Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
A lot of people don't know that 90% of bird species are monogamous...with that said there are several levels of monogamy:
Lifetime monogamy - where the 2 birds pair up and remain together for every breeding season for the rest of their lives, in fact if one individual from the couple were to die or get killed, the partner may refuse to mate for many breeding seasons, even for life (e.g., White Albatross, certain parrots, Canadian Geese).
Serial monogamy where a bird can be monogamous for one breeding season with a partner and then in the next breeding season be monogamous with a different partner. So that each breeding season the bird is monogamous but the partners are different (such as pigeons).
(3) Genetic monogamy is when DNA tests can confirm that a female's offspring matches up with the DNA of only one father, although the couple may not be physically together.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
By popular demand, I am going to post the series of 10 photos which won most artistic this week in my photography class. I was really amazed that I won...I certainly didn't think it was my best work.
Along with this week's title came a prize...I think it is really cool. It is a portable tripod, of sorts. It is made up of an "eye" bolt and cable (roughly 6 ft long), by placing the screw in the bottom of my camera and stepping on the cable with my foot I can create tension to steady the camera and move fairly freely. Pretty nifty huh?
Each week we have our instructor look at the 10 pictures (2 from each day) we have selected from all of the pictures we have taken to come up with one we will print and then show at the end of eight weeks. So my question to you is, of these 10 photos which one did my instructor choose for my 8 1/2 x 11 to be printed for the show?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Of course you can't see the corks really well. But that isn't important to me...I like the effect with the lights - capturing hearts with a slow shutter speed was fun.
This morning we woke to water all over our kitchen floor - floods of water, coming from our refrigerator. We have been slowly updating all of our appliances and it seems this mornings' events pushed up the need to purchase a new fridge. The replacement should be delivered on Tuesday! I am envisioning my Tuesday picture already! =]
So instead of going to Lake CdA to capture eagles on "film", er uh...digital fell off the radar for us today. Not to mention it was RAINING again!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Not really sure what happened here...but I like it! =] This is a picture of a wood storage box in our living room. The cubes are cut out, allowing for shadows.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This was just a block away from my office, I've walked past it a hundred or more times and never noticed it before.
I love texture in photos, texture and color is even better.
I am hopeful to go to CdA this weekend, maybe Sunday. I hear there are hundreds of bald eagles around the lake, maybe I can catch a great shot or two.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Today, CrAzY day...it would have been the PERFECT day to be out this afternoon to take pictures on my lunch hour. However, I didn't get a lunch hour - I know martyr party of one!
So, I didn't get out today until I left for school. This meant I didn’t get the 36 pictures I need for the photography assignment today. I HAD to take something... But, I didn't get to my reading assignment for class - I was torn between reading my assignment and taking my 36 pictures. Oh the pressure, what should I do? Well, I ended up taking "some" pictures - not nearly 36 and I just had to stop. It was torture trying to "make" something happen. Taking pictures out of necessity to me means there is no passion, no passion equals dull, drab, and purely unemotional photos.
Thankfully we were released a little early from class, I quickly headed home in search of some kind of inspiration. My husband and our "girls" give me the most joy - we have 3 dogs and 1 cat! Since I can't take pictures of people this week (not that my husband would ever be a willing participant) I thought my fur babies might fall under the realm of "things".
This is Payton; she is the newest addition to our fur babies. We think she is Chihuahua and Rat Terrier mix. She is very sweet, sensitive, playful, bouncy, and likes our cat a little more than she should. Her family before us just had a baby and Payton wasn't getting the attention she felt she deserved so she left little "presents" at the door to the baby's room on the regular! She is doing really well with the other girls and we are so blessed to have her in our life.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
- "Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day."
- Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.
- Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!).
So, my first photo is from my first photography homework assignment. We are learning F stops and shutter speed. This week, 36 pictures a day, Monday - Friday of "things", using various F stops. It was a very bad weather day - rain, rain-slush, snow, more rain, more rain-slush, and then rain. I decided I would take pictures from my office window - I work in a historical building in downtown Spokane. I have always found the wrought iron fire escapes to be beautiful, although I would never want to have to venture down one in case of fire!