Let It Snow

I haven’t posted anything since the new year.  I’ve just been taking a break, but we don’t get snow like this often so I had to take a few snapshots of my girls enjoying themselves in all of the snow.


IMG_5740_web IMG_5737_web IMG_5735_web

Lisa’s 365 Project 72/365 – Picnic at the Airport

We decided to have a little picnic after church today and watch the airplanes take off.  I was surprised at the number of people there.  The girls had a lot of fun.  Even my oldest enjoys watching the planes take off.

I love the picture below.  I am so happy that I had the camera in my hand at that moment.  I don’t know what they were saying to each other but they look so cute.

Lisa’s 365 Project 71/365 – Geese on the Pond

I wanted to find a nice place to take pictures during lunch today.  I drove around to a park where I had taken a picture of some flowers.  I thought I would try my macro lens on them, but they were not there.  So I drove around until I thought about freedom park.  I walked around for a little, sat by the pond and took a picture of a few geese.  I’m not 100% happy with the background being blown out, but I still like the geese.  I used my new macro lens for these images.

Lisa’s 365 Project 55/365 – Wells Fargo Championship

You wont see much about golf on my blog, that’s my husband’s hobby.  However I do enjoy going to the opening rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship.  This is my 3rd year going with him and I took a few pictures.  Here are some of my favorites.


30 Days of Gratitude Days 24 & 25

I had a really good and busy day yesterday.  We went to the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade and came back hope to eat Thanksgiving  dinner.  I took a little nap before going to pick up my nieces and had a surprise visit from my mom and grandma.  Then we went over my aunt’s house and got home pretty late.  I didn’t take many pictures yesterday just a few of the parade.

Today I took my daughters, nieces and my little cousin to see Happy Feet 2.  I’m happy and thankful that I kind of have the energy to do things like that with and for my girls.  I grateful that my daughters have cousins close to their age because when I was growing up, I was the youngest cousin and was left behind a lot. I’m also grateful to have been able to have a thanks giving dinner with my family and spend time with them (which is something we should do more often).

We had a wonderful thanksgiving day yesterday and a really nice day today.  It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

I haven’t been feeling my best lately so I haven’t taken the time to get anything posted in the last 3 days.  I don’t want get into a rut, so I decided to get it together and post some pictures from the Charlotte Knights ballgame we went to yesterday.

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…

A Day in Downtown Charlotte

Even though I live right outside of Charlotte city limits, and I work in Charlotte every day, I rarely take the time to go downtown to see what is going on.  So, on my day off, I decided to take my girls and, one of their friends, to ride the LYNX train and hang out downtown.

Since I am a photo hobbyist, of course I took plenty of pictures.  I also took this opportunity to use my new polarizing filter.  I was pretty pleased with the results.  The colors were a lot richer and not washed out due to the bright sunlight.

All of the pictures were taken at various spots along Tryon Street.

When I looked at this picture, and the buildings in it, I thought I’d covert it to black and white to give it that old vintage look since these are some of the older buildings in the city.

I started not to take this photo because the positioning of the sun behind the building, but I took a change with it and I am pretty pleased with my results.  I metered for the light to the top right of the building.  I love the natural lens flare came through and trickles down to the bottom right of the photo.

This is a brick statue of children climbing on a book. I should have taken a picture of the front of this statue too so you could get the full effect.

I look forward to going back downtown and taking more pictures.  I really would like to get some great shots of the Charlotte skyline.