The Ice Storm

My life is pretty exciting. I seem like a pretty boring person, but when you wrap up my years… and check-off things like learning to ride and buying a Harley, riding on the back of a Harley to Colorado, visiting Las Vegas via road trip through the southwest, and the multitude of shenanigans I’ve been in… It’s pretty great.

But this ice storm, friends, was one for the books.

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It actually got me excited instead of scared.

I’m the outdoorsy type. All YEAR= CAMPING!

SPRING/SUMMER = Hate shoes. Hate pants. Love being free in nature.

FALL/WINTER= Bring on the campfires!

So cabin life seems like the life for me. Even in the winter.

This event gave me a great glimpse into real life in a cabin in the woods, or life in the past.

At our house we lost electricity for almost EXACTLY 3 days. Thankfully we have a gas stove and a brand spanking newly insulated home, so we survived the first night in the cold house and were able to cook our meals, but we sought refuge with family for sleep the next two nights as the thermostat crept below 45.

There was wifi. But not enough technology to allow me to get any work done. Besides there were tons of baby evergreens to save from the weight of the ice!

I didn’t have to care about my looks, just about being warm and staying positive. And all in all I enjoyed the experience. I was able to do yoga, make coffee on the stove-top, and enjoy Michael’s company by candlelight.

Enjoy some candid snaps and shots from around the farm.

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Just a Hello! Vlog

Hey, everyone. I know it’s been a minute! I have posted a video to share something with you! I’m excited to discuss my passions with you; running, crafts, and more. As well as some tips for staying motivated in your running!

I hope you are all having a fantastic summer! I will be seeing you all more frequently, as i begin spending more time behind my personal computer again!

January Round-Up

Well friends, it has been a crazy month in my little corner of the universe. There have been a lot of things that inspire me to do what I do, share what I share, and learn more about it all.

I just wanted to share with you my favorite posts I’ve read this week from other blogs. Some of these are just fun, some of them educational.

Two articles come from A Beautiful Mess and they helped me to understand photography  a little bit better!

1. All about Prime Lenses & Focal Lengths – The first article is a little bit older, but very informative! When I first bought a camera I knew that there would be a lot to be learned and that I would probably be let down by the capabilities of my lens. While the objective of the article is to explain the difference between prime and zoom lenses and what focal lengths are great for certain things. With that this article explains focal lengths well and helped me know what to search for online to learn more about photographing a living room/landscape and up close!

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2.Casual Friday Vol. 23 – The next article shows how Emma uses tile boards to photograph here delicious creations. I had no idea how useful they would be when I first read this until I tried photography food in my own kitchen. WOW. I can definitely see myself finding or creating a couple of options that are versatile like light wood, white wood, and white tile.

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These articles really helped me to know where to begin practicing with my camera and what to look for on the internet for more information. It’s the beginning of a fun journey for sure!

3. Homemade Toaster Strudels – This recipe comes from cooking classy and I am definitely going to try it some weekend! Toaster strudels were my favorite growing up, but the name brand ones were always cold in spots and burnt in others. Who didn’t love the taste of them, though?!  These look like they would be warm and fluffy and fruity an amazing!

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4. DIY: Faux Druzy Necklace – How pretty are these! #hearteyes I’m trying to think of ways you could get a gilded look around the edge like I have seen. I will have to go down the jewelry aisle next time I’m at Hobby Lobby. In the past I have taken jewelry and metalsmithing classes so this speaks to me in the quick and easy way. I would LOVE to get back into making jewelry again that is more involved.

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5. This Outfit on Polyvore – Definitely helps inspire my work wardrobe. Working at a Harley Shop has forced me to change my style to fit in and this outfit shows me that I can still put forth my personality while wearing black leather riding boots. I love the relaxed silky top and dangling necklace. I actually have a similar necklace so I’m halfway there!

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So there are a few things that have inspired me this month!

Hello, February! You are bringing us just a little bit closer to Spring!

Holy Haul: Part 2!

Get ready for a really wordy post… OR just look at the pictures and you’ll get the gist. 😉

It’s finally time! I can finally share some news with you that is VERY exciting for me!

