The first summer day at the camp

We went out to the camp on Saturday for the first time this season.  I brought my camera and used it a lot.  There’s a good chance I may not use it out there that much for the rest of the summer so since I felt like using it, I did.

All of these are taken with my 70-300 lens.  (The one I didn’t think I would use  Turns out I really like this lens on bright summer days.  These are all taken mid afternoon.

Love these water shots.  Walter kept throwing water on Cale and you can just see the joy in their expressions.

One of my favorites of the day.  (You can see the mallard floating around behind them.)

Running with his tongue sticking out.

This is Oma and Opa’s dog Lacy.

Another favorite of the day.

It is so cute to watch these two play together.

Finding big ants in the sand.

This one was taken with my 50mm.  When I see sparkling eyes I have to capture them.

Trying out the lens…

I didn’t think I liked.  I was actually pleasantly surprised by the shots I got with it today.  It’s a 70-300 4.5 so I was thinking it was going to be kind of useless but then summer came and it turns out it’s a great outdoor lens.

This little guy swam by the camp today.  He was not too far off from shore so zoomed into 300 I was able to get up close and personal.

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Real Life Around our house

I thought it might be fun to do this every Friday.  Hopefully it will encourage me to take more snapshots throughout the week.  We will see how long I can keep it up…

Cale is explaining to Matt why he is the only one in the class picture making a face.  Somehow that doesn’t surprise me.  He, on the other hand was surprised to learn that every kid took that picture home to show their parents and now they will all see his silly face too.  I had to explain that to him when he thought he could just throw it away and it would go away.

Caught these two playing together nicely in the porch the other day.  I love Brady’s little head sticking out watching and waiting for his big brother.  When Brady saw this picture just now he said “I didn’t want that to be a car wash” so I’m not quite sure what the story line is here.  When they are playing nicely I don’t interrupt for fear it will end.

Brady colored some birthday pictures for Opa and Jeff and then carried them around all day in envelopes.

 Apparently they were pretty important.  Turns out he lost them now though.  (And umm.. yeah, pajamas in the middle of the day and outside…  not a rare occurrence.)  Here he is holding his envelopes.

Still lots of snuggles with my baby.  I think we both forget he’s almost 4.  I remember every time he tries to climb around on my lap.  He’s getting a bit heavy for that.

Sunlight & Cookies

She was eating cookies in the backyard and I wanted to try shooting in the bright sun again so I grabbed her.  The original of this picture is much cuter because she had cookie crumbs near her mouth but when she saw them she made me photoshop them off.  She already knows the power of photoshop.

I still can’t get over how green her eyes get in certain light.

Lucky girl got her Dad’s eyeslashes.

Working on clarity with full body shots and my 50mm.  I’m starting to like them more.

Cloudy and Sunny

Snapped a few pictures of Cale a couple days ago on a cloudy day. I’m working on getting better exposures straight out of the camera.  These are slightly edited in Lightroom using my very first made by me preset.  Light room is confusing!  but I’m determined to learn it which means I’ll probably be comfortable in it by next week…lol.

These pictures below are straight out of the camera from today.  I was practicing metering in the blinding sun.  When I first got this camera I struggled with shots in really bright light.  I didn’t know where to meter and I was all worried about blowouts.

My philosophy now is if that’s how your eyes see it I have no problem with my pictures showing it.  For example, I’ve pretty much lost the detail in the apple but looking at it in real life you can’t see the detail because the sun is so bright on it.  Every photographer will have their own opinion on how a photo should be exposed.  Some will use a fill flash to expose the apple and the face properly.  I’d like to learn flash eventually but I also don’t have any problem with blowouts in certain parts of my pics.

I should have turned him around from the sun but he wouldn’t let me when I tried so I had to take what I could get 😉