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, March 3, 2008

POTD - Week 10: Crop (or should it be Crap?!)

I got to enjoy this past weekend in Vermont for some R&R and my kids got to go skiing. We did spend one day driving around the country side taking in it's beauty. Vermont has gotten a ton of snow this season which was great for the skiing, not so great for the landscape photography! We spent part of the drive in a winter storm where we got 12" of snow and then by mid afternoon the skies cleared up. It was amazing!

I tend to crop all of my images in the camera - a bad habit because when I view the images on my computer they pretty much fill the frame. And then I want to make the image (which is sized for a 4x6) into an 8x10 image. CRAP! I have to cut out some of the image that I want left in the frame! I find myself yelling CRAP! a lot. I so need to remember to back up a bit so I can do some cropping after the image is captured. I never learn my lesson.

Here are some shots of the Vermont country side from this past weekend (WARNING: Photo Overload!).





















Photos were taken with either the Canon 70-200L f/4 lens or the Canon 10-22 lens. All were at ISO 200 as I was using the highlight priority feature and the ISO doesn't go lower than this with his feature. Aps & SS varied from f/4.5 to f/18 and SS from 1/100 to 1/1000. If you click on the image to make it larger, you can get the EXIF data. However, for some reason it says I'm using Picasa...I don't have that and I'm using Lightroom & PS CS3 so I don't know what is up with that! Crap! :-)

25 comments:

cari said...

My Mom and I are planning a trip to your neck of the woods this summer and these photos make em want to go even more!
Cari

Alicia Barry said...

Those first few are especially beautiful.

kathyp said...

beautiful countryside! i love the red barn covered in snow! you've got some wonderful captures here!

Amy said...

Wow, you got some gorgeous shots!

Nicole said...

OH I love the red barn. Great pics.

Angela2932 said...

I love the top 2, and then the hands over the face. These are beautiful.

Toni said...

These are some gorgeous pictures of the winter~! tfs. toni

Krystle said...

Oh these are all just wonderful. I so want to go skiing!

Christine said...

These are awesome! Love the 1st & 3rd scenery shots... beautiful!

HLIP said...

There is such variety there - from the monotone tree in snow to the bright blue sky & vibrant colors.
Great shots.

pat said...

Ok, my mouth is permanently puckered into a OOH! The landscapes, water, stream, ice, trees--these are WONDERFUL!! Nice work--winter is beautiful, and these show it perfectly.

Margaret said...

I love this shots. Such a beautiful place. I'd love to visit there sometime!

Lauren said...

Wow, these are stunning. I love the red barn in the snow, it's lovely. I totally know what you mean about cropping in camera. I still fight it all the stinkin' time!

Michelle said...

your landscape shots are gorgeous. calendar worthy. love the colors on the skiing shots. so vibrant.

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful. Hey thats my professional photography word"crap"
unfortunately I use it all the time.

Shanna Jones said...

Oh wow! So good!

Becky said...

Beautiful! (I tend to do have the same problem with cropping.)

Val said...

Really pretty! We are right across lake Champlian from VT, so our weather is, unfortunately, very similar. I used to do the same thing with in camera cropping. I am a little better now, but I still have those crap moments too

Shawna said...

Great captures!! Vermont is so beautiful! I love the shot with the red barn against all of the snow!

pakosta said...

these are all gorgeous shots!!! love them! it's beautiful there!
tara

Mandy said...

These are JUST GORGEOUS. I love the ones of the old barn with the sky. Its so blue with the sharp contrast of color. Really wonderful.

Debbi said...

Love, love, love the 5th one with the red barn but they are all gorgeous shots! Great job with composition and lighting!

Kelly said...

Wow those first few water shots are amazing.. You did wonderful and it looks like everyone had a great time.

Mom2Drew said...

OOOOOO, I LOVE everything about these shots! Such brilliant color and that snow is gorgeous

Sharon said...

No crap here! Just beautiful photos. I've always wanted to go to Vermont, I will enjoy your pics instead. (I'll save money and stay warm too)