Monday, August 31, 2009

Baby Chompers

The bottom photo is just for fun. You can see her two bottom teeth here. She is 8 months and growing quickly.
I may have to do the top shoot again, we were literally out there 5 minutes tops and shot off some pics. It was too bright as it was like four o'clock. I just wanted to get her 8 month photo's in real quick while I had some time with her before Tom's and my trip.
There will be a gap in posting during our trip, so, I'll have to make up for it when I get back.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Summer Sun

So is this a Sun Flower or a Black Eyed Susan?? I always confuse the two, or are they the same thing?? I'm leaning toward Black Eyed Susan. But we are reaching the last days of summer. The cooler days are coming. Fall will be here in a minute and Christmas soon after. Just enjoying those last sunny days.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Playing hard...

This little one was at the softball game. Sprawled out under a little tree with her toys. I'm assuming big sis must have been playing in the softball tournaments today. I love this girls intensity an concentration and about fell out laughing when I saw her digging in that bag for more toys and about crawl into the thing!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Run Fast, Turn Left

Haven't seen any softball since before Lauren's New York trip. Looking to a good weekend watching them play. The weather is starting to break and it's the perfect time to be out there.

I've been playing a bit with the depth of field of my camera as I'm sure you've noticed. It's been fun and definitely leads to some creative concepts. These were just messing around at practice though. Let me note, that I have not inundated you all with softball shots, you know I could. It's fun action shots but as in any sport very difficult to get that "amazing" shot.

Do you think the grass or the dirt shot is better with the ball? I'm really pulled on that one. I like the grass because the out of focus area is both at the bottom and the top of the shot which leaves you with the middle clear area of the ball/grass..the dirt one I like as well mostly because of the shadow and when you enlarge the shot ( yes, they should all be "clickable" now) you can see the dirt so clearly and precisely.
Oh well, have a good weekend!! I'm surely looking forward to it....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gas Station Poetry

Yeah, I was getting gas. I actually had to bend down a bit to see the flag from around the overhead awning. So, I took a couple quick shots...I almost thought to save it for a national holiday , or spin it into some thoughtful insight as to the state of our nation....but decided I'd just post the pic and let it go...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The magic fedora....

I think we all envision ourselves a certain way, and I think we all have those moments where even for a minute the world sees us the way we want to be seen. I think this fellow had that happen the other night. Suffice it to say there is an awkward back story about a creepy mask and Lauren's fedora which transformed this young man.
I really think he will like these shots. He should blow them up to 8x10 and stand up in the middle of Physics or Calculus and say "Really, this is the real ME!!"

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Camera Love...

These shots aren't that great, however, it does remind me what capacity this camera has. I was about 8 feet away when I took this shot. Normally these kinds of shots are reserved for a macro lens to get the best of bugs and flowers, but sometimes it's fun to try with the zoom. Don't get me wrong, I think some bug/flower shots are lovely with the zoom--but really, I think ants and flies and gross bugs probably are best with a macro.

Two things are on my mind lately regarding my photography. First, I think I'm going to have to go and revamp my entire smugmug website, this is going to take some time I think. I have had it a bit less than a year, but I look at the shots and even I am surprised at how much my shots have changed in this time. A lot of it is my awareness to details and my processing steps have improved-I think the creativity and composition have really always been with me. It takes a while for us ADHD folks to get picky with details.

Second, I've had this camera since June and it doesn't have a name yet. This is very distressing. I am loving this camera more and more and especially since this blog challenge am finding all the different capacities of this beast and yet, no name has come. Naming your camera is sort of like boys naming their cars, it just happens. My last camera is Bryce and I surely cannot strip that name and give it to the new camera. This new one will just have to find it's own name along the way.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ideas are one thing, what happens though is quite another...

Just a quick abstract today. This is virtually straight out of the camera with just a little crop.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Real Eyes Realize Real Lies....

The original shot and some postwork just to play with it a bit....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sixteen Candles...

Lauren's friend had her sixteenth party. I helped by doing a photo shoot and taking pictures at the party. It was a lot of fun and I found it endearing how awkward some of those kids were, and how witty some of the others.

As fun as it was to see those kids, I don't miss those days. All that angst and drama and well, teen stuff.
I may be posting shots on several different days as I tried some creative stuff and I'd like to share how it turned out..

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Her Baby Blues...

This girl helped grow my gray hairs while she was growing up....Look at her now.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cheater, Cheater...

Yes, this is a blatant cheat. Not only do I try to avoid double dipping on the same photo shoot--I absolutely did not take this photo, although I did edit it.

Lauren took this photo. She was with us on the shoot and was also capturing shots with my other camera. She is really starting to develop a good eye herself and she is enjoying it a lot as well. I actually took nothing like this, and it was fun to see a different perspective on the shot.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sassy, Sassy Seniors....

Today was fun, and long, and hot and possibly cathartic.

