2013 Portraits

Last week Uschi and I had the opportunity for some rather impromptu portraits to be taken. I say “impromptu” because the original plan was merely for me to get photos taken for my renewal passport application, but we ended up having the entire studio to ourselves and so it was actually one of the best in-studio sessions I’ve had with either of the shepherds. For once we weren’t dealing with distractions from other groups (or more specifically their children) and there wasn’t a time limit set upon us so we weren’t rushed along and rather leisurely went through getting pictures.1

I’ve already shared my two favorites from this set, and there are actually a few more that I haven’t included here, but of note you’ll see a handful of shots of just me, including some with me in my new purple glasses. I threw in some “outtakes,” too, since those always seem amusing for all. Enjoy:

  1. I could have done without all the posing, but these are still more organic than anything previously done within a studio.

Two Portraits

Uschi and I have been on the go all day long and we’re both exhausted, so you’ll all just have to wait a bit longer for those portraits I promised to share. But since these are already floating around on the Intarwebs, I’ll put them up here too:

More soon. Honest.

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

I really can’t begin to describe the day I have had, but awesome would be largely appropriate.

Anyway, Cindy and I went to see the Capital Holiday Lights in the Park since tonight is the last night they’re up. Believe it or not, I’ve never been through this. Well, at least not officially, but that’s what happens when you live across the street from Washington Park.

*ahem* Unfortunately, taking pictures through this is largely impossible what with it being dark and the many large signs stating that you aren’t supposed to stop. I tried anyway, but the only ones that are even marginally acceptable are the ones when we were in line to pay. Next year maybe I’ll go on one of the walkthrough days if it’s not frigidly cold.

Best of 2012

Uschi framed by the lights of an enormous holiday tree

I was actually really torn when it came to picking the absolute best photo I took last year. I’m still very much a novice when it comes to photography and I’m very much in the learning process with my new camera. But one of the reasons I upgraded to a DSLR was the ability to create bokeh and have that lovely dreamy effect with the lights from a Christmas tree. Sometime later this year I hope to invest in some new, more powerful lenses than the standard kit one I currently have, but I’m still immensely proud of and pleased with this photo. [Read more…]

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

I had already planned to do a photo recap post before seeing this week’s photo challenge as I’d done something similar last year. Except that I didn’t exclusively use my personal photographs last time since I went a few months with little or no pictures taken. (And, let’s face it, that one of Uschi standing on her head had to be on the list!) Anyway, let’s get on to a smattering of my favorite photos from the last year:

The last year was much the same in terms of photographic activity, though, the last few months I have been striving to be more proactive with my camera. I won’t go so far as to boast about my skills as a photographer because I still very much think of myself as a beginner. However, I do admit that there have been more than a handful I’ve taken over the last year that I am not only quite fond of but actually have some pride in and I have learned a great deal more about the technical aspects of taking photos. I’m still debating which specifically I think is the absolute best photo to submit to BorrowLenses’ Best of 2012 project.

In any case, I expect I’ll be nattering on about photography more in the new year as I work my way through some projects I intend to participate in and learn more about that shiny red camera pictured above.