Friday, September 5, 2008

Sunny Saturday!

So, I've been studying up on photography recently and while my experimenting has resulted in a lot of under/overexposed photos, smeared photos and some strange mixture inbetween. Still, I'm getting closer. One thing I've really wondered about was how to deal with light. It's the sun in eyes or dark face dilema. I was letting Zach play my muse today as he focused on the twigs and nearly dead grass in our front yard. I love this first photo because you can really see him concetrating. He's slowly running his fingers over the stick to feel each little bump and groove. Then there was this picture...
The sun was just sinking low in the sky and I loved how it was glistening on the grass, but we lost a lot of the glisten when I had him facing into the sun. But if he was facing away he had this great shine in his hair but his face was too dark. So... I forced the flash. There was plenty of light so the camera didn't want to flash but it brightened up his face while still keeping the glisten on his hair and the grass behind him. I know, I'm such an amateur and those of you who know photography are just rolling your eyes right now but I'm actually kinda excited. Just one step further to the pro that I hope to be one day. WaHoo!


SO! About our sunny day. We were on a mission this morning. We have decided to commit to a healthier lifestyle and part of that was finding new ways to get active as a family. So, we decided to buy a bike trailer. One of those kid trailer you hook to the back of your bicycle. We found one at walmart for like $150 but I was determined to get a better deal than that. So I turned to the Craig's List! I love craig's list. I found a bunch of duds and then I came across just what I was looking for. It was a double trailer that converts to a stroller. A Burley. It had a bug screen and extra space for groceries. It was perfect. BUT- it was at a garage sale across town and I would have to beat anyone else who was looking for a trailer. So, I got there bright and early at 9 AM. It was perfect. BUT... it was a bit old and dirty and had a tear in the back. I talked to one of the ladies running the sale and told her I was interested then stepped aside to call Jason and get his ok. During that time a woman saw me checking it out and ran over to the other woman there and bought it... right out from under me!!! I was sooooooo sad!

As I was talking to the gal running the sale again she said, "I think one of my nieghbors is planning on selling one similar down the street." So I went down the street but she wasn't home. Bummer! I left my number and said I wanted it- I was taking a gamble though. I didn't even know what brand it was. She called me around noon and I headed over. To my delight I found a newer, cleaner, brighter, lighter, all around BETTER trailer. It even flattens for storage. I just have to say... I am sooooo excited!!!! I also managed to walk away with a swing for our tree, 2 books, a remote control car, a shape teaching toy and a stuffed grover ALL for much less than we would have paid for just the trailer if we had gone to Walmart. Garage Sales ROCK!!!

Zach and I both came home and were totally pooped. What a day! I think we are both going to sleep great tonight.

8 comments:

The Gray Gang said...

YAY for rockin deals!

Tami said...

Great photo! Love the sun on the tips of the grass and through his hair, giving him a well deserved halo!!

Pieces said...
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Pieces said...

These pics are wonderful! I'm happy you've found such an awesome hobby. Now we've got to get you digital scrapbooking! Check out my blog. I've just posted some of my digital scrapbook pages. They are all done on the computer --- no need for papers or scissors or a big, bulky scrapbook caddy full of supplies. It makes it easy to scrapbook ANYWHERE with no mess and no fuss. Since you're already getting to be such a pro with Photoshop, you would be an excellent digi-scrapper!

Jules said...

Hi Jason & Teryn,
I've been thinking about you a lot the last couple of months and feeling really badly about losing touch. I hope you don't mind that I hunted you down by jumping from blog to blog of our mutual acquaintences. Congratulations on becoming parents! Zach is really cute. I'd love to catch up with you. You can find me at www.brettpackfamily.blogspot.com. your cousin, Julie

The SITS Girls said...

Your pictures came out great. Photoshop is saves me, as I just don't have the patience with my camera!

Melissa said...

You are doing great with the photoshop editing!! Nice find with the bike and trailer too. I love good deals like that. =)

American in Norway said...

What awesome pictures! Beautiful baby! Thanks for popping by my blog. Where is your FIL from in Norway?