52 Week Challenge – Weeks 8 & 9 – Depth of Field and From Below

So I’m posting two weeks together tonight. The last couple of weeks have gotten the better of me.  I even had Week 8 “Depth of Field” done several days before my “deadline” but wasn’t able to post.

Anyhoo, my daughter wasn’t feeling well and quite frankly rarely does, unfortunately. She suffers from several chronic illnesses, which is a blog post for another time.  In the mean time, I brought her home some beautiful roses to cheer her up. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get some great depth of field photos with my 85mm glass. My favorite lens!

Don’t you agree?

 

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In Week 9, I had an idea of getting under a tree or some type of landscape situation for “From Below”. I fell behind in getting photos and last night gave me the opportunity I was looking for. We had some terrible thunderstorms last night and in fact, about 7 miles away a tornado touched down and did some damage. This panoramic photo was taken by my daughter with my iPhone 6+ from our deck. It was a weird weather night, and the earliest a tornado has been recorded in Minnesota history.

Storm Panoramic

Still think global warning is a farce?

Next up this week:  Books.  Should be easy, as my house is full of them. However, I may venture out to see what I can find.

Have a great week everyone!

Sheila

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52 Week Photo Challenge – Week 5 – Wide Angle

What a crazy week it was, stopping by to post my challenge photo. Grabbed this one morning almost a week ago now. We had some light flurries and the sun was peaking in the trees in just the right way. I used my iPhone for this one on the way to work. Sometimes it feels like that’s when I do my best – to and from work!

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Hope everyone has had a great week. I am loving all the photos every week that I’m seeing!  Keep ’em coming!

Week 6 is all about the lazy days! We’ve had our share of those around here!

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52 Week Challenge – Week 2 – WINTER

I have to say this was a good week to have WINTER as the category in the 52 week challenge. In Minnesota, we had plenty of different weather (as usual) this week! I took a few photos of what winter means around here!

Or as I fondly say, Winter From My Neck of the Woods!  I am a day late and a dollar short as usual on getting this one out!

I have to say this was a good week to have WINTER as the category in the 52 week challenge. In Minnesota, we had plenty of different weather (as usual) this week! I took a few photos of what winter means around here!

Earlier in the week, we were blessed with three days in a row of the white stuff. It made for difficult driving commutes. I am really lucky in that I leave later than most, and come home earlier. I am not stuck in traffic most days, lucky me!

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My drive in to work on Tuesday.
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Shoveling the sidewalk on Monday at work.
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HA my car buried at the end of my shift. Looks the same on the other side.
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After the snow cleared so did the sky, there was a sunset, off my deck.
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If I were to pick my favorite of the week, it would be this one. A male Northern Cardinal Wednesday morning before work. Again, off my deck.
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Yes, I know it’s corn.
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Again on Wednesday, it cleared up when I left work.

Then it got COLD. C – O – L – D. COLD. Thursday morning it was -9 below, with a -26 below windchill. Loved this one I grabbed on the Mississippi.

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This is what happens when the air temp is colder than the water temp.
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Friday night at the local ice skating rink, it was still pretty chilly. I am going to do another blog post about “the Pit”.

In Minnesota, winter to many of us means winter dance team competitions. My daughter doesn’t dance anymore, but we took in some dance team action on Saturday.

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If I had to pick my favorite of the week, it would definitely be the Northern Cardinal. HA, not a surprise.

Next week’s category is “Drink”. Should be interesting and fun!  Here is another glimpse of the categories!

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Finding the Beauty

So after three days of snow fall, people are definitely complaining around here.  While we are still below average for snow fall on the year, it has been coming at the most inopportune times. Like rush hour. I hear stories of 1-3 hour commutes. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I don’t travel far for work, and never during rush hour.

Rather than whining, I have learned in the past few years there are worse things to complain about.  Life is too short to cry about first world problems like traffic and long commutes. There are more important worries in the world.  Instead, I choose to find the beauty in it all.  It is here to stay for a while, so we may as well embrace it.

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Boat house on Lake Orono in Elk River, Minnesota

52 Week Photography Challenge

52 Week Photo Challenge From Moments to MemoriesHappy New Year to Everyone!  I have been out of the blogging world for a while now, but I’ve been itching to get back in.  I have a little (stress the word LITTLE) extra time now and want to get back into getting to know my camera again. Yes, I am a portrait photographer. However, I miss getting out and taking photos of nature, still life, people in their element.

While I thought about doing another Project 365, it just is not feasible at this time. However, a 52 Week challenge, this is doable.  Then I thought, why don’t I just do my own from my blog, FB page and Instagram?  I mean, we all want traffic and followers, correct? I need some place to put my photos. Win-win in my book.

Do you have an interest in photography? Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Are you wanting to learn more about it? Have you always loved photography and are looking for a challenge?  Do you love taking photos with your awesome cell phone? I mean, let’s face it. Some of the cell phones out there outperform DSLR’s in some instances! You just have to take the time to learn how to use it!  In fact, these photos were all taken with my iPhone 6+ this past year.

Zumbrota Bridge From Moments to Memories

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Are you interested in all of the above?  Then this challenge is for you!

