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The fam and I went to Costco last weekend. For those of you who don’t know what Costco is, it is a huge warehouse with lots of stuff, everything from electronics to clothing to groceries to you name it.

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Look at all those chickens!

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How it differs from your typical mega-super store is that you can get mass quantities for a greatly reduced price. Think toilet paper. πŸ˜€

We also got a fabulous deal on my new laptop last month. This week our purchase included a 100-count box of granola bars and a six-pack of deodorant.

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Daughter checking out the beauty products.

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We grabbed some lunch from the snack bar to keep up our energy for the long check out lines.

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I took all of these photos with my smart phone, which doesn’t have a great camera, but I am snap-happy, and also taking the advice of some fellow photographers, who told me recently to just “point and click.” πŸ™‚

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I took this image a year or two ago of my daughter and have been holding on to it to post for the “perfect challenge.”Β  Today, I thought, Who cares!Β  What am I waiting for?Β  Life is too short and we are never guaranteed tomorrow.

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So, yeah, it’s been almost four months since I posted anything here, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking photos.Β  I’ve been shooting lots of photos.Β  Hundreds of photos!

Both of my daughters’ volleyball seasons started back in January and we have had tournaments every weekend since then except for one.Β  We absolutely love it!Β  Watching them play and cheering them on is always so exciting!

One of the tournaments was held at an old high school, and the lockers caught my eye.Β  I felt like I was back in the 1970’s or 80’s with the look and feel of the lockers and hallways of this school.

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An up-close look reveals how old the lockers really are, showing the rusted hinges, layers of paint, dents, and chips.

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We have one more month of tournaments left, so I am hoping to move onto other photographic subjects soon.Β  Until then…

I’ve been very busy editing hundreds ofΒ images from high school events including senior pictures, volleyball games, a powder puff game and homecoming.Β  Here is one of my favorite candid shots of my daughter on homecoming night and a photo of her pretty corsage.

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I mentioned the other day that I was using a new post-processing program called Capture One Pro 9 and loving it. Since I mostly shoot nature photography, yesterday, I practiced taking some portraits of my lovely daughter, Caitlin. In this one she is backlit by the bright afternoon sun.

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(f/1.8, 1/4000, ISO 200)

I complained about not having a reflector to chase the shadows away from her face. (Husband later went out and got me a 5-in-1Β reflector kit. Love him; can’t wait to use it!) Yet, even without the reflector I was able to adjust for under-exposed Caitlin (AND the over-exposed sky) in Capture One.

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What do you think?Β  So, I’m a little excited because I have never worked with a RAW converter before.Β  Thanks for bearing with me.Β  πŸ™‚

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This is my husband’s teenage cousin rock wall climbing (or falling) when he and his brother were in town visiting us this summer. They had a blast with my girls, all of them, climbing as high as they could.

Posting this photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness theme of “Movement.”

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not words.
Trust movement. ~ Alfred Adler

Before you judge my life, my past or my character. Walk in my shoes, walk the path I have traveled, live my sorrow, my doubts, my fear, my pain and my laughter. Remember, everyone has a story, when you’ve lived my life then you can judge me. ~ Unknown

No Fair! Poor girl’s been in a knee brace and walking boot for almost 2 weeks now. Hopefully, only one more to go. Those darn growing pains!

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Since March 17th is the feast of St. Patrick, I thought I would share with you a few shots of some of the characters we saw in the St. Patrick’s Day parade this past weekend.Β  I am also sharing these with Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge this week.

I wish I was as happy-go-LUCKY as this girl appears to be!

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Everyone was handing out beaded necklaces. People couldn’t get enough of them. Crazy!

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This guys looks so sad. I put him front and center in the photo, but as you can see no one is looking at him.

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This dude, on the other hand, is in the same spot on the street as the last guy, only he is still getting cheers and claps. The crowd loved him!

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St. Patrick, himself, was there, shaking hands with children and adults alike.

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Finally, here is a whole group of characters for your Irish entertainment.

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In an effort to push myself to get a bit more creative with my camera, and to post here more often than I do, I have decided to participate in some photo challenges put on by other photographers out there.

The following is for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels. I thought a little outside-the-box and posted this photo-shopped series of shots of my daughter doing a cart-“wheel!” She braved the 3 degree Fahrenheit wind-chill to go out and do this for me today. We had a good time!

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