Sunset on the Beach


Last week when I was at Seaside, some friends asked me to take some photos of their families at the beach.

The perfect time for photo-taking at the beach? Sunset, of course!


You may remember Addy — the girl with the awesome water cannon?


Here’s Addy and her mom.


Addy was such a great model. She did everything I asked her to do.


Including crazy things like jumping high in the air.


Look at her cute painted toes!


And then, of course, she had to kick down the sand castle!


The next family was absolutely beautiful. They had a darling little boy and an adorable little girl.


We got some good ones of their family, but I really like this one of them walking toward the sunset.

Thanks for looking!


Supermoon! Or is it?

You may think I’m crazy, but when I heard about the supermoon that would be visible Saturday night, I begged The Nerd to let me get a zoom lens, just so I could photograph it.

I’ve got priorities, you know.

I studied up on how to “shoot the moon” (heh!) and found this article by Erika from The Ivory Hut very helpful.

I shot these with my Canon Rebel XS, because I have the remote triggering system for it and not for the Canon 7D. I figured one extravagant purchase for this project was enough.

I used a tripod and set it up in the backyard. I fixed the shiny new Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens to my camera and zoomed all the way in.

I shot in RAW and cropped the photos and brightened the exposure in Lightroom 3.


Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 100

I was hoping for some clouds to provide a bit of contrast, but alas, there were none.

I did get a lot of photos like this, though.


Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 100

I think the moon looks a bit like an orange in this one. Don’t you?


Orange juice, anyone?

While I was shooting the moon (heh!), there was some kind of event going on at the soccer field near our house. To my surprise, I got to watch a fireworks show!

I’m no expert on shooting fireworks, but here are a few of the ones I really liked.


Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 2.0 sec
ISO: 100


Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 3.2 sec
ISO: 100

Did you watch the supermoon? What did you think?



San Francisco: Adobe Lightroom Workshop

How do you top a fabulous day of sight-seeing in San Francisco with a wonderful group of women?


The ladies at Adobe certainly know what to do — host a Lightroom 3 workshop with Julieanne Kost!


The Adobe building in San Francisco is amazing.


Here’s my super-cool visitor’s badge.

We had a great workshop and I learned a TON from Julieanne. Can I just say how much I love, love, love Lightroom 3? It has completely changed the way I work with and organize my photos.

I’m planning to do a couple of tutorials for you guys so you can see how wonderful it is.

The time went too quickly, and soon it was time to say goodbye to this group of lovely ladies.

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Gayle from Mom and Camera
Donna from Quiet Life
Erika from The Ivory Hut
Lotus from i am lotus
Lolli from Better in Bulk
Drew from Mom*tog
Julianne Kost from Adobe
Lindsey from Cafe Johnsonia
Ariana from Becoming Mom

Thanks to Anne and Cari from the Adobe team for the awesome photo. They may not be in the photo, but they were such a vital part of the trip. They made each of us feel so welcome.

It was a wonderful trip and I feel so lucky to be part of this fun group.

Looking forward to (hopefully) more fun times in the future! :)

Baby Eli's Blessing

Last weekend, we attended church with my brother’s family for the blessing of my nephew, Eli.


The day before the ceremony, we decided to take some pictures of him in his blessing outfit.


Here he is in his little white suit. Isn’t he a doll?


He’s two months old and he is just as cute as a button.


And he has those *blue* eyes like River. His are darker than I remember hers being. I guess it’s still too early to tell.


He’s a really active and attentive baby. And he doesn’t *scream* like River did, which I’m sure his mother appreciates.

He was such a sweet little guy as his daddy took him to the front of the church and blessed him and named him.

Welcome to the family, Elijah Andrew!

From the Air

On the flight home from San Francisco, I had the whole row to seats to myself.
So, I took advantage of the space to pull out my camera and snap some photos in the air.
I loved seeing all the city lights from up above.
The cities looked really cool.
I like them converted to black and white.
The whole time I was taking photos, I kept waiting for the flight attendant to come by and tell me that I wasn’t supposed to be using electronic devices.
I’m such a rebel.
Have you ever shot photos out of a plane window?
That was the whole premise of Julieanne Kost’s book, Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking.
It’s a really fascinating book and the photos are amazing.
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