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I’ll keep this as short as I am capable today because there are so many photos I need to post today to catch up on the blog 365. lol

So, here’s day 42 –

Story and whatnot on flickr HERE

Day 43 – info/story HERE

Day 44 – info/story HERE

Day 45 – info/story HERE

So that’s up to date now… =) The last one isn’t a photo…. but I made it for my hubby for Valentines Day and thought I would share. I don’t typically fool around with that part of photoshop – making something from scratch that’s not a photo. I know it’s not particularly elaborate or anything… but I’m a pretty big fan of the simplistic look. Hope you enjoy anyway! =) And Happy Valentines Day to all of you!!! =)

~Squeek!!!

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Posted by on February 14, 2010 in 365 Days, events, Photography, portraits, projects

 

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40-41

Day 40

Hunter

No, that’s not his name. But that is what he fancies himself I think. Our great indoor hunter. His name is Jack, and he’s been in my photostream a couple times.

I actually snapped this shot yesterday – I had noticed the light coming in while he was hunting some bugs on the back porch through the window. The light was quite nice and you could see his reflection in the glass doors, which I really liked… though the reflection wasn’t a part of this particular shot. So I grabbed the camera and started snapping away. He noticed and came to visit me – thus ending my photo taking – for a bit.

I waited patiently on the floor by the door, waiting for him to resume what he was doing before he noticed me, and that’s when I snapped this shot. The whole time I was thinking of that blog post Zack posted on his 365 stream a few days ago about everyone being creatures of habit – “We are creatures of habit and routine and if we do something once, we will probably do it again.”

I’ve never really thought about that before; being creatures of habit… but I have been thinking about that all this week actually. So, I’ve been quietly observing things around the house looking for those moments. Capturing the simple moments isn’t something I do a whole lot of these days… but there are so many to see. I’ve been so wrapped up in learning the technical side of things, that I’ve gotten away from that – and enjoying the natural light too. I think I might concentrate on that for a while….

Instead of creating a photograph [or art], I’ll just capture moments as they happen. No staging things for a while.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/320 second, f/2.5, 50mm, ISO=100 – hand held, nifty 50mm (f/1.8) lens.
*no flash… natural light was just perfect.

Day 41

Snagged this shot last night (kinda late) after walking the dog in the backyard. I kinda liked how it came out, so I thought I would use it as my 365 today. I have an alternate image – I had a hard time deciding which image I liked more – which I’m going to post below as well… Let me know what you think? Thanks!

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/5 second, f/1.8, 50mm, ISO=800 – hand held, nifty 50mm (f/1.8) lens.

*no flash… natural light was just perfect.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in 365 Days, long exposures, Photography, projects

 

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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.

STROBIST STUFF:

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.

STROBIST STUFF:

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.

Squeek!!!

 

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Days 36 & 37

Day 36

“No Daddy!!! those birds are mean!!!”

I know I didn’t get around to posting a photo last night, but I’m posting two photos today. Chris and I headed down to one of the lakes here in Lakeland to feed all the birds. When we all got down there we were almost immediately swarmed by the large swans. At first, Makayla thought that was pretty cool… but after a few of the swans nipped at her in an effort to get her bread, she was DONE. She was fine taking small pieces of bread and throwing it out to the birds in the water, but the birds that were on land she wanted no part of.

Honestly, they weren’t biting that hard at first… but they got more and more aggressive the longer we were there. I was standing amongst all the swans (nearly ten of them on the land) just taking photos, and they were nipping at my pants and hands – and I didn’t have bread. Crazy.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/800 second, f/3.5, roughly 18mm, ISO=100 – hand held, 18-70mm 3.5 (kit) lens.
no flash – natural light. cloudy day.

Day 37

“The Hog Whisperer”

After heading over today to pick up MiCTLaN (and after our fun with the birds), we headed over to “Smoke on the Water” – a BBQ contest for the Winter Haven Boys and Girls club. The temp was dropping and the wind was really blowing by the time we made it over there. We stayed for a bit and enjoyed a bit of BBQ and cornbread too. While walking around, I saw this beast! And the name made me chuckle. =)

Also, the BBQ from this was ok. Not what I expected to look at this beast. Chris has always told me that when they look this “dirty” they put out better food. lol. Oh, well.

STROBIST STUFF:

Camera Info: 1/60 second, f/4.5, roughly 70mm, ISO=100 – hand held, 18-70mm 3.5 (kit) lens.
no flash – natural light. cloudy/windy day.

~Squeek!!!

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2010 in 365 Days, events, general, Photography, projects

 

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catch up time!

I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog. I’m going with the excuse that I was moving…

Now that we’ve moved (to Lakeland for those who didn’t know) and are settled in, it’s time to get back to work. So here’s the photos from the past [I dunno] week or so? Maybe a little bit longer? lol. You can check out all the info and stories behind the photos by clicking HERE for the set on flickr.

So, I’ve made that a gallery so you can see the photos a bit larger and leave comments on a specific image if you like. I’d love to know what you think of them! Especially the ones that are not you’re standard portraits. =) I think my creative side is a bit dark.

Anywho, I hope you enjoy those photos… and now that things are returning to normal I’ll be better about posting on a regular basis on the blog. As always, I post every day (excluding those days that we were moving) on flickr! And you can also follow me on facebook and twitter too!

Also, (I posted this on my facebook page as an update to my fans, but I wanted to share it here as well).

I’d like to invite you all to participate in my 365 project!

In an effort to make this project even more interesting, I am inviting each one of you to model for one day in this project! In an effort to pay for the gas it’ll take to come to meet you for your photo and cover my time/efforts to make your image come to fruition, I’m charging the amount that corresponds to the number of the photo for the project. SO, that means that if you’re wanting me to shoot something with you on, say, DAY 24 – then it would be $24… or day 245 – then it would be $245. See what I mean?

You can think of it as a mini-photo session – and we’ll collaborate ahead of time on ideas we can do before the shoot. We can shoot anything you want! And I will also use all my photoshopping skills to make sure we get the image *you* want! So, what exactly do you get? You’ll get your one shot in digital form – emailed to you – and a release form which you’ll sign when we meet up for your shoot!

Plus, for those of you who book between days 100 and 150, you’ll get a free 5×7 print. Days 151-200 get a free 8×10 print. Days 201-250 get a free 16×20 print. Finally Days 251-365 get all of the above – a 5×7, 8×10 and 16×20! *All prints come from a professional printing service – prints are created with printers that expose light sensitive paper that is then run through a chemical process. These are real photographs, not inkjet prints. =)

I know we’ll have a blast playing with the camera!!! So, just drop me a line to let me know when you’d like to book your day! I look forward to working with each one of you!!!

And thanks again for supporting SqueekPhoto.com !!!

~Squeek!!!

 

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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

Arrival.

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!

STROBIST STUFF:

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.

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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

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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.

Sigh.

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. =)

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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.

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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!

~Squeek!!!

 
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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!

STROBIST STUFF:

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!

STROBIST STUFF:

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

 

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