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days 38/39

Day 38

“I miss you when you’re gone!”

That’s what Makayla says all the time. I have no idea when or where she picked that up… but I think it kinda fits today….

I’m really bummed. Why? Well… because I’ve been spoiled these last few months that Chris has been working at this new job.

He’s always (as long as I’ve known him which is around 10 years now) had a job where he traveled. -Often and for long lengths at a time.- And since he’s been working at his newest job, he’s not really had to travel very much at all. And I LOVE it! And the girls LOVE it too! We’ve all been quite spoiled by his lack of travel, honestly.

But today he had to fly out to California. It’s totally bummin’ my flow today.

I’m tired, depressed and feeling genuinely uncreative and unmotivated today. Hope tomorrow is better.


Camera Info: 1/30 second, f/4.5, 50mm, ISO=630 – hand held, nifty 50 (f/1.8) lens.

Flash: SB800 at 1/16 power @70mm about 5 feet high – on manfroto nano stand – with my diy snoot straw grid – pointed down to subject from camera front/left. Triggered with PWplusII.

Day 39

bench monday

We don’t have a bench in the house… and since Chris is still traveling, I decided to improvise with stuff here in the house. But we do have a table. So I grabbed the pledge and dusted it off… effectively making it VERY slippery in the process. So I grabbed our ladder and used that to climb up on the table – as many of you know I’m not a very coordinated person, and I was trying to not injure myself today. lol.


Camera Info: 1/60 second, f/2.5, 50mm, ISO=250 – on tripod, shutter triggered remotely, nifty 50mm (f/1.8) lens.

Flash: SB800 at 1/128 power @24mm about 2.5 feet high and 2-3 feet away from subject – on manfroto nano stand – with my diy snoot straw grid – pointed slightly up to – though nearly even with subject from camera front/left. Triggered with PWplusII.



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A little…. hmmm?

Day 22

Today I was feeling a little crazy. I don’t know why. And I was packing up some more stuff and ran across my face paint and thought… what the heck! So I threw some on [with little care for what it really looked like] and played with the camera.

I tried when I was done to remove the makeup (it’s some oil based halloween makeup we had laying around) – and though I got most of it off, I’m pretty sure there’s a fair amount in my eyes. They’re watering like crazy and overall feeling irritated now. I guess I need to go digging through my (already packed) makeup kit to find my remover.


Camera Info: 1/200 second, f/10, roughly 35mm, ISO=200 – on tripod but I pressed the shutter manually.

Flash: SB800 at 1/4 power @17mm about 4 1/2 feet high, shot through umbrella. Triggered with PWplusII.

I ended up with a few images that I liked so I thought I would share them here:

And for those of you wanting to know more about the setup for these (other than the text I have above):


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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in 365 Days, how to, lighting, Photography, self portraits


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Catching up…

Here’s the last few days of 365 photos – all of which have been up on flickr.
Day 18


My daughter, Makayla, has this Wall-E toy that she just loves. So I though I would take a photo of it that she could admire… and that I could frame and put in her new room when we move. It was quite late tonight when Chris got in from work anyway… so I thought I would go ahead and post this as my day 18 photo. Hope you enjoy!


Camera Info: 1/250 second, f/1.8, 50mm, ISO=160 – hand held (shot with my nifty 50 f/1.8 lens).

Flash: SB800 at 1/64 power @28mm with my diy straw grid snoot on manfroto nano stand about 4 feet high, pointed down on Wall-E toy. Triggered with PWplusII. The red dot is a laser pointer I had handy. Shot during the late afternoon on a pretty cloudy day.


Day 19

For any of you who follow me on twitter or facebook, you know that yesterday my coffee maker went kaputt! I have no idea why… but it didn’t want to make me my precious morning nectar!

This morning I woke up and remembered that I had meant to go to pick up a new maker last night, but forgot – so today was day 2 with no coffee! UGH!

I can’t go without my morning coffee!!!

So after I fed the girls their breakfast, I loaded them up in the car and headed up to the local Super Wal-Mart to pick up a new one. I found this beauty for a whopping $17.00 !!! ((I did look for a french press, but apparently they don’t carry them at Wal-Mart, though I’ve seen them at Target before)).

Tonight I thought I would do something funny – and something I’ve not done before either. Make a video with a music track that actually made sense when watching it all together. Now I know that if I want to do more videos, I need to pick up a copy of Final Cut Pro… because using iMovie was very frustrating and limiting.

Anyhow…. I hope you enjoy my little funny video! It made me giggle when I watched it completed! =)

All the photos in the video are shot with natural lighting, so no strobist info today. I used my nifty 50mm f/1.8 @ 1.8 and ISOs from 800-1200 based on the shot.

You can watch the video HERE


Day 20

Na-cho. Yum.

So today was exhausting. Had to get up early this morning and make sure the house was presentable despite the fact that half our stuff is in boxes and whatnot because of the impending move. Why? Well… the people that handle renting the current house out have decided that even though we’re still living here, they want to show the house. They have done this twice and I am not a fan. But I had to get up early this morning and clean because they called late yesterday telling me they were coming early today.

