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Saturday, January 22, 2011

OUt wiTh tHe oLd




So...I will share a reality with all of you.

95% of the photography that you have seen on this blog was all produced with my lovely beaten up - very well used - point and shoot that you see above! Yep...sometimes it isn't all about the camera - its about what you do with it! I have had the wonderous priviledge of growing up amongst a professional photographer...my Dad. I have watched him take pictures since I can remember, and of course was one of the subjects of that photography many, many times over. As a photographers child you tend to get sick of your Dad telling you which way to pose, to put your chin down, turn only your head a little this way ... but the reality is that in the end it has been such a great experience and it REALLY opened my eyes to the joy of photography.

One of these days I will interview him and share how he became the photographer that he is today. I will tell you that he is one of the smartest, technical guys I know...who can walk into any room and immediately know what f-stop and exposure he is going to use before he's even gotten started. The knowledge he carries in his head is something I will forever be jealous of. I only hope that in the time we have remaining on this planet together I will finally begin to soak up a fraction of it so that I can have the opportunity of passing on the art of photography to my children in the event that they begin to see the world through the lens like I do.

On that note...because I have a professional as a father, I have had access to DSLR's regularly when I want to really explore the techniques and things they can produce. But the reality of my life is that I am on the go most of the time and I have always wanted to have a quick resource at my fingertips for when I am inspired by a photographic subject. I have had my Canon PowerSHOT SD550 Digital Elph for at least 6 years. It has been wonderful. I have been very impressed with its capabilities and what it has produced for me. It has traveled with me almost daily since my daughter was born, as well as across state-lines, through the air, and across the pond when visiting Europe. You can see the scratches and I can't tell you how many accidental falls it took and never once broke! It has captured so many memories in its lifetime, and I know it will still continue to capture more...but in a backup capacity...because it finally came time to upgrade.




This is my new Canon PowerShot S95!!! Yep...still in the point and shoot family...but this one feels like so much more. It has more manual functions and works like a miniature DSLR in many ways. There are things that I will never be able to do with a point and shoot...believe me I know that...but inspiration is what drives me to take the photos that I do and for me its about having a pocket sized tool to capture those moments when they unfold.

Here are just a few of the features that drew me to this camera...it shoots RAW and RAW/JPEG - the IMAGE STABILIZER - 28-105mm F2.0-4.9 lens and 3.0" LCD. This Canon is on the higher end of point and shoot cameras, but it should be with some of the features and capabilities that it provides. I was looking for a way to test my skills in a compact mode for everyday use when I don't have access to a DSLR. One of these days I will invest in one...or buy one off my Dad...but for me, right now, this is working just fine.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow Snow and more Snow


FOTOfriday - LIGHT


I am trying to expand my photography participation through other blog sites ... and in my search I came across FOTOfriday which is hosted by Ann Marie from MY HOUSEHOLD DIVA. I wanted to expand the challenge each week for me to pick up my camera and also take some time to meet some new bloggers through other avenues to see the perspective and inspiration that they bring to the table. The pics above I snapped yesterday morning after the snowstorm when Sydney was watching her Dad in snow removal mode from our front door. I loved how the light was flooding through the door. But I also had these shots I took of the snow too...and couldn't decide what to post...so I posted them all for you to enjoy!!!

For more enLIGHTenments visit FOTOfriday!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SnowSTORM



It started snowing yesterday afternoon and didn't let up until early this morning...I think we received at least 6"-8" total over the course of the storm. I hate it when it only dusts things over...if its going to snow than I really want to see snow...and this storm didn't disappoint. Syd and I spent the day at home...she woke up sick at 1:30 this morning...details I don't need to mention cause it wasn't pleasant...but daycare was closed anyway and it was nice to spend a day hibernating indoors with her...sick kid and all.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

YOUcapture - Circles










This week's challenge was too much fun and I was finding circles everywhere...

