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the details of life

The Soar! photography assignment for February was to photograph the details of someone’s life. Here are the current details of my boys’ lives:

I loved taking these photos and I hope to repeat this assignment every year. Wouldn’t a photo book of all these photos make a great high school graduation gift? I can also imagine my boys looking through their detail books with their own kids and telling the stories of their childhood. That motivates me to take more detail photos of everyone in my family. I love the idea of sitting around sharing family stories and a detail photo book seems like the perfect inspiration to make that happen.

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365 project day 39-41

I’ve been chasing light the last few days. I am loving these photos, and they are each a different kind of light. What they all have in common is that I am getting in tight. A great place to start to improve your portraits- get really close.

February 9, 2010: day 39

Light from a flourecent lamp with a cream shade:

February 10, 2010: day 40

4:45 on a winter afternoon light:

February 11, 2010: day 41

7:45 on a winter morning light:

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i ♥ kisses

This week’s challenge over at i heart faces is kisses! Here is my favorite smooch photo:

Unfortunately, my all time favorite kiss photo of these two has a super distracting background. When I get better at Photoshop I’m going to fix that photo up as well 🙂

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365 project: days 22-26

January 22, 2010 {day 22}

January 23, 2010 {day 23}

January 24, 2010 {day 24}

January 25, 2010 {day 25}

January 26, 2010 {day 26}

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I usually photograph people on the fly, just doing whatever they are doing. For this contest there was a lot of time spent setting up the props and posing the models. It was a fun change of pace, and the whole family got into it. Bjorn helped me experiment with different Photoshop and Paint techniques to get the lettering on the truck, and Cohen is now a reflection chaser as well as an incredibly patient model. Emmett mostly splashed through the mud and ran away from the camera, but hey, life is good when you are two! And my next door neighbor, who was not so into the family Christmas photo shoot last month, enjoyed being the one to tag my back shed. And of course, the ice cream. Who wouldn’t love that? I always thought that shooting on the fly was the way to get the most natural photos, but this week I experienced the opposite. When I gave the kids a little direction they seemed to feel more comfortable. Not a strict pose, but a little coaching to take the pressure off. Maybe just the act of talking when I was shooting made them feel less on the spot. I’m going to try that more often- a little direction, a bit of conversation. I’m excited to try it out.

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I am submitting these photos into the I Heart Faces logo photo contest. By entering, I am granting I Heart Faces LLC permission to consider my photo for use in the marketing and promotion of this website.

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Earlier this month we had our first snow storm. I took pictures of my kids in the snow and I was pretty disappointed.

I set my camera to aperture priority. These photos were all taken at F4 with an exposure of 1/320, 1/250, and 1/200 of a sec.

I have gotten great snow pictures on sunny days even with my point and shoot, but on this dark overcast day it just didn’t work.

Yesterday we went up to Lake Tahoe to go sledding for the day. In the afternoon the clouds rolled in and it got a bit dark again.

Again, I set my camera to aperture priority. I set it to f2.5, and the camera chose 1/250 sec as the shutter speed. And again, it is too dark, or underexposed.

This time I checked the photo on the back of my camera and saw that it was too dark. So I dialed over to full manual and decreased the shutter speed to let in more light. And here is what I got!

ISO 100, f/2.5, 1/80 sec

ISO 100, f2.0, 1/80 sec

ISO 100, f2.0, 1/80 sec

Do any of you have problems with snow photos being underexposed on a cloudy day? My guess is that the white snow reflects so much light that the light meter on the camera thinks there is too much. But that leaves people’s faces too dark. The lessons I learned yesterday are 1) check your photos on the back of your camera, especially in tricky light situations and 2) cloudy days in the snow might need more light then your camera thinks.

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photo phun

I have been having lots of fun taking pictures with my new-to-me DSLR camera, especially since I was introduced to Me Ra Koh’s photography blog. I bought a used Cannon Rebel XS off Ebay a couple months ago. This camera is the bottom of the line Cannon DSLR, but I am having so much fun with it. I took enough photography classes in high school to learn what F-stop, aperature, and ISO mean for the camera, but it was not until I greedily started reading Me Ra’s blog that I understood what each of those settings did to the photograph. The only lens that I have is the general one that came with the camera, but I’m happy with what I’ve been able to do with it.

Here are some photos fom the downtown Cornish Christmas:

Happy Winter Solstice! May your longest night be filled with love and twinkle lights!

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