Monday, December 1, 2008

We are slackers!

So I told myself that I was not going to slack and I was going to do October/November's challenge....Well guess what? IT IS DECEMBER NOW! I only have red food coloring and not sure if this is what we were suppose to do but here is my pictures (I read the instructions awhile ago but only had about 5 minutes to take pictures without help so they didnt get reread).

Friday, October 10, 2008

October Challenge

I found this girls blog and thought this would be a fun idea to try for the October challenge. We'll have to experiment and see what works best for each of us (also, the subject is clear, so you don't have to be creative mom ;). ),39001469,39294428-12,00.htm#12

Bathroom Product Ad

Here is my bathroom ad. I didn't get as many soap bubbles on his head as I wanted, he needs a little more hair.

I also still intend to do the saying one, I just need to come up with a saying.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fall is here!

This is from Sundance when Josh and I went a couple weeks ago. I did get this one I liked. Now someone needs to come up with the saying to go with it for me.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Here is my sayiing photo

It was far more difficult to make this work than I thought. I used an off camera flash and tried a few things with the oven light.

Monday, September 22, 2008


which do you like best

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another asignment

so I was thinking besides the commercial thing for an assignment we should also take a picture of a popular saying or metaphor. (ex. shaking like a leaf on a tree, don't cry over spilled milk) it doesn't have to be and action itself. I hope you get the idea.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Next Challenge

*In case you actually saw the original post in the 2 minutes it was up, I changed my mind*

For the next challenge, shoot an ad page for a product you normally find in the bathroom.

Try to have it done by the end of the month.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Here's my lines.
Now it's someone else's turn to give a challenge.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Got this shot while the guys were fishing at Potters Pond on Friday. I had just breifly looked over the lesson, and then re-read it whe I got home, and was pleased to discover that this fit the guidelines. I love it an am considering having it printed to display in my house...

Lighting lesson #1

These are mostly for Josh, but I figured it was just as easy to post them here as just email them to him.

This first picture shows you about how far I am from the window. You want to stay out of that area that is super bright, but other then that, move you subject as absolutely close to that line as possible. This will give you the most light and allow you to have more control over your settings. I bumped my ISO up to 400 to attempt to get my f stop to 3.3 or higher. If you do do this, just remember that you DO NOT want to underexpose pics, (don't over either, of course), if you do, when you bring them up in photoshop you'll end up with all that dreaded digital noise.

Diagram 1, subject is 90 degrees from the light source.

Diagram #2 - subject is at 45 degrees (ignore the 90 on the pic, that's wrong) from the light source.

Diagram #3 - Subject is directly facing light source.

So, which is the correct one you ask? None of them are, none of them are wrong either, as the photographer, you get to decide exactly which style you want to use. So play with them all until you decide which you prefer.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

in color

same image here just in color.

lines part one

At work this week I had two hot air balloons land in the parking lot. Apparently this happens fairly often but it was my first time and I happened to have my camera with me. I like the thought of this in BW and am curious what feeling you get. Also which image do you like best?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

better late than never

I had this idea floating around and tried to pull it off, what do you think?


I wrote up a lesson on lines, so I'll add it to mom's post.

Lesson 2


Lines are all around us and can evoke varied emotional responses; sitting in long lines of traffic is irritating, yet a long lifeline on your palm is a pleasure.

The direction a line takes determines is symbolism. Horizontal lines create stability, while vertical lines give a sense of pride and dignity. Diagonal lines lead towards the feeling of movement, while curved lines are calming; symbolizing motion, growth, meandering direction and restfulness.

The magnitude of the line also impacts the photo. Bold lines symbolize more strength than thin lines.


Choose three different emotions/feelings you want to portray in your photograph and determine which type of lines would best accomplish this. How is the emotion affected when combining different types and angles of lines in one photograph?

While composing your photographs, eliminate unnecessary clutter to allow the viewer to focus on the lines and their intended meaning.

Choose 3 photos (one for each emotion/feeling) to be critiqued. When posting your photos for critique, don’t tell what emotion was intended, as a viewer; make sure to add which emotion you felt from the other’s photos in your critique.

Don’t forget to apply the rule of thirds and to define your subject in your photos.

2nd Aug Challenge LINES

Since Aug is just over half way through I think it's time for a new challenge.
How about LINES... look at the lines in your picture, where do they take your eye. Be creative. They could be a tree limb, part of a building, etc. I would write a little more on this out of one of my books but I don't have them at the moment so just be creative and go for it. Lets see what lines there are out there.

Monday, August 18, 2008


I figured, since I was always looking down at the kids when I took pics of them, I would try swapping that, so I laid down on the floor and let them climb on top of me. Unfortunately, this is the only one that was actually in focus.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Not really my perspective pic, but cool none the less

This is what our sky looked like last night, so I grabbed my phone and snapped a pic. I thought it turned out cool so I am sharing.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I think I need glasses...

So if you can't read the sign do you have to obey it?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Jen's Perspective

Here's mine...I had to hurry and do it while I was thinking about it....The ground was REALLY hard or I would have laid down flat and got a better one, but this will have to do :D

Monday, August 4, 2008


I was able to capture this shot at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville Kentucky. It was perfect, and I can only imagine that is what an ant would see as he looked up at a "regular" bat leaning on the side of a porch... WOW!!! I still have like 10 days left...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A New Perspective

Take a pic from a different perspective. Pretend you are 1 year old.. how do little ones see the world? Or a giant, or a bug, or butterfly or something. The pic can be of anything you want. Have fun with it and lets see what we get.
You have till Aug 15th.. I'm a little slow, Aug got here before i realized it, so you have a little under 2 weeks. Then someone else gets to give a challenge.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Where is everyone?

