Thursday, June 30, 2011

How To Photograph Fireworks!

This LIVE online workshop starts tomorrow at 10:00am Pacific Time and get this.....IT'S FREE! If you've always wanted to learn how to photograph fireworks, you won't want to miss this! It's quick and easy to enroll and if you check out their calendar, you just might find some other workshops that you're interested in also.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pigeon Shadow!

I took this picture along the riverwalk on 1/03/11 and I just love that I captured the shadow of the pigeon in flight! (***click on the image to see a closeup view!)



Monday, May 9, 2011

I've earned $25 in Amazon Gift Cards through Swagbucks....check it out!

Have you heard about Swagbucks?  I remember hearing about it, when they first started out a few years ago and I was very skeptical and dismissed it.  I mean come on, how can you earn money just by using their search engine, really? Boy was I wrong.....you really can and it's easy to boot!  I kept seeing people post on their blogs about how they bought their christmas presents with swagbucks and I finally decided to give it a try, so I downloaded their toolbar and now when I'm on my computer searching, I am periodically awarded swagbucks. So far to date I've earned 2,378 swagbucks (*note: you will see below on my widget that I don't have that many and that's because I've redeemed 2,250 already)!  You can redeem your swagbucks for products in the swagbucks store or for gift cards and I like using mine on $5 Amazon gift cards. I now have five $5 Amazon gift cards which = $25 that I can spend whenever I want.  Cool huh? 

Here's another thing I just realized......you can earn 10 swagbucks for every coupon you print (from swagbucks website here) and redeem at your local grocery store.  This is great for me because I've just recently started couponing! woot woot

Here is a link if you'd like to check out How It Works and here is their FAQs page where you can find out more about earning and redeeming swagbucks. 

I've included the widget below for those of you who would like to sign up and start earning some free money! (just click on the sign up button in the bottom right corner of the widget)


Sunday, April 10, 2011

FEATURED REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!! NICHOLE VAN’S {life as art} Workshop-In-A-Box

Hey y'all, you might want to enter this giveaway, hosted by Workshop Jungle, to win Nichole Van's {life as art} Worshop in a box! If you haven't seen her work, you'll want to hop on over and take a long peek because her photography or {art} is beautiful and I'm blown away by her creativity! Check out her blog here. 

My favorite portrait of hers is the beautiful bride leaping through the air at dawn!  I love all of her photos, but that one grabbed me the first time I saw it and it still grabs me everytime I see it! Here is the link if you'd like to see it yourself! (click on art then click marriage to find the bride leaping!) I would LOVE to win her workshop in a box, so I can learn from her!  Good luck to all of you who enter!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Posing and Lighting Workshop!

If you don't already know about creativeLive, you just have to check them out, ASAP! They offer free LIVE workshops and let me just say how AWESOME this site is!!!

Today I sat in on the first day of Bambi Cantrell's 3 day Posing and Lighting Workshop and I never dreamed I would learn so much in just one day! Seriously folks....Bambi is my new photography hero! She is absolutely brilliant with posing her models and I don't know about y'all, but that's the one thing I struggle with the most. I have a feeling posing will be a lot easier for me now, after watching Bambi in action and listening intently, to all of her careful instructions. One of the things she taught us, was how to pose the subject in a way that is flattering, slenderizing and natural looking or as Bambi would say, "Believable!" Oh my goodness, she taught us so much more and it's all still spinning around in my brain, as I type this post. Can you even imagine 7 hours of priceless instruction on posing and lighting? It was fantastic and I can't wait until tomorrow's class, in fact I'm still so excited from today, that I can't even go to sleep. lol I mean I posted about it 3 times on my Portrait Of My Heart facebook page and also tweeted several times today too, haha. Hmmm....I might be just a little excited! :)

Here is a short video I found on youtube tonight that I thought I'd share...

Bambi Cantrell's Tips for Beautiful Portraits

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Helpful Hint ~ Prevent Avacados From Turning Brown!

I found this tip on preventing avacados from turning brown and just had to share it!

***Don't forget to pause my music player before playing the video!



I gave it a try and I have to tell you....it really works! 


This is 24 hours later and my avacado looks exactly the way it did, when I put it in the container with the red onion, the day before.  It didn't turn brown at all! woot woot (*note:  the brown you see on the avacado was already there when I cut it open!)  Isn't that cool?  Ok, well I'M EXCITED because this works better than any method I've ever tried!  I don't know what the red onion does, but it works like a charm and I can't wait to see how many days it will keep my avacados nice and green.  Hope you all enjoy this little hint.....give it a try.  :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Project 365 ~ Week 3

Sunday

This was such an awesome day and let me tell you why...  First off, church was awesome, we had 3 baptisms and 2 people join. Secondly, my friend Elsie surprised me with this jar of Mayhaw Jelly that she brought back from Texas and it meant so much to me, that I almost started crying! Seriously, I gasped so loud, all the new people sitting around us, probably wondered what was wrong with me, until they heard the laughter that followed and saw the hugging that went on. Lol  

 My granny, used to send me her homemade Mayhaw jelly once in awhile, before she died many years ago and I've really missed it. You have to understand, just how much I love this jelly and just how much I love my friend, Elsie!  She and I, are originally from the same area in Texas and even though we live in Oregon now, we're both southern girls at heart and we love us some good ol' southern food and Mayhaw jelly! She's been spoiling me lately....she's made me chicken gumbo twice, since my back surgery and it was so yummy and good! I love you, Elsie!

