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Twas the night before…flowerpot!

We are down to the wire! Flowerpot will arrive, Good Lord willing, tomorrow afternoon. It’s our last night as a family of 4. Though technically speaking, we’ve been a family of five for nine months already. πŸ˜€ Birth is always crazy to me. With the other two, we didn’t know anything, what gender they were or when they would arrive. This time round with flowerpot, we know pretty much everything. It’s weird to know when a baby will be born. It’s also always odd to learn the new baby too. I remember when Phoebe was born, it was so exciting because we didn’t have any other experience to relate too. When Ethan was born, we approached it like it was old hat – but it wasn’t. It was a completely different experience and a completely different baby. Reg and I remember staring at him on our bed at home wondering “Who are you?!” It was so weird! And now, on the eve of my third child’s birth, I find myself wondering again. What will she be like? How will flowerpot mess with our family dynamic? She already has! I had too much time to think today while we sat around the hospital room, waiting for the anesthetist to show up and run us through the procedure. 3 hours and 45 minutes later, he never showed up. I guess he will be there tomorrow… ? Hope so! Otherwise flowerpot will be getting a good dose of bourbon! bwahahaahah…. (just kidding). 😎

We wanted to get some maternity photos with me in them (Reg did really, I’m more comfortable behind the camera). So we got dad to nab a few the other morning down at Wakamow park. As usual, family photos for us are a gong show and we’re lucky to get one photo where everyone is looking up at the same time. hehehe… c’est la vie. It’s us. I nabbed one of Mom & Dad on the rock which turned out nice too. It was super fun to frame some memories before we (externally) grow from 4 to 5! πŸ™‚


A Tale of 2 Dishes

Happy New Year! Another year of photos is ahead of us and that is an exciting prospect. I can’t wait to see what lies through the lens in 2012. Christmas was good for us and we had great visits with family who loved us much and spoiled us more. When Ma & Pa came down for a visit we of course got to talking about photos. Dad, being an avid nature & wildlife photographer, was showing me what he and his photo pals had been up to lately. Winter wildlife can be some of the most interesting stuff! While most guys are sitting around watching sports, these guys are outside watching the epic battle of survival unfold! Check out these amazing snowy owl photos! These aren’t photoshopped! 😎 Just chuck a mouse out onto the snow and watch as white winged warriors wrathfully wreak havoc on unsuspecting rodentia! The main course is served! Hence, dish one.

Photo Credit: Jim Kroshus

(Jealous that dad missed out on snows, we went out and nabbed this short eared owl. Still a magnificent specimen!)

Photo Credit: Bob Schultz

Now for those who can’t handle this much excitement, there’s beauty dishes. (Hence, dish 2). πŸ˜† For Christmas dad got a wee beauty dish. It’s actually an Opus mini reflector.Β It’s basically a miniaturized beauty dish that gives you a punchy, light that is one notch off of bare flash. It’s a really cool light for, yes, you guessed it, beauty and glam shots as it gives the light a very contrasty feel. I wanted to see how this little guy compared to my DIY beauty dish that I made. It’s basically the same design idea. Light comes from the flash and bounces into a surface in front of the light, then into a reflector dish and then out onto the subject. A little bit of ping pong action is involved and it makes the light slightly more diffused but still has loads of punch.

Automatically you notice the size difference. And with lighting, unlike other areas of life, size matters. πŸ˜‰ The bigger the better. The small guy produces a much sharper/contrasty light while the bigger the light, the softer the light. It’s the same reason why natural light photographers want huge windows. Loads of big light nice and close to the subject = soft and glorious! Here’s an example of what each light produced on our subject Sven (he’s from IKEA). πŸ˜€

Opus Mini Reflector Light Mod

Contrasty Light & Harsh Shadows

DIY Beauty Dish

Still got shadows but much softer and more wrapping

So, after a quick peak, you notice the difference. The little Opus dish is much smaller and makes a more focused, contrasty light. It also fits into a gear bag much more conveniently. The bigger DIY dish gives similar contrast and punch, but is more wrapping because it is much bigger. Could you replace the big one with the Opus? Perhaps, depending on the look you wanted. It sure would make hauling it around easier!

But then again, if beauty light isn’t your thing and you don’t care about f-stops & shutter speeds, you can always try Coyote hunting. It’s hours of fun and only about 1/3 the cost of photography! πŸ˜‰

Photo Credit: Bob Schultz