Thursday, February 26, 2009

Day 57 - Sphinx

I have always loved this Sphinx that sits at our Masonic Temple. She just mesmerizes me :)

Quite a few of you asked how I did the effects on the pictures (and today's) for the last couple of days. Its with a program called Photomatix. Its a HDR (High dynamic range). The program works best with bracketed photo's, meaning at least 3 different pics of the same image with different exposure settings. A tripod is a must for this. You can do some really gorgeous stuff with it and then you can also get pretty funky with it...LOL. It mainly just highlights your highlights and brings out your shadows. Its fun to play with. You can find it here and download the demo version.

Until tomorrow -

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Day 56 - Riverpark Shopping

Another shot from our Downtown shopping area. Wanted to show you the before and after. Just playing around with different filters. These are the same filters I used on yesterdays pic.
Thanks again for the well wishes. I'm down to just an annoying cold, but little man is still sick and feverish.....boys sure can get a good whine going can't they???LOL

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Day 55 - Riverfront

We are all still sick around here...this is getting really old....
I took this picture the other day when we were out and about - its of our park in the middle of our downtown area. Its quite beautiful with the river.
Until tomorrow....

Monday, February 23, 2009

Days 51-54

Whew - I can't believe how far behind I am in posting. The days just go too fast. The whole fam has been sick, again. We all get well and it starts all over again. UGH. I did manage to steal some time to go take pictures.

Day 51 is out on my inlaws farm. I loved the very blue sky with the snow and treeline.

Day 52 is a pic of my DD and DH. Our local highschool sponsored a Father/Daughter dance and the two of them went.

Day 53 is just an old rod iron gate leaning against a brick wall. I love the contrast in textures and colors. :)

Day 54 we were driving through the downtown area and I just happened to notice the ornate architecture on a building.

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Day 50 - Quack, Quack, Quack

Oldest DD and I went to the park to take pictures, and this duck followed us around. We would walk, he would follow. We stopped, he stopped. I'm sure he would have come home with us if I held the car door open for him.

Until tomorrow -

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Day 49 - Jelly Beans

Its been so gloomy around her for the last few days - I needed something really bright and cheery. Jellybeans! I'm really loving doing those macro shots, at least until Spring gets here and we can get outside. Although I did see the first buttercup in my garden this morning, yeah!

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Day 48 - Water Reflections

This photo was a challenge in my camera club -I have my DS marbles in a glass, put a piece of glass over the top and drops of water. I had the shot until my DS turned on the chandelier - thus the light "flower" reflection in the water. I actually like how it turned out. Happy Accidents :)

Until tomorrow -
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Day 47 - Spoiled

This is my oldest DD pampering the Princess. She received a facial, her hair done, toenails and fingernails painted. Here eye mask says "Totally Me"....ahhhhh, it is so her. :-)

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Day 46 - Sammy

I'm so sorry I haven't been around to blog hop and look at everyones pictures, my brother and his wife surprised us this weekend by making a trip over. They also brought along their new dog, Sammy, which they adopted from Golden Retriever Rescue. He is the sweetest dog - very gentle and loving. Now my cat had a few choice words to say about it - she is still in hiding. :-) Wonder if she will go do something naughty in my shoes......
I will be back later tonight to leave some lovin'.

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Day 45 - Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful, love filled day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

I was challenged!

Laura of Curtisam Creations challenge me. Thanks Laura!
The rules are as follows:
Go to your photo folder in your computer.
Go to the 6th folder of the photos.
Go to the sixth picture.
Put the picture on your blog and description of it.
Invite six friends to join the challenge.
Link them in your blog and let them know they have been challenged.

My picture is Pancakes! I was playing with some macro and took this shot. Geesh - now I'm hungry.

I challenge the following!
Siw Aina

Day 44 - Conversation Hearts

I just had to shoot conversation hearts...I know its so cliche', but they make such fun pictures!
Thank you for all the well wishes - I am feeling much better today. DH stayed home yesterday so I could rest. Thank goodness it was just a 24 hour thing.

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful Friday!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Day 43 - Cathedral

From inside the Cathedral. I think I'm coming down with the flu, so keeping this short today.

