Thursday was our wedding anniversary. With a big road trip coming up, Kevin and I decided to stay close to home this year. We made plans to do one of our favorite activities… take pictures.
Mosaic Moments Photo !nspiration: Week 26
I think every city has some sort of botanical garden. Before I go on a trip, I often google the botanical gardens in the area I plan to visit. Richmond, Virginia has two fabulous gardens. An estate called Maymont and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Kevin and I couldn't decide between the two; so, we went to both. :)
Gardens are wonderful places to take pictures of flowers and plants - obvious, right? So I thought I'd mention one of my other garden photo op loves - garden ornaments.
Over the years, I have found that garden ornaments fill a great purpose on my photo-journal pages. Flowers are beautiful and make great photographic subjects; however, I feel that my pages need a little something beyond the "Daisies" to keep my attention.
I haven't seen a well maintained garden that didn't have at least a few "ornamentals." There are birdfeeders, pots, statues, bridges, gazebos, fountains, sundials, birdbaths, etc. that act as attention getters, adorn the flower beds, and provide baths and feed to feathered friends.
I hope you have time to "stop and snap the roses" this week, and while you do, take a few shots of the "designed by man" works of art too.
I take a lot of pictures in my yard. One of my favorite subjects is my butterfly bush. It gets huge and I often think I should move it but when it blooms it smells so good and it attracts all kinds of fun photo subjects - the butterflies are my favorite. They generally come a little later in the season.
Today I discovered that I am not the only one who enjoys my butterfly bush.
Mosaic Moments Photo !nspiration: Week 25
I had to take this shot from a distance (as not to scare Mr. Bunny away) and since I don't have a good zoom (we sent mine away to be fixed) I took this shot with my 60mm macro lens. I was able to get the rabbit in pretty good focus despite the distance by setting my camera to a "single" focus area instead of the typical default (Dynamic).
I also set my metering to single spot instead of matrix. That way I was sure to get the correct exposure for the rabbit. See uncropped/original image below - Notice that the image has a lot of dark and light areas. If I had used matrix metering it would have averaged out the light to determine the correct exposure. The rabbit would have been dark because it was in the shadows.
What I ended up with was some "blown out areas" in the bush and the grass. Not a big deal because I was planning to crop the image anyway.
We had a quick storm on Thursday and the power went out - and stayed out for awhile. Thankfully we have a generator to keep the necessities running, unfortunately the internet was not cooperating. So, I am running a little behind this week.
Tomorrow is Father's Day and I can't help thinking about breakfast when I think of Kevin, father of my children. (Breakfast is one of Kevin's many talents.)
Mosaic Moments Photo !nspiration: Week 24
I started a "Photo Recipe" album many years ago. It started out with images and recipes from my mother but quickly became a book featuring Kevin talents - as he is the daily cook in our lives.
Today I took a photo of a new "chefs specialty" - Veggie Omelet and Zucchini hash-browns.
To add to the page, I will add photos of the fresh vegetables and eggs that go into the recipe AND of course a photo of the cook (with his "kiss the cook" apron on.)
My daughter decided to run for Sophomore Class president and like any good mom I helped out a little. After she took her first batch of campaign goodies to school, it occurred to me - I should have taken pictures!
So I got out the camera and started shooting the remaining loot.
Mosaic Moments Photo !nspiration: Week 23
The Students voted on Thursday and Alexis told us the results would be announced on Monday. I think the "goodie shots" will be great for her "campaign memories" page.
Friday came and I almost forgot to write this post because of an unexpected distraction. I got a text from a friend who said, "I hear congratulations are in order!"
Alexis confirmed the news when she got off the bus.
She is over the moon, and Kevin and I are over the moon for her!
With so many graduations, end of grade celebrations etc. this time of year I'm sure your cameras are super busy.