Friday, May 27, 2011


fixing gda's 'stache
That's my amazing dad and my sweet boy. They were being silly outside. Max calls him Gda and my mom is Gma. My parents came to town Monday to see Max's end-of-year preschool performance. It was cute, but sadly I did not get any really good photos. None of them are very sharp.
Anyway, back to my dad. He's an amazing photographer! He mostly does outdoor, nature photography. His other specialty is taking pictures of Max. He's got thousands, folks. Not kidding. (Max is the only grandchild between both the Meisgeiers and the Roths. This kind of makes me sad.) Needless to say, my dad has a few nice Nikons. He has the 100, 300 and recently purchased the 700. And I took a few shots with his 700 and I am completely, utterly in love... While it may be years before I can get my hands on a 700, I talked my dad into loaning me his 100. So, I now have my 70 and the 100 at my fingertips. My dad claims my 70 is a much better camera than the 100, but he said I should give the 100 a try anyway. Honestly, I can't really tell the difference between the quality of photos produced by either camera. I'm think it's more about the lens and my skills. Hmmm...
Speaking of lenses, I'm think I'd like to save my money for the Nikon 50mm 1.4. We'll see. Enough of my camera and lens envy talk...

the swimmer
I signed Max up for swim lessons today. Hope it goes well. I remember how clingy and scared I was as a child. And after all those lessons, I still can't swim. He will go for a half hour every Tuesday and Thursday through June 23rd. I took this photo at Sun River. The house had a lap pool and a hot tub. I love this photo. I caught Max contemplating the water. I could feel his wonder and his hesitancy. (Or maybe I was projecting?) I like this photo in black and white as well.
the swimmer b&w
I bought Elements last week. I still haven't loaded it on any computers. I use my laptop the most (I know, I know...shame on me for doing editing on a laptop) but I suppose I should load Elements on the desktop. Decisions. In my dreamworld I have a lovely Apple desktop of some kind. :)
Have I rambled enough yet?
My patience has been worn a little thin this week. I think it's simply because I know there will be no preschool next week, or the next week, or the next... Max is enrolled in VBS and a summer camp, and we have vacation to look forward to, and there will be playdates and fun outside (if nice weather ever arrives) but it still creates a little anxiety in me.

Well, thankfully it's Friday! The sun was shining this morning. And it keeps peeking out between showers. A long weekend ahead. The summer kick-off weekend. That's something to smile about.

Happy Friday, friends!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

(And in case your were wondering about the first photo - no, Max isn't picking Gda's nose! He's messing with Gda's mustache. LOL) 
And if you've read this far I have a couple of questions for you:
What kind of camera do you use? Do you love it? Why?
And what's your favorite lens that you use? And why?
Thanks, friends!


Shawntae said...

Great photos.. he looks like he's messing with the mustache and knocking on his gda's head. lol.

I think I've said I have a Canon Rebel XS.. and my favorite lens is the 50mm 1.8. Why? Because it's better than my kit lens and it's the most I could afford.:) I'll upgrade one day, but for now they'll both just have to do.:)

Ashley Sisk said...

Have a wonderful weekend - I love these photos.

Marvett Smith said...

I can't swim either! I'm glad you're getting Max going early. I wish I would have had that advantage when I was little. Looks like Max loves his grandpa. That is so special!

P.S.- I use a Canon Rebel XTI, but am upgrading very soon. I feel like it's time after a few years of using it, although I still love it and won't part with it. I didn't want to upgrade until I felt like I had realized my current camera's limits. It will remain my back up camera and my daughter will use it too. My favorite lens is the 24-70mm 2.8. I love shooting wide open and I love the wide angle. I also love the 50 and 80 mm 1.8 and use both of those as well (they create a creamy image and the bokeh is lovely), but the 24-70 is my fav.

Tracey said...

A--these are so wonderful! I love them so much! That first pic with grandpa must be framed. And the pool photos are just so contemplative. What great shots!
I use a Canon 5D Mark II. Just bought the 50mm 1.2 lens. Love it! Had to save up for it for a while but glad I did!
Have a great weekend!