Parents, if you want wonderful pictures of your children, never teach them to say "cheese"! Please learn from my mistake or you will have thousands of photos just like mine - squinted eyes, scrunched up noses, clenched teeth, and an image that just screams "say cheez!!!". Join me while I search for that one perfect shot that doesn't conjure up images of dairy products. Oh, and unless you like that *messy* look, you'll probably want to clean their faces before you snap away. I never seem to remember myself.

An imporant sidenote is to make sure you document your life! Recording the little details of the who, what, where, when, & why makes for wonderful stories and captures your life for years to come. Because if you are like me, you'll forget it all 5 minutes later!

Monday, January 7, 2008

POTD - Week 2: Focus

My focus in 2008 is to stop and smell the flowers. Well, more precisely to pay attention to details. Pause long enough to take it all in - be in the moment - appreciate the little thing - live mindfully.

I can only take SO MANY photos of my kids and the landscape these days is pretty dang bland. I love macro photography and winter is as good a time as any to get back into it. Also, macro photography makes you stop and look at the details, discover things otherwise overlooked, and pause for composure. To be ultimately successful, a tripod is usually required. But hey, I'm lazy. So adding a tripod next time will be another focus for me in 2008.

So, here is week 2 of POTD and my focus into 2008.







And I can't resist the temptation to include the shot of the dd. Even if I do have SO MANY shots of her!



The small print on the photos that is illegible:
flower shots - top at f/3.2, 1/100, ISO 400, shot indoors with Canon 100mm macro lens; next 2 at f/2.8, 1/100, ISO 400, shot indoors with Canon 100mm macro
DD shot - f/2.8, 1/125, ISO 400, Canon 24-70 2.8L lens at 66mm

16 comments:

pat said...

Oh oh oh!!! I LOVE macro!! These are fabulous--you've done such a wonderful job of capturing the softness, curves, and textures of the petals, and your lighting is perfect. Can't wait to see more.

pakosta said...

very pretty!
i esp love the little rosy cheeks on your dd!
tara

Martha said...

love her rosey cheeks...and the flower pics are GREAT

Jess said...

Your macros are AMAZING! Such soft lines and colors! WOW!

And of course your dd is absolutely adorable!

Mandy said...

Wow! These are SO gorgoeous. They look like they belong in a book.

Mom2Drew said...

I too love a good macro and flowers this time of year are sparce, so seeing some is a nice treat. I like that first one best, what lovely color! Oh, and your little one is cute, include her anytime;)

Val said...

the flower shots are gorgeous! Your DD is a little cutie too!

Margaret said...

Your macro work is fabulous! Your daughter is beautiful, as well!

Ashley said...

Oh wow! Makes me want to go out and buy some flowers. LOL

Kristi & William Smith said...

I am in LOVE with that second one! Wonderful shots!

Becky said...

Wow! You got those without a tripod? I'm impressed! They're very very pretty.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty.

my photography journey said...

gorgeous!

cari said...

Oh those flower photos are beautiful! And I love the one of the little girl...she is adorable!
Cari

Tori said...

Love that first one especially! The colors are so nice! And your little girl is so cute!

RAE said...

Love those macro shots and your daughter is so sweet!