Saturday, July 30, 2011

While I'm at it...

I'll add some textured goods...the textures came from Kim Klassen.

These pictures were also taken with the 50mm 1:1.4 lens at the S.A. Botanical Gardens.

It feels like it has been forever...

since I've participated in Focus 52.  I'v been a busy, busy gal...class graduating, pages to make for the year book, training in South Carolina.  I've taken at least a thousand photographs; but alas, time is no friend of mine and I've just not had enough time to participate much in blog land.

This weeks F52 focus is Vintage.  I did not think I'd capture a vintage shot.  But playing with a new lens, a 50mm 1:1.4 at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens I came across a vintage well...and was able to capture this shot of the well's vintage pulley.

Mr. Franco, my boss as I call him, bought the lens for portraits. Below is a portrait of me taken by my friend Victor; and Victor taken by me.

I am a fan of extreme depth of focus.  I should call it extremely shallow depth of focus.  Taking portraits at f1:4 poses its challenges.  But I am pleased with the bokeh!  (I am disappointed that these two pics look a bit pixelated upon upload...ah-well.) And I simply adore capturing flowers with very shallow depth of focus.

While I'm at it, I might as well share this piece of Ann's Cake from La Madeleines.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I've been missing...

the blogging community.  I have a saying, "Time is my biggest enemy."  And that has proven true lately.  I have too many projects.  Too many ideas.  But not enough time to execute.

For the past two weeks, I attended an Army course called Master Resilience Training.  This training was right up my every day during the course we were asked to "Hunt the Good Stuff."  Hunt the Good Stuff is similar to my motto..."Find the beautiful in the everyday."

While in Columbia, SC, where the MRT course is located, I took some time to visit a nearby park, the Sesquicentennial State Park.  I have many treasures from the visit.  Here are a few of them...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Cryztal Rain...

is a fabulous designer.  I love the fantasy and (semi)traditional pages I can make with her kits.  Here are two using Life's A Beach:

This one is also seen at The Flower Petal...the before picture taken
by Victor M. Chavez and my after.

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