokeh or blur surrounding your subject and helps you to focus on a specific thing.  This past month was a whirlwind for our family so I found myself once again taking pictures of the things that matter the most to me.  These pictures don't have an extremely shallow DOF--my pictures from last months challenge are actually a better example of that--but I think they show how a small DOF can create beautiful portraits.

Please click here to take a look at what Rhonda created this month with a shallow depth of field!

may | beautiful ugly

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The challenge this month with my Clickin Mom's group was Beautiful Ugly.  I love the concept of searching for the beautiful in the ugly.  To me that is how we should try to approach life--by searching for the good or beautiful in our lives, especially in the ugly or hard times.  It is also amazing to me the beauty that can be found with photography just by changing your lighting, perspective, and so on.  This is such a great exercise to stretch your creativity!

So the month of May brought a lot of creatures in to our lives!  My daughter is obsessed with animals right now and somehow this months challenge ended up revolving around my daughters little creature friends.   She and I would like to share with you Sparkles the millipede and company!

Now please click here and head on over and see what Katie has been photographing this past month!

march | interesting perspectives

Friday, April 5, 2013

March was all about interesting perspectives for my Clickin Mom's monthly challenge group.  I had fun taking a lot of wide-angle shots and using leading lines for this exercise.  Each of these challenges helps me to be a little more creative with my photography and more motivated to try new things! 

I was going over some old photographs from a trip to Paris and this image really stood out to me with its unique perspective and graphic lines. 

Now head over to Rhonda's site to see what interesting perspectives she has to share this month!

75 | 365 | below

Saturday, March 16, 2013

74 | 365 | creature

Friday, March 15, 2013

73 | 365 | whirl

Thursday, March 14, 2013

72 | 365 | independence

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

So there has been a lot of battles at our house these days . . . a battle of the wills.  The baby of the family does not want to be a baby anymore and she is quite vocal about what she wants and most of all that she wants to do it.  It is a juggling act of letting her have her freedom and independence and not giving into her all the time in fear of her tantrums.  Each day I am attempting to balance the opportunities I have to teach my children and the opportunities they have to learn from their own experiences.  Each day I am learning that parenthood is infinitely more complex than I anticipated!

70 | 365 | bark

Monday, March 11, 2013

68 | 365 | still

Saturday, March 9, 2013

67 | 365 | sand flea catchers

Friday, March 8, 2013

They have so much fun doing the most simple of things.  I love to watch the excitement and curiosity light up their faces.  It is these simple every day moments that I look back on and treasure the most!

65 | 365 | prickly

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

64 | 365 | reflection

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

february | food photography

For the month of February my Clickin Mom's blog circle had the challenge to shoot food photography.  The month flew by and although I didn't necessarily take the types of photographs of food that I had initially imagined--flawless cookbook images--I am happy with the moments I was able to capture!  This is definitely an area of photography that I want to explore more of!

 Thanks for stopping by!  Now its time for you to head on over and see what Melissa Stanfield was up to in February!

61 | 365 | the list

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The thing I love about my 365 Project is that I take the time to capture moments of my day that I otherwise wouldn't.  This picture captures so many things about life right now that I want to remember.  Excitement over a special shopping cart, the frizzy rats nest that is usually found in the back of her hair, and happiness in the simple task of writing a list.

60 | 365 | tolerance

Friday, March 1, 2013

A day in the life of our dog.  Poor thing!  I love her long-suffering expression; it's just too funny!

59 | 365 | submerged

Thursday, February 28, 2013

57 | 365 | carousel

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The joy on their faces is worth any price . . . well at least $2 for sure!

56 | 365 | hibiscus

Monday, February 25, 2013

55 | 365 | maid marian

Sunday, February 24, 2013

She has been watching Robin Hood this weekend and coordinating her dress-ups to match the show.  She is so much fun!  I think the bow is for her fox ears.

54 | 365 | stars

Saturday, February 23, 2013

She went from excited to nervous to absolutely happy within a short period of time.  More than anything she is so proud be sporting her new earrings!

53 | 365 | lazy dog

Friday, February 22, 2013