Saturday, April 12, 2008

Spring Break?

Oh, my poor neglected blog. I have been so busy this past month that I haven't gotten the chance to sit at the computer much. I have been sewing, but not much worth photographing. I WILL have stuff to share soon though.

In the meantime, I'll put up some of my other recent photos. I've been reading a lot working hard to learn Photoshop Elements, as well as the concepts of good photography. I have a decent camera and it really is about time I learned how to use it to its full capacity -- I hope to work up to deserving a DSLR soon.

We took the girls to the Coast for Spring Break last week. Now, when you go to the beach in the springtime, do you think it is unreasonable to expect a little fun in the sun? Well OK, this IS Oregon and they don't call us webfoots for nothing, but we had SNOW. It was too weird and amusing to get worked up over, but I still wish it had been just a *little* warmer.

This is the only sunset we had all 3 nights we were there. That black cloud on the right was on its way in to dump yet more snow on us.

We enjoyed our room very much, and got quite familiar with the cable channels on the TV. We don't have cable at home, so that in itself was a little treat. I'm not much for TV though, so I played with my camera instead. Look at me -- I *finally* understand F-stops!

So maybe sharing portraits of my family's feet is a little weird, but understanding focal length has been a challenge to me for so long that I HAD to play with some alternative points of view just to prove to myself that I could finally do it.

And hey, does this family know how to kick back, or what, LOL!

I don't want this blog to become a forum for sharing too many family pictures, but I have to put up one more. I am so proud of this photo! This is Jake holding his granddaughter for this first time. Annika is not a tiny newborn, but doesn't her little hand look almost lost in his? (Jake's hands really ARE that big.)

The original was in color, but the image worked so much better when I rendered it in black and white instead. I think I want to crop it just a little more and maybe up the contrast a smidge...


Linda Fleming said...

Great photos, Judi! The photo of Annika and Jake's hands is very special- and what a great keepsake. Wouldn't that photo look great in a collage for your beautiful grand daughter?

Judi W. said...

Super photos! What book are you using for Elements? I need to learn it too.

Kerry said...

I love the sunset picture and set it as my desktop background, hope you don't mind, it is beautiful! Everyone seems to have healthy feet, LOL!! That is a good thing!!
The picture of Annika and Jakes hands is very touching and very beautiful as it is.

Jacque Uetz said...

Judi, you are such an inspiring person in life things..I wish I thought as deep as you and Sue..loved it all..

Yvette said...

I love the photo of Jake and Annika's hands. It is such a sweet photo. Not so much the feet though LOL
The sunset is really pretty too!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Your photos are wonderful. One should have talent even to take photos and that you my friend have in abundance.