Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Task: Watch an instructional video to familiarize myself to my camera.

I watched this video that explained all the features of my camera.  I've had the camera for over 7 years and really have just shot in automatic.  Part of my goal is to learn how to shoot in manual. After learning about all the functions and features I ended up watching another video explain the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and light. I quickly learned it is way more complex than just pointing and clicking.

I followed along with the video and took some test shots, playing with the settings.  Here are my results.

Learning: I have a lot of work to do, and I think it's best to practice on stationary objects (read: not Tae!). Although the pictures are horrible I learned how to adjust the settings, now I need to work on focus.  

I did work on editing a little too.  I took the pictures of Tae in the bath last post and edited their brightness and color.  I really love how they turned out. 

Reflection: It is important to plan and prep. I had some time at an appointment and wanted to watch the video, but didn't have it loaded so I couldn't watch it.  Lesson learned.  

Onto week 3!  

Friday, June 3, 2016


As a working mom I cherish all the moments I have with Tae. Am I exhausted when I get home? That's an understatement, but I have learned quickly (or maybe not so quickly) that he will only be in this stage for a short time. My tiredness is easily forgotten as soon as I walk in the door and he bolts over to me with a smile on his face. 

We play with him for awhile and have dinner, and before he goes to bed we give him a bath.  It is so fun to watch him play and enjoy the bath. When he was a little tiny thing he HATED baths, so this time is so much more enjoyable because of our other not so fun baths.  Every night when I take him out he cries, but stops as soon as I pass him his toothbrush.

I decided to use what I learned in my Leap Year task this week and try to capture some moments in the bath.  Not the best, but he moves and splashes so much it's rather hard.  I love his little focused face as he tried to stuff every single item between the bathtub and the wall.  He was so proud of himself when he did it.

I am so thankful to be this kid's mom.  He teaches me something daily and I praise God for his goodness.  I've learned it's the simple things that give me the pleasures in mommyhood. Bathtime is one of those small simple moments I adore.