Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Freeze Frame

I have a confession. Ever since I got the camera for Christmas, I have been a picture taking fool. I cannot stop. If it moves, I shoot it. If it doesn’t move, I shoot it. I took some 400 pictures at work during the ice storm, documenting our three weeks of intense disaster recovery. We had enough pictures for a 24 minute video. 24 minutes!

Now that spring has sprung, I’ve captured every bloom within a 30 mile radius. Yellow blooms, pink blooms, blooms that fall on rocks, even bloom with colored spots. Every time I pass some new flora or fauna I haven’t snapped yet, I pull over to the side of the road for a picture. Like this:
And this: It’s the inside of a tree downed in the ice storm. I thought it looked like it was crying over its fate.

I’m the same way at home. I have Pioneer Woman syndrome, documenting every move of my family. Hubby and Teen Angel should be numb to the lens by now, but they aren’t. It’s not for lack of trying on my part.

My favorite subjects are people because they do some infinitely fascinating things, especially when they don’t realize you’re taking their picture. Wherever two or more are gathered, I get the urge to take some pictures. Like yesterday, while I waited at the music store for Teen Angel to finish her guitar lesson, and I was surrounded by guitars and banjos and interesting characters with dreadlocks and tattoos. It was all I could do to fight the urge to intrude on some strangers with my lens.

I must admit my very favorite person to photograph right now is my baby nephew, Special Delivery. He’s five months old, and oozes personality, making him a fun subject. He likes to interact with us now and is well aware of his charm. He’s also quite wiggly, which is teaching me how to use the aperture settings and the importance of good lighting. The little stinker is like a worm in hot ashes. I snapped beau coup shots of him Saturday while we helped Super Cop and Mrs. Scrubs move into their new house, and at the risk of inundating you with more baby pictures I’m sharing with you some of my favorites because….because…I…can’t….resist. Somebody stop me!!

11 comments:

J.G. said...

Well, that's my favorite . . . wait, this one's my favorite . . . no, it's THIS one. They are all fantastic (but I might like the last one the best). No wonder you can't stop!

oreneta said...

Don't want to stop you, the photos of special delivery are so fabulous and he is so lovely!

karisma said...

Don't look at me! Im known as the local Paparazzi down here! I will just join you! Man that baby gets cuter every day! Know wonder you can't stop. Thats just way too much temptation for anyone to bear!

Trailboss said...

Oh no no no....don't stop! He is really really a cutie. You know, some babies really aren't cute but he is a beauty. Well, he a boy but still. I was the same way when I first got my camera last Mother's day. You only took 400 pictures during the ice storm? Oh hun, I took way more than that. I don't remember the number but I know that I have over 200 on my flicker. Those are just the ones that I kept! Keep up the great work. Loved the pic of the tree too. I posted some pictures on my blog today showing the damage we still have. Are you contributing to the show on channel 6 saturday about the storm?

Mia said...

yep,its definite you need to take some pictures of Puddin' Cup cause mine never turn out that fantastic!! Oh and thanks for the popcorn tip..Kroger already has my favorite ice cream so I'll just pick up some kernels as well : )

Janis said...

I know what you mean about taking pictures, I am the same way. Since I started blogging and posting photos, I am always looking for a photo opp. to post about. Spring will be bursting out in full glory here in a few weeks and I know I will be snapping away. Your photos are great, love the black and white. Your nephew is sooooo darn cute.

The Church Lady said...

My gosh. Those pictures look like professional photography. People will pay big bucks for pics. like those! Great work and cute baby, BTW.

Trailboss said...

Would you stop taking pictures long enough to post? You are so very funny and I long to read a new post every day. Silly woman.

Cruise Mom said...

Wow - great photos!

I've got two cameras sitting on my desk loaded with pictures I really need to download and post.... but after seeing your pics, I think I need a new camera:)

Trailboss said...

OH MY GOSH girl. I went to the K. bakery for lunch, had the Tuscan which if I remember was one of the 2 items you suggested and it was out of this world. It was HUGE! And get this, I don't even like red peppers....although since pioneer woman posted that luscious pasta recipe this week, or maybe it was last week, I have wanting to make myself love roasted red peppers. I really enjoyed it and will certaintly go back.

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

I'm with J.G....they're all good!