day 40

i wasn't planning on doing a blog post today.  i thought maybe i'd take a handful of shots over the course of the day, pick and edit a favorite, and share just one so i could have the evening off.  buuuuuut, then i got an answer to prayer in the form of a call from my doctor, and for the first time in 2 weeks i felt like i was able to plug back in to the world around me.  so, instead, i picked up my camera with actual intent and enthusiasm for the first time in a long time, and ended up with enough to keepers to require a post.

we'll start with the on-theme images :)  here's a few low-light shots following a brief excursion outside during the beginning of today's mini snow storm.

clearly they were exhausted from all the walking around they did while also asking to come inside.  

i did manage to get a few shots while we were outside that i really like though.  i'm glad we went out while the snow was still softly falling.  and that the little kept his crying to a small whimper ;)

i have a weird thing for my kids' hair.  put snowflakes in it and i'll walk around all day taking pictures of the top of their heads.  i just can't help myself!

and then i taught this one how to make a little avalanche, which he thought was hysterical (and so did i).

meanwhile, this one stood by the door, staring longingly inside- while the dog also stood by the door, staring longingly outside.  

after we came inside and stripped down, we had our obligatory morning round of fruit snacks followed by some dress up time.  i don't think there's much in this world that's more entertaining than watching your 3 year old squeeze into an elmo costume that's at least 2 sizes two small.  except maybe watching his little brother help him put it on and then stand back and stare in admiration and awe.

and then at some point the big decided he had enough, so he passed the torch to the little :)

a quick side not about the dress up images- normally i would have converted them to black and white, but i kept them in color for 2 reasons: 1. bright reds like this one don't usually play very nicely with the camera, especially when converted, and i just couldn't get it to look right no matter what i tried and 2. it's elmo.  'nuff said.

day 39

yesterday was the start of week 6 of the project 52 that i'm following along with, and the new theme is a personal favorite of mine- low light.  since i do the majority of my shooting indoors- and since i chose the middle of winter to start learning about photography last year- i was forced to learn how to shoot in low light conditions, and i ended up loving it.  it's like a personal challenge to try to find different pockets of light hidden throughout my house, and the shadows and contrasts created in low light situations have the potential to be very unique and visually intriguing.  

yesterday i didn't work with the theme as much as i normally would have, but that's because i spent most of the day helping to throw and shoot my very best friend's baby shower (so stay tuned for that post sometime soon!) and by the end of the day i was too wrung out to take a specific low light shot.  i knew i wanted to spend some more time today seeking out low light scenarios, and luckily for me, it was nice and overcast outside today.  so, all i had to do was shut all our lights out, open the shades, and let my kids play while i clicked around this morning.

i was quickly reminded that my camera tends to get stubborn and uncooperative with auto focus in situations like this (meaning high contrast lighting where my subject is moving... fast).  this was one of the few photos that grabbed sharp focus, although i do like the feel of some of the out of focus images.

and this one... well, there's just so many things "wrong" with this photo that it probably should have just gone straight in the trash.  but that face though.  you don't just delete a smile like that :)

and this last one here is a great example of why i really love shooting in low light.  i just love the shadows in this image, and how the light draws your eye right to my big and helps to tell the story.  because, who doesn't like to take pretend naps in their brother's doorway?