What’s for Breakfast

I really proud of myself, because I usually don’t get a post done on Saturdays.  My post today is simple and hopefully I’m not starting a theme here with food…

This morning when I fixed Ashleigh’s plate she said “Yum!! My favorite breakfast.”  So…I decided to take a picture of her favorite breakfast for my picture a day challenge.  Hopefully, I’ll think of something other than food to post for tomorrow.  But today, we have Ashleigh’s favorite breakfast…Pancakes and scrabbled eggs…

My Lucky Charm

Deciding what to shoot for my picture a day challenge, is becoming a challenge.  But I guess it really doesn’t matter what I take a picture of, as long as I’m taking a picture everyday, learning something new everyday, and building my skills. My last few pictures have been with my 50mm lens.  I’m not used to it because of the fixed focal length, but the more I use it the more I love it.  The quality of my pictures are better, and I just love being able to have such a wide aperture.

Today’s picture…a bowl of my favorite childhood cereal…Lucky Charms.

My Little Garden and My Little Helper

This year I decided to plant some vegetable plants in my back yard.  I planted a few out back in the ground and some in pots on the back patio.  Everyday I go out and water my plants and inspect them to see if I have any veggies, and my little helper is usually right behind me.  I haven’t been very successful, but I’ve enjoyed watching the plants grow.

Today, for my picture a day challenge I took a couple of pictures of my plants and of course my little helper.

Someday these will be bell peppers…hopefully

Here are a couple of banana peppers.  I have no clue what I’ll do with them…

This…well this is my little helper…She’s making sure everything is all good with our plants.


I want to meet my picture a day goal and I’ve not been doing the best job.  So today, on the way home, I was thinking “What should I take a picture of?”   Then I looked at the ladybug my daughter made in Church and said “That’s it!!!”  She’ll have the picture for her scrapbook, and I’ll have it for my picture a day challenge.  So here is the lady bug.

Just a Sip

Here is my picture for today’s picture a day.  Sometimes it is hard to find time to do the things we really love, but when I got a moment, I took a picture of my little girl chillin’ in the window with her sippy cup.

This picture was taken with my 50mm lens with the aperture set at 1.8, the ISO at 400, and the shutter speed at 1/25.  I really don’t like to use a higher ISO than 200, but I didn’t have my flash on, and it was kind of dark in the room so I needed to bump up the ISO because I could not reduce the shutter speed without getting more blur that you see in the picture.

I just love how she is so laid back in this picture.

Flower Power

Today, for my picture a day assignment, I went back and looked at some pictures we took when we were in downtown Charlotte, and decided to process one of my flower pictures.

I took this picture with my new 50mm 1.8 lens and believe or not, I did not have the aperture set at 1.8.  I set it 2.5.  When I first got the lens I shot everything at 1.8 and soon realized that was not the way to go.

The first picture is straight out of the camera with the exposure bumped up a little.  The second is the same picture, converted to black and white and bumped up the yellows a little.  Then I used the Soulful B&W tints Action, Warm Mist to add a little tint to it.

Hope you enjoy…


I know this is a blog about my photo hobby, but I wanted to take a second to talk about backing up your files on your home computer.  Most of us use digital cameras these days and we have lots of music files on our computers.  What would you do if your hard drive crashed?  How would you get those files back.  What about the important documents you are saving on your computer?  Well, a friend at work told me about Mozy backup software for your home computer, and I want to pass that information on to you.

It is a great tool,  you install it on your computer, and it backs up your files to their network.  So you don’t have to worry about keeping your on backup copies on DVD or an external hard drive.  You can set your schedule and then not have to worry about backups anymore.  So click here and check out Mozy.  You can get an unlimited backup for less than $5 a month or you can get limited backups for free.

Early Morning in Downtown Monroe NC

This morning, I wanted to take some pictures of the sunrise over one of the historical building in Monroe.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture the sun over the building the way I had hoped.

I took a picture of the back of the building, and then front.  I used my tripod to capture both shots because the shutter speed was too slow to hand hold the camera.

Pictures from the Past

I began taking pictures in RAW format in April and I have 100s  of pictures that now need to be converted to jpegs.  So today, for my Picture A Day project, I am processing some of our pictures from Easter.

A Picture a Day Challenge

I want to work on my photography skills and my editing skills so I figured the best way to do this is to challenge myself to do something every day with a picture.  Take a picture, review and edit an old picture…something, anything to keep me moving forward.

Today I was going through my pictures and found one of my middle child and thought I would see what I could do to make it better.

So here are the before and after shots.