Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring of First Grade

Look at these gorgeous children. We are on the downhill slide to summer, first grade winding up. They have had a wonderful year. Lots of reading, math homework every night, piano lessons. Elliott played football in the fall. Lucia and Elliott played basketball for the first time this winter. Elliott is playing baseball (first year not playing Tball) this spring, and Lucia is playing softball (her first time every playing any type of softball) this spring. The girls have taken dance from Ms. Courtney this year for the third year.

Here are some photographs from this past week.

Elliott, today, at opening day for baseball.
 Lucia with her friend A on opening day. These two Diamond Divas combined to get several opponents out today. Lu on first, A at pitcher. It was very fun watching them play today.
 Our Lefty Lu. She got two singles and a double today (I think!).
 Elliott is playing machine pitch for the first time this year. He struck out twice and got a double. He has a great swing and is a fast runner.
 Lucia and Elliott after their games.

Elliott at second base.

This week our elementary school had third quarter honors assembly. We have been so lucky to have wonderful teachers for kindergarten and first grade. Lucia, Elliott, and Mazie are in the same class this year. It was worked out well. They have a wonderful teacher who does a great job with them. They love school. Lucia especially loves math and PE. Elliott loves both reading and math. He astounds us with his multiplication solutions. Mazie is on fire with her reading. Like sizzling and smoking. Below they are getting their A Honor Roll ribbons.

 Mazie and Lucia also won art awards. Mazie got first place for her class and Lucia got third place for her class.
 Mazie's picture in on the top row, between the two self-portraits. It is a picture of bees returning to their hive.
 Here is Elliott's picture that is lovely but did not place. It is also of bees and their hive in a tree. (He insisted he did not win because his picture was hung too high for the judges to really see well. {It was hung on a different hall for the judging.} He is our most competitive child, but he really isn't obnoxious about it. I promise!)
 Lucia drew the striped cat. Hello dynamic creature. (What if I swore to you that was her arm pointing at her picture. Would you believe me?)
Well, that is what we were up to this week. Loving these children and our wonderful lives with them. Maybe I will post again before we graduate high school...?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The stats

I am working on a birthday gift for H and had to gather LEM's height and weight stats. So I thought I'd post the recents here. I found years one through four on the blog, so here are years five and six.

Date of five year appointment: 10/24/12

Height 43 3/4"
Weight 40# 6 oz

Height 45 1/2"
Weight 50# 4 oz

Height 39 3/4"
Weight 31# 6 oz

Date of six year appointment: 1/15/14

Height 47"
Weight 50#

Height 49"
Weight 65#

Height 42 3/4"
Weight 37# 8 oz

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Art of Seeing, Day four

The pictures above are from yesterday. The lighting is terrible on all of them.

Below are from today. All of today's pictures are on a automatic setting. I was doing a bit of driving and wanted to just capture some scenes.
I had really hoped these red-winged blackbird (one of my absolute favorite birds, maybe my favorite bird call of all) would be great. Instead they are unimpressive. The beautiful bird is not close enough and the sunflowers are not right. Maybe they are too thin of a strip to be a factor?

This might be the best composition but it still doesn't work. The sunflowers are too out of focus or too something to add to the photo. The placement of the bird doesn't do anything either.
I sure do love a dirt road in a photograph.
My beautiful girls, always a lovely photo, no matter how tired and dirty.

There is something I love about these deader-than-Hector sunflowers below. This one might be my favorite of the sunflower photographs.
In the picture below, I was hoping the leaves would look like the sea.
Ok, so this picture below has too much exposure. It shines out the textures. This is a good example of picture that would have been better on manual (if I knew what I was doing).
Again, I had high hopes for this photo below, but on manual there just isn't the texture and contrast that the picture needs.

Corn shots. Blah. Did not turn out as interesting in reality as I'd envisioned.

I thought this was hilarious: "It has all burned to hell. Would you like to buy it?"

This is a photograph I'm going to work on. I need better light and to be up closer. I just love this rusted billboard though.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Art of Seeing, Day Three

 No, I have not gone crazy. I haven't even gone a bit bananas. But, this well may be the most boring post you'll ever read.
 Part of the reason I chose to take this ecourse is because I want to use the manual settings on my camera more frequently (read : at all). I feel like I am not completely inept when it comes to photograph composition. But light and grain and movement and focus are all out of my comfort zone.
 So today I thought I would play with f-stop. F-stop is the number that tells how large the aperture (hole that lets in light) is. Pretty basic. The only tricky thing is the number. The smaller the number the larger the hole. I think about those plugs people put in their ears. Gauge. The larger the number, the smaller the hole. 
 This first set of pictures is without the flash. The first of these pictures is with the smallest f-stop; the f-stop opening up a bit with each subsequent frame, stopping at about f-18.

 This second set of pictures is with the flash. The first picture, below, has the lowest aperture setting (most light in). Then I closed the aperture a little more with each picture. The first picture is the f-stop of 2.8, the last f-29.

I'm not exactly sure what I learned from this lesson. Without the flash, it is easier to see the gradient light. With the flash, I'm not sure I notice any difference.