You Capture- Get Down Low

I got down low for this week's You Capture theme and took some pictures in my front yard.

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I'm not a professional photographer, but it is fun to lend my amateur talent to photos of friends and family. I have only had a DSLR since Christmas, but I'm enjoying learning how to capture great shots with it. I've also improved my Photoshop abilities.

How do I get such great shots? I'm not really sure, to be honest. However, I attribute it to years of artistic practice (classes in art- mixed medias). Also, the main contributor is years of practice, and just taking LOTS of pictures. Practice really does make perfect. I find photographers that I admire and try to determine what draws me to a particular picture. Why do I like it? Is it the color, composition, angle, uniqueness.... This summer, I hope to continue taking pictures constantly, and if anyone wants a free session just ask. I'd be happy to give photos to others of their family or children.

Here are some pictures I took of my sister in law just for fun. I wouldn't mind shooting portrait sessions part time. It's fun.

i ♥ faces: All About Babies

i ♥ faces' theme this week is all about babies. Well, I just had to enter since my baby is the center of most of my pictures. Here's a photo of Remington, the cutest baby ever. :) 7 Months Old and his first time going down a slide.

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You Capture- Fun

We took Remington to the park and let him have some Fun on the playground for the first time. He was cranky, so I don't know how much he really enjoyed it.

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7 Months

Okay, so I realized I haven't done a 7 month post yet, I've been such a bad blogger.

Here are the 7 Month Milestones:

Movement Milestones

  • Rolls both ways (front to back, back to front)- He's pretty much got this down now. A little slower on the front to back, but he's rolling all over the place.
  • Sits with, and then without, support of her hands- Yep, he's been doing this for awhile now.
  • Supports her whole weight on her legs- Yep.
  • Reaches with one hand- Mostly uses both hands, but I've seen him use just one.
  • Transfers object from hand to hand- Yep
  • Uses raking grasp (not pincer)- Yes

Visual Milestones

  • Develops full color vision- Who knows
  • Distance vision matures- Hard to tell about these.
  • Ability to track moving objects improves- He's good at tracking.

Language Milestones

  • Responds to own name- Sometimes. We have so many nicknames, I don't think he knows which is which.
  • Begins to respond to “no”- Haven't seen it, but we don't ever tell him no, we just take things away.
  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice- Yes. This is funny to watch when Landon is talking to him. Sometimes he'll laugh at a word, but if Landon says it in a different tone he'll cry.
  • Responds to sound by making sounds- Yes.
  • Uses voice to express joy and displeasure- Displeasure yes, haven't noticed joy, except laughing.
  • Babbles chains of consonants- Not really. He does like to talk with the pacifier in his mouth.

Cognitive Milestones

  • Finds partially hidden object- Yes
  • Explores with hands and mouth- Always
  • Struggles to get objects that are out of reach- Definitely. He really gets mad if he can't reach something he's trying to crawl to.He  keeps crawling backwards.

Social and Emotional Milestones

  • Enjoys social play- Yep
  • Interested in mirror images- Definitely!
  • Responds to other people’s expressions of emotion and appears joyful often- He's very smiley at strangers and people he knows.

You Capture- Best Shot

This week's You Capture is the best shot we took all week, and this time it has to be just one picture. So here goes... After a week of shooting, this is my best shot:

Help Choose Photo Entries

Okay, I need your help. I want to enter my photography (taken since last September) in the state fair and hope for a ribbon or two. Tricky thing is it's hard to pick which photos I want. So tell me, which  are better. Or should I enter other (possibly ones you've seen here or on Facebook) pictures. Can't wait to hear the comments to help me decide.
Warning: Picture Overload :)

First Category: Pictorial Print; black and white 

Second Category: Pictorial Print; color

Third Category: Pictorial Print; World in Motion (action shot); color

something else...I'm not too fond of this picture.

Fourth Category: Photo-Journalism Print; color

Fifth Category: Photo-Journalism Print; black & white

Sixth Category: Figure or Portrait; Human or animal; color
Another picture of Remington
These could also work as a Pictorial Print color alternative.

Seventh Category: Figure or Portrait; Human or animal; black & white

Eighth Category: Nature Print