2013 Photo-a-day: January Week 3

Day 15

Day 15

I’ve been struggling a little with the theme I set myself for this month – winter. I had a few obvious shots I wanted to get that represent winter, but some days I have to look really hard to find something that fits the theme. Other days the shots just jump right out at me. When I went in to wake my son up this morning, I spotted his little foot poking out from under the warm blankets, and I had to get a picture. This represents how hard it is to get out of bed on those cold, dark winter mornings!

Day 16

Day 16

With winter comes the new year, and with the new year comes resolutions. One of mine was to make more of an effort to find time daily for reading my bible. To that end I have started TWO new bible studies this week. One is with my MOMS group – we meet twice a month and are using the ‘My Soul Magnifies the Lord’ book. The subtitle is ‘A Scriptural Journey with Mary.’ So far it’s been really good. The other study I am doing is a daily one, which fits with my goal for the new year. It is an online study called Good Morning Girls. We are studying the first 8 chapters of Luke (one chapter a week), and use the SOAP method of study. I am LOVING it! It is quick and simple, but every day I am finding something in the verses I study that calls to me. I’m enjoying it so much I have started blogging my daily reflections.

Day 17

Day 17

My hubby got me these for Christmas. So cozy and warm!

Day 18

Day 18

I wanted to shoot something that represented winter as death. Wandering round my garden I found this poor old sunflower – perfect! I used a wide aperture to blur out the background as much as possible, and I really love how this came out. It didn’t get any comments on my Facebook page, but it’s one of my favorites of the month.

Day 19

Day 19

So, most of my pictures of the winter theme have focused on the fact that winter is cold. But in California – not so much! Once the sun is up we have some lovely warm days. This weekend the kids really wanted to get back into their sandbox. I used a fast shutter speed to capture that falling sand, and a little bit of flash since they were sitting in the shade.

Day 20

Day 20

Another one of those times when a picture just presented itself to me unexpectedly. I had to go to church to take some pictures for the RCIA group. As I walked into the chapel I came across this beautiful scene. Without hesitating I flicked on the camera and started shooting! This was a time where I absolutely had to get the shot, and worry about how it fit into the theme later! I went with the idea that the sun is so low in the winter that it was able to create the wonderful stained glass reflection on the floor. A little contrived? Maybe.

Day 21

Day 21

I shot a bare tree last week, but I had to do it again this week when I saw the fabulous shadows it was casting on the side of my house. I love how some of the shadows are sharp and others are more blurred.

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2013 Photo-a-day: January Week 2

Day 8 - Snowman

Day 8

This is about as close as we get to snow here! I took this picture with my macro lens. The snowman was tiny, maybe an inch tall. He was hanging on a miniature decorated tree we have on the coffee table. I added a little glow to the ‘lights’ to make them a little more realistic.

Day 9

Day 9

My fuzzy teddy bear! We received this winter suit as a gift, and I love it! I think Evan looks like a teddy bear when he’s in it. It’s very cold in the morning when we walk to school, but this keeps him toasty and warm.

Day 10

Day 10

Daffodils in January? That’s winter in California!  These flowers are quite small, the heads are less than 2 inches across. I got down low so I would be face on to them, and made sure to fill the frame with flowers. The final effect with a few flowers in focus and the rest blurred in the background is exactly what I wanted.

Day 11

Day 11

I had planned to get a shot of a bare tree to represent winter, and I had the idea to try and set it against a nice sunset to make it more interesting. I wasn’t sure if I would get the perfect conditions before the end of the month, but I got lucky on day 11. While not quite the beautiful sunset I had originally envisaged, this dramatic stormy sky lit by the setting sun makes an amazing background. I tried shooting several different trees, but I loved the texture of this one.

Day 12

Day 12

A simple shot. Candles to light the dark winter nights. Another photo I took with my macro lens, because I wanted to get a nice shallow depth of field. For the backdrop I used a piece of blue construction paper (actually the back of one of Elizabeth’s projects). I used a flash when taking the shot to ensure it was well lit, then took the exposure down in Photoshop to bring out that warm candlelight glow.

Day 13

Day 13

We finally took the Christmas decorations down! Before we put the tree away I got a picture of it bare and unadorned. I decided to convert the picture to black and white as it was such a simple image. It kind of looks like it’s covered in snow, doesn’t it?

Day 14

Day 14

Like I said earlier, it’s quite chilly in the mornings! While Evan has his cozy winter suit, the other two have to make do with padded jackets and woolen hats, scarves and gloves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Photo-a-day: January Week 1

Happy New Year! New year, new project. 365 days, one photo a day. A different theme for each month. January is ‘Winter’. Let’s jump right in.

Day One

Day One

This was the tail end of our New Year’s party. Six out of the seven children there saw in the new year awake! It was a fun, relaxing evening. I think we got to bed around 2:00 AM! As it was so late when I took this picture, and people were getting ready to leave, I just snapped a quick shot without really worrying about posing or background. Also I seemed to lose some of the sharpness when I edited it. So yes, it could have been better, but it’s the memory that’s important, recording who was there. And at least they are all smiling!

Day Two

Day Two

Winter is cold! We’re too low for snow here, but we do get an overnight frost during the winter. I used my macro lens to get this shot of a leaf on the front lawn first thing in the morning. In my pajamas!

Day Three

Day Three

School’s out for winter break, so we hit the park with a few friends. It was colder than it looks in this picture, but the kids just don’t feel it! This is actually a composite image. I didn’t manage to get one shot with all the kids in it, so I took one of the boys from another picture and added it to this one. I think it worked well, so I’m not going to tell you which one I added! It worked because I took both pictures from the same position and in the same light.

Day Four

Day Four

What better way to warm up after being out in the cold than a mug of hot chocolate. With peppermint flavored whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup! If I’d had more time I would have re-shot this on a different background. I think it’s too similar in color to the drink. But the baby was getting fussy, so this had to do. I like that the mug is made of glass, though, so you can see the drink inside.

Day Five

Day Five

I’m fighting off my second cold in a month. Winter germs. A nice background created by the underside of my comforter though.

Day Six

Day Six

Elizabeth’s snow boots. As I said before, we’re too low for snow here. But that doesn’t stop her wearing them! This is another shot which would have benefited from a better background, again if I’d had more time. I was hoping the bright light outside would blow out and give me a nice bright background, but it was a dull, dark day.

Day Seven

Day Seven

Russian Christmas! My late mother-in-law was from the Ukraine, so they always celebrated Russian (Orthodox) Christmas in my husband’s house. Now we do too. This is another composite image, but I’m not as happy with this one. The kids were on opposite sides of the room when I took the shots, and at slightly different angles to me. I did what I could in Photoshop to bring them in line with each other, and I think I just about got away with it. But I think once you know it’s a composite it’s obvious, so I’m not particularly happy with this one.

1 week down, 51 to go!