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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Top 9 of '09

Every year over at 2Peas we do a top 5 of our favorite images of the year. It is always difficult narrowing it down to 5 so this year I was thrilled when we made it 9 for '09!

So here are my favorites from this past year, in no particular order. These do not have to be your technically best images, just your favorites for whatever reason.

#1-I had a good time pulling out the point and shoot to get a few macro snowflakes.



#2-The birth of my nephew gave me lots of opportunities to get in some newborn practice.

 

#3-I actually really liked a different view of this little waterfall, but I'm going to include this one as a favorite because it was published in our local paper. Getting published is always so exciting!



 #4-Ring-tailed Lemurs at the Louisville Zoo.



#5- Twin tulips. I have never seen tulips joined together like these two. I thought they looked so beautiful and romantic.



#6- More tulips from The Lexington Cemetery. I loved this one for the way the tulips just glowed in the sunlight. I spend hours down there in the Spring and looking back over these photos, I remember why!!



#7- I'm going to cheat a little on this one and post a slideshow. We spent days watching the monarch caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies.





 #8-Bubble landscapes because they are just too fun!



 and #9- This one was one of my most viewed Fall images. I hope to shoot this spot again next year, only not in the mid-day sun. =)


I guess that is 9. I hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I did taking them this past year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours...



“May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, the warmth of Christmas grant you love.”

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Cactus Blossom

My kids brought home a Christmas cactus from a Boy Scout event and we got our first bloom yesterday. I almost waited until later to snap a picture to share. I'm glad I didn't because it had wilted down quite a bit by later in the evening. I can't wait for the rest of the buds to bloom.



"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, 
everything is softer and more beautiful."  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kaleidoscope Christmas

Last year I decided to try a bokeh shot of my Christmas tree. You basically just shoot wide open and throw your shot out of focus (you'll have to take it off auto focus) until you get the look you like.

Here is my image from last year of our Christmas tree. I think I probably used a 28mm 2.8 lens.



This year I decided to try a homemade shape filter. My paper punches are packed away so I had to freehand my tree. Here are some instructions for making the filter: DIY bokeh filter

I was browsing different bokeh images on flickr and came across this one using a tree shape and it inspired me to give it a try last night: stephendl photostream

Here is the result with the tree filter on and shooting the lights on my Christmas tree:



I tried another tree shape:

 

The more you throw the focus out, the bigger and closer together the shapes become.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Moon Halo

The moon has been so big and beautiful the past few nights and mornings, too. Thursday night I looked out and noticed a white ring around the moon. It is attributed to refraction in high altitude ice crystals. 




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