One of the things that I still talk about with my Project 365 is that I learned so much about my camera during that year.  If truth be told, I learned a lot about myself and life that year as well. I improved my skills and became more familiar with the different settings and aspects of my camera and photography in general.

So this is what I am going to do.  I have come up with 52 fun ideas for us. It may be a technical challenge, it may be a color challenge, maybe a shutter speed or depth of field challenge. “Take a photo of a bird.” Easy peasy, right?  Whatever the case may be, it will be a hodge podge. Don’t sweat it. You only have to spend a few minutes a week on this challenge. Whether you upload it to Facebook, Instagram or your own blog, that’s up to you.  All I ask is that you use the hashtag #FMTM52weeks,  blog tag FMTM52weeks or mention my blog.  If I get enough takers, I will feature here (with your permission of course), on my Facebook page From Moments to Memories or Instagram (@frommomentstomemories) Don’t have a blog or Instagram? Just post it on your Facebook page, or post it on MY Facebook page.

Don’t know where to begin? Here are a few tips to help you start:

  1. Follow me on social media and/or check out my website:
    Wordpress blog – From Moments to Memories Nature Photo Blog
    Facebook – From Moments to Memories
    Instagram – @frommomentstomemories
    Website – From Moments to Memories Photography & Design
    Reblog this post!
  2. Read your camera’s manual. Seriously, I have read mine front to back 3 times. Those of you who know me personally do not find that surprising. If you are using your phone, scour the internet for phone photography tips. I’m actually working on an iPhone tutorial/infographic to share with you all. Here are a couple that I just found doing a quick google search National Geographic Camera Phone Tips and iPhone Photography School.
  3. Follow photographers you like on social media. Not just your friends and pets. Do a search of what you may be interested in! This will help you find out what type of style you really like, and what niche you may be interested in. Whether it be nature, portraits, sports, street photography, etc. Believe me, there is something for everyone on the internet! Some of my favorite bloggers (I am partial to nature, but follow others):
    Photos by Donna
    Birds of New England (love my birds)
    Texas Tweeties (again with the birds, and Bob is an awesome person)
    Quiet Solo Pursuits
    Some of my favorite Instagrammers:  @jennddesigns, @chandra_whitfield, @quark_track, @street.activity and so many more I can’t list. Instagram has so many talented photographers!
  4. Check your settings before you get into the shoot. Check Pinterest! a TON of info on there! I am also working on a tutorial of settings as well. Am I an expert? No. But I have ideas and know what works for certain captures.
  5. Remember this is not a contest. It’s a challenge. There is no right or wrong photo. During my Project 365, I had to remind myself that not every photo is a masterpiece! Sometimes I just needed a photo of my shoe. True story!
  6. Keep learning and growing. You can certainly tell the difference from start to finish in my Project 365. Some of my best work came out of that year.

I will post the 52 week themes tomorrow, Monday, January 2.  I will post my own photo along with the new theme on Mondays. So everyone will have one week to do your challenge.  I am also going to try and post in between my normal stuff as well!  So…long story short…follow this blog!

Thanks for stopping!

Sheila

A Thanksgiving Sign

For the last three years, I’ve been promising myself I would get back to going on photo walks, getting out into nature, blogging, etc. And for the last two years I have let myself down. I’m not going to be too hard on myself.  In the last three years, I have lost both of my parents and my full time job. I started school full time and my sidekick became ill. Chronically ill. Which is a story for another blog post. I have been working a REAL job part time while I go to school, and am depending on my portrait photography to pay some of my bills. So in the end, life has been consuming me.

I have had rare opportunities to get out into nature and take photos. While I like portrait photography and I get paid for it, my true passion lies in nature, landscapes, birds, still life or inanimate objects. I could sit for hours watching a Snowy Owl in freezing temps or capturing the beautiful color of fall. The last time I was at my favorite spot, the refuge, was in June. JUNE. I have been lost without it. I miss it. I miss blogging. I miss reading the blogs I loved to read on a daily basis. I miss walking in the snow and capturing the beauty.

I. Miss. Nature.

In the back of my mind I have been thinking about starting another Project 365. It’s the only way I know that will push me out the door to get back into it again. I finished one in 2010/2011 and did some of my best work during that time. I started another one in 2014, only to have my dad get sick half way though and I had to end it.

So when I looked out my sister’s window on Thanksgiving Day and saw this beautiful family, I knew it was a sign.  It was the first time in 14 years that my whole family had gotten together for Thanksgiving. Since then, we have lost my brother and both of my parents. Maybe it was a sign from my parents, to kick me in the butt to get me motivated again. I have been missing them so much, and always do when the holidays roll around.

At any rate, my sister’s backyard in Duluth has been the place for many a photo for me in the past few years. With eight acres of woods, it is easy to find SOMETHING to take a photo of and write a blog entry. At any given time in the winter, she can have up to 15 deer in her yard. She sometimes names them. This is “Bread Doe” and her family.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. If you are so inclined, stop back again. I can’t promise I will post all the time, but my goal is at least once a week.

Sheila