That Fluffy White Stuff…

 

Blinding white snow,
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Sunshine flickering through the trees…

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deep blue sky,

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shimmering ice on trees,

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It’s all gorgeous! Pure bliss to wake up and see the shimmering snow!

(although yes, it’s kind of hard to stay warm!) ;)

It reminds me of the verse that says:

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.  Isaiah 1:18

Living in the midst of blinding white snow definitely gives you a different look on that! :)

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p.s. I need warmer weather!! :P

Painting With Light

At the beginning of the year, I started a 365 project!! simply put, you take a picture each day, and upload it here. It sounds scary at first, I thought it did, but its a lot of fun, and it makes you pick your camera up and shoot! Also helps you get creative! That’s what I did today.

Light painting, and it’s super cool to do!

And…it’s really easy! :) DSC08215_

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This one is my favorite!

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Pretty cool eh? Ok, but now it’s your turn! ^_^ For the tutorial, go here, try it out, then tell me what you got! Either leave a link, do a blog post if you have a blog,facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.!!!

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If you are also apart of the 365 project, let me know! Would love to see your work! :)

Macro Snowflake Tutorial

So I did a tutorial on how I take my snowflake pictures over on our ‘sister blog’, but figured I should post it on my photography blog too ;) so I’m here to attempt one! It started snowing this afternoon, it was fluffy, then turned into sleet :/ but I did get a few pictures.

First off, I shoot in Manual mode, with my macro lens set to manual mode so I can control the focus. Most times, you will want to use a tripod, I’m not one for extra equipment and bulk, so I rarely use my tripod. I like to find things in nature to stabilize my camera. Of course, if it’s in a really low light situation, I get the tripod out!

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Then, using a dark sock hat, I either catch the snowflakes, or dip it in the snow:)

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After studying which flake I should shoot, get my settings how I like them, then shoot :)

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Let me give you a run through on settings :)

 White balance:

This controls the temperature of the picture, weather you want to catch the warmth of that ‘yellowish’ sunny day, or the cold ‘blue’ of a winter day.

Iso: 

The speed or light-sensitivity of a digital camera’s sensor is rated in ISOnumbers — the lower the number, the slower the response to light. Higher ISO numbers indicate a higher sensitivity to light, so less time is needed to expose a picture.

But if you get too high of a ISO, you introduce ‘camera noise’ into the picture. (noise, meaning grainy)

Shutter speed:

Controls the amount of time the shutter is open taking the light in.

Aperture, or F stop:

Controls how much light the camera lets into the sensor

Haha, okay, you probably didn’t think you were going to get a photography lesson ;) But if your beginning on your DLSR, I would recommend using P (Program) mode, it sets the shutter speed for you, allowing you to adjust a few settings on your own.

So with that said, I’ll show you a couple pictures and their settings.

 White Balance- today was a cloudy day so I chose: Shutter speed-1/200, F stop-5.0, ISO- 1600

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This one is the same except for the F stop, it was 6.3, but in this picture, you can see I had a rather high ISO, which is why the background is rather grainy and not smooth like the next picture.

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This one has a smooth background because the ISO is lower.

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And, if that didn’t make any sense whatsoever, feel free to comment and ask any question you want, and I’ll see what I can do to answer you :) !!!

But most of all, don’t stress. Have fun! And really, no photographer, (professional or amateur, ) always gets it perfectly right!

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Snöflingor

Beholding Your beauty Is all that I long for To worship You Jesus Is my sole desire

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For this very heart You have shaped for Your pleasure Purposed to lift Your Name higher

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Here in surrender In pure adoration, I enter Your courts With an offering of praise

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I am Your servant Come to bring You glory As is fit for the work of Your hands

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Now unto the Lamb Who sits on the throne Be glory and honour and praise

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All of creation resounds with the song Worship and praise Him The Lord of lords.

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Lyrics: Lord of Lords by Hillsong
And the Snöflingor, well, that’s snowflakes in Swedish ;)

Golden Hour Bliss

Those photo shoots with sisters are lots of fun, but spur of the moment, run to location, out of breath, gorgeous lighting…those are even better :)  That’s what happened last night, the lighting was simply beautiful, doesn’t really seem like December!

Leah was so nice as to be my beautiful model, oh, and her violin too!!! ;)

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Don’t you just love it? I’m in love with these pictures! ^_^

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Nellans Family Portrait

A couple weeks ago I got to photograph this awesome family! The weather was perfect! Sunshine, gorgeous fall leaves! DSC02426_bw

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I love Bodens shadow on this one :)

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To much adorableness ;)
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Benton

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Campbell

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Every dew-drop and rain-drop had a whole heaven within it.

This morning was so SO pretty!   Foggy with the sun shining through, making all the dew sparkle! (I tried to downsize on the amount of pictures…there was a lot!)  I found a half way dead dandelion, and was thinking “what could be there?” once I got to its level, I didn’t really want to leave it ;)DSC01816_

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Quote in headline by ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Kemerly Family Portrait Session

Recently I was very blessed to be able to do a photo session with this gorgeous family!

Downtown New Haven had a really cool looking train station (or what used to be), plus the tracks to take a few shots on (with a couple of helpers watching for trains)! One time the gates started going down, and we were all like “TRAIN!” and then Grant noticed that we had tripped it ;) haha!

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Faith

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 James

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 Valerie

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Paul

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 Isaiah

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 Natalie

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 Esther

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 Alaina

(her whimsical blog HERE)

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 Mary

(her lovely blog HERE)

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 Emily

(her sweet blog HERE)

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 Kate

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 Grant and Hannah

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 Kelsey

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 Mr. and Mrs. Kemerly

Mrs. Kemerly has a blog here

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In spite of the chilly wind and sometimes a light misty rain, they all did a fabulous job! I sure had lots of fun :)  Aren’t they such a beautiful family?

 

 

Through Christ’s love

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