366 Macro World – Days 89-101

I got really behind while my family was here visiting, so this is my big catch up! Captions on individual photos to say what days they are and what they are:)

89/366 – Is this rosebud singing?


90/366 – Wooden owl picture my grandfather made for me not long before he died. It’s pieced together kind of like a puzzle, and it’s awesome.


91/366 – Dried leaf.


92/366 – Sugar.


93/366 – Slinky.


94/366 – Roots of a bean my 3-year-old planted at school, growing in a plastic cup.


95/366 – Apple blossom petal.


96/366 – Looking down on my metal bedpost.


97/366 – A sea of geraniums.


98/366 – Chocolate orange truffle tea. Soooo good!


99/366 – Raindrops.


100/366 – For day 100 – me and my lens in the mirror :)


101/366 – Raindrops on roses.



2013 Photo-a-day: April Week 2

Day 98 - Hungry hands

Day 98 – Hungry hands

This was a spur of the moment shot. I was downloading some other pictures from my camera onto my computer, and Evan was laying happily on the floor sucking on some watermelon. I noticed how cute his hands looked as he fed himself, and grabbed a shot. I used the widest aperture I could so his face is just a little out of focus, to draw attention to the hands which are the true subject of the photo. Also, I love how his little pinky finger is up – so sophisticated!

Day 99 - 100 days hands!

Day 99 – Furry feet

My kitty-cat’s lovely soft paws, for something a little different :)

100 days hands!

100 days hands!

Can you believe we’re already 100 days into 2013? I used my two older kids to make me a ‘100’ with their hands :)

Day 101 - Happy feet

Day 101 – Happy feet

My kids again – feet this time obviously! They loved doing this. They couldn’t stop giggling when I was trying to draw the faces on!

Day 102 - Arty hands

Day 102 – Arty hands

This was another fun one, and one that will be lovely to keep for years to come. I let the two older kids choose which color they wanted. Evan was a little tricky, as he doesn’t like opening his hands very much, so getting the paint on, then getting him to open his hands and put them on the paper was a challenge. A messy challenge! I love the result though.

Day 103 - Running feet

Day 103 – Running feet

My daughter had a fun run at her school to raise money to improve their technology. I managed to get a nice shot of her running for this project. In the original photo the focus wasn’t quite right, the grass just behind her foot was sharper than her sneaker. So I had to sharpen her foot and blur the grass to get the correct look.

Day 104 - Butterfly feet

Day 104 – Butterfly feet

I saw this on the web when I was looking for ideas, and definitely wanted to try it. Another fun paint project that the kids loved doing. I didn’t bother trying to get Evan’s feet though, I thought that would be just too much work!






2013 Photo-a-day: February Week 4

Day 53

Day 53

Love hearts, a traditional Valentine’s treat. I went outside so I could shoot these in natural light, and tried to arrange them so they looked like they had been casually dropped.

Day 54

Day 54

We’ve had some beautiful weather lately, so I decided to take advantage of it to get this shot. I love the heart shape of these leaves, and the shadow looks great too. To get the shot I had to hold the leaf in such a way that you could clearly see the heart shape of it and the shadow, as well as keeping my hand and the stalk out of the frame as much as possible. I actually tried cropping my fingers out completely, but that made it look like the leaf was floating, and looked a little weird.

Day 55

Day 55

My littlest love is ready for solid food! We’re taking it slowly, and on the advice of a friend we are letting him try things for himself rather than trying to force-spoonfeed him. I offered him some tomato flavored corn chip puff thingies, and he loved them! Although so far he prefers to suck them and then spit out the rest. It’s exciting to wonder what foods he will come to love though :)

Day 56

Day 56

This was an interesting shot, and not what I originally planned this day. I wanted to get a shot of the Chinese symbol for love, but in an interesting way. I also wanted to get a shot of the beautiful cherry blossom which had just started blooming, but couldn’t think of a way that it represented ‘love.’ So I decided to use the blossom to create the Chinese symbol for love. I printed out a large copy of it, then gathered some blossom and stuck it to the paper. My kids helped. It was fun, but we got a little ‘blossom happy,’ and by the end it was very hard to see the symbol at all, it just looked like a mass of blossom on white paper! So I came up with a plan B – I got a nice shot of the blossom and superimposed the symbol over the top. Although it was not what I originally wanted, I like the effect I ended up with.

Day 57

Day 57

My three little loves, also known as the Triple-E ;)  I wanted to get a shot of them together during my love-theme month, because the love between siblings is like no other. Edward looks up to his big sister, and Elizabeth is very protective of her brothers. Edward and Elizabeth both adore their baby brother, and Evan lights up whenever they’re around. I know the three of them will be best friends for life. I originally planned to shoot them sitting up together, as I have done before. I put them all in their ‘sibling shirts’ and got a couple of good shots of them sitting on the tiger blanket out in the backyard. Then I decided to to lay them down and try and get their heads close together. It was unplanned, but I loved those shots so much more that the sitting up ones! They just look so much more relaxed and happy, and I like that their heads are close together. You can’t see their shirts as well, but I don’t mind that. I love this picture so much I’m going to print it and frame it :)

Day 58

Day 58

Showing my body some love by getting out and walking more. I try and walk every day after I drop my daughter off at school, and I also just signed up to walk a 5K in a couple of weeks. I hope to run it next year. Right now I don’t have enough time to train, but as Evan gets older and Edward moves into Kindergarten my schedule will open up a little.

Day 59

Day 59

I started the month with my wedding rings, and I end it with my wedding dress. Every bride knows how important it is to find the perfect dress for the day she promises to love her husband for all eternity. I had mine custom made, and I loved it. My husband said he did too. It’s been hanging in my closet wrapped in plastic for the last 8 years, so it was fun to get it out again. I took it outside so I could get some nice soft natural light for the shot.

And that’s February done! I had a lot of fun with this month’s theme of ‘love,’ and next month should be even funner…the theme for March is ‘Famous Movies Recreated with Tiny Action Figures!’ A bit of a mouthful, but I’m so looking forward to this one! I have my team assembled (see below) and we are taking suggestions. Just leave a comment if there is a movie you’d like to see recreated with tiny action figures :)

Ready for action!