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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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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.

sigh.

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):

~Squeek!!!

 
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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

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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Day 14.365 – water droplets

Day 14

Today I thought I would try again to take some water droplet photos. I’ve seen these types of photos all around the web and I have tried them before…. but not had a lot of success with them before. So I thought I would try something different this time. First, I’ve seen several pretty cool photos done with milk – so I would try that. Second I would use my nifty-fifty (50mm f/1.8 lens) with an extension tube (12mm ring) to be able to bring the focus in a bit. And lastly, I would try moving the flash with the snoot around the area I’m dripping my food coloring/milk/water mixture and see what I could get.

I’m pretty pleased with the results! Though I can understand why most people make some type of rig to hold their dropper for consistency sake. But doing it hand holding my dropper wasn’t impossible. I think I might try again sometime when I feel up to making a rig. But all in all – I got some pretty cool shots.

Camera Info: 1/250 second, f/3.2, ISO 100 – shot with my 50mm f/1.8 lens with a 12mm extension tube on it – set up on my tripod inches from the saucer of milk.

Flash: SB800 with my diy grid snoot, to left of camera – behind the saucer – on the counter pretty even with the drops – about 1.5 ft away. Fired at 1/32 power, 28mm. Triggered with Pocket Wizard II’s.

And here’s the video with the set up for all this craziness:

On an unrelated note…. the interview with Hillyfans.com is up! Along with a photo I’ve not posted anywhere – it’s just for them to post… so go check it out HERE!!!

~Squeek!!!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2010 in 365 Days, how to, Photography, projects, Videos

 

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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!

YAY!!!

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.

ENJOY!

~Squeek!!!

 
 

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