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.”  Today, I thought, Who cares!  What am I waiting for?  Life is too short and we are never guaranteed tomorrow.

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Santa always comes to our house even though the kids know how things work. 😉  He wraps his presents in green and red tissue paper just like he did when I was a child.

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This is my first participation in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.  I went to the zoo yesterday with my daughter and her friend, and snapped these photos with my phone.  We got to “pet” and feed the stingrays, which was exciting.  The penguins were sleepy, but the birds were active in their sanctuary. It was a fun day!

This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Music. These are the instruments in my house.

My oldest daughter teaches herself to play songs on the piano and ukulele by watching YouTube videos. One instrument that I can’t photograph is her beautiful singing voice. It is my most favorite instrument in the world!

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My youngest daughter plays the recorder for school. In music class, they have “Recorder Karate”: for every song she masters, she receives a karate “belt” (i.e., the strings tied to the end of the recorder.) The belts progress in color as the difficulty of the songs she learns do.

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Several years ago, my husband bought me a guitar for my birthday because I wanted to learn how to play it. I realized right away that I do not possess the patience or true ambition for such an endeavor. It is my favorite instrument to listen to, however, besides my daughter’s voice :).

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This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cameras and Photographers. This first one is an old camera I used to use before I really got into taking pictures. It’s been so long since I’ve used it, I couldn’t even get all of the dust off of it!

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This is the camera I use now, and I really like it. It’s a Sony Alpha SLT-A35. I just recently started shooting exclusively in manual mode which is very exciting to me! I feel like I accomplished something big. 🙂

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Lastly, here is my phone camera, which I rarely use simply because the quality isn’t as great as my Sony and I don’t have any control over things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings.

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This is for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made Out of Plastic. The first is a butterfly craft Caitlin made at her 4th grade spring party yesterday using jelly beans, a snack-size plastic baggie, a clothes-pin, and a pipe cleaner. So cute!

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This last one is a photo of a frog figurine taken through the view of an almost empty plastic bottle of hand sanitizer.  I think he’s cute, too!

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This is for A Photo a Week Challenge: Saturation. The first photo is before any edits were made. The second photo is after minor edits were made to the saturation levels of the colors, just to make them a bit more vibrant. The differences are subtle but noticeable, nonetheless.

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Below are a few ways I use saturation to change the look of my photos. I increased the saturation of the red only in the first photo to alter the color of the roses.

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In this last photo, I decreased the saturation of all the colors down to zero EXCEPT for the red. The red I left alone. This is one of my favorite ways to play around with color saturation levels. I love black and white photos with a pop of color.

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Thanks for looking!

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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I have added a few pieces of artwork to my portfolio of works for sale including this recent drawing. To view more check out my art link here.

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