Sunday, November 28, 2010

Swinging Erin

This is Erin doing what she does best. Swinging a million miles an hour and never looking back. Turns out, she is actually pretty picky with her "underdogs". I apparently was doing it completely wrong, at least according to her taste. I pushed, I ran under--Underdog, what else did she want?

This picture turned out pretty nice, if I say so myself. I guess I'm not completely unbiased because Erin is so cute, but mostly everything is working for the photograph. I still struggle with the white balance, but hey, nobody is perfect.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ducks at the Park

Right about the time that the snow was falling in Utah, we made our way to the park and enjoyed a few hours playing football, frisbee, and hiking. It was about 80 degrees, and almost too hot! From the facebook status updates that I read, it looked like the "blizzard" was a let down. I guess it wasn't all the gloom and doom that the media predicted. But who knows, I'm not there, nor do I have to drive in it.

I took some pictures of mostly everyone there for you all to enjoy. This one was taken right after we fed a half loaf of bread to the ducks you can see behind them.

And here's one of Erin and me. I know it's kind of a rare thing for me to post a picture of myself, so enjoy it while it lasts. Her face sums up our relationship beautifully, I think. I sure do love her though! She'll ask for a high five and right before change her hand to a thumbs-up and place it against your open hand and say, "Turkey!" It's super cute.

And the next two pictures are for Kate and Emily, I would type right under them but for the life of me I can't figure out how I would do it. I mean, Seriously Google! Don't get me wrong, I'm probably your biggest Google fan there is, but when it comes to composing blog posts, I have the hardest time. I'll type and try to arrange pictures and won't be able to put the pictures where I want. Then, when I finally get a picture to where I want it, I'll look back and for some reason there is one missing or deleted. As Erin would say, "Seriously?" Anyway, I'll end my rant, but honestly Google, fix how you compose in Blogspot.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Plane Window

Half my family lives down in Texas and it's one of my favorite things to visit them. Bruce and I have made another trip down and I'm grateful we are. This first picture was taken from the plane window of the sunset in Salt Lake. It was pretty, and the attendants didn't say to put away all electrical devices so I snapped the picture. Nothing special, but it was from the plane. To view other amazing pictures from plane windows, check this out. And notice how there is no snow on the ground out there at the Salt Lake airport, I hear that that is not the case right now!

I went golfing with Ryan the day after we got there and Bruce rode along to keep us company. It was a little on the cool side, but I was still able to wear shorts, which I was envisioning all along for a Texas golfing expedition. We went to Chase Oaks Golf Club which is owned by the city of Allen, but is actually in Plano. Also, it is where I worked during the summer I lived down here. It didn't really change much, there still are a lot of people with really fancy golf clubs that really aren't that good. A lot of memories came flooding back driving around the course as well. Such as the time I almost got struck by lightening and the also the time where I drove a golf cart up a bunker and over a very steep 5 foot drop off (don't worry the cart and I were just fine). I also remember exactly where we would hit golf balls from the club house to see if we could make it to the the 2nd or 7th hole greens on the Sawtooth course. I could never even get close, but had fun trying.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Why does Shaggy on Scooby-Doo walk with such a strange gait? Have you ever thought about that, or is it just me? Maybe he has a neurological disorder and something is amiss in his cerebellum. I can't help but feel bad for the guy, he's lucky he has a pretty cool dog to help him out. Speaking of which, is Scooby completely oblivious to the fact that he is a dog? Whenever another character calls him a dog, he'll look around to see where "this dog" is. It made me laugh, anyway. I watched my nephews the other day and they had Scooby-Doo on, hence the random questions.

In this picture of Christian, it's a fall picture even though I desaturated it quite a bit. You can still see a little red in the trees behind him, though. If you look closely at his eyes, you can see that I focused on his glasses instead of his eyes. Bummer, I know, but I really don't know how to fix the problem because the focus point will pick up the high contrast frames instead of the eye itself. With a picture this size, however, it really doesn't matter--even with the extremely shallow depth of field. Keeping the eyes in focus is very important for a portrait, if you look at a picture with sharp eyes, your mind will just assume that the rest of the face is sufficiently in focus even when it's not. Keep that in mind.