Friday, December 31, 2010
Here are some of the outtakes for the holiday card this year. The room was completely dark except for the fireplace and Christmas tree. I kept a very low shutter speed at 1/30, shot at f/2.8 and an ISO of 1600 (I think). I did not use a flash, but did use a tripod. The low shutter speed was difficult with moving toddlers! I also used candy to bribe them, and then cookies hidden in the tree to keep them focused (and still!).
Compared to last year’s card…I had just started learning my camera, used my Pentax and kit lens with a lightscoop. I also was just learning photoshop, and still used Picasa for most of my edits.
I love the hallway upstairs that overlooks the living room. Cooper and Charlotte have taken to watching tv from upstairs. It makes me a little nervous that he hangs off the ‘bridge’, as they call it. (Although it sounds a lot more like a female dog, rather than the word bridge.)
First they decided to get IN the decorations box in order to help me take all the décor out.
They were mostly helpful this year, but I ended up having to redecorate a couple days later. I also had to keep redecorating until Christmas. Gotta love the naked fireman decorating the Christmas tree.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I’m thinking about putting my 35mm back on my camera since I keep chopping the kids. I’m also thinking about selling my 35-70mm because I don’t like the in/out to zoom (rather than turn), plus it’s really heavy. I might give the Tamron a try again.
I am so, so disappointed that I didn’t take more photos on Thanksgiving. This was our first one back home in 8 years and we had family over for the holiday. I took only a few photos – of the turkey and of Cooper’s olive fingers. I wish I would have picked up my camera more, or at least made my husband do it. Darn!
1 Angel Food Cake
2 Containers of Cool Whip, thawed (I use Extra Creamy, but any of them work)
2 Yoplait Lemon Yogurts
4 Tbs Lemon Meringue Pie Filling
1 package each: fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (you can also use blackberries to substitute any of the other berries)
In large bowl, mix cool whip, lemon yogurt, and lemon meringue pie filling. Make sure it is well mixed (will be smooth and fluffy.) Set aside. Cut up angel food cake into bite size pieces. Cut up strawberries.
In large desert dish, put half the bite sized angel food cake on the bottom. On top of the cake, layer half the blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Then on top of the berries layer half the Cool Whip mixture. Repeat to make one more layer of cake, berries, then cool whip. Garnish with a few berries. Can be served immediately or refrigerated for 1-2 hours prior to serving. Stays good for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.
This is my favorite dessert. It’s not completely unhealthy, plus it has a very light summery taste. Enjoy!