Photo Walks

Aloha my scrappy friends!! I hope you had a great weekend. I had such a productive weekend, crafty wise with fun mixed in too. We went to a fund raiser we have starting participating in now that Leilani has been diagnosed with cancer. St. Baldricks is a non profit foundation that raises money and awareness to childhood cancer research. The kids loved seeing their doctor and nurse shave their head to show support.

As I may have mentioned lately, I am taking Ali’s Edwards Lens of Joy. In February I was able to purchase my first DSLR camera. I am now in love!! I completely love this camera, I barely want to use my IPhone, or even my point and shot camera.

Lately to better learn manual mode, because I am really trying to mainly shot in manual. It is scary, and not every picture I get is good, I often find lightening the hardest thing. Probably because where I live in Hawaii, one minute the sun shine is fully out and then the next minute it’s really cloudy. As difficult it is I am really learning how my camera works together to get the shots I do want to capture.

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Here are a couple of examples of shots that didn’t quite turn out because of the lighting, and wind blowing. The top picture I just couldn’t get a good exposure on these flowers. With the wind blowing and the direct sun, the color and exposure is way off. I tried to fix this in Photoshop a little but there was no way to save this photo. I think on my next walk I am gonna try again. Because these little flowers are really pretty and cute. The detail potential really has me wanting to come back for another try.

This bottom one, I kind of like though, even though I was trying to get the closer flowers more in focus. This one is blurry from the amazing Hawaiian breeze we get. I still like how you can see through the tree though.

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I have been doing a lot of photo walks. They often end up at the parks in my area, because my kids like to play. I actually really have enjoyed this though. I get a chance to capture my kids having fun playing, which is different then shots of my kids up close. I have realized I like to take shots closer, and with less background. I like that I am finding my photo voice. I am trying to take a step back and get more in my lens but I am also embracing this close look too.

 

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Here is an example of me taking a closer shot while my girls were playing on the playing. This bottom photo is me taking a step back and taking wider shot on purpose.

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I thought it might be fun to share some of the photos I have taken on my walks, and what I love about them. Especially since in scrapbooking and story telling photos can be so important for capturing a feeling you want to express. (not that all the pictures I took on my walks are for story telling purposes, because many of them are just for fun.)

Here is an example of a cool shot I took in my yard, on the first day. It was really cloudy and then started raining before we could take our walk. I took these shots anyway, just playing around with my camera. I really love how cool these shot looked.

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I then took this close up. I was really trying to get a spider web that was in between the links. It ended up being to delicate to get a shot of. Maybe if I had a macro lens I could have gotten the shot I wanted. But this link one still was cool.

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Since I apparently am on a kick for shooting pictures of chain links I thought I would share this shot I took on my last photo walk at the park my kids like to play at from time to time.  I was looking through the first link with my lens. obviously these pictures really aren’t for any kind of story but it was still fun to let go and just take pictures of things that were different. (I am actually thinking that some of these cool pictures that I have taken I want to get put on canvases and hang in the house as art pieces.)

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Here are some more of the photos I took on that cloudy rainy day. (Technically this wasn’t a photo walk I know, but I did take a few of photos throughout my yard)

I have tons of flowers in pots in my yard. I love when they are blooming.

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The veins in my plumeria trees are so cool. It will still be a little while before they bloom this year. I hope I can see at least on of them bloom. I planted them from small stubs, and they have grown so much in the three years that we have been here. I am sad I have to leave then behind.

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I wanted to get down low and get so shots of Sam playing with his cars. It was hard to not get all the stuff in the background that is on our patio. It really isn’t that big so it seems cluttered most of the time.

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These last two shots, I took to play around with perspective. Sam loves to line his toys up a lot. There is no order to it, but it’s kinda fun. To get all the background noise if you will, I took this overhead shot, slightly to the side. I really like this shot. But the shot I took up above, was fun too. I got on my tummy. I wanted a kid’s eye view. Because Sam gets all down into his toys when he is playing.

This picture of my flowers was the next day. The sun was out a little more, which helped it not look so dark, like the first picture I got. Also my flowers opened up a little more. This is my favorite shot I took in my yard. These orchids look so pretty and boy are they hearty. If only you could see the shape of my poor pot is in, it’s a wonder this orchid still blooms!!

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These pictures are from the first actual walk I took.

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These water manholes were so cool. They are all rusty and ragged, but the texture and lines on them I just love.

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Can’t forget to get more pictures of the local flowers!! The color on these Hibiscus is so vibrant!!

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Leilani and Sam wanted to hold hands on our walk. They look so sweet together. I love how much all my kids love each other. It’s easy to forget about all the bickering and fighting when you see a picture like this.

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Wide angle landscape shots are the hardest for me to take. I feel like the dramatic look these mountains have is lost in the lens. I really want to change the way I look at these mountains so I can get better shots. I did edit this in Photoshop to make the contrast in the mountains a little more. It tends to be hazy here in hawaii and I find that it really lightens up the mountains in my shots. The detail of the ridges in these mountains is incredible. I will miss looking at these mountains everyday for sure.

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This photo of Cayden is hilarious, which is why I included it. She was so hot from our walk. This shade is apparently just what she needed!! Being in the tree was necessary too!! The life of a six year old!!

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I love the perspective of this shot of Cayden in this tunnel at the park.

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I let Sam and Cayden play in the splash pad, and this picture of Sam running through the water is so much fun!!  This bottom photo is one of my fave at the park. I love the perspective and the feeling of this shot. I love how I got the shot at the exact moment he pressed the water button!!

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I took this on the way home from our walk. I wanted to play around with a self portrait style of photo. I barely am in the pictures of our albums. This is a fun way to add me to the albums along with the kids.

 

These last set of photos are from our second photo walk.

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They are just so cute!! It’s their turn to walk together on our second photo walk. I will admit I was disappointed in the pictures I too on the walk to the park. They really didn’t come out. The sun was shining so bright, I had a hard time getting good shots that weren’t all blown out. But really it’s ok, because the shots I did get and of the kids playing doing the things they love are what matters. Yes, I am hoping to really add to the Hawaii nature shots so I have lots to look at and admire when we leave. But in the long run, I think I will love looking at the pictures of my kids enjoying them selves in the years to come. I really learned a lot about getting good running and moving shots that day. So really I think that walk was a major win, instead of a loss.

Lani wanted to play the drums and apparently they sound cooler when you use your elbows!!

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Here is another example of how I like to take close up photos. I love how the movement of Cayden’s hair looks like in this picture. I think if I had gotten a full size shot of her, that aspect may have gotten lost.

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I got lots of pictures of the kids, especially Sam. He really would get sad when I wasn’t taken his picture. He was loving this fake rock mountain!!

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And the slide!!  Sam kept bugging Leilani to play Tag. I love this shot of them running I got. I love that with a fast shutter, I can freeze frame them!!

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To finish off my pictures is another shot I took in my yard, this last day. My plumeria is budding. I love the detail and color of the buds. I love how all these little buds will eventually be beautiful big flowers, with pinks, oranges and yellows on their petals.
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I hope you enjoyed going on this walk with me. I shared tons of photos. This isn’t even all I took. I really was trying to play and get to know my camera along with capturing my kids. I love how by changing myself I could get a whole new look.

I hope I inspired you to think a little different at how you take pictures. I hope you learn to love this aspect of story telling. I am realizing that I connect  so much more as I focus on new aspects, different aspects of what I am taking photos of. I will say that I will do try to take pictures and then put my camera down too though. I still want to interact with my kids, my surroundings to connect too. I think this balance is most necessary in learning to tell our story.

Aloha, Hannah

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