Archive for January, 2009

Saturday Night

January 10, 2009

I think the role of parenthood has dulled my memory.  I know I used to go out every weekend – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights I’d go down to the Trop, sometimes with my sister, sometimes alone.  Sunday afternoons I’d be at the Fish, and I’d go grab a quick drink at the Fox on Monday just to celebrate the fact that I showed up to work that day.  But the details are all a blur.  And I SWEAR I didn’t get drunk every time I went out!  Who could live like that?

Well, it’s Saturday night.  The Trop has been closed for at least six years, the Red Fox has just changed owners, and I never recognize anyone at the Fish when I peek in while passing by  – usually pushing Rohan in the stroller.  This month marks the 7th anniversay of meeting Mike.   I still can’t believe he continued to date me after getting to know me my crazy ways. 

Now I’m sitting in our glider(!), spilling a martini Mike made me down my shirt and posting on a blog while Rohan is sleeping.

Seven years.  Awesome.

Lesson 2

January 8, 2009

I took some pictures yesterday (whoo-hoo!)

OK First impressions of my photo shoot:

  • Still a lot of blurry pictures;
  • I need to stage the picture better – or at least hide the diaper boxes and pick up the toys somewhat;
  • I’m still in too much of a hurry. I may have to blame that on my almost-toddler, though.

I think I have a few good pictures, but they feel more like snapshots than anything else.

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In other news: Rohan has figured out how to climb up on the couch. I was sitting on the couch with my computer, Mike was in the glider, and Rohan was just hanging out playing with his toys. The next thing I know, he’s on the couch next to me trying to grab my computer. It didn’t even register for a good long moment.  As soon as I put two and two together, “Mike! Rohan just got up here by himself!”

So then Rohan giggles like mad and crawls to the other side of the couch. He’s just laughing and laughing, looking at his dad and refusing to look me in the eye because he just KNOWS that I’m going to put him on the floor again. Which of course I did, just to make him do it again.

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Well, here are my shots from yesterday.  Mike gave me a few tools to use in Photoshop, so I’ve posted the before (straight out of the camera) and after (some minor tweaking) shots:

 

I don’t know how much of a difference you’ll be able to see in the before/after shots since I sized them so small.  Oh well – it’s mostly for me anyway.

So I think next time I’ll take pictures OUTSIDE (gasp!) and will try not to feel too self-conscious.   I’ll try to go to the park when it’s pretty empty.

Rohan Laughs

January 3, 2009

Too funny – note the martini shaker and beer bottle . . .

 
Video of Rohan laughing

Lesson 1

January 1, 2009

Here are six photos I took of Rohan today. Out of the 20 or so pictures I shot, these were the only ones that weren’t:
a. blurry
b. the back of his head
c. had an object in front of his face
d. just all round bad

There are still blurry bits (especially the last one – I know, but I really liked the expression on his face!) and aren’t great, but I’m not completely embarrassed to post ’em.  The first picture was underexposed so I used the Raw editor to lighten it.  It still looks pretty dark.  I had to crop the fifth one since I had a big chunk of a wall to the left.

Things I learned:
a. slow down
b. back of head shots aren’t as cute as I think they are
c. wash kid’s face prior to taking pictures – maybe a clean shirt would be nice
d. turn camera to get both portrait and landscape pictures
 
Camera stats:
Exposure Mode – Auto
Focal Length – 50.0 mm
Lens – 50.0 mm f/1.8
(Basically, my husband put it on “P” and looked at a few things to make sure I could shoot some pictures. I’ll ask him if I should add more data to the above so I can track what works and what doesn’t.)

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EDIT: Mike says we will increase the ISO to 400 and shoot in “A” at f/2.8 for the next round