Monday, June 7, 2010

June 6, 2010

Today I'm thankful for unexpected blessings.

We got around this morning, all set to take the kids to Silver Dollar City.

However, just south of Buffalo, the Jeep died on us.  So the rest of the afternoon was spent calling my brother for a ride, and getting things in order to pick up the poor Jeep.  Thank goodness for the local U-Haul. 

I had challenged myself to take photos using my little Nikon Coolpix 4600 today (the above photos are with my Nikon), but I just couldn't stay away from my DSLR.  (It's like an appendage to me.)  My little point and shoot doesn't do too badly, however . . .

I can definitely tell the difference in my photos, when I switch from one to the other.

Of course, there really isn't any comparison in my eyes.  I love my Canon . . .

although I'd still like to play around with a Nikon, in the D.S.L.R. variety.

My passion for taking pictures, has expanded the way I view things.  I notice details that would otherwise get overlooked, and I sense the moods and emotions of those I photograph.  This in itself is a gift. 

This turtle for instance was a bit afraid of me at first; hesitant and on guard, yet not willing to back down unless he felt threatened.  He must have sensed that I wasn't going to hurt him, after the first 15 photos.  lol

And although I'm far from mastering manual exposure mode, sometimes there is nothing that gets the job done better.

After Dave and Eli got home from picking up and dropping off the Jeep and the U-Haul trailer, my mom came over to take both kids for a visit.  Dave and I thought it was a perfect afternoon for doing a little target practise on our little range. 

A bucket full of ammo . . .

eye, and ear protection . . .

and we were off and shooting.

It has been awhile since I shot, but my aim is still good.  My form on the other hand . . . STINKS.  I'll be working on that over the next few months though.

Everytime my hubby gets a camera in his hands, and I download his photos, there is always at least two or three photos of my backside.  He thinks he's funny . . . but I think otherwise.  He's starting to give me a complex.

It's nice to know that although I'm getting older, all the training I went through hasn't completely been forgotten.  But now . . . instead of serving the public; I'm protecting my family.  I can't say that I miss being a public servant.  And just think of the stories I can tell my grandkids some day.

Before we left the range, I snapped a few photos of the ginormous batch of raspberry bushes that grow off of the northwest side of our property.  They are over 10 feet tall and take up a lot of ground.  It doesn't look like it will be too much longer before we can harvest some!  I can't wait!

Tomorrow I'm planning on getting back on my 4:45 a.m. schedule again.  We've got a crazy week ahead of us, and I need to find my groove again.  Hope the Guinness Extra Stout that I'm polishing off right now, doesn't effect that wake up call.  lol


  1. You guys have an amazing life and I'm happy for you.

    So, you could feel the difference between camera's? A point and shoot in my opinion is good for fun use, but if you're going pro, you really need a DSLR, but as a friend said, necessity is the mother of invention. So, for me, using a P&S was not a bad idea.

    Love your shooting photos, you guys look amazing will in action, but I hope you'll never need to shoot a human being in life.

  2. Lovely photos of flowers and the shooting range, Kyla. From the flower shots, my favorite is the 5th from the top. Lovely colors and clean background. Amazing how you did that without a maco lens.

    About the shooting range - are you really allowed to just set up a target in the middle of the forest and start shooting? Looks dangerous. :-)

  3. M. ~ You can do things with a point and shoot that I'll NEVER be able to! Your shots LOOK like they were taken with a DSLR. I personally think you've found your own special niche in the photography world.

    And I hope I never have to shoot anyone either!

    Joel ~ Thanks so much! Flowers seem to be the more cooperative subjects in my area (the kids move around much too quickly!).

    In regards to the range. We have a little spot set up at the back side of our property. (For now . . . we can do this, unless or until the government changes things.) There is a tall dirt and rock wall behind the targets, so no stray bullets can fly aimlessly into another area.

    (My husband and I also have a Law Enforcement background and have been highly trained. ;)We're very careful in handling our firearms. I'm just glad he's around to clean them for me when we're done shooting. lol)