Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012!

I ran my second 10K on January 1st!
It was a great race.
I built a new computer to replace my 5 year old pink one. 
I bought my first pair of Altra Zero Drops and they basically
haven't left my feet since.
Eric made us a lovely Easter dinner! :)
We vacationed in Arizona, visiting Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
I ran the Westborough Spring Festival 5K for the third year in a row.
I got engaged! :)
I caved and finally tried the kale chip craze.
I had a deck garden again.
Eric tried his hand at making toffee popcorn.
We visited Seattle!
I took a Digital Photography class to learn to use my new
And I celebrated Christmas at home
with my family.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Photo Friday: Ice Storm

Pretty, but not so good for the trees.
It's always so pretty when the trees are covered in ice. They don't seem to like it much, as evidenced by another tree that snapped and fell behind my home a mere hour after this picture was taken.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Photo Friday: Reflections

This is the first impromptu gift I ever received from Eric. It's one of my favorite things and ever since I realized last weekend that I could photograph the reflection of something I've been trying to do exactly that with lots of different objects. I ended up with a stranger reflection of my crystal squirrel than I'd intended but it's actually one of the things in focus which took me a while to achieve. I still struggle with finding things I want to photograph but some practice is better than none!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Photo Fridays

While sitting in the SeaTac airport waiting to board my flight home, I noticed a Google offer for an online digital photography class. It was only $27 so I bought the offer, because I would love to take my SLR out of auto mode. The class I ended up taking was Digital 101 through Flying Photo School and I loved it. Since I knew precious little about photography before I started the class, I felt like I learned a lot.

I wanted to take their Digital 102 class but unfortunately it's sold out until April 2013. I've decided that in the interim, I'm going to start a new series here called Photo Friday. It's mostly a personal assignment to myself, so I'm going to take one new photograph a week to practice what I learned in Digital 101. I'd been posting the pictures to my Facebook page but I think it'll be more fun for me to post them here and give a brief little paragraph description as to what each one is, why I took the photo. So, without further ado, here is this week's photo.


This is my capstone assignment for Digital 101. The picture was meant to encompass all of what we learned, i.e. white balance, ISO and the different priority modes (shutter speed vs. aperture). The ornament featured is one of my favorite ones; we all know I have a penchant for cupcakes. This picture wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be, but I did like the Christmas light bokeh in the background.

If you want to see the rest of my pictures from the Digital 101 course, you can check out my Flickr photostream.