Friday, May 6, 2016

Night Photos

I did three evenings of "night" photography. The first evening we stayed at the college. The second evening we went to a park. The third evening we took photos on the rooftop of one of the college buildings painting with light. Then I tried the painting with light at home.

We used tripods so we could use a long enough exposure time for things to show.

The sun was setting as we went out.
This picture and the next were taken just moments apart but at different exposures.

These were taken in the dark by painting the flowers with a flashlight.

At home, we experimented with how long to hold the shutter open. I had too much light on this one.

I like this one better.

Jasmine took these drum pictures
 This has too much light
This is better. I think I like the first one best.

I think painting with light was my favorite part of night photography. Overall, night photography isn't my thing. I wish I could take the portrait class, but it's while I'm out of town this summer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Kayla's hair is super short again due to damage. I asked her if she wanted her ears pierced to give her a more girly look. She did. If she'd grow her hair out a little, she'd look like Lupita Nyong'o from Twelve Years a Slave.

I don't know if she was nervous or bored.

Not bored anymore.

I let her choose from the less expensive choices, and she chose stars.
 Two of my beautiful daughters before church.

This is an honest to goodness genuine smile!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Random photos from my phone

I downloaded the pictures on my phone to my computer. Really random photos. Here are a few:

This is the oldest photo on my phone. It's from the home coming dance last September.

Our first photo class. Also last September.

Before we got our fourth doggy.

Where I walk 2-3 times a week.

Rick's work Christmas party. Feeling like a normal adult for once. (Except I was drinking Dr. Pepper)

Jasmine with our pastor's wife after the Christmas service.

With Adam in January.

River's first day at church. Jessica with our children's minister.

Rick and the twins at church.

In February I surprised everyone with a trip to Escape Manor. I told them I had an activity planned and asked if they were in or not. No clue as to what the activity was. They all chose to be in. The evening before, I told them all where we were going. I had dropped hints and a couple of them had figured it out. We escaped with a few minutes to spare.

At a zoo during spring break.

 At the beach after the zoo.
New doggy Sadie Rose. She'd been without a home for over two years.

River laying across my legs while I write.

Ty rescuing a wooden frame as the trash truck was making its way down the road. He ran three or four blocks with the wagon and got it. We are going to use it to build a raised garden.

I bought him the "Angriest Whopper" for his heroics.

 Johnny jump up for $5 from a yard sale.

At a cycle/jet ski etc open house. I went for the hamburgers they were grilling :)  Well, really we didn't know they had hamburgers, but they were good.

Building a three tier plant holder.

I saw these and sent this photo to Jasmine to see if she'd like them. She did, but we decided to wait and get them for next fall. Hoping they mark them down during the summer.

Picnic on the beach.

Jasmine is going on a choir tour to Colorado the day after school ends. They are biking up Pike's Peak, so we have started riding our bikes in the evening.

 Ty picking up his first vehicle from an independent car repair place.
Jasmine and Kaleb with Newberry award winner Kwame Alexander.

Signing "Crossover"
So, that's a bit of what's on my phone. What's on yours? Come on, play along.