Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vibrant Lily

Nature photography is one of my absolute favorites.  The colors, shapes, lighting.  I especially like flowers, and lilies are fantastic subjects.  They are so beautiful.

I've been experimenting with Photoshop again (my usual editor is picmonkey), and this is one of the photos I edited using that software.  The colors came out brighter and beautiful.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

City Reflections In A Car

I was hanging out in our van with my camera as my Dad drove us through town to Church.  I was using my telephoto lens (gotta be careful pointing a camera around in a car in the city...a photographer can get weird looks that way!), and we hit a stoplight.  A car pulled up next to the vehicle in front of us.  It was way too great of a shot to just let go.

I took a few photos with my lens zoomed in a ways, and then the light turned green.  The car sped off, and I turned back to taking photos of stoplights. 

That happened last month.

I was looking through my June folder, and found this photo.  I hadn't realized that I had captured so much of the street's reflections!  It was beautiful, I thought.  The best reflection photo I've done so far.

Have you shot photos, just having fun, and one of them came out better than you thought it had?  If so, I would love to hear about it!  Comment below and tell me what it was like.

P.S.  Did you all see the supermoon last night?  I'll be posting some photos of it soon, so keep checking back.  Have fun taking photos!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Trip For Kip

Recently, one of my many wishes came true.

This is Kip, the newest member to my family.  Today, he is two months old.
Earlier this week, my family bought him and drove him to a trainer.  We didn't have a name for him until about halfway into the trip.  Our two choices were "Kip" and "Chai".  My Dad let him out of his crate to walk around, and called me out of the van to take some "classy photos" to send to friends.  It took a bit, but a few photos came out well (he actually looked into the camera!).  That's when my Dad started calling him by the name Kip.

Back when I was a little kid, my family had a big black Lab named Scout.  He was a nightmare!  My Dad was training him, but then became too busy with work to do much with him.  Scout took that advantage to let loose all his playfulness.  His tail had enough force to knock a person over (or give them the slap of their life).  We eventually gave him away, and he became a hunting dog.

Kip is a very good boy.  He isn't overly dominant, and definitely not shy either.  We sat down on a picnic blanket to watch him, wondering if he was the one.  Kip sat there by the fence, watching us.  More like guarding us.  My Mom said it was like he was choosing us, not the other way around.

After a while of thinking, we sat down in our hotel room to discuss our choices.  We finally came to a conclusion that the "dog with the ticked legs that keeps watching us" was our new hunting dog.

We went back to the dog pen, picked him up, and my Dad signed the papers for the puppy.  We put him in a kennel in the back of our van, and left.

I felt kind of sad as we drove away from Kip, leaving him at the trainer's.  He was sleeping on the grass, worn out from playing.  The trainer's daughter picked him up and cuddled him.  Right then, I felt really sad.  That girl's playing with our puppy, our Kip, and we've only had him for three hours! I thought, watching him until the van turned the corner.  I couldn't see him anymore after that.  But he'll be back soon.

Patience is a virtue, and I need more of it.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Little Sister Crocheting

My little sister is learning to crochet, and I decided to make a hat out of pink yarn.  I wanted a picture of it in progress, so I placed it in her hands.  She started acting goofy, and I snapped a photo at just the right time to get her making a face!

"Sunshine, didn't your mother ever tell you your face might stick that way?" I told her. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Morning Glories

On a trip through Colorado, we stopped by an interesting museum (the name of it escapes me).  By the entrance were hanging baskets of morning glories.  They were in full bloom, letting in all the sunshine they could.

Flowers have a way of expressing themselves without words.  I love all the colors they can carry.  Purple and blue are my favorites, and morning glories have both!

Happy July, folks!