Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

52/365 - Day 176

Shallow Depth of Field

Thursday, June 25, 2009

52/365 - Day 175

Look at those curls!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

52/365 - Day 174

The faces that go with the feet!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

52/365 - Day 173

Love me some baby feet!

Monday, June 22, 2009

52/365 - Day 172

Cardinal Reception

Sunday, June 21, 2009

52/365 - Day 171

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Saturday, June 20, 2009

52/365 - Day 170

Again, this is the Florida coastline. This was taken at Blowing Rocks Preserve right before high tide. It can be pretty dramatic when the tide is at its highest with the water blowing 50 ft. into the air through the holes in the rocks.

Friday, June 19, 2009

52/365 - Day 169

Beginning Rock Climbing

Thursday, June 18, 2009

52/365 - Day 168

Storm Cloud Approaching

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

52/365 - Day 167

This is actually part of the Florida Coastline. Taken at the House of Refuge (Hutchinson Island) while the tide was coming in.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

52/365 - Day 166

Who needs sunscreen when you can be "breaded" with sand?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

52/365 - Days 161-164 (Catching Up)

Here I go playing "catch-up" again. And the worst part is that I am leaving early tomorrow morning for a it will be another several days before I update again. But at least I will have tons of new photos!

Day 161 -

What a cutie pie!

Day 162 -

Looking out at part of 10,000 Islands.

Day 163 -

Day 164 -

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

52/365 - Day 160

I know this one was posted in the vacation post, but here is a version that I played with in PE 5.o.

Another Give-Away

The ladies over at iHeartFaces have teamed up with Prop Insanity to give away a cool prize of your choice. How cool is that! Go check it out! If I win...I WANT WANT WANT the Fringie Blanket!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

52/365 - Day 158 (iHeartFaces Vacation Story)

This week over at iHeartFaces, they are taking a "vacation" from the weekly challenges/contests. In honor of this break, we are posting pictures of a vacation and telling the story through the images.

I could not have planned this better myself. I could certainly go back into the archives of trip photos...but it just so happens that we went away this past weekend. We needed a get-away and wanted to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We packed up the car and headed to Ft. Myers for the weekend.

We got in late on Friday night...checked into the hotel (a little Mom & Pop type place)...grabbed dinner close to the hotel...and walked on the beach in the pitch dark. "A" was very excited about going to the beach and could not wait to get in the sand so we took a family walk along the water.

Early Saturday morning, we headed to Lover's Key State Park. We were going on a shell hunt and supposedly this beach was supposed to have good ones. I finally found a few nice ones all the way at the end of the island near the inlet...but nothing to write home about. But, the park was very pretty and "A" had a great time picking up lots of broken treasures from the sea.

Here you can see the seas turtle nest being protected on the dune, the sea oats that grow on the dunes, the one-eyed pirate crab that was a very cooperative subject, and the pelicans roosted on a huge piece of "driftwood" in the inlet.

And for people...Daddy and "A" walking on the beach, "A" collecting treasures, the seldomly captured photo of Mommy (I need to work on photo-taking skills with DH), and finally "A" enjoying getting her toes wet.

At some right as we were leaving the beach, "A" decided to get soaked. She got too close to the waves and got knocked on her keester. At which point she decided that it would be a good idea to run away from the water and sit in the dryer sand. Now wet and covered in sand, she was a total mess with no change of clothes on hand! We stripped her, showered her and she was content to ride home in a dry diaper and shoes...nothing else.

We drove around the park for a few minutes before leaving...I got to take some more pictures of pretty things...and play around with camera settings. Here are a few of those.

Back to the hotel for a quick lunch and minor cleaning up before heading off to another beach. I packed the beach bag, swimsuits, and a change of clothes for everyone (this time I was going to be prepared). We decided to drive over to Sanibel Island.

This was taken while driving over the bridge to Sanibel.
I took it through my sunglasses. A total experiment...but I like it!

Our first stop was Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge...this was perfect because "A" was asleep in the back seat and she really needed a nap. We didn't see too many exciting animals but is was quiet and peaceful and allowed enough time for "A" to finish resting.

