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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
April's Shower of Photos: Ditch the Flash
April 6, 2009, 8:58 pm

Today's quicky hint: Ditch the flash. Especially close up it has a tendency to wash out the photo. Please note that we are talking about the nearly useless pop-up flashes that are part of your camera. I feel they are too directional, directional meaning directly at your subject.

A photo that I think looks too harsh the shadows are too crisp for the feel I was hoping for and the color of the roses are whiter than in real life.

After I turned the flash off the background candle is softer and more out of focus and the roses are a richer color that is truer to life. Personal preferance, I suppose, but I like this photo better.

April's Shower of Photos
April's Shower of Photos: Clean Your Lens
April 4, 2009, 7:19 pm

Today's quicky hint: A clean lens is a happy lens. It will take spectacular photos one right after another for you while a dirty lens will never ever turn out a single usable photo.

This incredible sunset (With the lovely black spot above the sun - dirty lens!) was due to a breeze from the south during Cuba's sugarcane burning season.

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April's Shower of Photos: Turn Their Backs
April 3, 2009, 10:40 pm

Today's quicky hint: Turn their backs when taking portraits to completely change the look of the photo too!

Two photos taken with in the same minute look completely different even though it is the same three girls.

Looking into the sun.

We rotated around to let the sun come from the side a bit.

The sun was low in the sky this day which is always a good time to take portraits!

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April's Shower of Photos: Turn Your Back
April 2, 2009, 10:15 am

Today's quicky hint: Turn your back to completely change the look of the photo.

Two photos taken with in the same minute look completely different even though it is the same sand and water.

One is taken looking towards the sun.

One is taken with my back to the sun.
Totally different looks!

Now, on to the other photographers...
Hurray! So many fabulous photos out there! If you are not on today's list or your link is wrong etc... just let me know! Feel free to join in anytime this month.

Under a Wandering Star

The Cabbage Patch

In the Heart of my Home

The Little House in the Big Yard

Sweetness and Light

Shower of Roses

Sonlight Garden

Seven Little Australians Plus One

Inside My Domestic Church

Amy in Stitches

Moments Like These

Ten Kids and a Dog

Just Another Day in Paradise

Lettres de mon Moulin

Five Monkeys and a Princess

April's Shower of Photos
April's Shower of Photos
April 1, 2009, 6:48 am

Do you recall the fun we had last year during the April's Shower of Photos? It was truly a highlight of the blogging year for me. There was no way I'd let April pass us by without photographing her this year either!

If you would like to join me in a month of photos again this year, please drop a comment into the comment box and I'll collect all our info into my sidebar. Set your own goals for the month or focus on a theme that interests you (spring flowers, macro photos, portraits, or perhaps the color green?) or simply have uploading one photo a day as your goal! Goodness knows that's all I'll get done some April days!

The above button may change as I'm not quite pleased with it yet, mainly because I did not take the photo! Aaah well, I suppose it gives me something to strive for. Let me know what you think!

I hope to make April's Shower of Photos a little Loveliness to look forward to each day, won't you join me?

April's Shower of Photos
You have to watch the lines on your boat...
March 26, 2009, 8:56 pm never know what may crawl up them!

Look at this!!!

Who does he think he is?

Tryin' to board a vessel without permission?

What! There's an accomplice behind the piling?

Never say it's true!

Repelled at last.

Oh no! Here comes reenforcements!

Abandon ship, mateys!


A fine day was had by all when the Lapaz Crew joined forces with the S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen and swam under the screaming Super Hornets of the Boca Chica Naval Air Station.

Come back soon, you're welcome aboard anytime!

Wordless Wednesday
This was a 50ft power boat.
March 25, 2009, 7:39 am

Always close your thru-hulls.

What a Vacation!
March 14, 2009, 2:36 pm

Oh yeah, this is my life!

Laptop is fixed but I am finding it difficult to leave my hammock on the beach for some reason...

If you need me, I'll be on the beach.
February 28, 2009, 9:14 am

Our laptop appears to boot up and run beautifully except for one important feature - NO PICTURE.

Until this is resolved, posting will be infrequent.

To end on a positive note, it warmed up this weekend and new sand is being poured on our beach to replace what Wilma (that would be Hurricane Wilma of 2005 fame) took away. Beach chairs rent for $2 a day here. Any takers?

Seven Quick Takes Friday (vol. 1)
February 20, 2009, 10:14 am

I'm delving into the 7 Quick Takes waters this week, so much to talk about, none of which ended up with it's own post this week. So shall we begin?

1. My dad sent me flowers for St. Valentine's Day and they are still smelling bee-yoo-tifully! Mom made sure to select the fragrant option, they know me so well!

2. How excited am I by the news that Theresa is moving into my neck of the woods? Too excited to even string words together coherently! LOL! I can hardly wait to send the kids off with skim boards and snorkel gear and settle in under a palm tree with our toes in the sand for a good chat! :)

3. Speaking of news and changes, there is a bit of that happening here too. More on that later but it suffice it to say that it has kept us busy-busy-busy this week.

4. We had fog for days and days and days down here which never happens. In our 8 years down here we have had one morning of fog previously. Everyone flipped out.

5. But the sun eventually came out again and I recieved my very first sunburn of the year while scrubbing the deck.

6. I've been rowing my dinghy again when it isn't foggy and now my shoulder aches in the morning when I wake up. I'm telling myself it hurts in a good way, but seriously? Is there a good way to hurt??? Hmmph.

7. Marianna has had a fever off and on this week and is now coughing while napping, so odd for her, must be caused by that fog, don't you think?

Well, now that we're all caught up together, I'll send you over to see all of today's Quick Takes, with Jennifer at Conversion Diary. Make sure you say "Hi!" to her from me!


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S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen
Who: Capt. Hal, Jennifer, and our daughter Marianna, a great photographer!
Port: Boca Chica
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