Have a beautiful day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Day 42 - A Single Drop

135 shots on my camera to get this one. LOL Yes - this is milk. Keeping it white, I kinda lost the "splash" so the Princess got the food coloring and chose the color. I had tried earlier to get a "crown" effect, but it was a no go with a 6 year old helping as she was the one dropping the milk into the bowl. I love my little helpers. :)

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Day 41 - The Guardians

I was driving around trying to find something interesting to take photo's of, when I came across Patsy Clarkes, a very old mansion. I've lived here all my life and never noticed the gargoyles before so I decided to shoot those for my pic for today. Rumors have it that the place is haunted which is very cool. When I uploaded all the pics and saw this one with the eerie light glowing and the gargoyles - I knew this was my shot. Post processing was to just black and white the pic.
Have a beautiful day!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Day 39 & 40

Here is my day 39 & 40. Day 39 is last night's almost full moon.
For today - we had a brief break in the clouds as I was passing one of our old Gothic Cathedrals - and I just loved the blue against the cathedral's coloring. Later today, I'm going to go back and get some inside photo's of the place. It's really quite beautiful, the architecture alone.

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Day 38 - Pink Gorilla

Advice: Never clean your child's bedroom with them present. DH and I started cleaning Princess Anna's bedroom at 10 this morning. 4 HUGE garbage sacks, 1 Goodwill sack, and 2 sacks of clothing for the cousin later, we just finished. Its now 4pm. She didn't like what we were tossing even tho it was broken beyond repair - I think for everything I put in she took out 3 things.
But she was so excited when we uncovered all her stuffies that she thought she lost. I knew they were there under every piece of clothing she owns. Her pink gorilla is one of her favorites, so that is my picture for today.

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful rest of the day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Day 37 - Eye Candy

I figured after my ugly spider pic from yesterday, we all deserved some Eye Candy. Ahhhh, Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural, one of my favorite shows.

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Days 35 & 36

Its been an interesting two days....My laptop was working fine with the new camera, then I had a pop up tell me "Uh, Tami.....I don't think so" and then it laughed at me......I hate computers with personality. :-) So my DH had to uninstall and reinstall new software and programs so it would recognize the camera.
Princess Anna came down with a 24 hour bug last night - she is better today but it sure was a long night.....

Day 35 is a Bells windchime that we have hanging outside. I think they have been there since the 30's or something - they are so rusty, but I enjoy the sound of them.

Day 36 is a stupid rubber spider that my DS loves to spook me with. Actually - he has more fun when the In-laws come over as my MIL is more scared of spiders than I am. So the hiding of the spider has become a family game/tradition.

Until tomorrow -
Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Day 34 - Still Life

Playing with a light box. Mom collects the blue cobalt glass and I thought the light box would just make the blue color pop.

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Day 33 - I'm a Rock Star

So Marc and I go shopping yesterday and Princess Anna comes along. He tells me he wants to take her into this clothing store at the mall "Just to see if she likes it". I told him if he takes her in there he is going to spend money. He insisted he wouldn't. LOLOL, obviously he doesn't shop with a 6 year old clothes-a-holic too often. Now this clothing store caters to little girls - everything color coordinates, its pink and bright and frilly and could have been called Anna's Closet. She see this store and goes immediately into overload. She probably picked out 40 different outfits - but they ALL mixed and matched so who knows how many different outfits that makes. Then she spots this shirt with matching hat. Its short sleeved with arm socks. The shirt says "Music Makes Me Dance". OMG - I tell ya thats all it took.
She wouldn't let me take her pic standing up, but I like this one. So now I get to rub it into my husband about taking her clothes shopping - but he loved doing it.

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Day 32 - Spikes

I am the 4th generation of my family to live in the house I'm in now. Back in the 19teens my greatgrandfather would catch the trolley right in front of the house. 2 years ago when the road was being rebuilt - I approached a worker and asked if he had come across any trolley spikes or track. At the time he hadn't. I told him about my Great Grandpa, and he kindly spread the word up and down the street that if they found spikes or track to please hold on to them. The road work went all summer long. Then about August I would open my front door and find a spike or two. This went on for days. These workers saved me every spike they found. When they were doing clean up down the street, they actually cut me a piece of track from a 50 foot section they had uncovered, and gave it to me on their last day. Thanks guys!!!

Month End LO

My January LO.
Have a great day!