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An Afternoon with Santa

It’s been a little hectic here, but we found time to visit Santa this afternoon at Mulhall’s Nursery. I’ll post a layout with these soon. Upon arriving, Corbin and Kate wrote letters to Santa and dropped them into his special mailbox. They hid among the Christmas trees after seeing Santa’s reindeer. Note: It’s very difficult to capture two active kids running among hanging trees.

After waiting as patiently as possible in line, Corbin and Kate listened intently while Santa discussed what they had written in their letters and asked whether they had been good all year before suggesting that they pose for a photo.

Kate was delighted that Santa helped her climb up on his knee when she asked for an individual photo.

So Corbin decided he’d get an individual photo too. My son, to whom I had given my iPhone, captured a video of Corbin giving Santa a hug; a high five just didn’t seem to be enough. Kate of course quickly approached to give Santa her own hug. I’ll have to figure out a way to get the stills of just those moments from the video.

There were some cute displays for additional photos at the nursery.

For the next two shots, I used the portrait mode on my new iPhone. I’m still learning how to use the camera app.

Before leaving we spent time playing in the miniature garden.

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What a wonderful afternoon at the nursery. I’ll go back to capture some of the beautiful Poinsettias on another afternoon.







An Afternoon in a Garden

I walked in a peony garden with my camera and iPhone this afternoon. The light was a bit harsh, the wind was blowing and it was a tad hot, but I enjoyed every moment at Lauritzen Gardens. I discovered that what I couldn’t capture with my camera and a 60mm macro lens, I could capture with my phone and it’s wider lens angle.

My own peonies aren’t blooming yet and those at Lauritzen Gardens today were just beginning to bloom. So I will be returning in the next week to see what else is blooming.

I practiced filling my camera frame with a peony. This is a tip that I learned from a class, Creating Painterly Photographs. These photos are straight out of the camera.

There is a lovely pond area surrounded by benches. Its a beautiful site for just sitting. As I looked around for something different to photograph, I noticed the water bubbling. I think it’s going to make a wonderful texture to apply to another photo.

There is a small prairie in the middle of the botanical garden. Only one lonely plant was blooming. I am not sure yet whether I prefer the one with the path in the distance or the one surrounded only by the prairie grass.

Yes, I had a lovely afternoon with my camera!

Capturing a Memory

Photographing my granddaughter is still a work in progress for me. Sometimes, I take just my iPhone and at other times, I take my Fuji X-T2 when we are out together. On our walk yesterday evening, I had my Fuji with a 35 mm lens when we stopped to play on the school’s playground equipment.

I am working on capturing her in my camera frame using the rule of thirds. I set my aperture at 5.6, knowing that would give me a little more depth in focus because I would need to shoot quickly to capture her constant motion.

She doesn’t really like to pose, so I simply follow her. Sometimes, I have enough time to get in position to capture her, for example on this apparatus as she was moving towards me.

Yet the contrast between all the color in the playground equipment and my granddaughter seemed to take the focus off of her. I converted this to black and white quickly by pressing the letter V in Lightroom before exporting it. In some ways, I think the black and white makes a stronger photo.

One might think that my granddaughter and I came across a beautiful field of tulips on our walk. These were growing in a neighbor’s planter in the early evening light. I didn’t have my macro lens with me, only my 35mm f/2.0. I changed the aperture to 2.8 and got down low enough on the ground that there appeared to be a lot more tulips behind the variegated red tulip.

While I don’t have my granddaughter’s face in this photo of a Lego set we finally finished this morning, I love her little hands holding a Lego figure she assembled.

I have the opportunity to make some wonderful memories with Kate, memories I hope photos like these will help her remember.

A Beautiful Afternoon

I walked along the lake this evening. As I approached a man, he said, “Smile for the camera.” I then knew he would let me photograph him with his pups. The man’s name was Jim, and I will send him copies as soon as my computer is back from repair.

I used just my 35mm f/2.0 (equivalent to a 50mm on a full frame camera) to make these photos this afternoon. I am liking the perspective of this lens. I know some think this is a boring focal length, but I don’t as I am practicing with my camera settings and composing based on a focal length closest to what the eye sees. By reducing the variables with which I have to work I have made it a little easier for myself. It is enough to deal with manual mode and one focal length at the moment.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk with my camera.

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