Monday, August 17, 2009


It's a store in downtown Plano. You probably wouldn't buy a thing out of it, but it is certainly the store I would want if I ever decided "retail" was my calling. Every space in that store was perfectly Yummy!!! Actually if I could just use the space every day to photograph in I would be quite happy.
And I think I finally figured out why some photo's are "clickable" and others aren't...we'll see.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Anchors Aweigh...

I really want to find an excuse to do some silouettes. This one is not a full silouette, but I like the result.

The Halsey Sea Cadet's had a piping over today. For those who may not know, that's a ceremony where a senior cadet leaves the unit.... ages out...... don't let the door hit ya in the bootay.

I've seen so many pipe over at this point. It always seems more important when it's one of the girls. They bond in a way that is very special.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


This is exactly how I feel. Nothing I shot today was any good. All my own fault on it as well.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Boys are Noise with dirt on it.....

I edited most of these photos of the boys, beautiful eyes right?? And just a little something I liked...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

To ride a horse is to ride the sky. ~Author Unknown

I was at work yesterday and decided to take a drive at lunch break just to see if I could find "anything". Headed south on Preston and couldn't find anything. After enough time had passed, it was time to turn and head back to work. This was in the parking lot where I turned around.

There is only so much one can do when your backdrop is a parking lot.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's not only fine feathers that make fine birds

I am getting ready to photograph a High School Senior next week and spent part of the afternoon checking out a location. I'm pretty excited about it. We'll see how it works out. There was a Blue Jay feather, I would have loved to have seen the bird itself as the feather was so bright. This fellow was up a ways playing his.......what is this?? Is it a type of Mandolin?? He was quite good, and the music was very sweet.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Typical Evening as of Late.....

On the way to the dogpark. Buffy has needed some extra run time since Lauren hasn't been home. Usually she'll pop on her rollerblades and let Buffy take a screaming run to the park. Buffy definitely anticipates hopping in Tom's car now. This little man must have been at the park with his dad not his mom. I love a boy and a dog myself however, there were at least 40 dogs there tonight. Wee'ing and Tinkling all over the place....this is a dog park people. Do not let the little children roll on the ground with their faces in the dirt were good old Fido has bound to have releived himself just shortly ago!!! And finally

Same Spot--Different Sunset.
(How come I uploaded all 3 of these photos at the same time yet only the sunset is clickable??)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Third Times the Charm....

Or maybe not...maybe it's a "FAIL"!! I guess I'll see it as a lesson learned.

First time I went out to this location, I set up the tripod and camera and discovered my battery in the camera was dead. Second time it was dark, really dark. But I had envisioned lights in the pretty fountain. Apparently not only are there no lights but the fountains go off as well. Today I went out about 7:30 and it was still pretty bright out. I wanted to slow down the shutter to smooth out the water but there was still so much light that it just turned the photo white. So, the water in the fountain is not very smooth, but I think the colors came out really nice.
This is the 3rd photo in a row that is clickable!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rolling Stones...

Boys have different ideas on what would be good poses. This one may not be Christmas Card material. Both of these guys are Sea Cadets. Really good fellows. Apparently this shot is "clickable" as well. Two photos in a row--amazing.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sunset ...

This one you can click on---I think you should.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Plain Old Plano...

Haven't been downtown in a really long time, I forgot how quaint it was.
Someone turned me onto a new website --Enjoy!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Here is the church and here is....

There were several churches with steeples that were damaged or toppled in a storm about a year ago. All of the churches have gotten theirs fixed or made changes except for this one. Those poor Presbyterians.

If they are unsure how to go about fixing this I'm sure they can just call the Catholics who seem to be putting up new school campuses every time you turn around, I'm sure a steeple is nothing to them. Or how about those Methodists? They have their congregation out in the parking lot every weekend doing Houses for Humanity, I'm sure they would help.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Morgan Chase...

I remember first flying into Dallas and being enamoured with the architecture of the buildings...this was always one of my favorites. Too bad they built that ugly building behind it a couple years ago. It used to be just sky behind the arch.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I was driving to work and couldn't get my camera out in time to take a shot of some geese walking in front of my car. By the time I got it out the geese had moved on.

Just up the block however I see the fellow below. I take a couple of quick shots and push down my camera to the seat before he can see me shooting. I'm not normally a fan of photographing homeless people. It seems self serving and disrespectful.(This I say as I'm posting this-nervy huh) I must however remember to clean my front window, I've been telling myself this for 2 months and now I pay the price when I need to shoot through that front windshield. There is something about this fellow however that hits me. He does look like my dad a little with the light hair and the rheumy eyes. As I pass him I shoot my hand out and give him the ten dollars out of my wallet. He wants to talk and tell me about a police officer who just got done harassing him for panhandling and how he was frightened by that, but the light has changed and I have to move on. If I was brave I would have asked to take his picture, but I'm afraid he'd feel obligated.

