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Goal!

Goal!

At school Lily has a folder that will hold all of her writing. She has to decorate the folder with pictures of her choice. Yesterday she specifically asked me to get a picture of her scoring a goal so that she could put it on her folder. Perhaps she’s just a bit too comfortable with a camera always pointed at her. Bad parent, bad!

And my alternate “Goal” shot:

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Night Clouds

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Looking North at Night

The weather has been working for me photographically lately. First the double rainbows and now the moving clouds. Our house is near a major interstate highway, and I believe that the orange reflected on the bottom of the clouds is from both Champaign proper and the headlights of the cars.

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Looking East at Night

I don’t usually do a whole lot of night photography, but I do follow a bit of it online. The ones that I like have a different color to them. It’s hard to explain, but these pictures captured just a bit of that. There are odd blues and oranges and such. It’s just different.

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Double Rainbows

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Double Rainbows

Odd weather here in Champaign lately. This past weekend we saw a double rainbow looking out our backyard. The bottom rainbow was as complete as I’ve ever seen one. I used the widest lens I’ve got (17mm) and still couldn’t get it all in frame.

This, naturally, led to a series of rainbow pictures….

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Northern End

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Single Rainbow

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Cloud and a bit of Rainbow

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Summer Weather

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House and clouds near sunset

Another kooky one. We’ve been getting storms lately, and with the storms come lots of cloud cover. They’ve been really impressive lately. Dark gray bottoms with golden sides as the twilight hits them. I always want to take pictures, but it’s always a fool’s folly; they all just look like boring old clouds after I’ve taken ’em. I’m sure that a better photographer than I can manage to capture the grandeur, but I can’t seem to.

But still, you have to try, right?

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Sleepwear Winner

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Sleepwear Winner

From the Champaign County fair.

I have to admit that my initial reaction to this was very snooty. “Sleepwear winner? Ha!” But this image has dogged me a bit. After all, I don’t have the skills to make any clothes. And aren’t I proud of my photographic creations? Why shouldn’t someone be proud of their needlework?

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Pink Seamless Test

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Lucy, the soon to be birthday girl.

Saturday is Lucy’s birthday party. This is going to be a very “girl” focused party. Tea, finger sandwiches, princesses, crafts, pink everywhere, etc. One of the crafts is decorating a picture frame. My wife (bless her heart) thought it would be nice to get pictures of each of the girls and print them for their picture frame. Additionally, we’ll be having a princess stop by and want to get pictures of each girl with the princess.

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Stella wanted to show me her “mad” face.

In preparation of all this, I ordered a pink (actually “Carnation”) roll of seamless paper from Calumet. Last night the girls were kind enough to help me out as models. I got to try a few different lighting styles, they got to change costumes several times, and at the end they got a huge piece of paper to color on once I cut off the used piece of background paper.

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In my defense, Lily picked her own wardrobe.

This was my first time using a paper seamless background. I got the 53″ wide background as opposed to the 107″ roll. While it’s not a huge issue, I think I’d choose the 107″ roll next time. It’s a bit more freedom and I would then be able to get a group shot as well. The 53″ is fine for a single person and a shot of the princess and 1 child. But more than that and I’m pushing it.

Now we just have to work out the logistics of when to take the pictures. I need a decent amount of space. So does the craft table. So, there will have to be some shuffling.

All in all, I’m quite looking forward to this Saturday. It’ll be a fun challenge to shot a bunch of other people’s kids, process the pictures and print for the frames.

A few more selects….

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Garden!

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Bell Pepper Plant

And so the garden posts begin!

Now, I know that for most people they just plant either their seeds or plants and watch them grow and it’s not big deal. But I have to admit that I get a little giddy when my seeds actually grow. The mere fact that it work always sort of astounds me.

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Lettuce Row

That being said, at work whenever we get back a part from manufacturing and it works, I’m giddy too. I guess it’s just the thrill of seeing something I’ve made (or planted in this case) actually doing what it’s supposed to do. Let’s not delve too deeply into the psychology there, okay?

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Stowaway Pumpkin Plant

Lucy, my second daughter (the one mad in the pool in the previous post), managed to sneak a pumpkin seed into our raised bed. Low and behold, it’s growing like gangbusters. So, it looks like we may have our own pumpkin this year.

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