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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Joy of Love

Joy of Love 
Day 8
Gift from the Heart
Photo of our dog, Lucy. Demonstrating her never-ending gift of love by waiting at the front door for her daddy.
1/15 F4.5 ISO1600

Joy of Love 
Day 9
Passions and Hobbies
Ava's hobby: playing.
1/80 F5.6 ISO1600

Joy of Love 
Day 10
Space Where they are Comfortable
The couch of course!
1/25 F5.6 ISO1600

Joy of Love 
Day 11
Our cat, Lilly looking out the window. Dreaming of outdoor wonders!
1/125 F5.6 ISO1600 

Joy of Love 
Day 12
The Eyes 
Ava's beautiful, blue eyes!
1/125 F5.6 ISO1600

Joy of Love 
Day 13
Brushing her teeth!
1/100 F5.0 ISO1600

Monday, February 7, 2011

Joy of Love

Joy of Love
Day 7

We are a military family stuck in Germany all alone! :( So I decided to photograph Ava holding pictures of both sets of grandparents. She really just wanted to stare at the photos and she was holding them at such an angle that they couldn't be seen in my pic. So, I decided to take them out of the frame. This is a picture of Ava and her maternal grandparents (it's one of my favorites)!

1/100 F9.0 ISO800

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Joy of Love

Joy of Love
Day 6
What They Love

My daughter's lovey, appropriately named "blanket"!
1/60 F4.5 ISO1600

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Joy of Love

Joy of Love
Day 5
Love to Hate

Love to hate....hmm
I am not sure that I hate anything about any of my loved ones, but there are plenty of little things that may or may not cause my eye to uncontrollably twitch on a regular basis! hehe

Like water bottles. My husband drinks so much water (good thing). Most of the time he uses a refillable thermos (another good thing). But there are plenty of times a day when he winds up drinking from a regular water bottle (don't worry, we recycle). These bottles always end up strewn around the house for me to pick up (bad thing). When I staged this shot my husband laughed and asked if I thought this was a bit of an exaggeration (the amount of bottles). Well sure, maybe for one sitting but not for an entire day! I can't really complain, at least he's being health conscience!  

1/13 F5.6 ISO1600 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Joy of Love

Joy of Love
Day 3
Then and Now

Then: March 2008 Kerry and I on our honeymoon in the Bahamas (one of the many arm out, snap the pic, and hope you didn't cut off either persons head, shots)! Back then it was all about us!
Now: February 2011 We got pregnant with our daughter 1 month after the "then shot". Now our lives revolve around her and we wouldn't want it any other way (even if we do find it tricky to sneak in a kiss at playtime) :)

Now: 1/13  F5.6  ISO1600

Joy of Love
Day 4
What They Wear

Make-up (aka chapstick)! This kid loves the stuff. I guess when getting photographed, it is important to "put on your face" first! hehe
1/40  F5.6  ISO1600

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Joy of Love

Joy of Love
Day 2
How They Look
Photos of my daughter, Ava

Much better day, today! If you didn't get to see my entry for yesterday (What They Do), click HERE!
belly 1/40, feet 1/80, faces 1/30
all F5.6 and ISO1600

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Joy of Love

Joy of Love
Day 1-What They Do
They Sleep! 
(Pictured is my cat Lola)

Ugh, I had SO many great ideas for this. Nothing I did was working out for me today :( I am still very new to full manual shooting so the majority of my photos don't turn out "usable". Today was no exception. If you have any suggestions at all, please let me know. Throughout this monthly class I am hoping for people to step up and be blunt with me. I would love to hear from you whether you like my shots or not! The lighting in my house is terrible (all florescent) and the natural lighting in Germany during the winter is also terrible! I had to bump the ISO all the way up so I ended up with a lot of noise (probably didn't need it so high for this shot, but I had just finished trying to photo Ava and didn't change it).
Also, I don't know if we are allowed to manipulate these photos in photoshop so I posted both the original as well as the "tweaked".

1/10  F9.0  ISO1600

Levels Adjustment: Shadows 5 Mid-tones 1.30
Curves Adjustment
Brightness +5
Contrast +9
Crop and Watermarked