Friday, January 30, 2009
Perhaps the title of the post is a little harsh and of course I'm not labeling myself a stalker of any sort... none-the-less, I sure did feel like that creepy lady at the park. In my quest to improve my photography skills, I find myself in need of practice.. After all, practice makes perfect. Problem comes in when I want to work on my panning skills but don't have a subject that pans quite yet.. Riley's still just chillin where I put him and even when he does start to crawl, it won't be fast enough to make quite the impact I want in pictures. I supposed I could use John, but it would be a challenge to get him to cooperate (ie: swinging, running constant speed for spurts, etc.). Truly, it's just easier snapping strangers and kids are so perfect with their energy! This practice is for the toddler times... but why not get the "trail and error" out now so that when Riley is "toddling" around, I'm poised and ready. So there I sat, lurking on the sidewalk, camera in hand... I may as well have been in the shadows for as creepy as I felt. I tried to extinguish the thoughts by asking permission or chatting with the moms- whatever- it made me feel better. Despite the mildly weird feeling it gave me, I enjoyed my time at the park... Even if I was just taking pictures of other people's kids. Although there is lots of room for improvement, here are the best of my panning shots (enlarging the pictures helps to see the details):
For those interested... I tried the shots using my Tv mode (time value= shutter priority) and I opened up the shutter between the range of 1/15 to 1/30. Anyway- just playing around and figured I'd post on my experience.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
And how fun is it to have friends who have practically the same age little ones around! I've touched on it before and here's just another quick touch... One of these days I'll have to do a REAL post on my Mommy group that I enjoy so much! But just check out these cuties!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I've been back in Phoenix for over a week now, after the trip to the Texas Ranch. I've been so busy since I have been back that it's been truly difficult to find time to post. These next couple of weeks are going to be just as crazy... Another Crud tournament is in sight and me, being the captain of the team has been planning practices. Anyway- that's got another post written all over it.
But I wanted to do a quick recap via pictures of the visit with my folks. The pets were fun! Sam (dog) would find endless entertainment tossing around a big feed bucket for Eeyore. And the outdoor cat and her kittens were sweet as ever. My parents agreed that they are out door pets, but I will not be surprised when the kittens become indoor/outdoor cats. My mom has already started the process and it's just a matter of time till my dad caves and the process is complete! She is just such a cat lover.. I, on the other hand would be the one letting the dog in at night when he flashes his sad puppy dog eyes through the window.
Here are some pictures of my folks enjoying the visit!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Here are my fav's that I took of Pam and Brenden.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Here's where we've been:
Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Games (a couple times)
This particular picture was actually military appreciation night where they gave us hats and Tshirts too!
We got pretty good seats at the Insight Bowl in Tempe at ASU's Stadium.
The Cardinals Game!! My first and only Pro-Football game I've been to! And lastly, The 2009 Fiesta Bowl! This year I felt much more energy... I don't know if it was because of the teams or if it was just cuz I was excited to watch Ohio State play!
And a couple things not pictured that we got to attend for the Right price- FREE:
- Dancing with the Stars- the tour (Shhh, John doesn't want people to know he took me to that)
- Diamondbacks Games
- Did I mention the Fiesta Bowl with OSU?! Some of those tickets sold for $900+ dollars.
Thank you Uncle Sam!! You take advantage of my husband most of the time, so it's nice to get a hand out once in a while!!!