Tammy got this cool bookshelf for the kids to keep there books in.
Tyler taking a (very) brief rest on a blanket while playing.
While Tyler tried to nap, I did get time for a wonderful Chemex coffee break. Very nice.
Note the old school Road Sign Math coffee mug. :-)
There’s those thinkin’ more or less, less is more,
but if less is more, how you keepin’ score?
It means for every point you make, your level drops.
Kinda like you’re startin’ from the top…
and you can’t do that.
Beautiful and makes you think.
For Christmas this year Tammy got me a fun lens for my camera, the Lensbaby Composer. When I did the Stone/Steel/People workshop I mentioned that my pro friend Layne was obsessed with shooting with his Lensbaby. I thought it would be a fun option to have in my camera bag and Tammy decided it would be a fun present. I haven’t been shooting much but I used it when I was in Grand Marais this last weekend and here are some shots with it. These were all shot on manual at f/4.
While I was shooting this weekend in Grand Marais I took an opportunity to try out my new tilt-shift lens. I really didn’t know what I was doing so I just tried playing with it a bit. These two shots really struck me when I was reviewing them.
I think this shot really struck me because of the falling snow. It draws my eye into the center and the snow flakes suspended in the air. I also like the mood of the shot.
I wasn’t expecting much with this shot. It’s just a bunch of trees with some downed trees in the mix. I tried out the tilt and put the slight clearing in focus. I really like the effect on the rest of the frame as it blurs out. For some reason this picture makes me want to walk forward and explore the space.
More experimenting to come, including some video.
I recently added a new lens to my camera bag, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L. This is one of those weird tilt-shift lenses. It’s not the brand new Mark II version of this lens, but the older one that has been out for a while. It is wonderful L-glass with the great red ring.
I’ve just started to learn how to use it. I plan on using it mainly for creative effect and in video shooting. Wish me luck!