{POTD} Monochrome Weekly

For Monochrome Monday I offer up this framed joshua tree for your viewing pleasure.  If you would like to view other monochrome photographs, then click on over to Monochrome Weekly’s home or if you would like to submit one of your own for our viewing pleasure.

{POTD} Weekend Highlights

Today I am resting after a few days of being busy and having fun.  Friday was my birthday so I went over to a friends house for a few hours to enjoy some poolside fun.  My son had an absolute blast.  He wore himself out so much that when we arrived home just before dinner, he crawled on the couch and fell asleep immediately.

CJ kicking back in the pool

CJ kicking back in the pool

Saturday dawned early and dark for CJ.  It was around 5am when he came into the master bedroom for something.  The alarm was set to wake us at 6:30am but once CJ woke me, there was no going back to sleep for me.  After breakfast at our local Denny’s which later made me sick we arrived at Legoland.   Legoland was pretty crowded but I expected it to be especially since it was a holiday.  The highlight of CJ’s day was building lego race cars and testing them on the downhill tracks which he could have done at home for free and getting wet.  I am so thankful I was able to get his ticket for considerably less and that I had a BOGO for the adult admissions too.

Legoland Entrance

Legoland Entrance

Yours truly in front of the camera for a change

Yours truly in front of the camera for a change

Lego racer building : The best part of the trip according to CJ

Lego racer building : The best part of the trip according to CJ

CJ and Daddy getting wet as they soak the passerbyers

CJ and Daddy getting wet as they soak the passerbyers

We ended out night with a display of fireworks and manuevering our way out of the parking lot and back onto the freeway home.

Fireworks over Legoland

Fireworks over Legoland

Then today when I finally crawled out of bed and made my way to my computer, I had a pleasant surprise in my email.  Earlier this past week I had left comments about a product giveaway over at PetaPixel and luckily I was the winner.  Just love getting prizes, especially when they are for my camera.  Can’t wait to try out my new a handheld tripod from QuikPod.

Stock photo from Quikpod website of Quikpod in use

Stock photo from Quikpod website of Quikpod in use

{POTD} Summer Stock Sunday #5

Time for another Summer Stock Sunday

The days of summer are quickly heating up.  Just over 100 degrees outside right now and its just about 6:21pm here in California.  And summer has just begun.  I think its time for me to find the swim suit and join my son and his friend in the kiddie pool out back.

Wishing everyone a scent-sational Sunday!

Boys playing in pool

Close up of CJ

Close up of CJ

Tyler splashes

Tyler splashes

{POTD} i heart faces Sephia Edition

This week at iheartfaces.com they have a contest for sephia images.  Well this weekend I was playing with my new camera and naturally my son the follower had to take some pictures too with his digital Sesame Street camera.  Fortunately I have misplaced the USB cord to connect his camera to the computer so I won’t be able to share those amazing photos with you. {smile}

My Digital Monster

My Digital Monster

I am sure there is plenty of other themes circulating around today but I seem to have run out of time on my computer.  I have been busy all day listing items on ebay like my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and a Toastmaster Bread maker.  Can you tell I am cleaning out my closets and cupboards.  I don’t use this stuff  so I might as well find a new home for them and make some money in the process because you know those groceries don’t come free all the time.  I also listed some handmade items on Etsy as well as some craft supplies that I am not going to use.  So if you have a moment, check them out and your financial support is greatly appreciated.

Wishing you all a scent-sational Monday!

Picture of the Day 6/10/09

I feel lost and lonely today as I have no digital camera to take pictures with today.  But today’s picture of the day is a picture of the camera I have ordered as my replacement.  I can hardly wait til Friday.

Soon to be new toy!

Soon to be new toy!

Though I almost had a heart attack last night.  I ordered my camera on-line because I got a cool deal through Ritzcamera.com since I am a student of the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP).  Then I got an email and a message to confirm my order and shipping choices.  So I call up Ritz Camera and naturally “all operators are busy at this time helping other customers.”  Then the recording says I can chat on-line with a live person.  Cool, back to the Internet I travel.

Carol was a big help but obviously trying to hard at multi-tasking because she told me my camera was out of stock and would not be in for 3 weeks.  I instantly replied, “You’ve got to be kidding, the website said it was in stock!”  A few moments of cyber silence followed and now my brain is wondering how the frell I am going to take pictures of the graduation Friday night if I have no camera.  Carol immediately apologized to me when she realized she had typed that info to the wrong person.  Whew!

I guess the minor heart attack was worth it because Carol offered me the ESP at 50% off.  I told her it would be even better if she could give me 50% off my entire purchase.  Well at least I made her laugh.  As for well, I will occupy my non-camera time with reading since I just received my second Unit of lessons from NYIP.  By the time my camera gets here I will have a list of photographs to compose.  Aren’t you the lucky ones!

Quick Tips for taking good pictures

I love seeing all the pictures my friends will post on various social networking sites I subscribe to.  But why do people post pictures that are too dark and you can’t see the people or the picture is really blurry and out of focus.  So to all you picture posters out there, I offer you a few tips on taking better pictures.

  • Get Down.  (and I don’t mean “get down and boogie!)  With kids and pets you can take some great photos if you get down on their level.
  • Use a plain background (if possible).  A busy background can be quite a distraction when viewing the finished picture.  If you do have a busy background try to keep it out of focus.
  • Use the flash outdoors.  The flash will light up the front of your subject if there is not enough light (sunset) or when there is too much light and the sun is casting a shadow on your subject
  • Get Close (make sure you brushed your teeth.)  You want to fill the viewfinder or LCD screen with your subject.  Either zoom in or physically get closer.
  • Lock the focus.  To do this, focus on your main subject, press down the shutter button half way and hold, get your whole picture lined up and then press the shutter down all the way
  • Read the instruction manual.  (No brainer, right?)  Many cameras are built and marketed with proprietary features so get to know all that your camera can do for you.  Spend an hour or so reading and trying out the various functions.
  • Indoor pictures.  Don’t point your camera at a window with lots of sunlight coming through.  Your camera’s flash won’t trigger because of the bright light and again your subjects will be left in the dark.  Either override the autoflash and/or move yourself so that you are not pointing the camera at the window.
  • If you are outside, do your friends a favor and don’t face them into the sun when you are taking a picture.  They will be sure to squint and this could ruin the picture.
  • Firmly plant your feet on the ground.  That is about a foot a part,  and hold the camera with 2 hands.  This will reduce the chance of blurry pictures.