Monday, February 22, 2010

Helping each other...

I posted a text-only note to my facebook status about 10 days ago about Colton helping Caitlin climb up the play place. Here, finally, is the picture I meant to post with it. It is also, coincidentally, the last picture I took with my Blackberry Pearl before Keri and I got our iPhones. Ah, the passing of an era...

(The Pearl doesn't provide exposure information)

The original post read:

"Cate couldn't climb the play place, so Cole kindly and gently helped her do it the first time. Now they're both climbing and sliding over and over. And laughing and laughing." (originally posted 2/12/10, ~6PM)

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Waitin' for the fries

Today we tried the "Five Guys" burger joint that opened up here not too long ago. We picked a pretty busy time to go, so we ended up waiting a while for the food. Catie, ever the patient one, just settled in to bide the time 'til "ding" the fries were done.

1/20s, f/2.8, ISO: 72, 3.9mm (phone)

By the way, the burgers and fries were very good. Not quite as good as In-and-Out, Keri and I agreed, but very good. Actually Keri said she liked the "Five Guys" fries better. The burgers were fresh tasting, with a hand-made quality that is entirely missing from other burger-in-a-box places. The last two bites of my bacon cheeseburger approached nirvana. 
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Death by Chocolate

The Rotary Club holds a fund-raising event every year that the cleverly call "Death by Chocolate." Basically, you pay $15 a head to go make yourself sick eating way too many cookies, cupcakes, candies, and other chocoloate concoctions. The Culinary Arts folks at CSI entered this little goodie. It's pictured here from the Desert Cafe which is the on-campus eatery NOT run by Aramark. The food is always fresh, delicious, tantilizing, and tasteful. Note the marzipan bee with almond sliver wings. The whole thing was WAY good.

1/40s, f/2.8, ISO: 100, 3.9mm (phone)
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Doodle bug

Slowly, slowly, our children are learning to sit quietly and "listen" during church. Here's Catie following along with her brothers. They all like to draw (which is better than them poking each other and giggling during the services).

1/15s, f/2.8 ISO: 100, 3.9mm
(taken with my phone)
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Yummy in my tummy

One of my lit students baked cookies for us. One of my favorite things in the whole world is a homemade sugar cookie with pink frosting. This one has the added benefit of having cream cheese pink frosting. It was very good. The only thing missing was a glass of cold milk.

This post, by the way, is prompted by the delicious posting of some yummy, yummy pictures by my friend Lloyd Shell a day or so ago. You should check out his work... soon.

1/60s f/5.6 ISO: 400 105 (157) mm
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Monday, February 8, 2010

screen sting

Fish, "Sting," beetle bop, scripture pencil...

1/30s, f/5.3, ISO: 1400, 70 (105) mm
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Premier Woodworking

You may recall, loyal readers, that I pulled off a fun Christmas surprise for my sweetheart. The beautiful entertainment console that Paul Ransom made for us is the centerpiece of our living room. It makes the room, if you know what I mean.

I had a chance to go with Paul to one of his larger projects last night and take a few pictures. Here's a panorama view of just part of the kitchen that Paul and his partner Stuart Sandall built for a family in another Idaho city. It hardly does justice to the exquisite work that Paul and Stuart do. These guys are the very, very best! Really.

1/3s, f/3.5 ISO: 200 18 (27) mm
3 shot panorama view
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Postage due

When I first saw the 365 project that inspired by little project to do a few new pictures through the year, I had the grand idea that I would get out and find cool shots all around town. Two things have interfered with that plan-- 1) I don't got no time to do that, and 2) it's too darn cold out there anyway.

Happily, there are many, many things to shoot much closer to home (and in the warmth of my own little winter den).

1/8s, f/5.6, ISO: 200, 85 (127) mm
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Rug rat

Since we got our wood floor a couple of years ago we've had an area rug in living room. The rug we bought first was quite nice, but, being an outdoor rug, it wasn't really plush (and didn't vacuum up that nicely). A couple of weeks ago Costco had a killer deal on this rug and we swapped out the old one. I've been wanting to find a way to show off how nice this rug is, but without just a boring old shot of the rug itself. The other night Cate was doing summersaults on the rug and I captured her in the "roll out phase." So... you get to see the rug and a cute Cate.

1/60s, f/3.5, ISO: 200, 18 (27) mm
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Birthday Bouquet

Monday was my sweetheart's birthday. Among other things, I gave her some red, red roses. My picture for today is a two-flash shot of the beautiful bouquet. I was a little disappointed with the way the bouquet looked when I put it together, but this tighter shot shows off the variety in the simple selection of roses, baby's breath, and greenery.

1/60s, f/5.0, ISO: 200, 58 (87) mm
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Monday, February 1, 2010

What the numbers mean...

One of my loyal readers posted a comment (you may have seen it) in which he said he wished he knew a little more about the numbers underneath the pictures I've been posting. Fair enough, says I. Point your browser here (see the full ink below) for the first of several tutorials (or primers, if you prefer) about what those numbers mean. To see others, look in the right-hand column of that page for the "Tip of the Day" for aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. Questions or clarifications welcome.