Archive for November, 2006

Redneck Studio

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

After reading strobist for a while and seeing the great photos those guys put out I got the itch to try off camera flash. I usually look for an open window or some open shade but having control over the light sounded pretty cool.

I debated for a while if I should just pick up a 550EX or two and a couple umbrellas. In the end I went for the much-less-portable-but-more-powerfull studio strobe. My strobe arrived about two weeks ago and I have had a couple oportunities to try it out. I only have one light now so the easiest setups are high contrast pictures with dark backgrounds. But I am having a bunch of fun with it. Here are the galleries:

Watching a movie

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

I am beginning to wonder what my kids think “Watching a Movie” means…

I think part of their definition is arguing over who’s turn it is to pick the movie. Regardless of who wins the battle (who picked last?) they both choose the same thing: Dora the Explorer.

So I put the movie on, and go take my shower and get ready for work. They sit still and watch for about… five to ten minutes. After which their cloths come off. They take all the pillows off the couch and they go nuts :).

Zack loves to take the six foot pillow off of our chase and prop it up as steep as he can. Then he uses it as a slide! Some days they swap underclothes. Zoey wears Zack’s underwear and Zack straps on Zoey’s (usually wet) diaper. I hope they remember this when they are older so they can be embarrassed!

Scars

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Preface: Everyone is fine :)

Yesterday we were playing around the house as usual. Zack went flying out of the living room into the kitchen. I heard a loud bang immediately followed by screaming. Carrie ran in there. She called to me in a worried voice and I went in too. I didn’t expect anything really, Zack and Zoey wipe out all the time. When I got in the kitchen Carrie was holding Zack bent over and there was a pool of blood under him.

As it turned out his tooth had ripped a gash in his bottom lip. It looked really long and deep so I took him to urgent care. After the initial screaming he was really brave. And in the end we just went home without any stitches. It is apparently a very big deal if kids that age need stitches. They have to use a general anesthetic.

I spent the rest of the day trying to keep him from smiling and opening the wound back up :)

This morning Zack was looking in the mirror. He saw his lip and said “ohhh a scar!”. He turned to Zoey with a very serious but yet happy face and said “these you keep forever!”.