My Year In Pictures: March Week 3

Random is the first word that came to mind tonight as I clicked through this set of seven images.  Appropriate really since I feel like we’re just flying through each day trying to be present at every appointment and commitment while making time for a quick breath and moment to appreciate the world we live in.  If all I can squeeze in is a second to stand still and snap a picture of something random but pretty then I’ll do my best to make that image count. 🙂

Our week started with anxious Finn watching the door to keep track of every person and creature walking down our street.  At least he held still long enough for a portrait.  Monday Ryan and I walked past this sign in a shop window and it sparked a long conversation about what it means to have “freedom of speech”.  Tuesday is a shot of some pretty moss that looks like fern fronds and Wednesday I stopped to pick up a postcard about Washington State for a 1st grade project about the United States.  Thursday all I had time for was aiming my phone up toward the ceiling as I rode an escalator but I liked these pretty butterflies floating overhead.  Friday’s discovery was this cheery box of candy and Saturday night ended at the gym so John and Ryan could swim and I could get a good workout in the cardio room.

Coming soon I’ve got a great set of new photos almost ready to share here from our latest March adventures and if you’d like to follow along in real-time don’t forget I post my daily photos on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. If a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.

My Year In Pictures: February Week 2

Finding the right words to describe February in the Pacific Northwest is always a challenge for me.  Some days feel like winter while others bring a mix of spring-like skies, rainbows and thunder storms.  In truth it’s a month of contradictions as the snow fans fear their last chance of a white blanket is slipping away while spring lovers are teased with little glimpses of green growth followed by surprise freezes.  Life goes on however regardless of what the day brings so we dutifully carry coats, umbrellas and sunglasses at all times and continue to explore the great outdoors.

My week started in the backyard tending to some long overdue clean up under the watchful eye of my faithful companion Finn.  Monday was the first day of Chinese New Year and Tuesday morning started at the post office mailing our weekend Etsy orders.  Wednesday afternoon I decided to crawl underneath a huge rhododendron to snap this shot of my bashful hellebore that finally decided to bloom after 4 years of nothing but a few green leaves.  Thursday is a glimpse of how Ryan is spending his recovery time on the couch and Friday is a bit of what Finn and I walk past every morning.  By Saturday afternoon Ryan really had to get out of the house so we picked up a frozen yogurt treat and drove to our favorite overlook by the Edmonds ferry landing.  A true February image filled with sun, clouds, rain and gusts of very cold wind.

If you’d like to follow along in real-time I post my daily photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook but if a once-a-week blog read is more your speed my weekly recaps will continue here along with caption notes containing editing information for each photo.




Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus. Depending on your skill level or type of camera, tinker with the manual settings, use the auto focus feature, or play around with an app.

Daily Post August, 23rd 2013


This week’s photo challenge is all about Focus.  My skill level and camera are both pretty basic and I can’t really tinker with the manual settings but I do like to have fun with apps so the last suggestion above is the direction I decided to follow.

Tuesday’s Photography 101: Finding Your Focus post by Cherie and Matthew George is full of great information and tips for new photographers looking for help when it comes to depth of field and aperture.  For those of us who frequently take photos with our phones the end of the post contains descriptions and links to several apps  that can give our images more interest and dimension during the editing process.

Using this “new-to-me” information I bought the BigLens app mentioned in the final quick tips section and have had fun all week experimenting with iPhone photos.  After using the aperture and filter selections in BigLens I finished with a frame in Snapseed.