Thursday, October 27, 2011

Photography Challenge Week 14: Sunset

This week's photography challenge theme is Sunset. I was trying to remember all week to be aware of when the sun was setting, but most days I didn't remember until it was already dark. The one day I did remember, it had rained earlier and the clouds were pink and orange as the sun was setting.

See more photos of sunsets at A Step in the Journey.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Corn Maze

We took the kids to a corn maze last weekend. They had fun finding each number (that had a corresponding clue to figure out which way to go) and making their way through the corn.

They worked up an appetite, so we went out for pizza. Winter is around the corner, so we then went to Target because Raina needed new boots and gloves. Jackson also needed new pants, as suddenly most of his were a couple inches too short.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Photography Challenge Week 13: Silhouette

This week's photography challenge was silhouette, where the subject is lit from behind so it appears dark. This was a tough challenge for me. The best time to get a good silhouette photograph is around sunrise or sunset, so there's a limited time to capture the perfect photo. It was also overcast much of the week, so the lighting wasn't great. I went out in the morning in the middle of getting kids ready for school, so I didn't spend a lot of time on it. Here's what I ended up getting:

I like the color of the sunrise, but not the power lines.

No flash and no tripod makes for a blurry photo.

More blur.

Again, I like the color in this one, but there's too much going on. There's not one thing to focus on.

See more silhouettes at A Step in the Journey.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Colors

Sadly, the leaves are almost all blown off the trees. But just a short time ago, they were a display of red and gold that Raina and Remy and I saw on a recent hike.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Photography Challenge Week 12: Bokeh

This week's photography challenge was Bokeh. Bokeh is the blurring of parts of a photograph while the subject is in focus. I went hiking with two of my kids and took this photo of a birch tree with surrounding leaves and trees in the background. I wish I could say I used the camera on manual, but with two energetic kids, I wasn't stopping to try different settings to achieve the bokeh effect. I let the camera do the work for me.

See more photos with Bokeh at A Step in the Journey.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Deer in the Backyard

This deer came wandering through our backyard at dusk yesterday. We were all outside watching it, as it calmly walked on by.

The pictures aren't great because they were taken with my phone, which doesn't take good low-light pictures.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Photography Challenge Week 11: Orange

The theme for this week's photography challenge is ORANGE. When I was walking on the trail behind our house, I noticed the orange arrow sign directing ATV's to the curve ahead. I played around with focusing on the sign versus focusing on the branches in front of the sign. This is my favorite:

The branches are in focus, but the orange of the sign is still prominent.

I really like this picture, but there wasn't enough orange showing.

These two I focused first on the sign, and then on the branch to get two different looks.
See more photos with orange at A Step in the Journey.