Miss Punzel started preschool this week. For the next 18+ years she will be in school. Good thing for her school includes playdough and crayons. To celebrate her first day of preschool, I walked the town with my younger boys. While my baby napped in the stroller, my sweet and quiet middle child and I ate pastries from the local bakery, went to the library, window shopped at the toy store, and even played in these fun bike racks. The… Read more »

So, I have a theme to my pics this week. One of the photography skills I’ve been wanting to work on is faceless portraits and my two favorite shots this week just happened to meet that goal. First up… Check out my little T Rex helping hold the “leash” on his younger cousin. Such a helper he is. Next is my little man again with his new favorite toy airplane.

It’s been a long week. I broke my new 50mm lens on Friday. I tried shooting with my other lenses but couldn’t embrace the minimum f4.0 or f5.6 of those lens. It’s just too hard to take any decent shot with those lens on my little ol’ Rebel XTi that wasn’t pitch black or riddled with noise. So, the shot this week is aimed to capture a fun moment; not to challenge my photography skills. In case you couldn’t figure… Read more »

I recently noticed that a major difference between my photographs and those of professionals’ is focus. That is, pictures by the pros always seem to be so sharp and clear while mine are somewhat soft or even out of focus. So, this week I devoted myself of focusing on nailing the focus. I know that the fancier pro cameras are sharper and their lens are clearer, but my Canon Rebel XT is plenty capable of capturing a picture in focus…. Read more »

With each week’s Project 52, I usually try to follow the prompts given by Paint the Moon. This week’s theme was A Different Perspective. I saw my opportunity when Miss Punzel asked me to paint her nails both pink and purple. I also had to include in this week’s post one of the latest shots of my littlest man. Don’t you just love squishy baby bellies? So, on to my final set of shots. I keep seeing in others’ newborn… Read more »

So, for the past week, I’ve been shooting all my pictures in RAW and then editing them slightly in Photoshop. The workflow is still pretty tedious but I love that I can fix the white balance and lighting. Hopefully I’ll find shortcuts to the process over time. I have also been shooting all pictures in Full Manual and for the first time, feel like I can actually control the final outcome. It’s so awesome to have a picture in my… Read more »

These are such lively little people. They were so excited to help and kept trying to sit in each cubby as it was finished. Miss Punzel even found room for her “kittens.” I know that I’ll always laugh at the memory of them helping carry the finished bookshelf down the hallway. They even hoped that I’d let them sleep in a cubby tonight. Just think; I could have thirteen more kids if they each slept in a cubby since we… Read more »

I wanted to share what did not make my top pick for the beginning of Project 52. I love each of the following photos for the stories they tell and the composition. However, each of the photographs have flaws and since I want to share my family’s story here as well as improve as a photographer, I thought I would also share these photos. I love seeing little people interacting with their loved ones. A psychologist may say that’s because I have… Read more »

Metadata: f/2.2, 1/3200, ISO 1600 I’ve been around “fancy” cameras my entire life and have owned my Canon Rebel EOS XT since 2006. I’ve dabbled in learning how to shoot in manual over the years but it never stuck. This time I have four very photogenic subjects doing very cute activities. So, this year is devoted to documenting the life of this family of five. Project 52 – Each Wednesday I’ll post my favorite picture of the previous week. After 52 weeks, I… Read more »