1.23.2009

I Know I Know...

It has been 3 weeks since the last post. Have definitely not been feeling very creative lately. I told myself I was going to take at least 1 photo a day in order to learn how to use my new camera and I haven't even been doing that. I am so incredible stressed out right now.

Still trying to complete my MT course and it is making me crazy. I have got to finish this course and I will if it kills me. Unfortunately I am one of those people that cannot quit something once I start it. All I could think today while typing practice dictation is that there is no way I can do this day in and day out. I'm hoping that once I finish the course I will feel differently about doing MT work.

Hope to get back to posting more regularly soon.

1.10.2009

The Five Languages of Love

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm always looking for ideas to make our great marriage better. I had a few ah-ha moments while reading this one. I have a somewhat better understanding of what my husband is feeling and thinking. Even he is reading it now.


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1.09.2009

2009 A-Z Reading Challenge...



I had all intentions of posting this on the Jan 1. Well you know what they say about good intentions, so here I am 8 days later. Anyway, for the last couple of years I have made it a goal to read at least 12 books a year. Last year I more than met my goal and thought I would try something different. There are 5 different ways to do this challenge. Click on the above pic and it will take you to the information explaining it all.

I am going to do Option B: Read titles A to Z. Commit to reading 26 books theoretically speaking.

A-
B - Body for Life for Women by Pamela Peeke
C - Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
D- Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon
E-
F - The Five Languages of Love by Gary Chapman
For Women Only by Jennifer Berman
Full House by Janet Evanovich
G-
H-
I-
J-
K- Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
L- Losing It by Valerie Bertinelli
M - Mothers Need Time Outs Too by Susan Callahan
The Motorcycle Book by Alan Seeley
Midnight Pleasure by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
N - Nikon D80 Field Guide by David D Busch
Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Northern Devil by Diane Whiteside
O - Our Town by Thornton Wilder
The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia
P- Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
Q-
R- Real Sex for Real Women by Laura Berman, MD
S - The Switch by Diane Whiteside
Stroke of Midnight by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Amanda Ashley, L.A. Banks, Lori Handeland
Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
T-
U-
V-
W-
X-
Y-
Z-

1.07.2009

Day 7 - Comfort

Not only am I trying to take at least 1 photo a day I am also trying to participate in the 26 Things at 2Peas. 26 Things is a photo scavenger hunt of sorts. Only 25 more things to find. What says comfort more than a child teddy & blanket?! The only change I made was a tiny tweak to the levels & I used Jess's sharpen & resize for web action.

Photo Info
Manual
Shutter Speed 60
f/1.8
ISO 400
50mm
No flash

1.06.2009

Day 6 - Rainy Day in the Backyard

I am having a hard time coming up with ideas for daily photos and then I remembered the list of ideas from Creating Keepsakes that I had saved. I took this photo through the kitchen window. I did use Jess's Processing Actions again. Maybe one day I will figure out how to get better SOOC shots.

Photo Info
Manual
f/2.8
ISO 400
50mm
No flash

1.05.2009

Day 4 & 5 - Brand New Welcome

Here is the newly painted door. I just love this red with the satin nickel hardware we had. The door look fabulous and as soon as it isn't 30 degrees out I will take a better photo showing the whole thing. I spent all day yesterday painting on the 3rd coat of paint and doing a little shopping so this is all I have to show for the last 2 days. We picked up a kick plate for the bottom of the door & a peep hole too.

Photo Info
Manual
f/1.8
ISO 400 (dang I forgot to change this again! I sure hope that one day I will be able to remember all these things to do)
50 mm

1.03.2009

Day 3 - Out with the Old

This is our front door. In the middle of painting it I decided to take a picture of the old paint. I have lived with this brown paint since we bought the house 3 yrs ago, all the while wanting a bright red door. It now has 2 coats of Bright Red by Valspar and is going to need at least 1 more. Argh I forgot what a pain in the behind it was to paint with red!!

Photo Info
Shutter Speed: 1/5 sec
Manual
f/2.8
ISO 100 (I forgot to change this setting-duh! could be why I had such a hard time getting the photo without the flash.)
50mm
Flash used

1.02.2009

Day 2 - Aperture Priority

We actually had a nice day today. It was sunny and 55 so I went outside to take a few photos. Here is one of the better ones. I used Jess's actions again. I used the overexposed fix at 25% and the sharpen & web save.

Photo info:
Shutter Speed 1/1250
Aperture Priority
f/8.0
ISO 400
50mm 1.8 - 50mm


Last year at 2Peas there ran a 12 Weeks to Better Photos series. I tried to follow it with my old camera but with very little luck. So I gave up but I saved all of the PDFs knowing that one day I would get a dslr that I would need to learn all 12 lessons about. Here is the first lesson from that series. It was interesting seeing the differences in the backgrounds just by changing the f stop. Although I will have to keep practicing with this because I was not able to repeat this every time I tried it.

1.01.2009

Day 1 - Start... Ready, Set, Go

Here is my first photo of the day. I am going to attempt to take at least 1 photo a day in order to learn how to use my new camera. What better example of the new year than the Christmas decorations coming down. When I took this photo I forgot to change the white balance on the camera. Thankfully I listened to everything I read online about shooting in raw. I was able to use Adobe RAW to fix the white balance issue. Then I used actions by jess to do a couple of other corrections. I used her overexposed correction action at 20% and her sharpen & Web save action at 40%.

Photo Info:
Manual
f/5.6
ISO 100
18-55mm - 30mm
No flash