Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 27,2011

That day has changed the history books here in Alabama as tornados tore through most of the state. The devastation is enormous!! Everyone in the state has been affected in some way. We are all working around the clock to put our state back together. So far 250 people are dead, and there are 2219 injured. Here are some photos from that day and the days after..

This is a photo of the Cullman county tornado I took from HWY 431 in Marshall County

This is the storm as it passed just north of Marshall County.. the tornado is rain wrapped at this point, however you can still see it over the mountain just to the right of the tree.

These are of some of the damage here locally.
This used to be a neighborhood.

This used to be a forest

This is also used to be a neighborhood.

If there was a silver lining to this storm, it is the kindness of the hearts of otheres!! Communities are helping communities, people from other states are coming together to help, it is simply amazing to see everyone pitching in to help!

How you can help:
Here are a few links that I KNOW are helping.

My church (MVC), Renovation Ministries, and Word Alive International Outreach have teamed up to be able to serve all those affected by this storm. Together we delivered 3 simi-trucks to the areas hit, the evening of the storms, and are making daily deliveries now, as well as coordinating volunteer teams that are working on clean up everyday. Here are the links to the all of these:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Not posting for a little while...

I will not be posting for a little while on here... obviously right? LOL I know its already been a while, I just wanted to make it official. Right now, my oldest child needs help. He has ADHD, and we are struggling because we do not have insurance. We are in the process of trying to get All Kids from BCBS, but so far have had no luck. You would think if you have a child with a disability the process would be just a little easier.. but apparently not. Right now its T-ball season, which is usually one of our families favorite times of the year, but because of all that is going on its not this year. Its just stressful. I am still taking pictures, still doing photography as a hobby, but I just don't have the time to put into it. Sorry guys for starting a 52 and not finishing.. I hate not finishing something, but right now my son has to come first, and getting all of this straightened out is just taking it all out of me right now. I just can't even seem to think about anything else right now.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

7/52 - Cake Smash!

7/52 Cake Smash!
I got to take my youngest son's cake smash pics this week finally! I know I wasn't planning on doing portraits for my 52, but this past two weeks have been crazy hectic, so I don't know if I will be able to get something different! If so I will post that to make up for last week! LOL! So
here are a few from the cake smash I did with Josh!

All done in natural light with my new 35mm, at f/2.2


OOPS..... Yes, I missed this week! I did take pics this week, but I haven't even had time to sit down and download them!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

5/52 - flaming shots

This week I played around with my flash a good bit! I saw a version of this on a blog (can't remember which, sorry!) and I had to try it! So I couldn't decide which version I liked better, the lighter one with the reflection or the darker contraster one! So you be the judge as to which looks better!

My set up:
My camera is set in Manual Mode, shutter 1/40, apt 1.8 using a 50mm prime. Off camera flash set @ 1/32, with red paper over it (I don't have gels) aimed at a white background. on camera flash is set to off but since it still has *some* light output to set the off camera flash, I covered it as well as to not get any flash reflection. The shot glass is on a stool about 1 ft off the ground, glass covered for reflection, flash behind it on the floor pointed at the background (which is a white sheet of paper). I filled the shot glass with 70% rubbing alcohol and set the fire.

I played with the aperture a bit to see what the different outcomes were, and this is what I got!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

4/52 - Smoke

Ahhhh!!! 11:38 on the last day of my fourth week and I am posting what I just did! LOL! I thought I had left procrastination in the dust after college... guess not! But here it is! Im not totally happy with this one but it was the best out of what I got done, and next time I will buy incense like everyone says to! I used a small candle for this one. One of my kids hard page books, opened with black paper taped to both sides for a background (yeah I know ghetto! LOL!) I had my flash at a 90 degree angle to the candle, set up my camera and blew out the candle and started shooting! I think that when I use incense it will be better, and I will probably turn up the power on my flash next time as well. As always, thanks for reading, and your comments are always appreciated!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

3/52 - Batman

Well I am trying to learn a bit more about long exposures... so far its been a bust! LOL! I have taken many many photos that were between 5-15 seconds long. None turned out the way that I pictured in my head. BUT I spent over an hour playing with my camera, which is the reason that we do project 52's! To get the camera in your hand and start experimenting! So yay! Anywho... I ended the evening frustrated that I wasn't getting what I wanted, then looked up and Batman to the rescue! LOL! I decided to take some pics of him and play with lighting.. So here is what I got!