Letters To Our Sons: September

September 19th, 2014

Dear Pookah,

It’s been a month since the start of Kindergarten.

And this weekend, since you and I were alone together, I decided to take you out on a date so we could talk about it.

And boy did you talk!

You love your teacher,

You love to read

You love to get stickers and happy faces.

You love just about everything about Kindergarten

Except coming home.

I love that you are enjoying school.

I love that you are excited about it.

I love that you love school almost as much as you love Pizza.

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And I love that you love sharing your day with me.



( as yes, he ate that whole pizza by himself!)


This letter is a part of a Blog circle where each month, we write a letter to our sons. Next up is Quad Cities and Davenport, IA newborn photographer Aubrey Schlue of Aubrey Dawn Photography

Macro Photography 101

September 18th, 2014

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Macro Photography is my passion in photography. It is the one genre of photography that I am drawn to more than anything else. You might say it’s my niche.

When I first started macro photography, I thought that if I just pointed my new lens at the flower, or the butterfly or the leaf, there would be magic.

Um no. It was a lot harder than it looked! I’ve  learned a lot through reading, observing, trial and error, classes and practice practice practice.

So today, so you won’t have to go through what I do, I’m giving you my 3 essential tips for Macro Photography

1. Understand Depth of Field

Depth of Field is the amount of your photo that is in focus. So a LARGE depth of field would mean there is a lot in focus. A SMALL depth of field would mean that there is only a small amount of your photo in focus.  In macro photography, the closer you are to your subject, the shallower your depth of field and the less is in focus. keeping that one fact in mind, I almost always START shooting at f/5.0.

In the following photo, I didn’t move, change my angle or change any setting other than my aperture. In the photo on the left, my aperture in 2.8. And only a few of the front petals are in focus. This is a shallow depth of field. In the photo on my right, the aperture is 8.0. And more of the petals are in focus. Which one is better? Neither. I think it depends on what YOU like. I like them both :-)


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2. My next tip is to Mind Your Composition

There are three compositions that I almost always try when shooting

1. The traditional Rule of Thirds:

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2. Negative Space

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3. Groups of 3s.

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3.  My last tip is to shoot the details

Move in. Macro photography is really all about the details, the little ones that your normal lens would miss.

So shoot Straight On

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At An Angle

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From Above
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Get Close.

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Now, go out and try it. I want to see the results!



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Everyday Eyecandy: Cheese

September 17th, 2014

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The Story:

So I don’t know when it started.

This child looooooooves cheese. Specifically, the Disney Sharp Cheddar Cheese Mickey Mouse shapes ones that can only be found at Walmart.

When I go buy this cheese, I tend to buy almost everything on the shelf because Walmart has a tendency to run out.

And this child will whine like it’s the end of the world if he doesn’t have his cheese.

He has been known to eat a whole bag in one sitting.

He makes cheese sandwiches.

He prefers to white cheddar ones, but will eat the  regular ones because: “Mama, they taste the same.”

I got him to taste a piece of  Gouda cheese at Whole Foods this weekend.

He was in love, and we had to keep going back to get more of  ” that Hooda cheese on a stick.”

My quirky little boy loves cheese.

And I’ve got a photo of it to remember.

What Everyday Eyecandy did you capture this week?

The Lovely Everyday Week 2

September 16th, 2014

And I’m still going. I decided to challenge myself this time around and since I started this project, I’ve been only using my Canon 35mm 2.0 lens.  I think next month, I’ll choose a different Lens. Maybe only shoot with my 50? We’ll see.



**Monday: Do I need to say anything else?


**Tuesday:Smiles after the second set of allergy shots. He discovered that there was nothing to be afraid of after all

**Wednesday: ISO 12500!!!!!! OOOMMMMGGGGGEEEEE


**Thursday:Tae Kwon Do…


**Friday:I was sick, needed a photo and spotted this off of the side of the porch.


**Saturday: CDub abandoned me( even though I had Bronchitis) for a PGA tournament ALL DAY LONG and left me and the boy alone. I took him to lunch.


**Sunday: Every Sunday, I get the discount flowers from Kroger…


Now, go check out what Bianca’s been up to.



Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag: A review

September 15th, 2014

Earlier in the summer I won the Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag.


It was perfect timing!

When I went to San Francisco, I knew we would be doing a lot of walking.   I needed an easy everyday bad that I could carry around that would keep my camera safe, and let me carry a few essentials  Without it getting too heavy.

Enter the Lowepro Passport Sling Bag.

In short, It was perfect for what I needed it for.


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Everyday in Cali, I carried my Canon 6D the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L Lens, my wallet, Pookah’s epi pen, a couple of xtra memory cards, an extra battery and a bottle of water.

I got around with NO problems. In fact. the bad was so light and convenient that I rode with it attached to me on the back of a bike the whole length of Golden Gate Park !

Here is the bag how I carry it everyday with my Canon 35mm f/2 Lens.

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And one of my favorite features was the little zipped compartment on the side . When you unzip, it expands the bag! This was a great convenience when I bought something. I could add it to my bag with plenty of room left over.

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Loved it!!

So in conclusion, this bag is perfect for a quick outing to the park, A sightseeing trip or just an everyday bag.

I can’t wait to take my Lowepro Passport Sling Bag on my next trip!


 ** I was not paid for this review. I jut loved this bag. There are affiliate links in this post**