2013: Looking Forward

Like so many others, I look at every new year as a chance to start anew – begin a new project, tackle a nagging bad habit, start a new dream.  In the past several days, I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do for the new year.  I’m not going to address my entire list here, but I thought I’d highlight a few.

I’m on my fifth year of doing a daily photo project, or Project 365.  Hard to tell by looking at the blog since my last post was somewhere mid-year three.  A new baby girl allowed me the opportunity to redirect some of my energy for a while.

This year, I’m not going to do a daily photo project, or more accurately, I’m not going to blog a Project 365. I’ll be taking my project off-line.  One of my goals for this year is to document my daily and family life in a Project Life journal.

You can read all about Becky Higgins’ Project Life product on her website.  I have all the supplies for the Clementine theme, and I’m pretty excited about it.

I will be doing an online Project 52, where I will be posting a weekly photo.  Instead of just taking a photo for the day, I want to plan out my image and really think about how to best photograph my subject.  My hope is to improve my photography.

Since I did not post a single image from my Project 365 for 2012, I am considering posting those daily images this year instead.  I just read about this idea today, so I haven’t quite fleshed out how it might work for me, but I like the idea of catching up on what I didn’t manage last year.

So there’s three things rattlings around in my head.  I think that’s a good place to start for 2013.

I’ll end with a quote I read this morning that really spoke to me on many different levels.  I think it is a good thought for my year and the projects and challenges ahead.

What are your goals, dreams and aspirations for 2013?

30 Days of Thankfulness

On November 1st, I started seeing my friends on Facebook talk about doing a Thankfulness Project.  The idea is to post a status update every day for the month of November detailing something you are thankful for.

My life has been pretty stressful for the last couple months, so the idea of this sort of project really appealed to me.  I liked the idea of refocusing myself to the important things of life and maybe even forgetting for a moment the things that are overwhelming me.

Since I love photography, I wanted to add my own unique spin and make it a photo project instead of a daily status update.

I thought I would post here the results of my little project.  You can click on any of the images to see them a little larger.  You still might not be able to read the text, but be assured that it was a Thankful month. :)

Days 1 through 9Days 28 through 30

Silhouette

I am participating in ClickinMom’s 4th Annual Scavenger Hunt right now, and one of the items (out of 150) is to photograph a silhouette of a child holding a balloon.  The gals very nicely posted a tutorial on how to accomplish a silhouette, so tonight I decided to give it a try.

The key point in shooting a silhouette is to expose for the sky (not your subject).  It helps to have the light behind your subject.  A good time to do this is when the sun is setting because your sky is more interesting and you are starting to lose light.  But my subject needed to get a bath before bed, so we shot after dinner around 7:15.

I didn’t start off too badly, but it definitely wasn’t dark enough to be considered a silhouette.

So I bumped up my shutter speed and closed my aperture up a bit to get less light and ended up with a pretty decent series of shots.  This one I liked the best.

Then I edited the photo a bit in Photoshop by darkening the blacks and boosting the blues.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Overall, it took about 40 shots to get a decent one.  With this image, I’m about half way through the hunt.  And I learned something new.  I can’t wait to play with this technique again!

Happy Birthday to Me

It was my birthday over the weekend, and I’ve been blessed with some really amazing family and friends.  The actual day was on Saturday and my boys treated me to breakfast and took me out to dinner.  I spent the day with extended family on Sunday, and on Monday I hung out with my girlfriends for dessert.  It was a great way to celebrate getting older.

One of the gifts I received was an amazing macro lens for my camera.  I’ve wanted a macro for a very long time, but the price had me not seriously considering it for a while.  I was very, very surprised to receive one as a gift. It’s well beyond my skill-level, so I have lots of learning to do, but I wanted to share a few pictures I’ve taken.

some of my metal stamps

weeds

tiny pink flowers

tiny bee

rain drops on grass

I am so excited about the potential to get really nice pictures of my jewelry. I love being able to take pictures of nature too. And it’s supposed to be a fantastic portrait lens.

I have some books coming from the library that I hope I’ll be able to use to learn more about using this type of lens well.  I am definitely having fun with the practice shots!

Sunday Brunch: Week 19

Here is my highlight of five posts in the blogging world I found interesting in the last week (or so). If you’re like me, you have limited time, and can’t always stay up-to-date on everyone’s blog. These were some of my favorites.

1. Digital Photography School
How to Achieve Better Bokeh – 4 Simple Tips

I had never heard the term “bokeh” before, but I’m sure you’ll be excited about these tips.

2. Doc4 Design
Color Trends Lead the Way to a Better Outlook

I found this post through another blog I follow (Color for Bead Artists). It’s a neat article, but the best part is the quote from The Devil Wears Prada.

3. How to Eat a Cupcake
Oatmeal Fudge Bars

How fantastic do these sound?? If I’d had time this week, I would have given them a try.

4. Blog for Beaders
Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Trends

I’m kind of intrigued by the modern twist on more traditional styles. (And how do they already know these things?)

5. Stuff Christians Like
Trying to explain to men why you love Beth Moore so much.

This was a funny, yet true post. She explained it pretty accurately.

Hope you enjoyed this short jaunt around the web. Have a lovely rest of your day!