A Different View: Chicago Architecture Tour

I'm spending the next week as basically a tourist in Chicago.  Sure, I've been living here for nearly a year, but I haven't gotten a chance to do a lot of things yet.  With a few days off and my mom in town visiting, it's the perfect time!  We started yesterday with a cold and dreary architecture boat tour on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.  How cool to see the city from a different angle! Chicago Architecture Tour  landscape skyline city photography

Friday Macros | May 17, 2013

This Friday was quite an adventure!  I innocently went out to take some photos and it was like a zoo!  Bees all over the place - I was so scared I was going to get stung - and then a spider spinning his web right there in front of me!  Neither bees nor spiders are exactly critters that I generally enjoy, but it was a fun photography challenge for sure!  They move so fast, it was so hard to focus!

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Friday Macros

Friday Macro images are quickly becoming a tradition for me.  After a long week at school, I just love to come home, get out my camera (which has often gotten buried under other stuff all week long) and head outside to explore my neighborhood in search for some pretties in the afternoon light.  It's such a creative release for me, a time to let go of everything from the week and just focus on the beauty around me and the technicalities of my camera.  

The trees have leaves again, which I love!  I love the way the light shines through the leaves and they glow. :)

And I got a Lensbaby a few weeks ago, but I haven't played with it a lot yet.  Focusing with this thing is HARD, but it is a good kind of challenge.
(For the non-photographers among us, a Lensbaby is a type of lens that produced the blurry edges around the photos above)

Happy weekend, friends! 

Be Lucky : March 2013 Blog Circle

It's hard to believe another month has gone by already!  Last week was Spring Break at the school I work at, so I enjoyed a week off.  It was wonderful to finally have some time to cross some things off my to-do list, spend some time with my camera, and read a book or two!
I also spent Friday going up to Oklahoma City for the day with my mom and a friend.  We, of course, did some shopping and then we headed into the city and spent some time at a park downtown.  It was a really nice and even though it was chilly, I enjoyed photographing the flowers, plants, and especially the ducks!









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March Macro Challenge - Candy

Back in January, I started a monthly Macro Challenge.  January's theme was "kitchen utensils" and I came up with this one:
Utensil Macro
I totally skipped out on February, but I'm back in for March's theme of "candy!" I mean, who doesn't love a good excuse to buy candy?!

Easter Candy Macro
Easter Candy Macro
Easter Candy Macro
Easter Candy Macro
Easter Candy Macro

And as I was cleaning up, I stacked the dishes up and then thought "Hey, these look really cool!" So of course I had to take a picture!
Easter Candy Macro

Be Loved

February...  The month of love.  Some people might think that a single woman in her mid 20's would dread Valentine's Day, but that's so not true for me.  I may not have a husband/boyfriend/fiancee, but I have plenty of love that I am glad for a chance to celebrate.  

Mostly, though, I took this holiday as a chance to celebrate the love of my Heavenly Father.  His love is like none other and I am so thankful for the peace, comfort, and joy that it brings me.  On days when I feel alone, He opens my eyes to the beauty that he's created all around me. 
My beloved speaks and says to me:

“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,

    and come away,


for behold, the winter is past;

    the rain is over and gone.


The flowers appear on the earth,

    the time of singing has come."

Song of Solomon 2:10-12

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Landscapes: Second Attempt

After this attempt didn't go quite how I'd imagined it, I spent some time this weekend reading up on landscapes and decided to give it another try.  I dragged my mom and my camera bag to the state park outside of town around the time of the sunset.  I had a blast and came back with quite a few keepers!  I can definitely see landscape photography something that I learn to love!

Foggy Landscape

 The other morning when I woke up, it was foggy.  I'd never been so excited to see fog in my life.  You see, I've been seeing all of these beautiful foggy photos for months now - foggy portraits, foggy landscapes...  I've been dying to try some foggy photos of my own, but we haven't had fog!  Anyways, I rushed my getting ready as fast as I could so that I would have a little bit of time to take some photos before work.  I grabbed a few lenses and my camera bag and rushed out the door.  As I got into my car, I realized that I didn't have a plan.  "Okay," I thought, "I'll just drive around, find a cool landscape with some trees or whatever, pull over and take some shots.  And they'll be awesome. And everyone will love them, I'll sell calendars with my photos and pay off all my student loans."  Something like that.  Anyways, I quickly realized that I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to landscape photography.  And I wasn't brave enough to just pull over on the side of the road.  I ended up parked in a parking lot at the edge of town, fiddling with my aperture, and very disappointed. 

Yesterday I ordered a tripod and read up and landscape photography, so hopefully my next attempt will go a little more smoothly.  For now, here is my feeble attempt at a foggy landscape.