Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ok, so I planned on posting some shots I took tonight at Billy Bob's, but I didn't. It's already Sunday and I've completely missed posting on Satuday.

So here's a story about this guy....

Locking they keys in the car.

Everyone has done it, right? There’s that moment when you shut the door and you realize that your keys are inside. And you are outside. And there is a locked door between you. Nothing beats the pure self loathing you feel in that moment.

The only time I know of that Bear locked his keys in the car was on our honeymoon. We stopped in Vicksburg at the state welcome center. All I can say is thank you Saturn for the little credit card keys they made. Bear had it in his wallet so it wasn’t a big deal.

I’ve locked my keys in the car several times. Every single time was in my own drive way. Usually when I was getting things out of the car. But there was one time I was putting things into the car. And that was the only time it was a big deal.

I locked Hyper Boy in the car. It was may dad’s truck actually. I had the car seat in the front with the passenger airbag turned off. Hyper Boy thought this was cool. He was two years old and the novelty of the front seat had him squealing happily.

I set my keys in the passenger side floor board. Usually in my car I drop them in the driver’s seat when I buckle the kid in. It’s never a big deal in my car. But it was in my dad’s truck. You see, in the front seat of a Ford Ranger Hyper Boy can reach the locks.

I heard that click and panic set in.

It was April so it wasn’t really hot yet, thank goodness. I’m a forgetful person but I prided myself on the fact that I had never locked my kid in the car. I had wondered how a mother could do that? Seriously? How can you accidentally lock your kid in the car?

But he was locked in. And I had to call the fire department to get him out.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Adjusting contrast

Tip of the day... when you're adjusting contrast in an image do it in black and white. It's much easier to see the differences when there is no color involved.

I use Lightroom and I just slide the saturation slider down all the way. There are other ways to get there, but this is my method. Then I adjust my contrast, brightness, blacks, exposure, etc... then I slide the saturation slider back. You can use the same process with ACR in Photoshop.

Maybe someday, if I get the energy, I'll take some screen shots and make a tutorial for those who are just learning. But really, it's not difficult and can make a big difference in your final image.

**** OK, my beloved, who is my Photoshop guru asked "What's ACR?". I thought it was a given, but then he's not a photographer. Adobe Camera Raw. It's that window that pops open in Photoshop when you open a RAW file. In older versions of PS you have to download the plug-in.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Neosporin is magical

Dance Concert 2010

This year was Dancer Girl’s 4th spring concert. She had 7 numbers, one was performed twice. That means 6 costumes. A total of 6 earring changes. On her only 4 month old piercings that was a lot of changes.

The dress rehearsal, which is done in full costume and hair, but no makeup, had her in tears. Her ears were puffy and sore and it was getting hard to put an earring in. I was starting to panic. But I remembered what my sister told me about her daughter using Neosporin on her ears, because she has sensitive ears, and thought it might be worth a try. I got the pain relief kind. Dabbed it on the earrings and those puppies slid right in. No tears.

Greatest thing ever! EVER!

Here’s where I have to mention my first experience with Neosporin with pain relief…. Hyper Boy was born with a minor case of Chordee. You can google it if you really want to learn more, just watch out for those pictures. Basically for Hyper Boy it meant instead of having a normal circumcision, having minor plastic surgery at three months old to, umm, straighten him out.

I had to put Neosporin with pain relief on his incision for two weeks. That is one place no mother should ever have to rub cream on her son.

Bottom line… Neosporin with pain relief has a lot of uses. It is truly magical stuff.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Coulda, shoulda, woulda...

If only I’d…..

We all have those shots. If only I’d done this, or that. It would have been such an awesome shot, if only. If if’s and buts were candy and nuts…..

There are some things in our images we can’t change no matter how much Photoshop we know. Here are some of my if only's….

If only I'd focused on his face, not his shirt. And if only I hadn't amputated his hands.

If only I'd focused on his eyes. Not his nose.

If only it were really in focus.

We all have our "if only's". It seems photographic hindsight is greater than 20/20 to me and we can always look back and see something that we could have done better. I think when we stop seeing that, when we think an image is perfect, that's when we need to worry. Or check our ego.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Say Cheese!

"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - name that movie. No cheating with a google search either.

They don't always want to pose for you, do they? It's at times like those that I put the camera down. It's hard, because i get this tunnel vision. At Dancer Girl's recent performance I realized I missed her part on stage because I was too busy taking pictures of the other group. Good thing they performed that number twice. Sometimes you just gotta stop that quest for the perfect shot of your little minions though and live the life that's going on around you.

And sometimes those silly faces that they make, the ones that get you frustrated when you're shooting until you yell "will you please, for the love of Kodak, cooperate?" Sometimes those become your favorite shots because those are the ones that really show their personality... and you can drag them out to torture them with when they graduate from high school or bring home a fiance.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Video Games : My kids are freaks

So I’m at The Pioneer Woman’s site and checking out her videos. I love her by the way, and blame craftysprinkles for my obsession. Anyway, so I’m looking at the videos and see her “Questionable Parenting” post.

Eleven year old kid being thrown from a wild burro. Yeah. I cringed. I was like “Oh my gosh! How could any mom do that?” But then I look over at my son, who spends a good portion of his day playing video games that make most moms cringe and say “Oh my gosh! How could any mom do that?”

It’s all about lifestyle and perspective. For The Pioneer Woman’s kids that is their way of life. Those kids have probably been on horses since they came out of the womb. Likewise, for my kids video games are a way of life. They have been holding controllers since they came out of the womb. In fact, sometimes I wonder if Hyper Boy had a USB cable instead of an umbilical cord. I had a c-section and was heavily medicated so how would I know?

In our case we’re extreme because my wonderful husband has the dream job of many geeks in the world. He makes video games. Add to that the fact that both of us love our video games and you get kids who expect games to be a part of their daily life. This is what happens when geeks reproduce. We create uber geeks. We have family video game night and play Rockband together complete with the fog and light show.

“Carry on my wayward son….”

Sorry, got distracted there. What was I saying? Oh yeah, my kids are freaks. But that’s ok. Other people’s kids are freaks, too.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Some daddy pictures....

My Daddy holding my Hyper Boy

My brother in law and his son. I've known this guy since he was 12 and I can't help but go Awww... when I see what a great dad he's become.

My babies and their daddy from 2005.

This post makes me realize that I need more pictures of my kids with their daddy. I really don't have enough. Hardly any, really. So my advice for the day is that when you're out there trying to get the perfect shot of whatever, don't forget to take plenty of pictures of the ones you love. And remember they don't have to be great shots, just great memories.

By now you know the drill, click to make it bigger. :)