So I came up with a new idea. Since everyone is busy in different ways and to wait for everyone to do every challenge we'll be waiting forever I think we should all submit challenges so every Monday look so see who and what the challenge is for the week (the first to post one is the one we do that week so if someone has posted one then save yours till the next week) and everyone that can that week do a photo. If you think every week is to much then we can do it on the 1st and 15th... that will give us 2 weeks to do it. (which might be better). What do you think?

Monday, July 21, 2008


So I like this image, and its not a CRAZY perspective but its close up and a bit different.
Come on lets get some pictures posted ya'll.

Monday, July 7, 2008

My Alive Picture

I dont know if it meets any special criteria but I like it!

Thursday, July 3, 2008


This isn't as clear as I was hoping but you know those bumble bees they just won't stay still. But you get the idea.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Again, if you haven't done/posted Alive yet, go ahead and still do it.

The new challenge is all about perspective.  Perspective can really play an important role in how we see things and the feel of the photograph.  So, pick something and take a picture of it, then take additional pictures from AT LEAST 3 different perpectives.  Then post your 3 favorite perspectives on the blog.  Try to get really creative and choose very different perspectives for each shot.

Monday, June 30, 2008

My rule of thirds

This was taken at the great salt lake. I will be getting my alive photo up soon so come on folks its been a while since there was activity here. Lets see some photos!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Photo Lesson #1 : Rule of thirds

Define Your Subject

One of the most important things to remember when composing a photograph is to Define Your Subject. Before you take a picture ask yourself 2 questions: 1) What are you taking a picture of? and 2) Can your viewer tell?

All photographs need a center of interest – a single object or event that is of primary interest to the viewer. If there is more than one center of interest; how are they related and organized?

We will learn different methods for defining the subject throughout this course.

Rule of Thirds

To capture and hold someone’s attention when viewing a photograph, you need to assure that the photograph is visually interesting. One method of accomplishing this is by using the Rule of Thirds. This rule intends to get the center of interest out of the center of the photograph and place it in a more interesting position.

The Rule of Thirds is simply the method of dividing the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Where the lines cross are more ideal positions for subjects.

When dividing your photograph into thirds you can also use the dividing lines as guides to place either implied or actual lines.

When taking pictures with horizons in them, it is necessary to evaluate the photograph and determine which is more important before composing it. Placing the horizon along the top third of the frame will place more emphasis on the land, whereas placing the horizon along the bottom third of the frame with place more emphasis on the sky. Either of these placements is usually preferred against placing the horizon directly in the center of the frame.


Part one – Take a photograph of anything you desire but make sure that you have defined the subject.

Part two – Utilize the rule of thirds. Pick a subject and experiment placing it in different parts of the frame. Position the center of interest of different cross points of the dividing lines and also in the center of the frame to see the impact these placements have on the composition.

Part three – Take a picture with a horizon in it place the horizon in the bottom third, the center third, and the top third. How do these photographs compare?

Take as many photographs as you would like throughout the next 2 weeks. At the end of that time, submit the 3 best photographs that demonstrate the rule of thirds and share comments and critique on these photographs.

Monday, June 2, 2008

so I thought I had figured out how to post my name but I haven't so I will try later....Lyndsee is having a melt down....


Challenge #2

If you still haven't done #1 and want to, please do and post it.

Now that I've started getting you looking at things differently, you get a chance at thinking outside the box.  I'm going to post a word, and you simply need to interpret it, and take a picture of your interpretation.


I will also post one of the lessons I did awhile back, they focus more on elements of design and such for those that want to do them.

Also, if there is any type of challenge, or you come up with any ideas, please let me know.  I'm always open to suggestions.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

That's my name......

This was really fun... Can't wait for the next challenge!!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Name with a theme

Since I'm in a new area with new plants, I thought I'd explore them for my name.  The flower that makes the K is one of my new fav ones.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

This is my name... I tried to be creative but the r was hard... I tried to talk Trudi into being my r and she wouldn't cooperate so this is what I came up with.
Oh and she wants to join to so we will be seeing from her to.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Here's mine. I haven't done the photoshop thing, so you get to pick out the letters of my name.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Challenge #1

Alright, so I got today's challenge idea from Haylee.  She was finding letters in the vacuum cord. So, your challenge, is to take a picture of your name.  Each letter can be a different picture (so Josh with have 4 pics, I will have 5), and they must be things you find out and about you.  The goal of this is to really start looking at the things around you.  You can use the objects themselves, or look at the negative space around them to see what they make.  

This website gives a really good example of what I'm thinking.

Try to have it done and posted within a couple weeks.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Here is one of my first photo's that I do enjoy

My First Post

This is one of the pics I took while on a photo shoot with Josh... I haven't done anything but resize, What do you think of it though...I took a bunch of this and want to decide on the best and tweek it a little.

Here we go!

Alright, here it is.  Everyone's first assignment, make sure you know how to and can make a post on the blog.

I should probably be more specific.  Since Mom and Josh haven't blogged before, go to, sign in with your email address, and try making an actual post, not just a comment.  That's how we'll post the results.