Today my long-awaited new lens arrived – the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8. Excited to try out my new ‘baby’ I eagerly put it on my camera and headed out to the garden to capture some sunflowers that Oscar had planted. Last time I saw them they were in bloom and I thought they would be the perfect subject for my test drive. When I got outside I was surprised to see they were droopy and wilted (‘Who wouldn’t be in this heat?’ I thought) – the saddest looking sunflowers around. I took a few snaps anyway and I think they turned out quite interesting and even a little Dali-esque.
I love watching my second born, Lola, sleep (and enjoying the peace and quiet that goes along with it) so thought I would try capturing her precious little face peeking through the cot bars.
These photos are far from perfect – the extreme darkness in the room pushed my camera body to the limit and the result of having to bump up the ISO to compensate left the images very ‘noisy’. It’s easy to be a perfectionist and avoid taking photos when conditions aren’t absolutely perfect but the conditions of life are rarely perfect and I’ve come to realise that it’s important to capture these moments regardless. I like to think that the beauty of the moment outweighs the technical flaws.
Many of the posts during this time of year will be taken in our garden. This is because we spend a lot of time out there in the Summer months. Living near the Australian bush our garden is wild and wooly in parts, providing habitat for the native creatures (including a certain 3 year old boy), and part tamed landscape where vegetable beds are planted. One of Oscar’s favourite activities is to venture outside with Tim to pick the vegetables for dinner.
The beauty and colour of nature never ceases to amaze me. Just over three years ago we planted this gum tree in our garden to remember a beautiful and dear friend who passed away suddenly. Every year they are a lovely reminder of Joan as they stand out so brightly among the sea of green in our backyard. I would love to invest in a Macro lens one day but for now my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens will have to do for these kinds of shots.
The new year began with some hot, hot weather. When you’re three what better is there to shake it off than an afternoon swing under the sprinkler?! This was a ‘right place, right time’ kind of shot taken with my trusty 50mm f1.8 lens. The late afternoon sun shining through the water perfectly illuminated the background and helped to silhouette Oscar and the swing. This is one of those special pictures that makes me happy every time I see it.
Hello, I’m Shelley, and welcome to My Captured Life. Ironically, I don’t normally like photos of myself but as I spend most of the time behind the camera I thought it was important to start this journey with an introduction of sorts. Thank you for visiting and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Why not visit me on facebook?