How fast they grow, how time goes by.

I don’t always have enough time to grab that perfect shot when it comes to family photographs. I really don’t know why. When I got married photographs were mostly taken when we went places, or during noted events. When I started my family I remember getting a simple Kodak camera. We took one roll of film, and returned the camera because I didn’t like the results.  My next camera was a point and shoot Fuji and I was satisfied with the pictures. I paid attention to the limitations of the camera and usually shot in natural light.  I kept the subject simple and focused on my family. With my family I am part of the interaction, and I take mostly snapshots.  But I try to keep my wits about me and focus on keeping the photo sessions short and fun for all.

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Smiling, happy baby

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Getting ready to throw his ball

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Happy four month old

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Not another photograph. Ema put away the camera.

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Two happy brothers

Needs of the baby changes so quickly.

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Eli doesn’t quite know why the sad face. Probably ready to eat!

And a few more weeks and Lucas is flipping over, and holding himself up for a 5 month pose.

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Lucas can flip himself over!

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5 month old and holding steady

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Eli tries to fit into Papa’s hat

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Alyssa taking care of Lucas

Looking at all these photos I am reminded that my pets are needing some camera time. Got to get to it.

The move to my Nikon N80 film camera, and then to digital DSLR has taken my focus away from documenting family exclusively. When I pick up my camera I use it to explore my surroundings. I use it to help me relax. I use it to connect with other photographers. I use it to share my thoughts. My perspective is one of observer. I try to create artistic renditions of the world around me.

So what do I do with all the images that I take?  My Facebook friends, my Flickr site, and emails replace the family album. There is still something special about looking through albums, but some of my albums are falling apart. Never got into the family photos on the walls. Now I  scrapbook with a focus on both family, and documenting my photo journey. A Photo’s Worth is another outlet for me. What do you do with your photographs?

The following still life, landscapes, and animal images are a sample of what now hangs in my room.  I am collecting more photos every week. Feels great!

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Nicki’s Silver

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Wash Day Company

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Sea Gull Stands Guard

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Peeking

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Mono Lake at Sunset

With my Camera Totin’ Tuesday group and growing grandchildren I will soon have another group of photographs to share on my wall, with my friends, and with fellow enjoyers of all things photographic.

 

 

 

 

Goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo

Camera Totin’ Tuesday met at the Sacramento Zoo last month, and right away we each decided to become members. Now I can visit often and get to know the animals.

The morning is the best time to capture active big cats.

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Male Cub

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Male Cub with Attitude

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Female Cub

After the kids play, Mama Lion takes the stage.

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Mama Lion

Next the Snow Leopard catches my attention.

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Snow Leopard paws

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Snow Leopard

The giraffe are curious and I like this expression

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Giraffe is happy to see you

Zebras are found next to the giraffes.

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Stripes and more stripes

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Red River Hog knows little hoglets are on the way!

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Three hoglets napping. Make room for one more hoglet.

Chimpanzees always look like they have much on their mind.

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Contemplation

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Chilling’

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Orangutan in a bush

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Orangutan catching a few zzz’s

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Wolf’s Guernon

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Mallard Looking At You

Once before I captured a flamingo in this pose. It is printed and hanging in my room.

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Flamingo peeking

I expect that I will get well aquainted with the Sacramento Zoo, understand the nature of the animals and get better photographs.  See you soon.