They arrived early.

Related note: We have a door in the back that we cannot open. Not because it won’t open… but because it won’t close once opened. These people decided to open it and after they left I had the realtor come back and close it back for me. It took him a bit of effort, but he got it closed and locked up.


So the rest of the day I spent packing up more stuff. I wish I didn’t have to do this alone… I’m exhausted at the end of the day! And by the time Chris gets home (after his nearly 2 hour commute) it’s late enough that I don’t want to go out to do my 365. I can’t say enough how much I’m looking forward to our move! We’ll be like 10 minutes from Chris’ work…. so he’ll actually be home at a reasonable hour – which means my 365 shots can head back in the direction I wanted them to go.

On that note – I give you, DINNER! Chicken Nachos. Yum. =)

Camera info in the metadata… available light. =)


Day 21

Last night Chris and I watched Pixar short films playing on one of the Disney channels. No, the girls weren’t up. And we watched it anyway. =) I looked for it again today but didn’t see it – thinking that maybe Makayla would enjoy watching it. Anywho… it stuck with me today… and the thought occurred to me that my desk lamp is pretty similar to the pixar lamp. So todays 365 is inspired by that. Also, I would like to share with you my favorite Pixar short EVER! =)

Camera Info: 1/160 second, f/1.8, 50mm, ISO=200 – hand held (shot with my nifty 50 f/1.8 lens).

Flash: SB800 at 1/128 power @35mm 5 feet high, bounced off ceiling. Triggered with PWplusII.


So that catches you up to today…. which I’ll post a little bit later. Hope you enjoyed! =)

and stay tuned for more photos tonight!


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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in 365 Days, how to, lighting, Photography, projects, Videos


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Days 15,16 &17.365

I know it’s been a few days since I posted an actual blog on my 365 stuff… though I have been diligent about getting stuff up on flickr each day. =) But I’ll go ahead and catch all of you blog readers on the last few days.

Day 15

Is it a flower or maybe a stick figure of a strong man? I dunno…. but it’s some bokeh-goodness! Today’s pretty simple:

Camera Info: 1/160 second, f/1.8, 50mm, ISO=100 on tripod
No flash.

Day 16

Chris suggested I call my brother to be my human lightstand this evening and head to Downtown Orlando to shoot strangers. Not typically my strongest suit, honestly. But I persevered – before it started to rain – and asked 10 people if I could take their photos for my 365 project. All ten said yes! It was pretty awesome! So, since it’s getting late, I’ll share two of them with you tonight and then share the rest at a later date. HERE is the other one.

On another note… we had our garage sale today in an effort to sell a bunch of stuff we don’t want to move with us soon. It went pretty well, but we still have the big 63″ tv and the pool table to sell still. Hopefully we can sell them before the move because moving them will suck. lol. If you’re local (Orlando) and want more info about those – just drop me a line!


Camera Info: 1/60 second, f/2.8, 80mm, ISO=1000 – hand held (shot with my 80-200 f/2.8 lens).

Flash: SB800 at 1/64 power @28mm shot through umbrella held by my loving brother/human lightstand to camera right slightly in front of subject. Triggered with PWplusII.

And an additional image I posted from this outing is HERE if you wanted to check it out. =)
*singing* I wear my suuunnn glasses at night…

Day 17

Today went by kinda quickly…. and before I knew it, it was late and I found myself so unmotivated to brave the CRAZY wind alone and head out tonight. (So this is from last night’s wanderings – one of those 10 strangers I took photos of last night in downtown Orlando). We all got up this morning and ended up moving all of the boxes and whatnot that I had packed up upstairs to the downstairs staging area I had set up. We still have furniture from upstairs to move at some point… but not until the end of the month will we have to break our backs with all that thank goodness!


Camera Info: 1/60 second, f/2.8, 80mm, ISO=1000 – hand held (shot with my 80-200 f/2.8 lens).

Flash: SB800 at 1/64 power @28mm shot through umbrella held by my loving brother/human lightstand to camera right slightly in front of subject. Triggered with PWplusII.

And here’s a few more shots from yesterday evening as well. =)
If you like the photos… drop a comment here to let me know I’m on the right track! Thanks!

Posted by on January 18, 2010 in 365 Days, lighting, Photography, portraits, projects


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Day 11 & 12.365

I slacked off yesterday from the photo project… but I made up for it today. =)

…shake it! shake it! shake it baby, now!!!

Day 11

It’s finally warming up a bit! Awesome!!!

Since it’s only mildly cool outside, I thought I would go out in the front yard and do my make up shot for yesterday. Chris went after work to look at two more houses – which now we are going to try for! yay! We had all but given up on finding a suitable house in Lakeland to RENT, so we had resigned to moving into an apartment again. SIGH!

But thankfully, Chris found two more houses to look at and they were both nice… so we’re going with the cheaper one in an effort to save a little in the next year and actually buy a house in Lakeland. Also, we want to get the girls into some type of day care or preschool and I want to get a studio space after we do that… so the drop in rent will help with that immensely! =) Yay!