1. Looking into the glass jars I keep on the sill above my kitchen sink
2. Handmade bowls I bought from an Artist in Arizona last April - perfect for ice cream

3. The candle jars I use outside on my front porch or for gatherings...which are now dusted as the current snow storm drops the white stuff everywhere
4. Bottle Cap Magnets I made from our Holiday Card

5. Shot thru an old TIFFEN filter

6. My Jar of Buttons

7. Christmas Gift - so happy this is finally in a MAC version

8. Store bought chips from my Vegas trips

9. Magnets on my fridge holding fortunes

10. Old game pieces

For more CIRCLES please go here!

newPOLADROIDS






Just thought I would share with you some pics I ran through my Polaroid software...somedays its just too much fun! If your interested in downloading this and using it visit their website!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Five Book by Dan Zadra

Photo Courtesy of Live-Inspired.com


Another inspiration ... I am about to build up a library full of these books. Sometimes it just takes the right person to put the words down on paper that in turn start a movement.

Monday, January 17, 2011

fLicKeRinG in the distance...

Is a new beginning ...

I'm at a crossroads right now...I need to find a job, and believe me I am looking, and applying, and interviewing, and applying some more...but I also have this constant feeling...that I should allow myself to finally be pickier about where I decide to work so that I don't just get a job to get a job. I know that may sound counter productive, and I am sure some of you are thinking that's silly especially in this economy when so many people are in need of work or find themselves searching after being laid off...all of those same things go thru my mind too...daily...but I am still torn with finding myself in an environment that I hate and wanting to leave after a few months anyway. I am trying to figure out if there is a way to make a career out of my creative side...hold out for a job that allows me to be creative and pay me for it...or just find a job. I know I will land where I am supposed to...I just don't know where that is yet. And for those of you that know me...being in limbo isn't exactly an easy thing for me to tolerate. I am used to knowing where I am headed and what is coming next...so this is an uncomfortable lesson, but one I am learning to cherish...because I think by being uncomfortable I am realizing that there is more to this journey than just money and I am slowly opening up myself to finally discover what that is for me and what it means for my future...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

sharingSTORIES...

My husband brought me home a cup of coffee today after his run...and this was on the cardboard coffee slip. I love it...and so I cut it out and photographed it.

Got me thinking about MY STORY. What is my story...what has brought me to this point in my life and where do I see myself going. To be honest...I am at one of the biggest crossroads I think I have ever experienced in my life. I am struggling with who I am, the things I love, and how to mesh it all together so that I can finally feel that I am on a path to enjoying the rest of my life. I want to take full advantage of this opportunity staring me in the face and make the most out of it so that I can finally grow as an individual. I think I have been stuck for a long time not knowing how to re-energize myself and focus on the things that I truly enjoy. I have been taking a different look at things and trying not to just follow the typical path I normally would. That path is leading me in the direction I feel I truly should go...and so here I am. Turning to those individuals and things in my life that inspire me...the things that will propel me forward down the road I want to take...so that I can look back on this later and say...'Oh yeah, why didn't I think of this sooner!?"

One thing I have been wanting to do is to get to know other bloggers and readers out there. I know I follow a LOT of blogs...but I don't always have time to read everyones posts...let alone continue to share them with others. BUT I know that in some way they have inspired me along the way, and I want to share that inspiration with others. I also know there are some of you that read this site...who I don't know at all, or may have stumbled upon me just by chance. So, for the first time in the history of this BLOG, I am reaching out to my readers because I want to get to know you and share your story, business etc in an effort to help us all share and connect.

If you are interested in sharing and allowing me to highlight your humanity and the things you love about this world or that inspire you throw me a comment and shoot me an email (aseppyville@gmail.com) with your featured 'post' content. Be sure to include photos and links if possible. Depending on the number of recipients I get and the content I will begin a schedule so I can get you featured. And since this is new to me...don't hesitate to ask questions or even make suggestions...life is one big learning curve...its when you give up on who you want to be or learning how to get to the place you see in the distance that you find yourself where I am now. But I am ready to make some changes...I hope you will continue to share in the journey with me here in my own little Eppyville.

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