9 posts categorized "mamarazzi"

February 20, 2009

Gotcha Magic in Black and White

The newest theme of my bestest, most favorite, photography blog (We Picture {this}) is "Black and White" this month. 

When I saw the theme, I had the highest hopes of shooting some fresh new photos and my thoughts went immediately to my friend Shana's photograph of her neice.  I'd been wanting to try to duplicate this amazing photo from the very first moment I saw it and now was my big chance!  
 Gwen sqinting 
Well, we set up the camera and got all ready for the big fancy photo shoot but the grass was wet and the lens was too short and the sun was in Gwen's eyes. The result was hardly what I hoped for but at least it really made us laugh!   Overall, not quite what I had in mind!  So we scrapped that idea and I spent the next hour or two thinking about the qualities of a good Black and White photograph.

Black and White photos have to tell an important story without the benefit of color.  The content has to stand alone and the other patterns and textures have to work in harmony with the main theme of the photo.  Otherwise, nothing stands out and the photo falls flat.  Then I realized exactly what I wanted to feature this month! 

Here are the Gotcha Day photos of Gwen and Maddy. 

Black and white gotcha day-000001   
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  • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  • Mode: Auto

I'm not going to go into much extra technical detail of the photographs (email me if you want it) because I don't really think it's important since I shot (as usual) in "auto" mode. 

The first photo is Daddy and Gwen.  It was taken just two or three hours after "Gotcha" when we were back at the hotel and Gwenny was finally awake from her nap.  She was inconsolable when we first met her and the Orphanage Director assured us (via a translator) that she was a very happy little girl.  We smiled and nodded politely but weren't sure we really believed it because Gwen cried miserably for the first two hours in our arms before falling into a coma-like sleep on the bus back to the hotel.  But when she woke up in our hotel room, she had the most beautiful smile and this little darling has been smiling like this for the last 3.5 years!

The second photo is Madeline's Gotcha photo.  They carried her into the room and put her in Daddy's arms and this photo captured that exact moment!    She didn't cry but we can look back at this photo and see that she was completely overwhelmed!  Maddy is NOT comfortable in new situations but she's always dignified and she did her best to live up to this on Gotcha Day.  Such a little trooper, my little MaddyMoonCake!  

Has anyone noticed that Daddy is wearing the same shirt for both Gotcha Days?  We didn't plan it this way but it worked out this way.   Just a fluke.  But it makes these two photos work nicely together, huh! 

I just love these photos!  To me, they're every bit as significant as Delivery Room photos but without the horror of looking at my IV bloated face and stretch marks.    Two very amazing days that look as rich and colorful in black and white as they did in full living color on the day we lived them! 


January 30, 2009

"Old & New"

Old and new redo b-blog
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  • Camera: Canon 5D
  • Mode: Auto
  • Lens: Canon EF85mm F/1.8
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: f1.8
  • Shutter: 1/50
  • Frame:  ksharonk at two little pixels 

I've spent many days thinking about the newest theme of my favorite photography blog: We Picture {this}.  This month, we're supposed to post a photo or two of something that illustrates the concept of "Old & New".  Since one of my most cherished "old things" is my Great-Grandfather's Elgin pocket watch, I decided to use that for the project. 

My mom gave me this pocket watch after my son was born.  She'd received it from my Dad's mom many years earlier.  My Great Grandfather's initials, CJP, are inscribed in fancy English Script on the back and this beautiful timepiece and it still has the original braided leather fob and flawless polished crystal.  A quick Internet search of the serial number on the movement (inside), revealed that the watch was made in 1912 and sold for about $42 new (that's about $900 today). 

I turned the watch over and over in my hand and tried to imagine how excited my Great Grand-Father might have been to buy it and slide it into his pocket.  I'm really not sure what I have that can compare to that so I decided to go with my favorite Christmas gift of 2008:   My iPod Touch.  

Like Great-Grandpa's watch, my toy also keeps time.  Probably much better time than his pocket watch (but technology has improved so much in the last 100 years).  Unlike his fancy bit of 1912 technology, my pretty little iPod also stores and plays my favorite songs and movies and games and gadgets.  No disrespect intended but, somehow, I doubt that Great-Grandpa's watch held the attention of his children (and Grand-kids) even half as well as my little bit of 2009 technology!  But will my iPod be around in 100 years like this Elgin watch?  Hmmm... I doubt it. 

November 19, 2008


When I saw that the newest theme from We Picture This was "Eyes", I immediately thought of <this> photo from our recent trip to China.  Then I realized that even though the photo was sentimentally significant (and pretty fun and interesting) it wasn't technically very high quality.  So I searched my archives and finally decided to just shoot some new pics instead.  

I enticed the girls into the backyard this afternoon in the hope of taking some pictures that really captured the essence of their personality via their eyes.  The goal was a photo with their eyes as the focal point.  I tried to crop these to achieve that effect but liked them better in their original form. 

So, these are straight out of the camera - no editing at all.  I know they won't win any Photo-Excellence awards but I was really happy with the results anyway.  

For their part, the girls got to pick one delectable piece of Halloween candy from their combined stash of Halloween goodies.  Honestly, they'll do just about anything for a piece of Halloween candy!

Here are my babies with their happy, sparkling eyes.  Maddy on the top in red and Gwenny below.

Mamarazzi eyes blog 
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October 18, 2008


I found an awesome photography site when I visited Sarah's blog.  She's a contributer there and the site is called We Picture This.  I think it's a newer site but I was impressed, humbled and inspired all at the same time.  I'm not sure if my photography skills can ever measure up but here's our first attempt at the current theme:  Joy.

This picture was taken at Half Moon Bay in May of this year.  At first, neither of our girls (especially Gwen) were in much of a mood for a walk along a path leading towards the beach but their attitude improved quickly as Daddy challenged them to a contest of rolling down the grass hill!   Here's Maddy full of glee and striking a victory pose!      

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Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Mode: Program
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85 IS
Focal Length: 66mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f10
Shutter: 1/250
Cluster Frame:  Maria LaFrance Designs

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