Monday


You should have seen me scramble when I looked out the window and saw the eagle flying toward the house! I ran and grabbed my camera and camera bag, all the while holding my breath and squealing, as I had to quickly unzip the bag, grab my zoom lens, switch lenses, run out the sliding glass door, change my settings on my camera and snap two shots before it was gone. Whew....that got my heart rate up for sure! If I would have had my camera ready, I could have gotten a closer shot, as it flew right over my head. *bummer*

I love the snow on the mountain!

Tuesday

This is a lovely journal that my friend Michelle made me last August. Isn't it adorable?  She knows how much I love photography, so she personalized it with the camera, my name and she even put one of my own hummingbird pictures on it, along with the verse. Isn't that special? 

...and this is the inside, with a little note from her and a pic of me and my honey, that says, "Always kiss me goodnight!"  Awww!  As you can see, I hadn't used it yet, because I was waiting for the new year to begin.

....and inside the back, she added a cute little envelope for me to tuck away little notes, pictures or whatever I want to put in it.  It's a great place for keepsakes, don't you think?  I just love it and I appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into it! Thank you, Michelle...you're such a special friend!

Wednesday

I looked outside and had to grab my camera to get a shot of this scene.  There's just something serene about it and the sky is lovely, the way the light is shining, through the clouds!

Thursday

We got home really late after church and Kasey's friend Steven came over, so I quickly threw a cobbler together, so they would have something yummy to eat.  I used frozen mixed berries, but seriously this bag had mostly raspberries in it with a little Marionberries and blueberries, as well.  Here's a little trick if you don't have any icecream on hand and you don't feel like driving to DQ for some....just use frozen cool whip and that will suffice!  Fortunately, I had frozen cool whip in the freezer and while nothing is better than vanilla icecream on cobbler, frozen cool whip is pretty good!

Friday

Ok, so we decided to have a boring, but healthy meal for dinner and it was good.  Although, I do have one question....why do I always want something more, after I've eaten a healthy meal? Lol  I mean come on, why can't I at least have bread and butter?  Oh yeah, now I remember....it's because bread makes me fat! :)

Saturday

Ohhh....to be a dog!  I was looking for Sophie and this is where I found her. Yep, all sprawled out, squishing down the pillow on the back of the couch!  Mind you, she's not supposed to be on there, but she was just too cute, so I left her there.  She's so spoiled!!!

If you'd like to join in on Project 365, hop on over to my friend Sara's, to link up!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Skywatch Friday ~ Golden Sunrise (11-28-10)

This was such a gorgeous golden sunrise! I woke up later than usual on this morning and I was already scrambling to get ready for church, when I looked out my window and saw this.  Well....even though I was already running late, I just had to grab my camera and get a few shots, ya know!  Oh, how I wish I would have had more time because this is my favorite kind of sunrise.  Clouds and fog always make the sunrise even more beautiful!  Oh and did I mention that there was no time to grab my tipod?  Ugh....I know I could have gotten some spectacular shots, with the tripod!  Because I was hand holding the camera, I had to have my shutter speed set to at least 1/60th of a second, to prevent camera shake and I wasn't able to set my aperture to f/22, like I normally would, but....I did the best I could without my tripod!

Canon Rebel Xsi
Canon EFS 55-250mm lens
Manual mode
Aperture f/20
Shutter Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 100
Manual mode
Aperture f/20
Shutter Speed 1/80 sec.
ISO 100
Manual mode
Aperture f/20
Shutter Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 100
Manual mode
Aperture f/20
Shutter Speed 1/80 sec.
ISO 100

Hop on over to SKYWATCH FRIDAY to see more beautiful skies all over the world!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Project 365 ~ Week 2

Well....this is my first full week of taking a pic everyday, for Project 365 and I'm afraid I wasn't very creative! Lol  It proved to be a little harder than I thought, but I can see that this project will inspire me to keep my camera or my iphone handy at all times. I intend to make a book out of all 365 days of pics, at the end of this year, through Blurb.  I can't wait to sit down with a cup of tea and look through it! Here's a little peek at a few of my blog friend Sara's, blurb books. 

Sunday
Today, was a very long day, but it was wonderful!  We had a great church service followed by a baptism in the river.....in January! Brrr, it was so cold!  After the baptism we went shopping at Costco and Fred Meyer, then at home I prepared the food for our home group that we hosted and at 7:30 I fell into bed. I turned on the tv and started watching Worst Cooks in America and it was then, that I remembered that I needed a picture for the day. Ugh! I seriously couldn't get myself up, so I took a shot of the tv with my iphone....real creative huh?  I got up at 9:00 to get something to drink and I could barely walk, so I went right back to bed and stayed there til morning. I'm still recovering from my back surgery, so I guess I over did it just a little. Lol 

Monday
Today I didn't feel up to going swimming, but it was such a nice day, so Andy and I decided to go for a short walk on the river walk. It was lovely and the air was crisp and cold and so refreshing! This is a shot I took from the trolley tracks. This is a perfect spot for portrait pics....the leading lines are fantastic!

