gardens and secrets

ok – so today was supposed to be packed, full, busy.  but it wasn’t.  it rained hard this morning – so most everything was canceled for the entire day.  gwen, “the girls” mom is about to have their 3rd baby and had a doctor’s appt – so i took gavin and “the girls” to the greatest spot around – the gardens.  i think spring everywhere is beautiful.  and here in north coast sd, it is the MOST beautiful time of year.  breathtaking really.rebekah asked that i sometimes mention what lens/setting/etc i use when i photograph.  so here’s my secret…

secret #1:  For this entire blog posting, i used only one lens – the 85mm/1.8.  it is an inexpensive lens.  i love it.

secret #2: i have been playing around a lot with manual focus.  it is the little switch on the lens – it gives a more dreamy look when some aspects of the photograph are out of focus.  photography is all about preference and is an artistic expression to me. i like a more dreamy photograph, so i like photographing all the way down to 1.8 or using manual focus.

secret #3 – I always focus on the eyes.  You can’t go wrong that way.  I use the manual focal adjustments ALWAYS – my camera is never on auto for the focal point.  I want to control what/where the camera focuses if it is in auto-focus.

secret #4: notice what is behind a subject – even if it will be out of focus, i try to also work with the “picture in the background”

secret #5: i don’t know what i am doing.  i never took a class.  i just take pictures of beautiful things, sweet moments, and images i want to keep as memories.  i just take a lot of pictures and i am not afraid of getting it “wrong”. secret #6: this snail was a treasure.  she loved him and even named him.  i even caught her singing a lullaby to him.  i saw her playing with something else after while and asked where “freddy” was.  she shrugged her shoulders and said “oh – i stepped on him.”  i looked over and there was freddy crushed on the floor.  gross.secret #7: gavin threw fit after fit at the gardens.  he was a mess with horrible behavior so we came home and he was asleep by 5:10pm without dinner.   now see – if i hadn’t written all that, you’d a thought we just skipped through the day and softly flew into bed with a smile.


gwen - March 25, 2011 - 7:08 pm

Thank You Thank You Thank You!!

Love Love Love it! Love the colors, the faces and the “Secrets”

I wish I could say I was surprised about Freddy. Poor guy never had a chance with that one :)

Megan - March 25, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Your photos are amazing! Can’t believe you haven’t taken a class.

Gramma - March 25, 2011 - 9:35 pm

That maybe shouldn’t have made me laugh?
Beauty doesn’t always come without cost apparently.

stacy - March 26, 2011 - 8:46 am

it made me laugh too…

morning update – woke up at 6:40am after 11.5 hours of sleep and is a happy boy :)

Kristina - March 26, 2011 - 9:44 pm

Oh, I’m laughing, too, Mom!
and you really did have me all dreamy, floaty and skippy, even after poor freddy’s demise.
These are great secrets. you forgot about finding beautiful light and reflections… You’re amazing.

Elizabeth Sullivan - April 11, 2011 - 11:46 pm

THANK YOU for the secrets!!!! This just made my whole year!! I did buy the 85 1.8 lens to start (I only have one for now) and I am SO happy with the results!!! Thanks for the suggestion!!

Megan - January 1, 2012 - 11:47 am

I’m looking into getting a new lens and am interested in the 85mm 1.8. Could you tell me what what you think about this lens…what you like/dislike?

Thank you!

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