Saturday, April 24, 2010

Architecture of a story...

rainy day architecture

It was a rainy day and I grabbed the cards on the way out to get Rey & Dylan's hair cut. I got the shot I liked, but I also wanted to share a shot Dylan got. He wanted to catch a card dropping and when I explained that the shutter speed was too slow b/c it was dark inside, he put on the flash and messed around until he got the shot he wanted! I think it came out really cool!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Architecture of Creativity...

Not my greatest effort but considering I nearly FORGOT to take a picture I don't think it's too bad, lol.

cabin architecture

I'm a petsitter, but have recently offered to do some extra side jobs for my clients. Today I cleaned up a really cool cabin that had sat all winter empty. Messy job, but it gave me something to shoot and a little extra cash, so well worth it!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Architecture in Bloom...

Earth Day Architecture

We had a fun day at the local college celebrating Earth Day! I wasn't very inspired to shoot today, the sky was gray and not pretty to take pictures. As I was sitting there enjoying, I looked over and realized that they had a booth showing people how straw bale houses are made. I knew right away I had to get up and get motivated! I had a bunch of different shots and angles I liked, but I chose this one b/c I thought it captured the day a bit too b/c the girls had their faces painted.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Architecture of the American Dream...

I don't have a white picket fence but I do have a white spindled deck railing. I guess we took the dream and tweaked it to make it our own. :-)

Till death do us part...

Today is the Anniversary of our first date, 19 years ago! I thought I wanted to do something artistic and enlisted Rey's help since he was home. It didn't come out quite as I envisioned it, but we had a really nice time walking around the cemetery and taking pictures. Morbid that on the 19th anniversary of our first date we had a mini-date at the cemetery. That's just the way we roll sometimes. Here are 2 pics, I think the one with the flowers only is best, but the shot I went to the cemetery for is the one with the gravestones in the background.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Primitive architecture...

Just when I'm about to give up taking pictures with this camera it forces me beyond what I think I know and pushes me to get a better picture. This little shack is up the road from my house and I've taken pictures from afar of it before but nothing stellar. Today I noticed that the gate was open and at first I just drove on by. I was out on the four wheeler and knew I was going to take pictures of the little church up the road for our new word of the week. But on the way home, after not getting any shots that I just loved, I noticed the gate was still open. I don't really know the neighbors who own this land but my parents do and I figured if they happened along and wanted to know what I was doing I'd just explain- thankfully that didn't happen!

I took a few shots trying to frame the house just right but was very unhappy with the colors I was getting. The lilacs were barely noticeable, the field was dull and the sky was too white. Instead of giving up I decided to get down low and forget about the sky because it was useless to try to get blue sky with this camera. As soon as I saw the first picture I knew I'd made the right choice! The auto settings on the camera (that's all there is so I have to rely on them) metered for the grass instead of the house when I got down low and the colors became richer and the sky was no longer an issue because I just made sure it wasn't in the shot.

The thing is that when I got home and looked at the pictures not only was the exposure of this picture better than the others, so was the composition. I was forced to look for a better shot for technical reasons but came out with an artistically better shot as well. A small victory with the little point and shoot, but I'll take it. :)

Architecture-New WOTW!

Hope & I spent the day walking, having our "movie day" (this will be in quotes forevermore since movies are rarely watched! LOL) and talking photography naturally! We decided on the word ARCHITECTURE for our WOTW. We also decided that when Hope gets her camera back, we are going to involve our readers a bit, but you will have to wait and watch for that! ;o)

So, I didn't have lots of time this evening to get a shot, this is what I chose when petsitting. Yes, this is a MAILBOX. I don't know why, I just know it is. It's nearly as massive as it looks, taller than me, probably 6+ feet. I've never seen anything like it, so I suspect my clients were looking for something unique. They succeeded!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

working on it

So, I'm working on trying to get a great reflection in the eyes when I take my shots. I would LOVE if you could actually see ME (or a tree or clouds or whatever) reflected in the subjects eyes, but this seems to be out of my reach. I can "kind of" see myself taking the pic in her right eye, but it's not what I was going for. Nonetheless, it was the shot I was working on this morning and it turned out a beautiful pic (how could it NOT be with such a subject??!!) and I want to keep track of how I progress when working on this.