One of the best things about the challenge was that it got me to shoot things that I wouldn’t normally have even considered. Some of those shots turned out great, and then there were the others… I had fun with it though, and I realized I took nearly 1000 keep-able pictures this month! Don’t worry, I’m not going to share that many here. I just wanted to go through and pick (and post) my favorites from the challenge. Let me know what y’all think!
This is definitely the spot I normally choose to chill out in (I think the white balance is rather off, sorry…). The other place is my bed, which is upstairs, and I’m too lazy to go get a picture.
I still haven’t gotten a chance to really play with my new lens much, but I think i’m going to really like it! The only potential “issue” – which probably isn’t an issue at all and more of user error – is the focus seems to fade pretty quickly from the center when the lens is extended all the way. Perhaps that’s normal for zoom lenses; I don’t know. I’m just going to have to play around with it. I know sometimes I would really like that effect – the above picture being a pretty good example.
With that, I hereby declare the March Photography Challenge successfully completed! I had fun with it. I’ll post again before too long; I’m thinking about going back through all the challenge pictures and picking 2 or 3 of my favorites. I’d love to see which ones y’all like the best; you can easily go back through all the Challenge posts by clicking HERE, or choosing the “March Challenge” category from the drop down menu on the right side bar.
I am SO excited! My zoom lens came today! I was gone all day, so I haven’t really had a chance to play with it too much, but I’m looking forward to taking it out tomorrow.
Other exciting things that happened today:
- I got a hair cut. A pretty drastic hair cut. At a real salon (Breon in Nashville. I highly recommend it! I had Jereece, and she was wonderful!)! I love it!
- I found an awesomely comfortable and extremely long black skirt at Goodwill.
- Also at Goodwill, I found plaid flats! … I had to get them.
- I got to spend an hour singing with good friends this evening. AND WE SOUNDED GOOD!!! Love it when that happens!
It’s been a really good day for me; I hope it has for y’all as well. One more day on the photography challenge. The end of this month really snuck up on me! Wow.
No editing. And it needs it. Oh, well. It’s not the greatest picture anyway; I just liked the contrast in the personalities shown through the feet.
This one looked pretty much the same as the other before editing. I put it in Picnik thinking I would maybe black and white it and perhaps add a texture. After adjusting the exposure, etc. I really liked the colors, so I decided to leave it there. My apologies for the dog bone remnants that can be seen in various places on the floor; Sally apparently doesn’t clean up after herself very well…
Because today’s challenge is trash. I’m pretty sure the objective behind today’s task was to make the participants feel like lazy bums and attempt to motivate them to pick up their trash! Unfortunately for the creator, it had something nearer the opposite effect on me; it gave me worse allergies. And several ticks.
*Caveat* Not all of this is from the past year and half; a great deal of it was here when we moved.
Perhaps it’s just us, but we tend to not have breakfast, at least an organized breakfast, on Sundays. So you can imagine what it was like trying to get yesterday’s challenge picture.
Not the best or most flattering picture, but it shows that Claire was on the computer and eating homemade yogurt (and probably granola) for breakfast shortly before we headed out the door for church.
Keys. Not much else to say there… I was tempted to get pictures of all my key chains and post them; aren’t y’all glad I didn’t?
By “AN ANIMAL” you mean one animal per picture, right? ’cause you see, I live on a farm, and we kinda have several animals that I got pictures of – even on a drizzly day like today.
Sally, aka Little Miss Couch Potato
The neighbors’ horse in our pasture
Introducing Tagless. Some of y’all have probably been pretty closely involved with her before. She’s the ornery thing still across the road from ALL the other Angus. Lookin’ good, isn’t she?
Yesterday was the coming-of-age party of a dear friend. I got to help with the preparations, and I had a great time working and laughing with some of the best folks I know!
The theme for this party was blue and brown. They did a lovely job decorating the tables and room!
I’m telling you, we had some of the cutest kids in the world there last night!
Our servers. The food was absolutely delicious!
This picture cracks me up! She’s such a cutie!
The birthday girl saying a few words.
And then dessert was served. (*Heaven, I’m in Heaven…*) Phyllo cups filled with amazing chocolate mousse. It was delicious!
After dinner the kids rushed around with balloons, some of us cleaned up, and some of us attempted conversation. It was a bit chaotic, but good times nonetheless.
The birthday girl’s grandparents, sort of patriarchs and matriarchs of the church when you think about it.
He’s cute even when he’s frowning.
My goodness! He’s growing up so fast!
And here’s the challenge:
So, yesterday’s challenge was “Moon,” which is interesting since the day before was technically (I think) a new moon, thus we were still unable to see the moon last night. I decided that the creator of this challenge must either be ignorant of the phases of the moon or have an interesting sense of humor; I prefer the latter view of things.
I still conquered this challenge though! At 11:00 last night! I am exhausted!
Rather appropriate verse for a night when there’s no moon… Psalm 72:7.
I warned y’all that a post like this was forthcoming.
I love this picture for some reason.
I’m thinking we won’t even have to clear trees from around one of our pastures if the beavers continue at the rate they’re going!
Doesn’t Kenzy look pitiful? Well, she wasn’t. At all. We recently got weaners, so now she and Avourneen are able to be let into the pasture with the other Jerseys. She’s just heading to the next prime patch of grass, continuing life as if nothing was sticking out of her nose. Avourneen, on the other hand, “lost” her weaner the first or second day.
Yep, the daisies are back! Prepare to be inundated by pictures similar to those of last year. This one gets slightly more interest perhaps because it was one of my first attempts at the manual focus. At least, that actually worked…