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Saturday, February 26, 2011

My beautiful sister and her family

The hubs is out of town this weekend and as much as I have missed him we have also managed to have a really good day today. I was really dreading getting through the weekend without another set of hands and eyes but so far it hasn't been too bad. I think it helped that I rented MegaMind - which the kids seemed to really like (It's about the same as Monsters Vs. Aliens - same action violence and mild romance).

So anyway... I've got a little extra time tonight to post some photos that have just been sitting on my computer, calling out to me to be posted! Yay!

You may remember that I posted earlier this week about my trip to see my sister and her family. I always enjoy my visits with her - we get along really well and both enjoy photography so there is always a lot to talk about. Her husband is also a photographer so dinner with both of them is always a treat. We discuss cameras and lenses and lighting, it's like being in a photographer's heaven! Not to mention the fact that they are both excellent cooks in their own ways so the food is always amazing whenever we visit.

One of the highlights of my visit with my sister was when we let the kids play outside. They have a nice big yard and our kids chased each other through just about every bit of it. So while they were playing Abi & I got our cameras out and took photos of each other's kids and, of course, each other.

Aunt Abi
My sister, Abigail. Have you visited her blog? I took this photo with my 18-55mm f/3.5-5 lens and was zoomed in all the way to 55mm - I notice I get better bokeh zooming in like this - so I do that when I can afford to shoot at f/5. Indoors I almost never zoom my lens in, unless I am really doing a still life and then sometimes I'll zoom in a little - but there really should be an entire blog post for that - to zoom or not to zoom?!

This is the only photo in this post that is edited. The shot came out pretty dark so I adjusted the levels a bit and sharpened. It was really challenging to shoot in this environment because some areas were bright and some were quite shady. The porch was a great place to shoot but I had to really watch my settings and continually adjust them.

Oh I so love this shot!! The lighting is so right.

I switched to my 55-200mm zoom lens pretty early on in the day. I was able to frame my images closer without standing too near my subjects and interrupting their play. I LOVE the pretty bokeh and sharp focus I get with this lens - even though I don't use it very often.

Playing hide and seek. I followed her around for probably ten minutes trying to get a shot with her eyes! Patience payed off though and I was able to snap this cute shot of my sweet little niece while she was hiding from Katie-Abigail.

Josiah found this pair of binoculars and played with them nearly all day long!

Shooting through the slats of the deck was tricky - but I really like this perspective and the expression on Josiah's face on the photo above and below the light was just so pretty at that angle!



Beth - gathering balls for IsaacDSC_7591

Here is another example of a not-perfect picture that I really like. Katie-Abigail was having a quiet minute by herself in the sand box while her favorite cousin played with Josiah for a bit. The sun kept going behind the clouds and then coming back out again so it made it a little tricky but it was a nice challenge. I got a technically better shot after a couple more shots - but I really like the composition and mood of this one best.

My little athlete - his cousin threw the ball for him and he actually hit most of them! I think he would have played with that baseball bat all day long if he could have.

We had SO much fun with Aunt Abi!!!
Having SO MUCH FUN!!

My sister is such a good mommy!

Zoomed in just a little too far here!! That's the thing about my zoom lens that I have to watch out for.


my nephew
I really like this shot - even though it's slightly overexposed and the focus is soft I really like the soft tones.

I'm a bit behind gathering photos for my 365. I've taken a shot (pretty much) every day it's just getting them loaded that's the trick. I've missed posting them every day though and will try to do better. How is yours going?

In case you've missed it - don't forget to enter my giveaway! It's open until Tuesday night. Also I hope you'll check out my upcoming photography classes. I'm really excited about the classes coming up and my brand new mentoring sessions!! Also, if you missed my latest SLR classes and want to be notified when the next SLR class opens for registration please let me know! If there is enough interest I will re-arrange the class schedule to include another SLR class earlier in the year.


kbreints said...

OH! cousins are so great to have around! ... and sisters ROCK. Such great action shots!

Marianne said...

Oh my word!! First of all... I cannot believe how big Beth is! What a beautiful young lady. The rest of your family? Just gorgeous. :)

Casey said...

Those are awesome pictures! :)
your kids and your sisters are adoraable :) I love the freckles and the smiles, and how the pcitures are clear, and soft. :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a fun day. <3

Dorian Susan said...

Really adorable kids...and sister too. What fun. I'm tired just looking at all the activity.

Abi said...

Oh Faith, thank you! Every single photo is awesome but I really love that last one... my heart melted!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

You were able to get some really awesome shots. I have several lens but always seem to shot with the same one.

Ky said...

They are ALL great photos. I don't care what anyone says about types of cameras used and lenses used. Having a DSLR and good lenses makes soooo much difference in the quality of photos. I wish so much that I could just go out and buy myself a DSLR and a couple of lenses, but I can't right now, so my li'l camera will just have to do for now.
Thanks for sharing these shots. You must have had so much fun taking them.

Jen said...

what a beautiful family, and talented too :)