While I decided to accomplish some crafts this year, I decided to take my crafting and photography to the next level!

I got myself a Canon Pixma iP8720 printer for all of my scrapbooking needs! This is going to be SO much fun! I will be able to create anything I would like at home!

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This did not come with out a learning curve however!

Im SO embarrassed of the story I have about my first evening with it. Apparently I downloaded or added the wrong driver or printer… and my prints were coming out a dark magenta hue… I WAS SO MAD! This thing was supposed to work right out of the box… RIGHT?! Well… I guess there was a little more to downloading than I had realized… But Canon was a lovely company to deal with, they were happy to assist me and in about 30  mins I was creating amazing prints. Can’t wait to show you my Project Life book!

Now you should know that with every printer you prints will come out slightly different than the computer image…1. RGB =/= CMYK and 2. The computer is literally glowing from behind and printer are ink… basically what 1 is trying to say! But, I knew there was something very wrong with what I had going on and after we re-added the correct printer I was able to access function that I wasn’t able to before. I have turned down the magenta a tad because I think it helps.

 

With this purchase I also decided to subscribe to Photoshop! Big deal for me! and I have no idea what I’m doing but thankfully my project is only simple cropping, adjusting resolution to best, and sizing! WAM! PRINTS AT HOME!

But wait! THERE’S MORE!!!

Here it is, my new baby! Canon Rebel T5i!

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This girl is HAPPY!

This is a great entry level camera, I refuse to let you talk it down, because for me this is a dream come true, and while it is a cropped body I think that I will find that it can accomplish the things that I need it to. That, and I don’t have 2-3,000 dollars for a full body! yikes 😦 I can already see the distortion in pictures of my living room so I may consider a couple different lenses, but for now I am going to focus on learning the camera and doing what I can with what I have!

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After reading this article from A Beautiful Mess I had to do some tinkering.

Here are a few tests I did today at work, aka “The Shop”.

 

I did these while concentrating on focal length. The first photograph is at 55mm and the can looks washed out, but it is the least distorted. Perhaps you would adjust the f-stops to help with the color/lighting. I think the background blur achieved is whats generally most desirable when taking pictures for a blog of something like a meal or a collection of items. The second photo is midway between 24 and 35. The can is a more accurate color and the background is still nice. This would be a fun advertisement because you can still get a good glimpse of whats behind. The last picture, at 18mm, is very dark and there is a less depth of field. I think the can looks distorted, but this may be the angle I was at. The fourth picture was taken with my iPhone for comparison.

Here’s another I tried out.

The first is at 55mm the second at 24-35mm. I can see the bottom of the clipboard in the second picture looks slightly more flared or distorted.

I’m learning that you actually shoot things that are close up from further away than you would think. I mean not like from across the room, but maybe 3 feet?

 

Apologies for the roughness of these. We are currently moving in and things are straight up crazy. When I got home I took a few quick pictures to test out how wide I could go… Not as far as I’d like. You can see the walls look as if the are bending backwards and almost twisting to me. these would need cropped. I think the picture of the small chair could be saved with cropping, if for example I was trying to feature the chair and whatever wall art might be on the wall there. For these reasons I’m considering a wide angle lens for shooting a living room. It will have distortion at the edges, but I’m hoping there would be enough room to crop that out and still have the best part of the subject matter. Again the portrait and close-up level pictures look fantastic as far as focus goes.

I also thought that 18mm worked fine for shooting a general picture in the showroom, if say I were trying to get some quick pictures during an event.

I also played with the F-Stops.

Obviously you can see that there is less light coming in for each one subsequently. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seem nice to me. You can still see enough details of the bikes engine, the 5th one loses that. This was an interesting test because the last picture is what auto mode took and I’m actually not in love with it! I think it looks washed out. The floor is not dark and rich and the bike is more yellow than gold. You can also see the dirt on the tires better. oops! Just goes to show you that you really have to learn some solid basics about your camera to achieve the richest pictures possible!

Gosh guys, I know this isn’t exciting for you, but it is for me! If you have ANY advice on what lenses I should get for shooting a living room and up close with this camera let me know! I can’t wait til I’m able to use it regularly! My vacation picture have changed forever!