I apologize for the delay in posts, it’s been another crazy week. It’s been more of an emotionally crazy week than anything else. My husband is going to Afghanistan for contract work again 😦 I hate being away from him, but this opportunity is a great one and I’m excited for him in that way. With William leaving soon and me trying to find work and we haven’t had time to go take any pictures, but today was another typical day here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been cloudy, than sunny, than cloudy and sunny again haha! So while the sun was out I ran outside with William and my brother Ryan and I took what pictures I could. You guys are probably completely sick of this covered bridge lol, but it’s just so pretty I couldn’t help but get a different look on it this time 🙂 I’m still sticking to my goal this year and trying to find different ways of seeing and capturing areas or objects. So far I was happy with what I was able to get today.
As most of my you know, I don’t take a lot of animal shots (besides my cats of course lol). It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never really practiced. I have a decent stock lens that came with Frank (my Canon) so I thought I’d use it to practice how close I could get to them and different ways I can brighten their faces. Because I also don’t do portraits, I don’t work on brightening faces, so I’ve been using my flash more and adjusting everything for a flash on a sunny day! It’s so interesting lowering the ISO and raising the aperture just to get that perfect brightness on their faces. I’ve been learning so much on my own, I really hope in a few months to take a few classes, but for now, I like figuring out different tricks on my own 🙂
Any advise on nature portraits would be awesome, I’m very new at this and would love some feedback!
Almost two year ago William and I ran into a graveyard while visiting a local winery. The Unexpected Graveyard was one of those moments where I was so happy to have Frank (my Canon) with me. At that point, I was taking all of my pictures on the “Landscape” setting on my camera haha! I was so new I had no idea what all the buttons and dials meant. So going back to that location was really exciting, just to see if I’d be able to make them any better. I’m not sure if they are any better, but they are a lot spookier! We have been experiencing freezing fog here the last couple of days. I was hoping the fog would be there when we got there, but I was so incredibly cold I was afraid I was rushing the pictures along. I hope I got the images the way I wanted to, it was nice being able to see that location again.
Here’s a shot of the winery not far from us, this is how foggy it was! HAHA
This is the walking path to the little graveyard.
I was sad to see quite a few headstones broken and propped up against trees, who knows where they are really suppose to be.
This tree has kind of spooked me out for years and years. I tried to capture this tree back when all I was working with was a film Canon camera, and I was never able to capture it the way I wanted. For one, this forest is really hard to take pictures in, it’s crowded with bushes, trees and weeds and I’ve never seen a pretty enough area. Also, if you wait until the “golden hours” you know the last hour or so before the sunsets, it’s completely dark and not pretty as all. So, while walking down this trail to see the tree, it was in the middle of the day, normally this is an awful time to take pictures, but it just so happen to work with the forest on this day! Still not my best work, but I think it’s better than any other shot I’ve ever taken of it.
I’ve been trying to add new pictures to CafePress and using the older ones for different products. Looks like magnets might be more popular at the moment, so I added 15 new pictures to magnets and postcards!
Yes, it has been a while sense my last “Crazy Cat Lady” post. After losing my oldest kitty, George, it was hard to post another one. It still is hard, there are days where it feels like I lost him yesterday, that pain is still very raw. William and I are hoping to get Stevie, our 5 year old kitty, a friend soon 🙂 Hopefully within this next year getting another little kitty. Stevie is always very playful and I can tell he misses George very much sometimes.
We had a sunny day this week! Up here in the Pacific Northwest, the sun likes to hide this time of year haha! When it eventually comes out you take as much of it in as you can! I took Stevie outside with me and got some cute little shots of him. So, no landscape shots today, instead you get to see our kitty Stevie! HAHA! Enjoy!
Caught him talking to me HAHA
He stretches like this before walking up to anyone lol!
While sitting outside, I pointed to the chair on our porch telling William this is where George would be. Curled up in the sun on his favorite chair.
Now selling my “Sleepy Hollow” photo on new products! Currently selling on iPhone 4/4s/5/5s Cases, iPad Mini Case, Kindle Kickstand Case, Nook Cover, iPad Sleeve, Kindle Sleeve, Padfolio, Journal, Greeting Cards, Key Chains and Charms! More products coming!
I’m finally catching up with my fellow bloggers posts from the last couple of weeks. I’ve noticed a lot of people posting their goals for this year, where they want to go, what they want to see, eat, and who they hope to meet. I’ve always been awful at making these goals, I always feel let down when they don’t work out, and yes, most of the time it’s because I can be lazy haha! This year is going to different, I really want to make goals and try to make them work out. I want to be proud of myself when I accomplish them and make others proud as well 🙂
As you can see, my last post was revisiting a local waterfall. I’m enjoying going back to past locations and trying to look at them differently. What can I do to make this seem as big as it looks in my mind? Last year I posted Covered bridges remind me of Sleepy Hollow and didn’t take many shots of it at all! This bridge has so many sides and angles, and I wanted to give you a better look 🙂
I woke up and went straight to it, the sun was coming out of the fog that had settled the night before and I thought they turned out beautifully 🙂
My first goal is, to revisit my past picture locations and try to make them better. Try to make them tell more of a story than I was able to tell before. Here’s a different look!
My husband and I went to Moon Falls this time last year, but at that time I didn’t have my wide angle lens! I was going to go back this last summer to capture it, but life got a little busy and I ended up forgetting about it. Yesterday I woke up and told William, “We need to go to Moon Falls, I’ve been putting it off for way too long!” HAHA! It was a cloudy day and by the time we left it had started raining, but the pictures turned out pretty anyways. Not as beautiful as the last time I was there, but still happy to see it through my wide angle lens 🙂