June 27, 2013

Playing Around

I haven't had much time to really learn the settings on my replacement camera. There are lots of fun features, or so they tell me.  One day we were hanging out by the pool and Carmella and Elisabeth looked so sweet just sitting on the step chatting with each other.  I grabbed the camera and snapped a few shots.
I love watching these two play together.  
Carmella says "Ellie" in the cutest voice imaginable.
And first thing each day she zooms in on her big sister and follows Elisabeth around
She copies everything Ellie does 
They will spend an entire morning in Kaitlin and Brianna's closet trying on scarves, high heel shoes and jewelry
A lot of times I look at them and I am reminded of when I was expecting Carmella and Elisabeth was looking forward to her little sister
Were these the moments she dreamed of?
Do you all remember that little nightgown Ellie put in Carmella's drawer before she was even born?
Since Carmella was born at a puny 5 pound something, she has worn that size 2T nightgown. You can see it on her here.   Winnie still wears it.  But now it actually fits.  And it makes both of them so very happy.
So I wonder, what was going on in Elisabeth's head when she prayed for a sister and does she sense every day how much the Lord has answered her prayer?
As I started out to say, I was playing with some of the special effects settings on my camera.  Black and white and sepia are definitely my favorites.  Even over color for just about everything.
But just to see what they did I snapped some shots on other settings.  This is called painting.
They are both such big hams and they were having so much fun just hanging out that I had two very willing models for about 30 minutes.
Do you see how Carmella is completely engrossed in everything Elisabeth has to say?
This is miniature.  Quite frankly, I don't think it made the subject look miniature, do you?
This is called pop color
Again. I don't know why they call it that.  Perhaps the more neutral tones, like the wood of the fence, are softer?
No matter what it is, love my adorable little girls.
In the last 6 months our tiny little Carmella has grown by leaps and bounds.  I love her fat little arms and legs.
This is what they call partial color.
It reminds me of old movies and Kim Anderson portraits.  And my dear Aunt Jean, who always wore the reddest of lipstick.
In playing with settings, I accidentally hit some button.  And the camera was set on continuous shoot.  So I actually have 50 or so shots of each picture.  And when you flip through them really fast, it looks like a movie.  In the bright sun, I couldn't see the review screen very well so I had no idea what was coming up on the camera.  Apparently, I took 50 or 100 shots of this fence and Carmella's bathing suit coming in and out.  I love the little peek of pink on this one.
When I was in school I studied photography.  I also did a short stint working for a professional photographer.  I loved that.
Back then we used film.  Does anyone remember film?  The idea of digital photography was like a concept from a science fiction novel.
To get this sort of effect we took black and white photos and then spent hours in a dark room messing around with developers, lights and paint brushes.
Yeah, paintbrushes.  I would spend hours with a paintbrush and negatives touching up negatives for special effects like these.  In many ways it seems photography is a lost art.  Except, I look at amazing photos, like my friend Susan does, and I see that it isn't lost, it's just different.
This is called "soft high key emphasizing bright areas".  I would say it just looks washed out.  But perhaps if I had the right subject I would find a good use for it?  That's where the art part comes in.  Having an eye to put all these amazing new tools to the best use.
This watercolor setting is fun.  I bet it would be a blast on the beach.
And I have no idea what you would use the "Illustration" setting for
But doesn't it make Ellie look like a kitty cat?
No matter what setting you must agree it doesn't get much cuter than this little bit of pink fluff on Carmella's derriere
And while I am completely rambling on... my mints are all doing amazing this year.  I guess they like the crazy weather.
The kids are enjoying the bounty with many pitchers of mint tea in the afternoons.
They like to grab bits and munch on it right off of the plant.  I can always tell when they have been nipping because they smell so sweet.  Mint always makes me think of my grandmother, Carmella.  She loved mint.  She used it in much of her famous cooking.  Especially in meat and pasta dishes.  I think that's what made her meatballs so much better than the rest.  Just that little touch of mint.  You'd never know it was there but they sure are amazing with it in the bowl.
I deleted hundreds of photos from that afternoon.  And I thought I had really narrowed it down.  Imagine my surprise when I hit upload and saw there were still 35 left!  If you have made it far enough through this post to know that give yourself a pat on the back and a great big hip-hip-hooray!

Thanks for listening.  I needed that today.




  1. Love all of the pictures/settings! Arabella has grown so much recently also- she has the pudgiest little arms and legs too :o)

  2. I remember film...I worked in my uncle's photography studio for a while after graduation and remember running the film through the machine...fun memories. :)
    Love the pics!

  3. The illustration setting would be a fun one if you were to write a book. My camera has lots of options I have yet to explore. I don't think it has settings like these though. I would have to achieve those in Photoshop. I worked with a pro photographer, too! Then went on to doing some pro work myself. It's definitely an art. And with any other form of art, it takes practice. What a blessing for you to have so many "subjects" with which to practice! Beautiful pictures of beautiful kiddos. :)