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Thursday, December 31, 2009


Well, it is New Years Eve. Within hours...2010 will be upon us. As I put on facebook this morning, I'm so ready to ring give 2009 a good swift kick in the heiney and boot it into the past. Bring it 2010 - I'm sooooo ready for you.

With that said, I still sit here in bed - sick with a fever due to H1N1. Kenidi rode her journey out for exactly 8 days before the fever finally went away. I'm currently on day 6. If all goes well, I'm hoping to have some relief from this junk by the weekend. It really thru a damper on the kids break from school over the holidays. That is the part that ticks me off the most. Either way, it is what it is. I'm thankful Kenidi is finally on the mend and didn't have to miss a week and a half of school because of it. I'm ready to bust out of this house though. I walked out into our backyard a few minutes ago and snapped this shot above of the pond behind our house. This ongoing sight of sunshine has been almost criminal as I lay in bed the past week - ill - and have to see it beaming thru our windows with no strength to get outside and seize it. It's a beautiful 80 degrees here today. The sky couldn't be anymore gorgeous. I took this shot with my wide angle lens that so beautifully graced my front porch via the UPS man yesterday. Yes, it is the lens that was sent out to be repaired after I dropped and broke it. When I heard the doorbell ring yesterday, I was "suddenly healed" for a split second after confirming that it was my "12-24mm baby" coming home to me. Oh how I've missed her. So...I took a moment to attach her to Big Papa and walk outside earlier to test her "repair." Much to my surprise, the clouds in the sky were phenomenal this afternoon which in turn make for awesome shots with a wide angle lens. Nevermind the fact that the lanai's on the back of the houses look like they are falling off due to the fact that I have the lens rolled all the way back to 12mm. (lens distorstion at that tight of a range but it makes the clouds all that much cooler.) I got about 3 shots fired off before my body began to ache and sweat again out in that heat. I quickly retreated back to my bed indoors - praying that I'd be relinquished of this nightmarish illness in the next couple of days - MAX!

Gosh knows...I'm ready to get back to this kind of laying around again very soon...

Rumor on the street is that my flip flops and the white sand are missing me - terribly...

Here is to the last few hours of this helldacious year that was named 2009. Hoping all of you ring in 2010 with tons of happiness, blessings, and new found wisdom to carry you thru the year ahead. Happy New Year friends. Be safe! Much love, Angie

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Blogger Leigh said...

I am DYING to know what you did to add so much dimension to the clouds in your first picture. I have googled everything I can think of looking for a tutorial!! I guess I am sort of a lurker... I love your blog, but I don't think I have commented before. Your pictures are amazing and I love your stories!! I would love to sign up for your photography class but we will be out of town during that time. Maybe next time!! :) Anyway, if you have any hints or suggestions about the clouds I would LOVE to hear them. I have a Nikon D50 and just the basic lenses 18-55mm and 55-200mm. And I just got Lightroom for Christmas. Thanks!!!

12/31/2009 12:56 PM  
Blogger Angie Seaman said...

Hi Leigh. First off, thank you so very much for your compliments on my images/blog. I greatly appreciate that. You are too sweet!

As for the dimension you mentioned in the cloud photo, I wish I could give you some step by step instructions on how to achieve that look. Unfortunately, it is just the lens (12-24mm Nikon wide angle) and the clouds themselves together with the lens that give off that look. I didn't do anything but snap the photo. The clouds were already that whispy/cirrus look and those are the best clouds when shooting with a wide angle lens (in my personal opinion anyway) A wide angle lens has a way of making every image look spectacular. (thus why I've missed my 12-24mm lens so much while it was in the repair shop over the past 2 weeks) LOL!

Sorry that I'm no help and that there isn't a tried and true tutorial for something like this. Bottom line, the 12-24mm lens is the perfect example of what "great glass" on a lens can do for your images. It all goes back to the old saying that "we get what we pay for." My 12-24mm is one of the most expensive lenses I own but it was truly worth every penny.

Again...thank you for your kind words. And yes...should you ever get the chance to take the online class, we'd love to have you. We have a lot of fun in the classes. Good times-good times! :)

PS...Thanks for being a blog reader too. Love that!

Blessings, Angie

12/31/2009 1:40 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

That's it!!~~I'm packing my suitcases and heading that way, even if I have to ski most of the way there! Your yard looks gorgeous. I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous. This weather up here is downright painful.

I'm with you...Goodbye 2009---I hate you! Honestly, 2009 was officially the worst year of my life. I have never been so happy to start a new year and move forward.

I hope you feel better soon. We're all sick up here too. Not H1N1, though, thank God!

Feel better soon, girlie, and Happy New Year!

12/31/2009 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Mommy/ Grandma Sue said...

Happy New Year to my Beautiful Family! Awesome Picture Honey , Get Well baby girl!xoxoxoxo

12/31/2009 6:57 PM  

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