Tuesday
Today was another long day!  We drove out of town to see our dear friend, who is drawing very near to the end of his journey on this earth, and it proved to be a very emotional day. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him and talking to him and just holding his hand!  We will miss him terribly, but we're so thankful that he will be waiting for us, up in heaven!  Before heading home, Andy and I enjoyed soup and salad at Olive Garden and we were really bad and split a piece of rasberry cheesecake....shhh, I won't tell if you won't tell! Lol After we got home, I was just dragging, so I decided I needed a protein shake.

Wednesday
I just had to post this pic of Sophie because her little paws are so cute!

Thursday
Ok, so I guess this is what you do, when you realize that you haven't taken a picture for the day.....you look for something in your house!  Hence, why I took a pic of the candles on my kitchen table. Lol  These really are beautiful at night when the lights are turned off....they actually flicker! They are battery operated candles that have been dipped in real wax, cool huh?  I got them from my sister-in-law's shop and I love them!
 
Friday
Andy and I decided to take a drive on the beach today and there happened to be part of a whale carcus, that had washed up.  The seagulls were feasting off of it and I actually captured a gross pic of one of them pulling the flesh off. Ew...I won't be posting that one! It kept raining off and on, so I just rolled down my window and took some shots from the truck.  We had a wonderful drive....I just love the beach!

Saturday
It actually stopped raining for a little while, so I ventured outside in my backyard, scouting for something to take a picture of. I actually did find a few things to take pics of, but in the end I just had to post this one, of Sunny and Sophie playing with the stick.  Sophie does manage to steal it once in awhile, but most of the time she's just happy to latch onto it, along side Sunny and run around the yard with it. Of course, when she does steal it....the chase it on!

If you're interested in joining in on P365, head on over to Sara's blog and link up!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Skywatch Friday ~ Beautiful Moon 5-26-2010

I love it when the sky is an indigo blue!

Canon Rebel XSi
Canon EFS 55-250mm lens
Manual mode
Aperture f/16
Shutter Speed 0.4 sec
ISO 100
Focal Length 250.0 mm

...and I love capturing the moon through branches!
(settings same as in first pic)

 
Doesn't it look like the moon is tetering on the branch in this one?

Manual mode
Aperture f/16
Sh Speed 1/5 sec
ISO 100
Focal Length 250.0 mm

...and lastly, one more of the beautiful moon peeking through the branches!

Manual mode
Aperture f/16
Sh Speed 0.3 sec
ISO 100
Focal Length 250.0 mm

Hop on over to SKYWATCH FRIDAY and check out more beautiful skies all around the world!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Project 365 ~ Week 1

Well....I finally decided last night, to join in on Project 365 over at my blog friend Sara's and I have to admit, that I'm a little scared because I know it's quite a commitment!  Now is probably the right time though, especially since I just finally got a new computer and shouldn't have any problems with this one.  Note to self:  N.e.v.e.r buy a reconditioned computer again!  It was a total waste of money and really has hindered me from being able to blog etc.  Thankfully, I'm almost finished transferring all of my pics to the new computer before it completely crashes...Yay! It's been a frustrating process the past couple of weeks....it takes about 7 or 8 hours to transfer one folder of pictures off of the old computer....that tells you how slow it is and of course, it takes even longer when it shuts down and I have to start over. Arrrg! 

I'd like to apologize to all of my followers (if I have any left) for being MIA off and on for so long, I'm praying that I will be able to get back into the routine of blogging again and I think P 365 will help me to do just that!  I don't really know all the rules of P 365, so please forgive me, if I happen to break the rules. Hopefully, someone will clue me in, if I do it wrong! :)

SATURDAY

I opened the sliding glass door to step outside and take this pic, but it was sooo cold that I just stayed in and took it with the door open. lol  Normally I would have taken more pics, but I was on my way out to lunch with my friend Elsie and wouldn't you know it.....I completely forgot to take a pic of the two of us and our meal.  We're both originally from Texas, so we thoroughly enjoyed our tamales, blackeyed peas, cabbage, collard greens and cornbread!  Mmmm, mmm good!  We both were blessed with double the good luck, as the tradition goes, because we both had black eyed peas and we both found a coffee bean hidden in our pieces of cake.  Woo hoo! 

And to finish off such a lovely day, I snapped a picture of my baby Sophie, with her bone!  Yes, I call her my baby and yes, my 21 yr old daughter makes fun of me and says, I've become one of those old ladies with the little dog that she talks to like it's a person.  Haha, yep that's me folks!  I do talk to her like she's a person and my excuse is, that I don't have any grandbabies yet, but hey....at least I don't dress her up in little outfits. lol  

Well, so far so good, I've just finished my first blog post for the new year and also for P 365, now let's hope I can keep this up!  Happy New Year everyone!  If you'd like to link up and join in on Project 365, just head on over to make music from your heart to the Lord and I know Sara will be excited!!!
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