Hood Photo Challenge

a 52 week project, year 2



Week 6, Jolina


Took a few shots to get the focus correct. But finally got it. Really do not like shooting thru fences!!  Trying to get all caught up. Our schools jog a thon has taken over my life! 😦 should be done with everything this week!!  phew!


Jolina week 5


It was such a overcast rainy of and on day. I went into full auto with these shots.. just adjusted my white balance to cloudy again. But still they came out super dark for my liking. I will try again this sunday. She plays for the next 3 weeks. I want to get the ball a little clearer also. leaving such a huge space on one side of the photo is so hard for me. But I will get better.

Week 4, Jolina, Sunday


speed 250, f/8, ISO:640 and my white balance is on cloudy? (I was guessing on this one.)

Ok.. so today we headed to Salem and past this old abandon farm house.. When we past it, it had this sheet blowing out the top door that must have had a deck on it (which you can see on the ground behind the girls. I said.. I must get pictures of this house today Todd! It looks sooo haunted!  And so on our way home we picked up my camera got the girls dressed in white, cause I wanted it too look creepy, asked the owner who we guessed lived next door, and she did Phew!!  She said yes, just don’t go inside.. She was so happy that we stopped and asked. And I went to town. I was playing with all of the settings. Praying one would turn out. Then I got home and I have been sitting in front of my computer trying to pick the picture for this.. IT was hard to choose one. I would normally crop this tighter to get the creepy look on Kia’s face (she does creepy good!) But then I lose the house. This was a hard choice!!  But the rest are going on my facebook page!!  🙂

Jolina week 3


speed/13  ISO/HI1 F/5.6

Ok So I might have gotten this one wrong.. But I did work with my ISO setting to get this shot. I must have took 30 shots.. changing changing all my settings. aggggg.. That was the hardest part.. I like another much better at a different white balance setting (never messed with that before but the moon was just to bright) but I was standing for that one and it was too blurry. So I picked this one. I was resting my arms on my truck. The moon was just beautiful tonight so I had to take a pic. This is probably the hardest type of shot I can do.. I will now need to do research on how to get the moons surface to show up instead of all light.

Week 2, Jolina


shutter speed is 1600

I love freezing motion.. Its probably one of my favorite things to shoot. Usually , again I put it on action mode on my camera.. this time I took 3 pictures at different speeds to play a bit.. 2000 was way over exposed. At 1600 the color of her suit looked good. Love love the beach!

Week 1, Jolina


taken with my Nikon D80 f/5.6

to be honest I could not get my f stop to go any lower.. I wanted to take it at a lower no. but it would only go to 5.6..  not sure why. maybe there is a button I need to push to be able to get it lower.


Week 0, Me, Jolina, Crazy mom of 3. (right this minute!)

Hello All,  This is my first time posting to WordPress.. Its going to take me a bit to figure it all out. I have only used Blogger before and it has been over a year since I’ve even used that.

A little about me. I am a stay at home Mom of two girls and one boy. I am also in my second year of being a foster mom. I have my own cake pop business I do for fun (most of the time). I live in a little town called Lafayette, OR.  I have had my Nikon for 9 years I think. And I will admit that I am stuck on Auto. I shoot in raw but usually in auto..  LOL..  I have a hard time with reading any type of manual. So I have never cracked that one open with my camera. Yet I still have it. I am a learn as I go. I take a ton of pictures. I mess around with my settings. Then can never remember them. Most of the time I just take a huge amount and pray one takes. I usually get lucky. 🙂 I am posting a few of my favorite pictures of a trip with took to Cali. I have them enlarged on my wall with an architect print from staples. (thanks stacie for the idea!) I will admit I love and hate taking pictures of my kids.. I always go into it thinking its going to be great.. then it ends up with someone yelling, crying and I’m sweating trying to get them all to look at me and put a damn smile on! It really is comical. DSC_5906

I promise.. they do have faces.. (I just realized my favorite pictures are of their backs.. Too funny!!   ok.. about to hit publish.. lets hope it works. 1 minute later.. see.. I already broke a rule.. had to edit this!!  sorry.. Ill re-read the rules.

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