Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 50

I loved my day today! Did anyone else just have an amazing day? The sun was out, the snow is all melted away, birds are chirping, we raked leaves like it was fall.. It was a gorgeous springtimey day! 

Now let me tell you why I really loved it! Other than working outside (which yes, I love!) My husband told me to go ahead and book the Me Ra Koh Workshop coming to Chicago! OH YES! I am beyond excited, everyone! BEYOND! Has anyone else taken a workshop they've loved? What did you like most about it? What's that one thing you learned, and never forgot? What do you wish you would have learned? Well, if anyone is flying out to Chicago for this awesome event, let me know! 

Something else that happened to me today, was reading about automatic focus. Cameras are different with what they call it, but I found out how to focus more on a moving object, lock it, and take a picture. So here's me: I go outside to take a few action shots of my daughter and her friend. I am ecstatic as I load the pictures and look at them. I'm thinking, WOW! I have never taken a better photo! So crisp and clear and.... what?? AUTOMATIC?!! Oh yes, I had the camera on automatic the entire time outside! How that happened? I'm not quite sure.  So, after my panic mode of losing my integrity with the whole 365 MANUAL focus challenge (because that's the whole point, right?), I scraped my jaw off the ground and looked at my settings. You know what? I learned from that! I hardly ever put my ISO on 250, nor do I know how to put it on an in between number other than the generic 200, 400, 800..etc. Then my shutter speed. I noticed every picture had changed my ISO and shutter speeds. I never ever use 325, or 250... so this taught me to be more creative in the settings I just grab out of habit. Ya still with me? (I hear snoring..) Anyway, I am thankful I messed up, because I wouldn't have learned that, and then I would not have had to actually do something I've wanted to do in a while. And that is....

Taking my husband's turnout gear photos. I have wanted to do this for some time. He happened to be detailed out next day, so he had his gear in his car. I brought it in, and started snapping my first photo for the (drum roll...) Joy of Love project. Yup.. that's me, 20 days into it and I'm just throwing a couple shots together. This was really about my archiving, I just loved the thought of "What They Wear" so I took that one. I may jump on board for a few more here and there.

Thanks for bearing with me on my long winded blog tonight. Here is my 365 photo, then the much anticipated (from me) Joy of Love #4. Yes, that's right. I don't have 1-3, or 5-20, but I have #4!  :)

And, could this day get any better? HUGE SHOUT OF THANKS to Amanda for helping me with my template and letting me have a super cute header for my blog like her fabulous one! Check out her 365.. she's awesome!
 

Day 50
Settings:
ISO 400, f/2.5, ss 1/40, 50 mm




16 comments:

Amanda said...

Great shots! I am so thankful for the men and women who give of themselves to protect us!!!

Kim said...

I love the shots of the fire department gear.

Naila Moon of the Grey Wolf said...

Love these shots...thanks to all who protect us.
~Naila Moon

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Great shots, I have been slowly learning to set my own settings, but for about a yr after I got this camera I was afraid to take it off auto...lol.
Love your collage. So crisp and clean.

The Clip Cafe said...

Yay for learning!!! I love your shots and header too :-)

Kristin said...

Don't you love accidents that turn our in our favor, and good for you for embracing something outside your box. I love your photos today; they gave me goosebumps just thinking about the men and women who are so committed to keeping us safe. We are so blessed to live in this country!

Karin said...

LOVE your new banner!!!

The picture of the helmet is beautiful - really.

Wow, you said alot. First, that is so cool that you're going to that workshop! Can't wait to hear what you learned.

Second, that sounds like a really good practice to set your camera to automatic and then study the settings it chooses versus what you would have chosen. So, question: is there a way to set the ISO to those "fraction" numbers like 250? Have you found out?

Keara @ Now I Know What Life Is All About said...

Very nice collage!

LivingFree said...

Nice shots! I signed up for the Joy of Love project and haven't taken one photo for it yet. I love how you just jumped in where you wanted to and didn't worry about following the order.

hipchicagomom said...

I signed up for the Joy project and only did a couple of the days. I need to just do what you did - jump in where I'm at and not worry about the rest that I've missed. :)

Great shots of the hat. The light is spot on!

Branson @ Reflection of Something said...

Awesome collage! =)

Kristal said...

Love your shots and love the joy of love one!

Ingrid said...

Hey, Kara! Thanks for the workshop info! I just finished checking out the site and WOW! Lots of good stuff.

Love the photo of your hubs hat and the one of his pants standing. :)
~ingrid

Laurie said...

What a great collage!

Tracy said...

Great shots! Love the collage and header! :)

Missus Wookie said...

Cool shot and you go for jumping in and doing what you can :)