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Dance, dance and more dance

Competition season has begun.

This is our first year in competition dance and it has been fun, exhausting, taxing and pretty cool at the same time. I love watching dancers do there thing and especially love watching my daughter on stage. But getting up to get ready at 5am almost every weekend is exhausting, especially when you end up being at the competition all day! I learned two things since starting dance competitions. 1) A bedazzle thing is way easier to use then a glue gun when attaching rhinestones to costumes and 2) Never ever scream so loud that it scares your poor dancer on stage and they blank out and run off the stage. I totally didn't do that, but it did happen at last weeks competition.

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Have you ever gone back to look at older pictures just to see how far you've come along. I think it's important to take some time to reflect on what practice, time and education does to your photography skills. This picture was taken in 2011 with my Canon 50D, I think in our old backyard. I remember walking through the background trying to find something unique and interesting and wondered on this flower. I have to admit my talent isn't with nature photography, mostly because I'm allergic and have a magnetic attraction to bugs. Meaning bugs seem to always find me no matter how I try to avoid them. I can already list a slew of things wrong with this picture, things that I take into account when I capture photos now.

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This weekend my husband spent the majority of the day doing some "spring cleaning" on our older desktop computer. It's the one the kids and guests use the most and it's been going on a downward spiral to an untimely death. During the cleaning we stumbled on some of the older pictures that my father must have downloaded on one of his many visits. This picture is probably around 8 years old but we fell out laughing at Miss M's side eye. Anyone want to take a stab at captioning the photo?

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A few weeks ago I purchased my Paul C. Buff light, I've been on the fence with the purchase for over a year. Do I want to invest more money in equipment now, I would ask. Do I even have time to learn how to use them, I would question. Until one night I realized I was stalling out of fear, so in ah ha moment I just made the purchase online. I chose the Einstein for its diversity and because it was recommended for the photography I wanted to shoot. I've tried several times to create the best white background picture for years and this new strobe will help me do it. Today's picture is of my daughter, her face says it all. She was WAY over me taking any more pictures of her.

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I finally broke down and invested in a good light for my photography. I've been googling over the AlienBees for over a year, but could never muster enough courage to purchase one. But I finally took the plunge and purchased one Paul C. Buff Eienstein flash unit. This is one of the first photos captured with the light. The Setup: White photography backdrop/reflector I created after watching How to Make a Backdrop or Reflector for a photo studio. Einstein Light with an old white umbrella I had from a previous light kit Flash unit - Canon 430EXII Speedlight Canon 6D and Canon 80mm 1.8 lens

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This weekend I decided to spend some quality time with my camera, that I’m sure has been feeling neglected over the last few months. I’ve picked it up for a photo here and there but nothing really significant. The fastest way to get out of a creative rut is to do something you’ve never done before. i’ve always been amazed by the high speed water drop photography I’ve seen online and thought it would be a cool thing to try out. So after charging up the camera batteries I searched online to try and find a great tutorial on how other photographers accomplish the effect. There are several options, some more complex than others, I settled on Water drop photography: make a splash with high-speed flash. (more…)

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I'v always been fascinated with Macro Photography. Here's a flower I captured a couple of months ago. I'm hoping to spend a little more time with my Tamron 90mm Macro lens today. Websites and E-Books on Macro / Close Up Photography Close Up - Presented by Tamron Extreme Macro Mike Moats - Pro Macro Photographer  

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