Sunday, August 29, 2010

08.27.10 POTD

08.27.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Friday Photo Walk. The Dallas filter building on White Rock Lake in Dallas. I took a total of 65 pictures on this photo walk, which is about a hundred less than normal. And the majority of them were of this sign / building combination. I just loved it.

08.26.10 POTD

08.26.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

What the duck is a really funny comic strip (think Dilbert but for photographers). I really enjoy reading it every now and again and I got my own what the duck because I am a dork. : )


08.25.10, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

We got a new chopping block this past weekend and today was my first day using it. Isn't it pretty?

08.24.10 POTD

08.24.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Yummmm, tacos. I recently discovered that we eat more tacos than anyone else we know. It's my go to dish when I don't want to cook and that's a lot of the time. : ) The ladies at work make fun of me for the number of times that my leftovers are tacos, so much so that everytime I have left overs that's the first thing they think it is! (PS - I like my rice in my taco, I won't eat it seperate).

Friday, August 27, 2010

I heart faces: Fix It Friday

It's been a long time since I got to participate in fix it Friday over at i heart faces and honestly it's only happening because our network is down at the office.  And this is what I chose to spend my time doing this morning instead of spinning around in my chair.  Don't know what fix it Friday is?  Well, it's where you take some one elses photos that have a few issues and share with the world how you would fix it. Basically it's flexing your lightroom / photoshop muscles. : )

Original. Found here.

Now for my fix:

Here's my edit done solely in lightroom. I cropped in some (just a tad).  I lightened some of the shadows on her face, but not all of them. I guess I liked them a little shadowy. I brightened it a tad and then added a honey tone to it overall.  The honey color brightened the grass some. And then I added a vignette. Because I love a vignette. : )

Want to see how other people "fixed" this photo? Head over to i heart faces!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some favorites

I haven't really posted any pictures in the last little bit of anything other than my photo of the day so I thought I'd go back and show some favorite photos that didn't make it to be THE photo of the day, but are still pretty photos and let's be honest, pretty photos should be seen. : )

So, yeah. You knew there's be sunflare in my faves.  (there's actually more  - ahhh!).  I just really loved the psot processing on this one.  It's really a bland photo straight out of the camera, the type I probably normally wouldn't eidt, but I did. And I really like it!

I belong to probably thirty groups on Flickr.  Lots of them I just post something in every now and again, but some are always in my mind as I am shooting.  The DD 365 project is always on my mind, duh it's my 365 group. But the other one I contribute to the most is called Fence Friday.  It's a group of people who take pictures of fences and then post them on Friday and only Friday.  That works out well for me since there is generally some sort of fence on my Friday photo walk.  This was last weeks fence.

Another shot of the Old Alton Bridge.  I really enjoy taking pictures here.

More sunflare and the bridge.

We found this star and contacted the person who sent it up in the air via balloon.  It's a very sad story, but we made the ladies week by calling her and sending her a few pictures of where we found the star. 

So those are some favorites from the last week or so that hadn't seen the light of day yet!

08.23.10 POTD

08.23.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

My AC went out on my car and it was miserably hot on my way to take my car in for service. Luckily they had this really awesome (ha-ha) waiting room for me to sit in and fill out paperwork. This was taken when I still thought the repairs would only be a few hundred bucks. Boy was I wrong. : (

Monday, August 23, 2010

08.22.10 POTD

08.22.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

A few of the notes in one of the books I am reading. Very boring Sunday to say the least.

08.21.10 POTD

08.21.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Blue duck. An absolute impulse buy, but it sure is cute!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

08.20.10 POTD

08.20.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Friday Photo Walk. Today I stumbled on this splash park in Dallas. I got very lucky that today was the day that they chlorinated the water so no one could play in it. Otherwise I am certain that there would have been tons of little kids and we all know that I don't shoot pictures of little kids! : ) Looks like it would be loads of fun.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

08.18.10 POTD

08.18.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Some day my vision for this shot will be realized. Today is not that day, but I will post it any way. I love these lights that are in one of the hallways in our culinary center. I wanted the lights to be on, but there are about 75 light switched (I am absolutley not exaggerating there) for the culinary center and no one was there to turn on the lights for me. I flipped a few switches and then gave up. Next time I will shoot the other direction and will do it earlier in the morning.

