Guest Photographer!

This week a guest photographer is going to take over whilst I putter my days away in Cali – my Mom!

Enjoy her fabulous shots of all things heron + flowers (I’m guessing 😉 ).

I’m not bugging her to add shots to the “Latest” at the top of my main page, so just SCROLL below to see a great new shot each and every DAY! (No pressure, Mom!).
Oh, and don’t forget to leave her some comments about how fabulous her photos are, or she’ll never do this for me again. Lol.

Enjoy! I’ll be back in 10 days with 10 Reasons NOT to do a long road trip with 2 kids under 5…

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Underwater Photography

This past year for Cmas we bought A a new digital camera. She LOVES to take pictures. She also LOVES to swim and be in the water, so we bought a camera that was WATERPROOF! Although it was a bit over our normal Cmas gift budget, it wasn’t too badly priced compared to any other digital camera.

olympus-waterproofWhat can I say… A also really likes PINK. And this baby is REALLY PINK! I was embarassed to even buy it. She’s told me that when she’s performing on stage and I’m video taping w/ her camera, she can actually SEE the camera in the audience from the stage.

This past weekend in Kelowna for B’s vball tourney, we (meaning Hubby, Tt, A + Boo – NOT me) spent some time in the pool and here are some of our most awesome shots! UNDERWATER! How cool is that?!?!

p4180025This was the point where A realized that Tt didn’t have his water wings on… He can’t swim yet… It was not shallow…  But it made for a good – QUICK – picture!

p4180045A view up into Boo’s nose from underwater… EVEN from underwater you can see those eyelashes! Amazing!

p4180080I took this one from the edge of the pool ;-). No, it is not officially bathing suit season yet. I have… 3 more months until I can be expected to be seen in a suit, so just leave it alone.

p4180085An artistic shot from A from below the water… Well, I thought it looked cool anyhow !

Is there no end to the ways we can photograph!?
What have you photographed lately?

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Photos : Granville Island (Spring)

Ser-VICE!

Cellphone Photography

Manual Photography Selections : #03

Ok, I know I said I’d try to take more pics of things OTHER THAN my kids, but… I said I’d TRY, not that I WOULD. And, I’m still in the midst of volleyball season, which means that my indoor-poor-lighting-fast-movement challenge is still on.

A few weeks ago I tried some film, but forgot my flash.
This is the result:

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So, this past weekend I brought the flash. Fortunately she told me afterwards that it didn’t bother her – even as it was going off in her face as she made some heroic shot or other!

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Still quite a bit darker than I’d like, but finally I’ve stopped motion! I can’t seem to get this shot with the digital, even on manual settings. Even the ball itself is clear!

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I’d like to crop in closer to “my subject”. And try some contrast adjustments. These are right outta the can because I don’t yet own or know how to use Photoshop.

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Can you hardly tell she’s done years of ballet??

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This one wasn’t as clear, but it’s my “money shot”! I can’t remember if she saved this ball or not, but she sure looks good trying!

I have one more try for “THE” indoor volleyball shot – next tournaments in better stadiums.

In the meantime, I took a roll or two in my backyard yesterday – it was SUNNY! AND WARM!!
I’ll post those sometime soon, assuming any turned out.

Enjoy!

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Ser-VICE! part 3

I went with my eldest, B, to a tournament in Nanaimo (2.5 days with no wee ones!!!) (too bad I had a lumpy bed… and bad pillow… and no sleep…). ANywhoo, there was this cool red “curtain” dividing two gyms and it was a very cool backdrop for taking shots against.

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It’s interesting how different all the girls serves are, and how wildly they contort their bodies to get that little white ball over that flimsy little net. Amazing.

But, alas, B does not get to serve (in Canada) as Libero, so here’s my “shot of the day” for her, too!

dsc_1406Fuzzy, but she made a great save here! Sorry, she made a great DIG here.
I forget my lingo sometimes.

