2013 Photo-a-day: February Week 3

Day 46

Day 46

Five years ago this little boy came into my life to teach me about the love between a mother and son. Happy Birthday my little Edward! To get this shot I had him lay on his tummy with a big gift bag behind him. Then I cropped so the gift bag filled the frame behind him. The robot was one of his favorite presents, one he’d been asking for for weeks.

Day 47

Day 47

Edward’s first proper birthday party! We always have our birthday parties in the back yard. Edward chose to have a robot party and invited all his friends. We had 10 guests so it was a busy afternoon! They built robots out of junk and had a great time running around the yard. Daddy made the cake, which was delicious :)  I couldn’t decide on just one picture for the day, so I put the collage together in Photoshop.

Day 48

Day 48

For two years I was part of the RCIA team at my church. I’m currently taking a break because I don’t have enough time to dedicate to it with the new baby, but I stay in touch with the team. These are some of the people preparing to show their Love for Jesus by being baptized and received into the Catholic church at Easter.

Day 49

Day 49

With the theme of love this month, I knew I had to get a picture of a heart. I had the idea that I could cut a strawberry in half, and the inside would look like a heart, but I couldn’t find any the right shape. Then I tried laying the 2 halves on top of each other like this, and…perfect! The heart is the universal symbol for love, and strawberries are well-known as a food of romance and seduction.

Day 50

Day 50

My first born, my little girl. The way I looked at love changed forever the day she was born. I have the hardest time getting her to smile nicely for photos. She usually either refuses to smile at all, or does a weird thing where she bares her teeth. Today I coached her a little before we started, and told her we were doing a proper photo shoot. I spread her bed covers over the edge of the bed, then had her sit on the floor looking up at me while I stood on the bed. This was one of the first shots I took. The flash didn’t fire properly, and the image came out dark with a weird color cast. But it was one of the best images, and converting it to black and white solved all the problems and I love the result. My other favorite image is at the end of this post.

Day 51

Day 51

There are many things I ‘love.’ I could have spent the whole month taking pictures of them, but I wanted to find things that represent love rather than just my own personal likes. But reading is one of the top things I love, and when I saw an image similar to this online I had to try it. I love the way it came out.

Day 52

Day 52

My kitty cat, Kishka. She’s big and fluffy, and we all love her. Pets are so full of love for their families too. I got this shot of her licking her nose completely by chance, she did it just as I clicked.

 


Elizabeth

Elizabeth

 

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2013 Photo-a-day: January Week 4

Day 22

Day 22

I wanted something that represented how the evenings get dark early in the winter. I tried shooting the porch light, but it didn’t grab me. So instead I shot one of the solar night lights in our back yard. I took the picture shortly after they came on, so there was still enough light to see the background, but you get the impression that evening has arrived.

Day 23

Day 23

Winter brings rain. I had a few options for this (puddles, rain falling, splashes), but I went with this. I shot it through my car windshield, and I love how the raindrops are clear and sharp but the background is completely unrecognizable. The picture was so monochromatic that it already looked black and white, but I converted it anyway to bring out the contrast.

Day 24

Day 24

There’s nothing quite like snuggling up in a warm blanket on a cold night (or day). These are just a few of the many  we have around the house.

Day 25

Day 25

I love to read, and I love books. Unfortunately I have a bad habit of buying more than I have time to read. Cold, rainy days are prefect for catching up though.

Day 26

Day 26

It’s a hot water bottle. With a fluffy cover. Cold bed? Not anymore. Yes, I know it’s not a very exciting photo, but it was getting towards the end of the month, and I was running out of ideas!

Day 27

Day 27

I don’t smoke, but I’m told it can warm you up. My husband likes the occasional pipe or cigar.

Day 28

Day 28

Our back yard is covered with leaves. Not the lovely red, orange and yellow ones you see on the ground in the fall, but dead, brown ones. I took this on a sunny day, and added a layer in Photoshop to give the leaves a glow. I really like the effect.

Day 29

Day 29

In the summer we eschew socks, but in the winter we like cozy toes. These are my kids’ feet. I tried several different angles for the shot – all in a line, looking down on them, laying down – but because the baby’s feet are so much smaller nothing looked right. Then we tried this, and it worked great.

Day 30

Day 30

This’ll warm you on a chilly winter day. Confession – there’s no soup in that bowl. It wasn’t lunchtime, so I filled the bowl with boiling water. I put it in front of a black background to try and make the steam stand out. It didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, but it’s not bad.

Day 31

Day 31

Let’s end the month with a little cuteness! My baby, in his snuggly warm pajamas.

So, one month gone in 2013 already. How was your January? I struggled a little with this theme. February’s theme is ‘Love,’ and I think I can do a lot more with that, so I’m looking forward to it.