Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

This Christmas was perfect. It was a pure joy to see my son, Harvey enjoy Christmas. We celebrated at our home with my family for the first time. It was a pleasure to cook for everyone. We were all fairly healthy - my husband, Casey has sinus issues. We all got along great. We attended a Garden Festival of Lights at the local botanical gardens one night and another night we all piled in the car to look at neighborhood lights. Then we had snow Christmas day afternoon. Usually after Christmas, I feel sad, but this year I felt completely satisfied. It was a good holiday.

I received a lot of photography stuff this year. My mom and dad got me the 50mm f/1.8 along with a lot of accessories and an external hard drive. They also gave me their monitor to use for editing photos from my laptop. Casey got me a tripod and an external hard drive. He also got me a Pandora bracelet from him and Harvey. For myself I got Lightroom 3 and Scott Kelby's LR3 book.

I tried out the 50mm yesterday. I'm not sure what I think. It does well outside but inside the house I am struggling. I flipped over to my kit lens several times. It will probably be awhile before I figure out the monitor. I'm not sure how good it is to begin with but my laptop screen is sometimes difficult. I installed LR3 late last night and I have read the first 15 pages or so of SK's book. I have a hard time with storage organization so I want to get my hard drive set up before using LR3 so my work flow will be consistent and complete. I love the tripod!

I have been working on the December Photo Hunt. I am really excited about my photos for the challenge. I'm also working on Memories, Dreams, and Reflections - a look back at 2010. So those should be up next week too.

I plan to start my family blog for the new year. I really want a watermark before I start so after I get my work flow sorted out that will be the next priority. I don't think I can handle a 365 but I may do a 52 blog.

It's a good thing not much goes on at our house these winter months, I'm gonna be busy!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.