Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 31: Blizzard of 2011

Apparently St. Louis is going to get hit by a blizzard

1/30s, f6.3, ISO 250

Thrive Project: ISO and the Rule of Thirds

The topic this week with the Thrive Project is ISO and the Rule of Thirds.
Farmgirl Paints

Becky from Farmgirl Paints gives a good explanation of ISO.  She explains it like a dimmer light switch.  If you have a lot of light or you are outside, you would have the dimmer down low.  If you are in a darker room with less sunlight, you would turn the dimmer up.  The higher the dimmer (ISO) the grainier the picture becomes.  Low ISO=crisper pics.

With the Rule of Thirds, you are supposed to imagine a grid with 9 boxes.  Put the subject on one of the crosshairs.  Becky has graphics on her blog to explain.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 28: A New Look

I am so excited with the results of my fireplace makeover.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 26: Can I Have a Bar?

I hear this question about 30 times a day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 25: Hugs Are Great

I just love this picture.
1/80s, f5.6, ISO 400

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24: Finally He Looks at Me

Farmgirl Paints Thrive Project: Shutter Speed

While I was busy with some blog hops today, I found this awesome new blog Farmgirl Paints.  Becky is an uber-talented artist who artist who is currently taking a photography class.  After the photography class, she is then blogging about what she has learned and giving all of us some helpful hints.  She is calling it the Thrive Project.

This week's topic is Shutter speed.  Shutter speed, in a nutshell, is how fast your shutter opens and closes.  The longer it opens, the blurrier the picture can be.  The shorter the speed, the more crisp the picture.  On your camera, the higher the bottom number (1/30, 1/60, 1/200, etc) the faster the speed.  So 1/500 is 1/500th of a second-fast, 1/30 is 1/30th of a second-slow.

This picture was taken at 1/60s, f4.5 ISO 640
Of course, since I have NO IDEA what I am doing, this is one of the cutest looks I got from him all day.  :(

This picture was taken at 1/200s, f4.8, ISO640

I am going to continue to work on shutter speed the rest of this week.
Any comments or suggestions are definitely welcome!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 21: Found My Curtains

I am making progress on the family room.  These are definitely the colors for the curtains, valance, and re-upholstered kitchen chairs. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I'm Sorry

Wonderful followers~I am sorry.  I just saw that you guys have made comments.  I definitely need to figure out why I haven't been receiving them in my email.  I just wanted to let you all know that I am not ignoring you!!


Day 20: 9" and Still Coming

The weatherman was right.  9" and still falling.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 19: Let It Snow (not!)

The start of was is reported to be the biggest snowfall of the year. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 18: Summer Lovin'

I walked up to the playroom this afternoon and I found Gracie wearing this outfit.  I guess that I am not the only one who can't wait for summer to get here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 17: Sleeping Baby

My poor Kanin.  He got the bug Friday night and he has been so sick ever since.  He has had fever of at least 100 (except when the Motrin takes over) around the clock since Saturday morning.  He's missed one hockey practice, one hockey game and will definitely not go to school tomorrow.

Day 16: Strep Throat, Influenza, Flu B

It has been a very rough couple of days around here.  Everyone is taking these at different times of the day.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 14: A Sick Boo Boo

This is a sad picture for me.  My Sweet Baby Caleb woke up sick this morning and I took him to the doctor this afternoon.  He was diagnosed with strep throat and influenza.  Poor baby!  This is pretty much what he has done all day.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 13: Bye, Bye Baby Hair

Today was the last day that Gracie had any baby hair.  She got her haircut and she looks like a little doll.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12: All Done

We have taught all of three of our children two signs in ASL--more and all done or finished.  These two signs have helped us tremendously at meal times.

Here Caleb really gets into telling me that he is "all done."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 11: Snow Day Fun

The kids got some art supplies for Christmas that we just haven't had time to break out yet.  What better time to put them to use than a snow day.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 10: Just Like Bubba

Caleb loves putting on Kanin's hockey helmet.  Maybe I'll have two hockey players in the family.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Day 9: A Lego Birthday

Today Kanin's friend, Blake, had his 7th birthday party.  The theme was Legos.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day 8: A Work of Art

GracieAnn received some markers and a notepad for Christmas.  I guess she got tired of using them.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 7: Not Giving It Up

I tried all day long to get a good picture of Caleb without his binky.  I think it became a game to him and he was determined not to part with it!

The Nick Nelsh Radio Show

My picture of Kanin below made it to the Nick Nelsh Radio Show.  Fast forward to 9:14.  So excited!!/video/video.php?v=480452632132&oid=94071724038&comments

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 6: Back to the Grind

Today was Kanin's first day back to school from Christmas break.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5: Overwhelmed

As part of my 101 in 1001, I have started working on cleaning, straightening, and organizing the basement.  I may not be done until 2013.  (This is only one little portion of the basement)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 4: Read the Top Line

Kanin had to take his state eye exam today.  He thought it was really cool and liked how they showed him pictures of candy first.

                                     Picture taken with my Bloggie

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 3: Crooked Little Smile

Over the last year Kanin has lost a lot of teeth.  He is moving out of that baby stage (sigh) and starting to get his permanent teeth in.  He is now in that awkward stage with a very crooked smile.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day 2: Lazy Winter Sunday

My absolute favorite thing to do on a cold winter's day is to lay in front of the fireplace, watch football and catnap.  Here I am with my thick, cozy, granny socks on.

ISO 400/f5.6/1.25s

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 1: New Year's Day

It is a tradition in our family to always eat Polish sausage, saurkraut, black-eyed peas and cornbread on New Year's Day.  This year I actually bought turkey bratwurst instead, by accident, but it was still fantastic. 

Start of the 365 Project

Hello to my 3 followers! 

I am starting this blog up again and I am starting today.  I'm going to participate in the 365 Day Project where I take one picture every day for a year.  Just to forewarn you, I may post a whole week at once but I am determined to do this and think it will really help me with my picture taking skills.

Look for my first entry later today!