Reboot

This is the toughest blog post to write since I have neglected it since March! Not that I haven’t tried to write a few but have to say life has been pretty busy. Between work, the camera club and personal stuff not whole lot of time to keep the blog up to date.

Moving forward going to try and post more often but with shorter posts. Going to try and post quick moments in time I want to remember and share. Hopefully this will be easier to achieve now that I have a working computer!

I will begin the new style of posting shortly. I just need to sort out which events to start with first.

Stay Tuned!

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Musings of a busy mind (and at times confused!)

I have begun to realize how difficult it is to keep a blog up and running. Especially for me I find I get all my thoughts jumbled up and then I am unable to put anything on paper. My blog is more about my life in general, musings on my growing love of photography and occasionally a random blog post about anything that catches my fancy.  Just hope I don’t put anyone to sleep while reading my posts!

It has been a very busy time since I wrote last. Christmas in my family is a lot of crazy running around and lots of visitors. The holiday was also a great time to get some photography fun in. I was unable to blog earlier about a fun studio session I had with two girls of a family friend. We had done it to surprise their parents with some photos as a Christmas present. It was a tough session with a steep learning curve. Photographing a two year old and five year old is quite a challenge. Especially since the five year old was in an interesting mood the day we decided to do the photos. I used a white sheet as a backdrop and my 50mm lens. Literally my dad corralled them and I just took as many pictures as possible. Thankfully I got a few that captured their personality. The best photos to illustrate the day are the outtakes:

(Dad was trying to get them to sit with not a whole lot of luck)

(oldest girl had squishing down pat on this shoot!)

I also had a great time visiting Henry’s for a special sale. To make a long story short, I won my dad a $500 gift certificate which he put towards a new Canon Rebel T1i. A pretty sweet camera and one he is already having lots of fun with. He is insisting at the moment on keeping his five year old rebel but I am pretty sure it will be gathering a lot of dust soon. His new camera is far better for his creative and artistic drive when it comes to photography. Me I just bought a camera bag appropriate for travelling and a light weight tripod with a gift certificate my cousin gave me for Christmas through our family exchange. I got thoroughly spoiled, I also now have a small portable flash. It appears I am pretty outfitted with camera gear for awhile.

The next adventure was the debate on bringing my camera for a short business trip to Dallas. With the new security rules I was nervous on whether or not I could carry on my equipment. Thankfully the new LowePro bag I bought was the right size and made the hand check by security pretty easy. I just made sure I only had my camera bag. I am pretty shy and find it difficult to photograph in unfamiliar situations. I had decided to bring my camera to my division’s award night, mostly to just practice indoor shooting with my 50 mm lens and the new flash. I quickly got recruited to be the official photographer for the night and ended up taking well over 50 group shots. This was a huge challenge since I was using a stage which had large speakers in front, and roaming spotlights above. In hindsight I should have tried to get the spotlights turned off.  Unfortunately could not move the speakers so when I edited the photos tried to mostly crop them out. At this point I have the 100 plus photos edited but still awaiting instructions on how everyone wishes for them to be presented. I do know eventually I will have to create a photo presentation that will play on a very large screen at the next meeting in the spring. A new challenge since it is not something I have done before.

Sorry for the long post but I’ve had a busy couple of months. Next up is creating a cheet sheat for the functions of my camera, a cool idea from my camera club! I also need to spend some time learning the telephoto lens I bought in November before buying another lens. I also need to find a  good course on lighting and using a flash, a big problem for me technically.

Till I write again!

Cruising through life in the blazing sun!

I am thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t promise to post on my personal blog all that frequently. It has been a busy few weeks and I haven’t had a moment to write. It hasn’t helped that I seem to get way too many thoughts jumbled in my head and nothing I can put down on paper.

First thing that has me pretty busy is a catalogue project at work. I did have the process down to a science until this time it was decided to do it in a new program. Now I am in control of picking the books, laying out the pages (all 62 of them), fitting in the content and selecting the text styles. I actually find the challenge fun but with a tight deadline I am wishing I could figure out a way making it the whole thing go faster! I am also the company guinea pig since no one has tried creating a catalogue in this program, just textbooks. So far so good, it is actually working out really well.

The really big and fun activity was attending the Red Meets Pink Cruise on June 6th. We left from Pier 29 in Toronto, Ontario on the River Gambler. It was a five hour cruise and I had a blast. My Dad’s camera is at the moment out of commission so while he had the video camera I got to play photographer. I thankfully was not the only photographer so my Dad will have lots of photos to choose from to create the final video. This was a big challenge because it was super bright, on a moving boat and with lots of people. As my Dad reminded me I had to make sure there were people in my shots! I also still only have one lens and no external flash. With a little help from my Dad we figured out the best solution to compensate for the really bright sunshine was to slightly underexpose the shots. I was shocked to discover when I downloaded the photos I took over 500 plus shots. Not all worked but I took the philosophy to just keep shooting and have fun. I even took advice from Within the Frame, and made sure I tried to capture the feel and vision of the cruise. The most fun I had was photographing the children. I discovered when I sat on the deck and stayed at their level they would connect with me better. These are a few of my favourite photos from the shoot:

Happiness Bubbling Over!

Beautiful Young Lady

Is this close enough?

Only a few tips from my long day of shooting, remember to pack sunscreen and wear it! I got a tad sunburned and the worse spot was the back of my neck. I also got a photographers tan in front, with two white strips on my chest from my neck strap hanging down. I have immense respect for those who do this for a living, my knees and hips were sore for days afterwards with all the bending, sitting and standing I did. I even had a sore elbow from having my arm bent for most of the five hours.

Next big adventure will be a mini trip to Washington, DC with my Mom and Sister. I hope to get a lot of chances to take some interesting photos on this road trip. This will be my first long road trip with a camera that isn’t a point and shoot. The other goal is to find some reasonably priced lens for my camera in the US. Although I still haven’t had a moment to explore Henry’s Camera’s used selection. I have learned with my Sony that accessories and lenses are a little scarce. Sony hasn’t been on the market as long as the other camera companies. I am not disappointed I love my Sony and will patiently a wait for when used or new accessories are more readily available.

Till I blog again!