Exercise in focus

I wanted the focus to be on her eye. See the dirt on her hat? That’s because she just loves wearing this yellow hat & I love photographing her in it. Notice the wispy hair in her eyes? She has not yet had her 1st haircut.

50 mm 1/2000 sec f/1.4 ISO 400

My Favorite Model

While babysitting and playing with my favorite model yesterday, I took advantage of the opportunity to practice with my new 50 mm lens. I’m still struggling with the focus, but I’ll get there eventually (I hope). I wish the sharper focus were more on her eyes and less on the beads.

Lately, she’s been petulant when I’ve taken out the camera, turning her back on me and proclaiming the toddler’s favorite word, “NO!” Yesterday, she was in a playful mood. (I’m serious about the playful part. We played nonstop for nearly five hours until I finally manipulated her into a nap because grandma definitely needed to rest.)

She loves wearing hats and is beginning to like girlie things like beads and sparkly shoes. She is also a fearless tomboy who climbs on top of everything (just like her father) and loves airplanes, helicopters, and trucks.

Where They Live

Because I was involved in a ridiculous amount of work in the last week, I have not had a chance to take a picture or even write a word except for lesson plans and comments on my students’ work. I am itching to “get out there” and see what my Nikon can find.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these shots of homes that I took last summer in Shanghai. I was surprised that everywhere I traveled in China, I saw laundry hanging from balconies, doorways, and window ledges. Here in the US, we keep our laundry behind closed doors or hanging on lines in the back yard, away from the eyes of strangers. Different cultures.

Click on any image for a closer look. 

She’s 2!

…and developing her independent spirit!

Happy 2nd Birthday

Wednesday (Pi day…get it…3.14?) was my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday. We celebrated with a morning at the zoo and a short visit before nap time at their house. I got few good shots of her with my point-n-shoot because she was everywhere at once. She did slow down long enough to pose before getting into her car with her baby. You can’t see it very well, but she is wearing glass slippers along with the sparkly beads. The princess tiara was discarded 1.5 minutes after she was crowned.