Monday, February 9, 2015

The 40mm Lens Challenge

    The challenge was to use a 40mm lens!  A.K.A. the "Pancake" lens!  Mmm...sounds delicious!  :-)  It turns out not very many of us own this lens, but we sure were curious about what it could do!  Despite there not being too many submissions this time, I think what we did get is great for those of us who are shopping for new lenses!  Enjoy!


Title: "Macaroon by Window Light #4"
ISO: 125
f/3.2
1/40 sec
Nikon D800
Nikon 40mm Micro-Nikkor Lens 2200



Title: "Warm Winter Walk"
ISO: 200
f/2.8
1/60 sec
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Canon EF 40mm 2.8 STM



Title: "Old Town-Gdansk-TriCity-Poland"
ISO: 100
f/7.1
1/400 sec
Canon 50D
Canon EF 40mm 2.8 STM

Monday, January 19, 2015

December 15: A Day in the Life of Darlene Seltzer

December 15: A Day in the Life of Darlene Seltzer of Studio Seltzer on Etsy. All photos taken with iPhone.

December 15th was a Monday and would normally have been a full workday for me, but my office at Oregon State University was closed to allow the mental health counseling staff to participate in training in Portland. The rest of the staff were offered the day off, but some, including myself, elected to work for half a day to complete a couple projects that are challenging to do during normal operating hours.


Preparing to make the nectar of the Goddesses.

I'm so proud of my son who loves Kindergarten and is always very excited to start his day there.


My family usually drops me off at work, but today I've driven myself, and as a non-parking permit holder, I've parked a few blocks away and am about to head out into the cold rainy morning.


 Lots of trees are still dropping their leaves well into December.

One of our goals for the day was to decorate our otherwise drab looking office for the winter holidays. This is the best we could do on our Dollar Store budget, but we like it.

Candy canes for our clients. Our office provides mental health services to over 700 students each term. Next to photography, psychology is my second love and was my field of study in college.


From the back office, we have a lovely view of Waldo Hall, built in 1907.

Walking back to my car through one of my favorite spots on campus.


Back at home with my favorite little girl. That adorable face works in her favor more often than it should.


Costume change! She hated the ballet class we signed her up for last summer, but she loves to dress up in her tights and leotard.


We went to Christmas Storybook Land for the first time. It's a free event that runs in the neighboring town for a couple weeks each December. As we stood in this spot, my son said, "This is the prettiest place I've ever seen in my whole life! I wish we could live here." I can't argue with that.


Back at home and the kids are performing their nightly clean-up ritual. Thanks to loving and generous family and friends, it often appears that a tornado dropped the contents of a toy store in our house.


One of the local middle schools sells and delivers trees as a school fundraiser each year. Even after trimming off the top of the tree, it's still too tall for the star. We love our festive living room nonetheless. Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The 50mm Lens Challenge

The challenge:  To use a 50mm lens of any brand to show off our diversity!  More lens challenges on the way!  Enjoy!

Canon 7D
Canon 50mm f/1.8
ISO 500
f/5
2 second exposure
Nikon D80
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
ISO 400
f/1.4
Title: "Don't Lose Your Faith in Me"

Nikon D600
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
ISO 800
f/2.8
Title: "For Me?"

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
f/1.4
Title: "In Green"

Canon 50mm f/1.4
ISO 100
f/2
1/200 sec
Title: "Feeling the Blues"

Nikon D3100
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
ISO 400
f/5.6
Title: "Cotton Candy at the Fair"

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
ISO 400
f/13
1/250 sec
Title: "At the End of the Day"


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Day in the Life of Claire Carpenter

November 15: A Day in the Life of Claire Carpenter of Studio Claire and January Sun Yarnworks


Our mornings start at 6:50 and often involve reading a book or two before heading downstairs.
Must.make.coffee. (in our teeny tiny 4-cupper)

Playing with cards! Love those card holders. Makes games so much easier for tiny hands.

Looking at his photographs on the back of his little camera :)

Playing with rubber balls and marbles. The rubber balls are obviously the mommy and daddy :)

Snack time!

While my sweet hubby watched the kiddos, I headed out for lunch by myself at Panera and some writing before meeting up with my dear friend Hannah for the afternoon. (Note: Their creamy tomato soup is my absolute favorite.)
A quick drink at Coffee Culture before heading to Darkside for a movie.

We may have accidentally bought the bacon pastry.... And then eaten it all.

I've always loved the lighting in the Darkside. We saw "My Old Lady" with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline and it was excellent.

After the movie we went out for sushi. The sushi bar was busy busy, so we had a long wait.

It finally arrived! So yum!

And then we went to Francesco's for hot chocolate because, why not?

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Day in the Life of Jessica Chevalier

November 15: A Day in the Life of Jessica Chevalier of Lost in the Valley Photography and Squirrel on a Ledgetop

Let me start by saying my life isn't always this exciting, but I'm glad it was on this fPOE your day!  All of these photos except the last one were taken with my iPhone 4s, the perfect tool for a challenge like this! 
In the morning I woke up and jumped right into a food photography project! 
Preparing the potatoes!

Whipping up the potatoes! 
My lovely assistant (the boyfriend) scooped out the interiors of two pumpkins in preparation of the dish I'm making.

Sauteing up some hamburg, pork, celery, onions, garlic, and spices in my favorite Le Creuset pan!

Mixed the potatoes and meat together and then stuffed some pumpkins!

After nearly an hour on 350 in the oven, two slightly golden pumpkins emerge!

Did the food photography shoot in my studio!
After all of the fun cooking, we got ready for date night! The best night of the week!
We arrived on Burlington's (VT) famous Church St.
 A brand spanking new L.L.Bean store!  I think the boyfriend would look dashing in these flannels!


 Lake Champlain Chocolates?  YES, PLEASE!

Next stop Leunig's Bistro for some fabulous French cuisine! 

Roasted Veggie soup with pesto and Asiago cheese.

Dessert!  So good!! 
A little ambiance! 
Our Town put on in the UVM theatre was fabulous!



 The Catamount mascot for UVM where we went to catch a play!

Last but not least, taken with my Canon Mark III & canon 50mm macro lens, is one of the food photographs I took that day! What a jam packed day!