Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I tried one, not very good, so I found some frosting in the fridge and raided the pantry for decorations and Ross and I decorated cookies, Mike even got in on it as well. And this is what they looked like decorated. Much prettier, but still not too tasty.
I don't know what my problem has been lately, but nothing is turning out very well. My last 3 attempts were failures. I made a couple pumpkin pies...forgot the sugar...yup, eww. Next endeavor, we got a new cookie press from Pampered Chef, so I decided to try it out and found a recipe online that involved jello to make the cookies a little fruity...not good. We threw away almost the whole batch.
I started on Weight Watchers again and made some brownies that are only 2 points each. Those actually turned out, so that's good. The recipe is scary but easy. It is a box of low-fat brownie mix and a can of black beans. You put the entire contents of the can of beans in a blender and grind them up, add the puree to the dry brownie mix and that's it. I put mine in muffin tins and cupcake papers to get the suggested serving size on the box of brownies and baked them for 26 minutes. Amazing really, that a combination like that would even be thought up, but it's genius really at how good the brownies are!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am making this a year of beginning of new things, well this is my first cabling project!! I love the cabling, it adds so much to the pattern and it is so easy to work! I'm excited with how it looks. I don't think the pattern calls for a lining but I plan on finding a simple fabric with a simple green pattern on it, I think every good purse has at least one pocket in it. I bought little black wooden handles for the purse. I need to make two panels of the picture above and I'm not quite done with the first panel, so hopefully I'll get motivation to get the final project posted quickly.
I am still trying to learn my camera, so I experimented with when to use the flash, the picture above is with the flash. This one to the left is with out the flash, the picture with the flash shows the color better, but I don't like you can see where the flash hits the yarn, in the middle of the bag on the left side, you can see it is the brightest there. Oh well, I guess I still have more to learn in this photography class!! I still need to take pictures this weekend for Wednesday's class. Hopefully I will be able to post those soon!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Our second requirement was to use the rule of thirds. I found this simple example of the rule of thirds at http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/rule-of-thirds/. The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. As follows.
The idea is to make the main subject or the focus of picture land on one of the four intersections that are marked in red. I used this requirement in my next two pictures. They pictures were taken last Saturday when we were in a blizzard here in West Michigan, but I had no other free time to set out and take pictures. You will see what I mean about the weather conditions in the pictures.
I called this "Winter Lighthouse". In Grand Haven, you are bound to see tons and tons of pictures of this lighthouse. However, most people get their pictures in the summer time...well this is what it looks like on the third weekend of January...at around 3:00 p.m. Not quite the tourist attraction everyone craves in August!!
Well, even though it is a little foggy, (actually that fog effect is actually blowing snow, not fog at all), you can still see that the lighthouse is on the right third of the picture, which follows the rule of thirds!
If you look, you can see the waves hitting the side of the boardwalk and those are ice chunks on surface of the water, burrr!
This is my favorite picture to the right. It also follows the rule of thirds. I have the circle of the cross beam matching the intersection of the thirds.
I decided I really like pictures with a lot of depth. I wish all of the lights would have been lit up on the building but I notice the 2nd and 3rd lights are burned out.
That little glow around the street light is actually a snowflake that landed and melted on my camera lens. Kind of a bummer, but good placement to make the light look like it's glowing.
I don't have a name for this photo, but it is my favorite, so I should probably come up with something to call it! It is the old Grand Haven Museum.
Those foot prints in the snow along side the building are mine and Ross's, this was not my first attempt and a cool night shot!