I drive on and in my head I berate myself for giving him that 10 dollars. For any of you that know me, I've lived with Tom long enough that it's impossible for me to be some bleeding heart liberal. I feel strongly about hard work and not taking advantage of the welfare system etc... I don't know why this man is on the street and how he got there, I don't know the choices he's made and damn he's probably just gonna go get some beer with the money I've given him.

But, What if this fellow is like my dad----not a highly educated person but spent his whole life working his ass off. Nobody ever taught him how to set money aside to retire. Nobody told him about IRA's or mutual funds. All he knew for all these years is how to get up at 4 in the morning and go to work every day trying to put food on the table and shoes on his kids and just barely make ends meet. What if something has happened and he ended up here legit--cause he won't use welfare and he was laid off and ended up losing it all. What if he's barely literate and surely can't use the Internet to find a job and towns have gotten so big now it's harder to find jobs. It used to be you could find a job word of mouth or referral from people but not so much anymore.

Maybe I felt like I was buying my dad a beer. It's the least I could do. You would call my dad an alcoholic. I'm sure he wouldn't give a flying ... oh, But he does like his beer. Because we never had money it was never expensive beer. It was Schmidts or Schlitz. He'll drink Michelob if something cheaper isn't available. He doesn't drink to get sloppy or pass out, he's not hateful or ignorant about it...but he does drink several beers every day.

So I think.....Good. I hope this man does go get some beer and have a cold one on my dime. Damn, the man is at least 60 if not more. Doesn't he at least deserve a sit-down with a cold beer. I hope it's a tall cold one..I hope when he pulls it from his mouth he closes his eyes and sighs "Aaaahhh". I hope it's a good one.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Gay.....really Gay

I'm tired of being PC about everything. I hate to have to justify my title and let people know I'm not bashing homosexuals here. I mentally am telling myself "self, this is your blog- just delete this first paragraph justifying using the word gay and move on, anyone who knows you will get it"...yet here the paragraph, no other way to really describe the following ...

We're at the dog park yesterday with Buffy and you have to follow a small path to get to the area where you can release the dogs. Bikers and joggers use the trail, I think it's actually part of the Bluebonnet trail. The bikers were prolific actually.

One bike was about to pass and I guess wanted to let us know he was coming up behind us. I am sure I would be a bit intimidated on a bike if folks had a near 100 pound dog with them and unaware I was approaching. I'm sure there's all kinds of courtesy as to how this works but this man rang a bell at us.

He rang his bicycle bell. It was one of those little bell's that tinkle like an 8 year old little girl's bike. Ring, Ring, Ring. Gay.

Gay Gay Gay. Gay Gay Gay!!!!!!

This was a normal guy on a ten speed with khaki shorts and a shirt and a helmet (gay). Not a pro biker with the compression shorts and special shoes and a mule watering pack on his back or anything. Just a guy on his bike and his fairy bicycle bell and helmet. Gay. Although I always made my kids wear helmets for riding bikes and rollerblading and such I didn't understand where this man thought he was going?? A 30 year old man riding on a sidewalk at a leisurely pace, I think he could have foregone the helmet and the gay bell. I'm pretty sure you can go into any Walmart and get some big manly sounding honking horn or some kind of audio voice box that says "Hey, move over". How about just calling out "excuse me" or "to your left" like the other guys did?? Where did he get the gay bell from anyways?? Did he have to hijack it off his daughters Dora the Explorer bike before it hit the yard sale?

Poor single ladies, where have all the real men gone??

In the meantime, yesterday was 20 degrees cooler than the last time we hit the dog park. This photo shows some still needed a cool down. I was being considerate converting this to black and white--the color of the water was NOT attractive. Dogs are gross.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Put on your traveling hat....

As I promised I did take my camera to the airport. Much rolling of eyes by Lauren and Tom.
Lauren has travelled unaccompanied for a lot of trips and thus is quite jaded by the experience. She can manage an airport and handle lay overs and transfers like a pro. She knows to wear flip flops and bring a sweatshirt regardless of the weather outside. She knows how to "chat" with those people who are talkers in the airport without engaging them too much but enough as to not be considered rude. (Wearing the Ipod even when it's off is a good trick.)

I trust her ability to travel so --Yes, I admit it. At Love Airport I don't even escort her in, I just drop her at the front door. But hey, where they have you park and then walk to the terminal is a huge walk and those sea bags are heavy. I think I'm being nice by just dropping her at the curb. This morning was DFW however so we got to walk in.

I've dropped Lauren as well as many other sea cadet's off at the airport for many a training. They all have the green sea bag and grip tightly to their records/orders because they would rather lose a leg than lose those records. All of the cadet's that have come and gone, I still imagine them traveling with their sea bags. Silly right?? They turned them in with their gear when they left the cadets...but I still envision their travels with sea bag. Some of them have joined the military so they still travel with sea bag, but the majority I suspect uses luggage. Lauren's sea bag is her personal one, Tom gave it to her from his days in the Navy. I wonder if she'll travel with it after her Sea Cadet days are gone??

And finally, is it best to wear a black top hat or matching sequinned baby blue cowboy hat to the airport??