How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.  How did it get so late so soon?  –Dr. Seuss

Canon 5DMarkIII; EF50mm f/1.4 USM; f5.6; 1/100; iso4000



My husband answers one of two ways when he comes home from golfing.  He either says “I shot well” (big smile), or he says “I had fun.”  (fake smile with clenched jaw and gritted teeth)

It ended up being a really “fun” day today at Sarah’s last regular season golf meet.  But overall, she had a great year.


Canon 5DMarkIII; EF100-400L f4.5-5.6L IS II USM@400; iso1250; f7.1; 1/2500


1/1000; f5.6


Jenna was home from college this weekend, and Sarah Jane had homecoming.  I cried when I uploaded these pics.  Could it be the “M” season for me?  That would explain my alarming amount of facial sweat lately.  But, I think it’s mostly that I’m just really thankful. 🙂

My sophomores:


Mr. GrayDays and Sarah Jane


cosmos are beelicious

The bees were moving really slowly this morning, so it was easier to snap their pics.  Thanks to Cee and Jithin for the helpful tips on compressing my photo files.  I’ve been experimenting since I posted my other post, and have learned a lot. This photo is only about 300kb so I’m psyched about that.   However, once I figured things out, I saw that the Flickr pics were back up.  Who knows what the fat is going on with the crazy interwebs??!!!


Canon 5DMarkIII; EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM; iso1000; f7.1; 1/320

imagecraft bootcamp–low key image

I joined Mitch Zeissler and lucile de godoy at Imagecraft Bootcamp, and this is our second week this week.  The assignment this week is Low-Key Images.  Last week was High-Key Images.  I’ve already learned a lot, and am looking forward to the lessons ahead.  Follow the links above if you’d like to join us in these challenges!

Here is my low-key image this week.  The original image follows.  I purposely underexposed the original image, and that seemed to help with the process.

Low Key:


Original Image:


Canon 5dMarkIII; EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM; iso 100; f5.6; shutter .8 Exposure Compensation: -1&1/3

The original is completely unedited.  Here’s how I processed the image in Lightroom to become low-key:

Convert to black&white in the basic panel; Contrast: +78; Shadows -25; Whites +19; Blacks -2 Clarity +50.  In addition, I used the adjustment brush to highlight the cross, and added more clarity, contrast, and sharpening to it.

Tone curve: Highlights -12; Darks -12; Shadows +17.  Ok, these past two challenges have been my first of using the Tone Curve feature.  Can someone tell me what the difference is between adjusting in the Tone Curve vs the Highlights/Shadows/Whites/Blacks in the Basic panel?

I’m not really sure if I accomplished the goal of producing a low-key image, but I’m happy with how it turned out, so that’s something I guess!