Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Oops, I Did It Again.

So I just keep doing that thing where I get on here and complain to you about how I take my kids on trips and I don't think it's worth it waaa waaa blah blah. I won't do that again. Because apparently,
I am a glutton for punishment. Why else would we take our kids on another cruise this year? Because we are crazy. Freakin' weirdos.

Actually, it was our best trip thus far. So I guess practice does make perfect, even traveling practice.

But that's not what I want to talk about today. I told ya the last time we talked that I got a new lens. I really wasn't sure what I thought about it and was thisclose to returning it.

And then I took it on this trip and decided that I cannot live without it/where have you been all my life?.  Oh, also, this picture above is like "Where's Waldo?" in Mandi form. And this is the only picture I have of me on this trip.

That's what happens when I'm the camera wielding nerd. Lots n lots of pictures; none of me. Just the way I like it.


I've been studying photography for about 8 ish years now, and I really feel like I'm stuck in a rut and not improving. Sad face. Get out your teeny violin and play me a little something.

Hopefully I can continue to improve; but in the meantime,

I really wanted to get into videography. With only the equipment I currently have. Can't be spending more cash on equipment, knowwhatI'msayin'?

So a lot of this trip was spent figuring out how to use my camera in video mode, and it went. . . ooookay. I learned a lot. And I still have a long way to go.

But ANYWHO! I threw together a video of our trip. Typically I'm a slideshow nerd; and this time I'm a music video nerd. Emphasis on nerd.

So, there was the camera/video learning curve, annnd the video editing software curve, too. I like a challenge.
In short: we had a great time. Thanks for listening. Gosh, you guys are supportive.


Libby said...

great shots! I know what you mean about stalling in the photography progression & trying video. I'm vowing to up my skill and not let the fact that my kids have amazing talent (& equipment) beyond my own talent. My daughter introduced me to ViewBug...they have contests (some are free) and I haven't explored the site too much but I find it helpful for inspiration on composition and lighting. Now to figure out how to get that lighting with my camera! (I'm not a technical photographer so it's a challenge).
Like they say, if you want to be a writer, write. Well, to be a photographer, take photos & try new things.

Cara said...

It's always fun to new learn things, especially when you have cool new gadgets! So random, creepy question...who is the lady in the blue shirt and pink sunglasses? She looks like a really good friend from high school and it would be totally wierd if she was related to you. Because even though I follow your blog I have NO idea who you are!! :)

Cara said...

And actually, now that I look at the title of your video I'm 100% sure that is my friend from high school! Just tell Rachael that a tall, soprano friend from Madrigals says hi! Such a small world...and so WEIRD!!

Layne Bushell said...

I just purchased the Schultz Photo School for my kids. You may already know all the stuff he teaches in the videos... but it might be a way to get out of your rut? I think your photos are amazing and wish I had the talent of your pinky!!! Looks like so much fun!