08.19.10 POTD

08.19.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Fire! My boss, I kid you not, told me to get closer to the fire. He'd make sure that if anything bad happened he'd make sure I got credited with the photo. (He was joking). This is the building directly behind us in the alley. I took this shot from righ outside my office window. Then I had one of the girls in the office drive me around, but my fire truck pictures were not that great. They evacuated about a thousand people for a few hours in the 100 degree heat. (And I thought the picture needed some moodiness so I added a yellow tint to it).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

08.17.10 POTD

08.17.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

starburst. What more can I say? I love the red, pink and yellow ones. Those orange ones, not so much. Lol.

08.16.10 POTD

08.16.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

these are the two books that are currently sitting on my couch that I am flipping through while Ditz watches TV. I found the Boston book for a dollar at Half Price Books and you never know when you might need to know what's going on in Boston. And as much as I wish it were, that Lightroom book is not the one that Ditz won for winning our photo walk. That's the one that I paid money for. Ugh.

08.15.10 POTD

08.15.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

old Alton Bridge in Denton, Texas. One of my favorite random places to photograph. Ditz and I were out on a drive and I begged to go. We saw some stupid teenagers jump off the bridge and then we told the cops. We are such old fuddy duddies.

08.14.10 POTD

08.14.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

School supplies are on sale as school is getting ready to start. Who can resist a box of Crayola crayons for a quarter. Obviously I can't even though I didn't need them at all. Just thought they'd be fun to photograph when I was looking for inspiration!

08.13.10 POTD

08.13.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Friday Photo Walk. This marks the third time that I have made a sewer cover my POTD. I am sure it's because I am short and so close to the ground that I tend to notice them...or I just have some strange attraction to sewer covers. : )

08.12.10 POTD

08.12.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

A quick stroll through a park on my way home from work today. I don't know why but everyday this week I've stopped to take pictures. I loved this little guy. I've named him Bill. He's very rustic for sure. I am not certain that I'd let my kid play on this particular playground, but it sure made for some great pics!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

08.11.10 POTD

08.11.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Can someone say overgrown? No, this isn't our house. This is one of the side walks that run through the soon to be started shops, the same one from the do not enter sign from yesterday. I am still not brave nough to hop the fence, but I was brave enough to move closer to the highway to get this shot.

08.10.10 POTD

08.10.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Do Not Enter. I mean seriously, this perfectly functional road that goes through a perfectly functional piece of real estate. Seriously, it's no kidding. They don't want you on the road before they build the stores that said road is going to connect. See my problem with that is see that speed limit sign? Right behind it looks to be the most perfect patch of sunflowers. But I will not enter because I am a weeny and believe that the sign must be there for a reason and I'd be the one to get a ticket.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Scott Kelby Photo Walk Fort Worth Winner

Yeah, it wasn't me. Booooo.  Ok, it was my hubby. He just came along for the walk because I didn't want to go alone and he wins the stupid thing. And gets to compete for the grand prize.  I am not bitter or anything. Ok, maybe I am. : ) In all seriousness, he had quite an interesting shot that (as you guys may remember) I also tried to take and mine looked horrible. So horrible that I did not share it.  Anyway, here it is - the winning shot for the Fort Worth Photo Walk.