Then off to Bowman's Beach. The parking area is quite a way from the beach...definitely a long walk for an almost two year old...but she wanted no part of being carried. It took forever to reach the sand. But once we did, the sun was shining and the water was blue...choppy, but blue. We hung out for a couple of hours and played in the sand. I can tell you that the shelling in Sanibel is over-rated!

Our first view of the beach (so pretty), Daddy and "A" getting water in the bucket, "A" and her reflection watching the approaching wave, "A" with her bucket of water.

"A" striking a pose on the beach, playing with my camera and depth of field to take pictures of the bucket, "A" checking out the seaweed.

We had dinner on the island and headed back to Ft. Myers for sunset. When I walked outside for sunset, there was a couple getting married. I offered to take some pictures for them as they had no photographer. I wish I would have had all of my equipment so I could have captured better pictures but I think they turned out alright under the circumstances.

Sunset was pretty but the sun was really blocked by the clouds so I didn't capture what I had envisioned...but I guess you really can't plan those things. And i was able to play with silhouettes. It took me forever to convince my husband to throw her into the air and this was the most he would do. I think she wanted more...she was laughing and having a great time...the little dare-devil.

Here are a few of the wedding couple and their little boy (who did not want to let me take pictures of him!) Hopefully they will like them...I guess some pictures are better than no pictures.

We got a late check-out for Sunday and played on the beach in the morning. We tried to build a sandcastle...all the while "A" saying "I helping, I helping" which really means...I will tear it down and destroy it.

Finally, we got cleaned up and ate lunch before packing the car. Just as we started loading the car, we got hit with a snadstorm...seriously 30-40 mph winds and my car is now full of sand. Even the window squeal when I roll them down. So much sand! Check it out!

We took the long way home with through torrential rain at points, stopped at Marco Island (I was the only one to get out of the car and walk down to the beach - and I must say the shells were the best so far!). We also took a little detour to Chokoloskee (a very small Everglades town)...and arrived home safely right before dinner time.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

52/365 - Day 157

Beautiful Grasshopper

Saturday, June 6, 2009

52/365 - Day 156

If you don't know what this'll get a better look tomorrow.

Friday, June 5, 2009

52/365 - Day 155 (Fix-It Friday)

It's Friday and time for Fix-It Friday over at iHeartFaces. This weeks photo is of an adorable little boy with a contagious grin! There were a few issues with this photo and I made one initial fix in PSE 5.0 to deal with those things before getting creative. In the first fix, I adjusted the lighting (the inital photo was too dark). I also tried to fix the skin tone and blown out areas. Finally, I sharpened the eyes and reduced the noise.

Here is the original photo and my first fix for a side by side comparison.

Here are my other fixes:

For this fix, I added a Guassian Blur. I like the dreamy look - especially with kids.

For this fix, I bumped up the contrast.

Just an ordinary black and white conversion.

For the final fix, I played with the B&W conversion while leaving the color in his eyes and lips. The lips ended up being a bit too pick, so I created another layer and desaturated. Finally, I added a bit of pink back into the cheeks.

Make sure you check out some of the other fixes out over at iHeartFaces.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

52/365 - Day 154

Isn't she a cutie! And it was her first time wearing her hair in pigtails!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

52/365 - Day 151 (iHeartFaces - Week 21)

This week's photo challenge over at iHeartFaces has two categories:
  • Birthday (Adult or Child)
  • Pet (Anything Goes - doesn't even have to be a "pet")
Here are my entries...

Birthday - This one is from "A's" 1st Birthday. Looking back at these photo was joyous ans somewhat sad. Gosh - they grow up so fast! She was so little! But, almost a year later...she is the same little girl...full of spunk! I love this picture because you can see the spunk in her eyes. It's almost like her eyes are saying..."You just sit back and enjoy the show! You want me to smash cake and look silly...Fine, let's just see about that!"
Pets - These are actually my cats. Bellah and Monkey...the best of friends. Cats are such mysterious and fiercely independent creatures. But these too were so dependent on each other. They seriously loved one another. They cuddled like this every single day! We lost Bellah (Monkey lost Bellah) last February...and it rocked our house in more ways than one. Bellah was truly Monkey's kitty soulmate...and even though we have since adopted a new kitty pal, they just don't have the same relationship. It was one of a kind!