Work was a little slow today. Sitting by the window in my office, I could feel the cool fall air - crisp and clean after our rainstorm yesterday. I decided to take my camera downstairs and see what I could learn. I've been listening to my daughter tell me about ISO settings and shutter speeds, but it's hard for me to learn anything until I actually try it.
At first I just went outside. I put the camera on a manual setting and just played around with the ISO and shutter speeds. A few blown out pictures, a few too dark, and then this one:
See the little spider web? I didn't even see that until I downloaded the picture onto my computer. A happy accident! Our patio isn't much to look at right now so I moved inside and just snapped a few of my favorite things inside the house.
This is one of the first things my husband and I bought together. We got the vase at Z Gallerie, filled it with berry branches (just like they did in the store), and it sits on top of our piano in the back corner of the living room. I don't remember where the tassels came from, but I like how they look on the vase.
Next, a little trio of my favorite collection of seashells. I have a lot of them, and I'm always looking for more.
On the mantle I have something I really like - a wasp nest. I got it when I worked at Ralph Lauren. It was one of the props the visual team used in one of the bedroom setups on the fireplace mantle. When they were changing out that room they let me have it, as they were just going to throw it out. And it's been on the mantle in our house ever since. It's a little weird, but I love it.
And finally, up on a little shelf is a blown glass vase I got at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach one summer. It sits next to a porcelain vase that was in L's apartment went I met him. It's a little representation of things we each brought into our new life together.
It was fun working with the camera, figuring out the right settings. I'm learning more every time I use it and it's so much fun! I need to learn at warp speed so I can take good pictures at the end of the month when we're in NYC and Boston. I imagine L will commandeer it when we're in NYC, but when we're in Boston I will take control as I'll have two little girls to chase after and photograph - I can't wait!
Yep - it was a quiet day - not as hectic as Monday through Wednesday. I enjoyed having time to sneak away from my work laptop and play with the camera. I even had time to make Pioneer Woman's recipe for Apricot Bars - kind of an oatmeal cookie crust with apricot jam in the middle.
When L got home from work we loaded the bikes on the rack and took off for our bike ride - we got in 5 miles before it got dark! I'm liking this more and more, and I'm feeling a lot more confident on the bike. We got home and had a steak salad with fried onion strings on top - another Pioneer Woman recipe. It was a good-for-you salad with a small bit of naughty in the form of the onion strings. And now it's time to call it a day.
...Did you hear that? The apricot bars are calling to me. I don't think they should be ignored.