Monday, August 9, 2010

08.09.10 POTD

08.09.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

This is where I show you that those sunflowers I have some strange obsession with are just weeds. They aren't planted in pretty little rows, they just grow wild and unkempt. And I think that is what I like about them most

08.08.10 Photo of the Day

Yesterday was my 2nd wedding anniversary. Go ahead, think it through, I'll wait. Yep, we were married on 08.08.08. It's really cool because if you can just remember one number then you can remember my entire wedding date. Sure makes it easy!! So, everyone knows how much Ditz hates having his picture taken, right. Well, if not he does. I mean I think he'd rather have hot daggers shoved in his eyes. I am not exaggerating, but on this day he humored me and let me use this neat new gift. (Noticing a theme from yesterday's post? It was quite a camera gift-o-rama for me.)
My photo of the day. Aren't we cute?  Do you know how hot it was? You can actually tell a little bit how sweaty I was in my bangs.  They were kind of matting together.

I think I might have been telling him to smile.

Here I was tickling him. : )

Here's just me.  I've been needing a new picture and this was a great opportunity to get one!

Thought I'd share a photo from last year on our anniversary and one from our wedding day.  This one was taken by Heather while we were in San Antonio for a DD crop.  I find this one amusing on so many levels.  I mean look how short I am and how tall he is!

And then this one from our wedding day, which is my absolute favorite from the day. It was taken by Ditz's brother and who knows what we were laughing about.

08.07.10 Photo of the Day

On Saturday night, Ditz and I ended up in the Grapevine area for dinner. We had dinner at Uncle Julio's and then thought maybe we'd head over to Founders Plaza at the DFW airport to watch the planes land. If you've never been and you live in the DFW area, you should really check it out, it's a great place for a picnic. (Also, if you live near a big airport in general there is sometimes a place like this. In Virginia they had a really cool one that we hung out at one time when we were super early to the airport). Anyway, you get to listen to all the pilots and air traffic controllers through speakers that they have set up and that is pretty cool. I just wish I knew more of the lingo, but oh well.
Straight out of the camera. : ) You can totally see the sunsetting in the barbed wire.

I'm a sucker for sunflowers!

This is the actual DFW beacon.  There are tons of cameras aimed at this bad boy.

They had these little guys so that you could see super close-up.  I think it looks like a face, but that's just me.

The park closes at sunset so it was just about time to close when we left.

This picture was taken by Ditz.  These little girls were running and climbing all over the place.  I thought this was a pretty cool shot considering she is doing the exact same thing as the statue.

Anyone notice any thing different about today's photos that you don't see from me very often?  No, ok I'll tell you.  All of my favorite photos of the day are of the portrait orientation.  I am usually more of a landscape girl, but I got one of these as an anniversary gift and it makes taking portraits so much easier.  Something about having a button on that side of the camera is just neat-o.  And yes, it does add weight to the camera, but it makes me steadier if that makes any sense.

08.06.10 POTD

08.06.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Friday Photo Walk. How cool is this? It's a leaf with another leaf "floating" on top of it causing the cool shadow. The second leaf is floating on what looks to be spider webs. It was pretty darn cool.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

08.05.10 POTD

08.05.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

opped on the way home to take some pics of a sunflowers, but they were all either close to death or looked like this. It's been so hot here. I thought I was going to melt!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

08.02.10 POTD

08.02.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Do you ever wonder what happens when I have absolutely nothing to take a picture of?? I use either a list of ideas that Katrina made or I hop onto Flickr and view the explore feature looking for something interesting...and that's how I would up here. A photography laden scrabble "game."

08.04.10 POTD

08.04.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

I hate our glass side tables 99% of the time... the one time I don't is when I can take a picture witha super cool reflection. Here's my brownie with a "zoom."

08.03.10 POTD

08.03.10 POTD, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

My running shoes. I really need t get new ones, but I just don't because these are so very worn in. I choose this photo because I love the bokeh that my bike created in the background!

Monday, August 2, 2010


08.01.10, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Hello, bicycle. I really hate that it's been too hot to ride you. Just one more month and you'll get to be out on the road again!


07.31.10, originally uploaded by Sarah (SarahDanyelle).

Heaven forbid we ever have kids. Just the toys alone from one little dog are enough to make me crazy sometimes. This is his favorite ball right now - it's bigger than him but because it's soft he can get it into his mouth and carry it. Too funny.