Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fave of the Week - Jill-e. Rolling Bag

I've been coveting this item for months now. The time was right, and so was the price. Amazon had this Jill-e rolling camera bag on sale and I jumped at the chance to have it at last! This will be a great bag for toting all my gear on larger jobs, or for short photo trips where I can pack a few outfits and gear into it along with my laptop. One of the things that makes this rolling bag different (aside from the fact that it's just CUTE)is that there is a compartment in the back for your laptop and accessories. It pretty much has room for everything, all while be easy to roll around. :o) Did I mention it's black leather? Well, it is!

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Crafting - The Purple Bouquet

If ever since I was a little kid, I've always enjoyed arts and crafts. I have a few friends who refer to me as an enigma (you know who you are), and I'd have to agree with them. While I like the factual and finite things in life, a part of me yearns to create and well...make stuff :o) The other day I crafted this bouquet. Feathers are all the rage right now, and I thought I'd incorporate some of that into the bouquet. Here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

My lovely friend was kind enough to pose for me. She did a fantastic job, didn't she?

Stay tuned for my next crafting project! :oD

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pismo Beach and Long Beach Aquarium

There can only be one word to sum up this past weekend. CRAZY. However, it was all in all, one big phototaking adventure. All of Saturday was spend driving to, shooting at, and driving home from Pismo Beach. A few years ago, I took a roadtrip to Pismo with two of my closest friends. It remains one of my fondest roadtrip memories, so going back there is always a treat for me. The weather was fantastic, and we even discovered these amazing sand dunes near the Pismo Beach pier. If you've never been there before, it's definitely a phototaking MUST. Light at sunset was spectacular, and seriously, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear I was out in the Sahara Desert (except that there was a nice cool breeze)! :oD

First stop was the monarch butterfly preserve. I'm not a huge fan of butterflies, but it was cool to see them swarming up in the air. :o)

Then off to the beach!

This crazy pelican was such a ham for the camera. It stuck around for quite a while and posed for me.

This picture pretty much sums up the time we had at the dunes. :o)

The following evening, I went to a Photographer's Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. I've gone to this event before, and really enjoyed it. It's nice to be around other people who are just as crazy as you are about taking pictures. ;o) Whenever I go back to shoot at a location I've shot before, I always try to think of new ways to shoot it. This time I focused on a different perspective and tried some long exposures.

It's Nemo!!!