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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Gobble Gobble - Flash

Thanksgiving (and my birthday) is now past. I dragged out the tripod, set the timer, and the only one missing from our holiday family shot is Ivan, our dog. He was under the table hoping for scraps.

This was another weekend for me to work on portfolio building and get some additional practice with shooting children (which can be quite a challenge). On Sunday a few more of my “photography” friends brought their kids by to help me out. It was a "boys" weekend. There were lots of great shots. Here are a few of the best ones.

More on the photography front … I got an Epson Photo R1800 printer for my birthday (what a great husband I have). I am now trying to figure out exactly how it works so that I can get some nice prints out of it.

Until next Sunday.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Getting ready for the holidays

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then it will be Christmas and Hanukah and New Years and ... YIKES.

This week I took holiday card pictures for my friends the Peters. They have cute twin 4 year old boys. Our dog, Ivan, likes it when they come for dinner because he gets to "clean up" under the table where they eat.

I signed up to have a table of my work at the GNOC (Girls Night Out Club) holiday party. While I have a small portfolio of work, I made a push this weekend to expand my portfolio. Several of my photography friends answered my call for help and brought over their very photogenic kids to help me out. Here are a few of the best shots ... though there were a few others that I will be using as well.

Watch the PHOG next Sunday for Thanksgiving and more portfolio building shots.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Where are all the leaves now!

PHOG is late this week. This is what happens when you get back to work after a week's vacation.

I didn't get to do much picture taking this week. But I did some.

On Friday there were still lots of leaves on the tree in my backyard. The colors were beautiful. After Sunday's rain, they're all gone. :(

A little Photoshop play.

On Saturday, we went to the Virginia Tech - Kent State football game down in Blacksburg. It was my last home game of the season although Charles gets to go to one more over Thanksgiving weekend (a big one against UVA). For the first time since going to a Tech game, I had a "Hokie" leg (aka turkey leg). Here is a shot of all the turkey legs on the grill.

I finally got to work on some of the maternity pictures that I took of Melanie before we went on vacation. Here they are:

It is a busy week again so I don't know how much photography I will get to do this week. But I always manage some.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Fall Colors - Sunset Reds and Oranges

Yesterday we returned from our vacation in Southwest Florida. So I have lots of pictures to share!!!

One of the best things about Ft. Myers Beach is watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Although we missed the sunset on our arrival day, we got to see one every other night. Some were better than others but all were beautiful. These are all as they came out of the camera - no Photoshop enhancements.

The above shot was taken on the day when we had clouds all day, not much sun and a little rain. Perhaps the best night of the bunch.

We stayed at my timeshare at the Lahaina Inn Resort. The nice thing about going to the Lahaina is seeing some of the same people year after year. This year we saw our friends Tracy and her daughter, Audrey. We shared tropical sunset drinks on the beach with them (and their friend, Kathleen) several nights. I brought the tripod with me and figured out how to work the timer so that we could all be in the shots together.

We had fun playing around with Audrey - she slept well at night because she was GO GO GO all day long!

There are all kinds of folks walking on the beach in Ft. Myers. One day, a woman and her parrot, Nica, were walking along.

We didn't stray too far from Ft. Myers Beach but did a little exploring to Lover's Key, a state park just to the south. We found some funky vining plants that sent roots into the sand. We also saw lots and lots of birds (and jumping fish).

We played on the beach.

We also went to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve one day. We saw lots of birds there but no gators - although they were supposed to be there.

I explored the Lahaina grounds with my macro lens and played with some of the features on my camera (multiple exposures). Here are some of my "flower" and "play" pictures.

Right before we left for vacation, I shot some maternity portraits of my friend, Melanie. I'll share some of them next week.