Friday, April 4, 2014

Couch Potato

I'm not sure what is up with the frisbee... I have a feeling Coulee put it there.




Monday, March 31, 2014

Today's Walk

This pretty much sums things up.

Coulee found a ball so she kept dropping it at my feet and stared happily at me waiting for the throw.


It doesn't matter if the throw never comes. She never loses her optimism.


And Lacey brought us dead body parts. This was a nice little bit of deer she decided to bring me.  I keep asking for flowers (heck I'd be happy with twigs!), but she never seems to listen.  ;)



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Play Time

Coulee's activity monitor registered this walk as "play time" instead of a "walk". :) Maybe there should be a "bully time" setting









Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Keeping it Fun

Have I mentioned how much I'm enjoying my 52 week project this year?  I've had the occasional frustration, but for the most part I'm really enjoying trying new things, going new places and finally taking pictures I've been thinking about for a while.  Some weeks are more creative than others, but I'm trying to do learn something new each week - or at least 3 out of 4 weeks per month. :)


This week the theme was "Budget" and you had to take a photo using props while remaining within a $20 budget.  I've been wanting to photograph bubbles for a while and it turns out that Lorelei has a bubble machine (of course she does - she has everything!) so I borrowed it.  It wasn't the best day for it because within a few minutes the bubble solution cooled and started to freeze. But I managed to get one that I liked before that happened.

A well timed outtake.  :)


I tried taking pictures of just the bubbles too - it is pretty cool to see landscape reflected in them.  Would be fun to try in a more scenic location.


In case you are wondering what frozen bubbles look like. Here's one with 2 that have already popped floating nearby.


Last week the theme was silhouette.  I've taken lots of silhouette pictures in the past so I decided to try some in a "studio" setting instead.  So I set the lights up to shine on the background.  I also tried some bubbles in the background to see if it would add some fun texture. I think I prefer the plain but this one of Lacey didn't turn out too badly.


Chewy helped me when I was setting up. She didn't really understand the whole modelling concept so this was hard to get!  The red one on the end was the original - I then just changed the hue in Lightroom to get the other 3 colours.


Coulee's image for the project...


On Sunday before I took everything down, a few friends came over and we tried some stuff with them too.  This is Zack.


And Paisley.


And I can't forget Miss Molly!  We also tried shining a light straight on them instead of on to the background. It had a pretty cool effect.


I'm glad to have this week's project done already - it leaves me more time to figure out next week's plan!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Winter Walking


A week or so ago there was a nice sign waiting for me at my favourite winter walking place.  It "reminded me" of what the rules were - no dogs off leash.  I always knew this, which is part of the reason I go when there is no one else there.  But now they've put a sign right where I park - I feel like it was left there just for me as I'm pretty sure I'm their biggest "customer" in the winter.  There are rarely other tracks in the snow and it is even more rare for me to see someone else parked there.  I think there has been 2 times this fall/winter where I had to use a different section of the park to avoid people.   But with the sign there, it makes me feel guilty.  AND I won't be able to feign ignorance if I do get caught with my dogs off leash.


On really "yucky" days mid week, I still go to our usual park, but I've been going farther afield lately.  When I have time, we've been heading out to Fort Macleod - a town about 30 minutes from here with a dog park that is very under used - so under used I don't have any qualms about bringing Lacey.  We are more likely to come across wildlife or someone on horseback than we are to run across another dog.


When I don't have time to spend an hour driving, we've been doing walks in the neighbourhood.  I've been trying to walk the girls on leash a little more regularly...  It really isn't nearly as much fun for any of us though.  It's kind of like eating your vegetables - you do it because it's good for you.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Headshots

Just because they make me smile.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Difference

This is how Coulee waits for me on a trail.



This is how Lacey waits for me on a trail.


Can you see why Coulee tends to get more photos taken of her?