Monday, July 28, 2008

Mountain Views

Back from vacation in Colorado. Let me go on record as saying, "I love the Rockies!"

Virtually no humidity (especially compared to Iowa in July/August!)

Cooler temps due to the high altitude.

Natural beauty every where you look.

Can't be beat!!

Now that I'm home, I realize I AM woefully behind on I must get to it!

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Few Studio Shots

Ok, I don't have a "real" studio. Just my living room with an oversized window that faces north. I also have a couple lights and a real backdrop. And these are the results. I like a couple better than others, though I'm not giving away my personal preference at this time.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Sunday, July 06, 2008

On Location - Out of Town

We were visiting relatives for the 4th of July and took a few hours to drive around and shoot some location shots in my hometown for the senior pics portfolio. I was hoping for a cloudy day for optimal mid-day lighting....but had full sun instead. Tried to make the most of it with alley ways, shaded sides of buildings, etc. Here are a few of the ones I've processed . . .

Historic District

Glass Block Window

Fourth Street


Central Steps


I saw a bajillion other spots that would've made great shots had the lighting been right. Guess this way we won't have to choose between 362 shots we really like, huh?

Happy Shooting (& knitting!)

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Yes, There's Still Knitting

I have been knitting, though the last few entries may not reflect that fact so well!

Here are some socks I've knit to enter into the state fair. (They're not blocked yet, so they should actually look better by the time I send them off!)

I used Knit Picks Palette yarn and their U.S. #1 dpn needles (metal) to whip these up. (A very quick knit! It's the Breeze pattern from - I have knit two other pairs, so the rhythm was familiar.) I only used one, 50 gr. ball of yarn for this pair.

Then I whipped up a gift for my cousin and his wife who are expecting a new little one very soon. The Yarn Bee "Peach Fuzz" was carried along with some sport weight white acrylic I had in the stash. This is the softest baby stuff I have ever knit!

Finally, I'm just about to finish off the other pair of socks I'm knitting for the fair. These had to use two colors of yarn, so I'm combining the "apricot" [though it looks like shocking hunter orange to me!] Palette from Knit Picks with the Bare Essential I died last summer in the crock pot. I think the two will work ok together. Lord knows, these are some bright socks!

So that's what I do in the evening after the lighting is bad for photography and while I'm watching tv with the family.

Just in case you're disappointed there aren't any new sr. are a couple more from our last venture out....which took us to the library.

We will be shooting some in Sioux City when we are there for the 4th of July, so stay tuned....I'm sure there will be another installment on Sunday!