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Manual Photography Selections #01
Food Photos
Ser-VICE part 1

Ser-VICE! part 2

I’m not sure I can ever beat the shot I got here with B hovering over the floor, catching a shot off her hand.
But that won’t stop me from trying! It’s just such a challenge to get these indoor shots of moving girls.

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Of course, the still shots can be great too. This is Gramma’s shot with her D300 super-duper-never-her-eldest-(and-greatest)-daughter-shall-touch-it camera. Pretty good considering we were watching A through netting!

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The place doubles as a speed bike or rollerblad or something fast-ish racing kind of thing. Descriptive, no?
The boys had a grand old time sliding down the steep sides again and again (another Gramma shot).
I just kept thinking “there goes two more pairs of pants to the ripped-and-torn bin”. Such a wet blanket am I.

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I LOVE this shot. Usually A (or B) is blurry from moving and everyone else is focused. Somehow (I was probably moving – oops!) I managed the opposite here and I think it looks really cool.

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It always amazes me how someone barely taller than me can jump – and BLOCK – this high… I wish her #1 on her jersey showed up a bit more in this shot. She was named Team Captain for the season and gets to wear #1! It’s a big honor. Wow. What a jump.
Like the ballet legs?? She’s even pointing her toes! Lol.

dsc_5626A good piece of action – another of Gramma’s shots.
Except I think she missed this ball… Do you remember, A? Doesn’t matter – you looked great going for it!
My, that girl has the longest, most beautiful limbs I ever saw.

So, those are the most recent best-of action shots I could get!
I’ll try my manual camera again next tourney – this time with FLASH…

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Ser-VICE!

The club volleyball season that will suck up the next 3 months of our lives is, once again, upon us.
And now I’m sucking everyone else in with me.

Volleyball actually carries through the entire year now with very little reprieve between the school team, the club team and the beach team, between training, games and tournaments home and away – all multiplied by 2 girls. Dang good thing it’s mostly an indoor sport – soccer seasons were mostly COLD.

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While I’m completely sold on the benefits of a little bit of team (or personal) sport for kids, especially for girls (keeps them outta the malls and, so far, keeps them too busy for the boys 😉 ), just driving to/fro and sitting/yelling, although I do those quite well, isn’t quite enough for me to get out of it.

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My personal quest every season, every team, is to capture THE action shot.

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Unfortunately I don’t exactly have THE best indoor action shot camera, but I doubt Hubby would let me spend $3,000.00 on a camera just to get volleyball pictures for my scrapbook.

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Or, there is the possibility it’s not the camera, it’s just that I don’t know how to use it. The daylight/beach shots are definately easier to achieve.

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Either way, these were the best few (out of 200!) from today. (Although the one above looks kinda funny with no ball in the picture… Like she was just very awkwardly “posing”).

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It’s definately a bit easier to catch shots in warm-up – their moves are more predictable.

Well, on the challenge goes – 2 tournaments down, 8 to go…

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Manual Photography Selections : #02

A few more of my favorite manual film camera shots from the archives…
(We’ll call them “vintage” – they’re from Waaaaaaay back in 2005).

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LOVE this shot. It’s grainy, it’s fuzzy, it was clearly a mistake, and I have absolutely no idea who this kid is. One day when I learn photoshop, perhaps I’ll be able to sharpen, add contrast, and make it a really kick-ass photo of a kid I don’t know.

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THIS kid I know – niece “J” and her funky colorful hat. If I knew PS, I’d lighten the shadows on her face slightly, but the rest of the colors are FAB as they are.

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Nothing – NOTHIN – like a cherry yellow raincoat. Pops outta any photo.

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POP!

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Pop? Ya, Tt wasn’t thrilled about his “first snow”, but Momma was thrilled about the color and contrast in this shot! So, at least one of us wins.

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That’s ok – a day or two later he warmed up to the idea, as long as he didn’t have to sit IN the snow.

Ok – enough “Kid” shots – gotta go take some new outdoor shots with my super wide angle lens.
I’ll TRY no to show my kids over and over in Manual Photography Selections : #03! I’ll try – I’m not making any promises.

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