So with all that, I thought I would go shake around outside to celebrate. All the neighbor kids were out playing and looking at me funny in the drive way with my camera on a tripod and me jumping around all crazy. LOL.

Kids! they’re so serious! =) HA!

Day 12

Two photos today!

Not only am I in an infinitely better mood… but it’s WARM outside!

Well… it’s warmER outside!

Yesterday I was tired from starting to get things packed for our move…. and also getting stuff set aside for our garage sale this weekend too…. so I was lazy and didn’t do my 365 photo.

I mentioned that I’m happier…. why?

Well…. it looks like we DON’T have to move into an apartment after all! WOOt!

It was going to be a second story apartment too…. which we’ve done before. BUT, living above anyone with two kids just didn’t seem like a good thing to me. Plus, Chris tends to walk pretty heavy-footed too… so I just know we’d drive the people below us crazy! (Just ask our old neighbors, they’ll tell you! – Right James and Yani?!) LOL.

Of course that’s not the worst part of the apartment idea though. The loss in square footage was gonna be huge! We’re in a 2,800 sq.ft. home right now…. and this was going to be a 1,200 sq.ft. apartment. I have no idea what we were going to do with all our stuff!!! Get a garage and use it as storage, I guess…..

But NOW!!!! We don’t have to do that! I’m just so happy about that! We’ll be like 10 minutes from Downtown Lakeland too! Which is really great for Chris! Poor guy’s been commuting nearly 2 hours to and from work (4 hours total) each day for months now. It’s gonna be so great for him to not have to drive like that anymore! And that means lower gas bills too!!! Which are pretty heafty on an F-150!


Camera info: 1/250 second, f/13, 52mm, ISO 100 – on tripod and shutter triggered with remote.

Strobist info: SB800 flash @24mm & 1/8 power – on manfroto nano stand about 5&1/2 feet high on camera left with a 3/4 CTO gel pointed down at me. (I’m still on our driveway here which is elevated – so I’m lower on the driveway). Flash is set up about 2 feet away from the camera to the left and about 4 feet or so away from me. Triggered with Pocket Wizard II’s.




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Day 10.365 – FROST

Day 10

I can’t seem to get warm!!! I know I’ve been saying this for a while now…. but it’s COLD. I was out walking the dog this morning and noticed a rather large patch of our grass was covered in frost. At the time… I didn’t really think much of it… but as the day went on, the frost was still there.

So after walking the dog at 1pm, I decided I would make this my 365 today. And it would save me from having to go out tonight when it’s going to be even colder. The only problem is that the frost was in the area of our backyard where the dog usually likes to do his business. So I grabbed some cardboard to set up my little makeshift tripod on and took a few shots.

A little info extra info that I forgot to mention in my strobist info video – I used a 3/4 cto gel on the flash. I used the flash in the first place was because I was shooting the frost that was in the shade…. so I needed a little light assistance there.

Camera info: 1/200 second, f/7.1, @70mm, iso 100.


you’ll note in the video that I mentioned different settings. Well, that’s because I’m a dork. I was reading off the settings on the camera for a different shot. One that I took while hand holding the camera and shooting down at the frozen patch of grass next to my foot. I decided not to use that shot and went with this one instead. Sorry. lol.

But the flash stuff is accurate for this shot. And that’s the important part, right? lol.

Here’s the “strobist info” video…. enjoy!



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Domo-hat!!! day 7.365

Day 7

Today’s photo is actually from last night too. I kinda thought that since I had a few willing models there I would take two shots with the intention of using one last night and one for today. If you head over to the blog I’m putting up a few extra shots from last night as well… though they are not part of the 365 project.

So this is Rippy. As many of you know, I used to work at Discovery Cove as an animal trainer/keeper. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of really great people over the years of working there. I’d heard of this guy “Rippy” many times… but I’d never actually met him. Well, last night I decided to go out and meet up with Adrienne (I mentioned this on yesterday’s 365), and this gave me the opportunity to meet up with a couple people I knew and hadn’t seen in a while… and also a chance to meet several others whom I’d heard about in stories or in passing, but never actually met.

Rippy is a pretty cool guy. He’s an animal trainer out at Sea World. He’s worked with all kinds of animals, including the Killer Whales! And from what I have gathered over the years… it’s a pretty cool job! But it’s a hard/physically taxing one! Anyway, I was trying my darndest to get Jenn to pose for me for my 365 project and managed to convince, quite easily, Rippy as well. I think he makes a good model! What do you think?!

Strobist info: SB800 flash on manfroto nano stand at camera left front shot through umbrella positioned 6ft high and about 2-3 feet away from subject. Flash at 24mm, 1/32 power, 3/4 CTO gel. Triggered with Pocket Wizard.

Camera info: 50mm f1.8 lens – 1/100 sec. @500 ISO – hand held.

This is Adrienne – I used to work with her in Aviculture until she moved on to greener pastures at Disney Animal Kingdom. She moved to Hawaii for a while and now is up north somewhere… I don’t remember now where she said she was. lol.

After I was done doing what I wanted – my 365 – Jenn and Rippy played around in front of the camera a bit. Fun. =)

Well… that’s it for now. Enjoy!!!



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