Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy. That is my mantra of the day. I have learned that one of the most wonderful things about my life can also be the most exhausting. I have so many people in my life that I love and love me. I am so very grateful for it every day. In turn, it does tend to fill up the days as well.

My first in-laws were in Indiana last weekend, so the kids and I took a trip up to see them all. We had such a wonderful time. All the love 😊 Next weekend Hubby’s Uncle and cousins will be here. This weekend we are getting caught up. For me that means writing . . . So, I need to back up a bit.

Last month my baby turned 21. I still can’t believe she is that old! For her birthday we wanted to upgrade her camera. When I upgrade she usually gets to as well. But with Hubby getting into photography more, he was the one that got the latest camera. I still can’t believe I didn’t do a post about the eclipse! Well in the prep for the eclipse, and her birthday, we managed to get everyone an upgrade. I ended up with my dream camera, a Canon 5D Mark III. I have been having so much fun! It has been so totally challenging me too. It is more to learn, especially working with all the focus points. But then we had a delivery yesterday, and wow.

A little backstory here. I was watching a photography training a couple of weeks ago. The instructor was talking about how useful a battery grip is. Now I rarely have a battery die. I keep a spare with me, and have never burned through both. So a battery pack was not something I had on my wish list. But the instructor was focused more on the buttons than the batteries. The grip has the same buttons on it as the camera – top right. This is such a convenience when shooting vertical, and it had never occurred to me until I saw him working with it. Hubby came into the room, and I mentioned it to him. Not asking for it, just the observation. Now back to the mail arriving yesterday. There was a box from Amazon. Nothing new, he orders from them regularly. First, he hands me a box with 2 extra camera batteries. We had needed to get extra so that he had a spare. So my reaction was pleasure for him. But then he hands me another box – the batteries were for me, not him. Because he had ordered me the grip! I just love that man so much!

1/25, f/5.6, ISO 12800

The youngest is giving me all sorts of grief about the grip. She thinks it is overkill – it makes the camera so big. It really made me laugh because there was a time I felt the same way. But I guess I have grown into it, and this is what I got. I took this picture of Hubby’s puppy Molly. She is 14 years old, and a bit of a crazy old lady. I took it at night, with no flash, using the 5D and grip. I was just playing, so didn’t really think it would turn out. At 1/25 of a second it should not have been sharp. But she is a beautiful old dame.

A Different Perspective

I was looking through the photos I took on our trip. There is one from Lookout Mountain that caught my attention just after I took it, and even more now.

This first one is straight off the camera in jpg. When I previewed it on the back of my camera I thought the edges were darker than they turned out. But it was a bright day, so it just confirms you should never trust the back of your camera for the end result.

Look at the way the color pops on the ends of the buildings. It looks like I did something to it, but it was totally untouched by me. When I got it into Lightroom and did a few little edits, I ended up with this.

It almost doesn’t look real. Very strange. So I decided to get a little creative and add a vignette. I wanted to get the same affect I saw on the back of the camera there.

For some reason it still didn’t seem to work for me. After a few minutes staring at it, I finally did this. Seems to fit the canon better 😊

Although the baseball cap on the guy standing next to it is kinda modern . . . LOL