2011 May Archive - Redding, CA Photographer | Amy McMaster Photography

Month: May, 2011

sweet light | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty three

May 22, 2011

i’m a bit of a lens junkie.

i have quite a few things in my bag. or i should say bags. i have too many to fit in one bag.

i really wanted something longer than my 85. and i considered the 70-200 for a while. but found that i much prefer the speed of primes. so after much research i decided to get a 105mm f/2.

not the macro version.

it arrived yesterday. it’s heavy but not as heavy as i had read the 70-200 f/2.8 was. it’s very solid. has a built-in lens hood which i am actually a fan of.

it feels old school and it should. this lens first came out in the 90s. :)

so here is my test drive:

ahhh love me some sunset light.

[here she is releasing a ladybug she caught]

the bokeh is so scrumptious. these are all shot at f/2.

i can’t believe she will be five in two weeks!

i know. i know. i sure am sharing a lot. the sun. the haze. the bokeh. ahhh!

this little mini session lasted all of 10 minutes. she spent the time jumping. running, catching & releasing lady bugs…

and i brought in so many stickers embedded into my sweat pants. 😀

worth it though!

i wonder which one i should canvas?



  • Shannon Daly · Posted May 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm · Link · Reply

    Image 6 is awesome!

  • janice smith · Posted May 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm · Link · Reply

    These are STUNNING!! Absolutly love them. I must admit, I’m a sunset/haze addict as well!

  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted May 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm · Link · Reply

    Oh my! Such a decision…good luck! I love the entire series. The location and the lighting are of course gorgeous, add the precious little one and it’s perfection!

  • Elaine · Posted May 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm · Link · Reply

    Canvas the last shot… :-) Wow you nailed the ‘scary’ lens LOL So what was it like to be able to adjust the bokeh with the ring??

  • karren hubrich · Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm · Link · Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous photography! I’m glad I found your blog on Cm’s

  • Catherine R. · Posted May 23, 2011 at 5:43 am · Link · Reply

    Gorgeous! Dreamy!

  • kelly tonks · Posted May 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm · Link · Reply

    just heavenly, I could look at a million more:-))

  • Laura · Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm · Link · Reply

    GORGEOUS! I still use my 105mm from 16 years ago! Love love love!!!

  • emily horton · Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm · Link · Reply

    Hi, came here from CM… I LOVE these images! My vote is for #3 to canvas. They’re all gorgeous, though! :)

  • JenC · Posted May 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm · Link · Reply

    Gorgeous photos Amy!!! Simply gorgeous.

  • Beth · Posted June 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm · Link · Reply

    The last two are my favorites for a canvas. These are so dreamy!

  • Kristi Ahrens · Posted June 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm · Link · Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! You do amazing work Amy!

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bug bath | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty two

May 20, 2011


she goes by many nicknames.

don’t most of our little ones?

bug is but one of her names.

she is so funny.

makes all these silly faces and sounds.

she is very much the comedian.

she loves bubble baths and mommy snuggles.

yesterday she randomly ran up to me and threw her arms around my legs

squeezing so tight and smiling

“mommy, i love you so much!”

did she…

my 2 year old? she did!

i was a big blobbery mess.

so today when she turned her big ‘buggy’ eyes on me asking for a bubble bath…

what do you think i said?


d700 + 50 1.4 lens

[tea shoppe preset: black tea]


  • Deanna · Posted May 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm · Link · Reply

    These are stunning as always!

  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted May 21, 2011 at 6:05 am · Link · Reply

    SHe’s just precious, Amy! Love the processing too – perfect b&w in my opinion. 😉 Wish I had LIghtroom.

  • Exsondra · Posted May 21, 2011 at 7:22 am · Link · Reply

    My favorite picture is the last one, she is adorably cute and I loved the story! It brought back memories of my girls now 19 and 22, enjoy every precious moment time moves way to fast, my Mom use to tell me that and I never believed her until I blinked… Thank you again, you made me smile =)

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sleeping beauty | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty one

May 19, 2011

she snuggled in with me in the middle of the night.

waking up to this sweet sight of my baby girl…

just sleeping.

my sleeping beauty.

d700, lensbaby composer, f4, iso 3200, ss 1/13

i braced my elbows for such a low shutter speed.

sneaking out of bed to go grab my camera was hard.

i wanted to go back to sleep but how could i not capture this moment?


  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted May 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm · Link · Reply

    Love it, Amy! Such a sweet capture. <3

  • ritza · Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm · Link · Reply

    Beautiful!Can you tell me what setting you have your camera on? I haven’t been pleased with any of the pics I’ve took.BTW I love your site!

  • Five Friday Faves | Our Typical Life · Posted May 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm · Link · Reply

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lighting as mood | life. right now. | a 365 project | twenty

May 18, 2011

one image today.

i love moody b&ws and by now you have noticed that-

i’m sure. 😀

this one is with a lensbaby set at f/4

d700- iso 1600 and ss 1/640

i post what i like.

and i liked this.

so i posted it.

i do like airy and light black and whites too.

but this was dim window light from a very wet and gloomy day.

it just fits.

<3 xx

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blue belly mama | life. right now. | a 365 project | nineteen

May 12, 2011

i know seeing pictures of children and pretty pretties is…well…


but sometimes i like to see other things through my lens.

we rescue a lot of alligator and blue bellies (western fence lizards)

from an outdoor cat that adopted us.

he eats them. *shivers*

but not if we can help it.

this little blue belly was pregnant and i didn’t think she would even survive her injuries.

but she did. and 2 days later started laying eggs-

in my rescue tank. eek!

i truly had no idea what to do. so i panicked and called Petco’s herp department.

they told me to call 365-wild.

i did. and some nice lady wanted to take Nahla (what i named lizzie mama) off my hands.

get her well and try to incubate any eggs that might survive.

i thought that was cool. :)

her eggs looked like round corn. weirrrrd. :)

and although i used to be terrified of them (lizards in general)-

i quite respect them and no longer fear them.

they are very fascinating.


see the blue on her belly?

little factoids for my homeschooling buddies:

blue bellies are really western fence lizards.

males have a brilliant deep rich blue on their bellies with a thick black stripe on either side down the middle

plus two scales under a bulge under their tails.

females bellies are not quite as blue (sometimes no blue) and the bulge and 2 small scales under the tail are absent.

homeschooling rocks! 😀

my 9, 7 and 5 year old can all tell genders on the blue bellies themselves now.


  • Cassie Sheridan · Posted May 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm · Link · Reply

    The pictures are beautiful. I have always been terrified of lizards of any kind. My cats are always catching them in the sunroom. Gracee caught one yesterday and my husband had to catch it and put it outside before she killed it. I don’t know why I am like this. I grew up in the country so it’s not that I am a city girl. I am just terrified of lizards and snakes. By the way, I just love your photos. You always inspire me to practice and learn more. Thanks.

  • Amy Beth · Posted May 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm · Link · Reply

    Cassie- I was terrified of them too! I still am a little bit apprehensive of the alligator lizards because they are kinda bitey- mostly the males are though. But the lizards – like the ones in these pictures – aren’t biters by nature. They don’t have fangs or anything so if you are bitten it feels like a sandpaper pinch. I still try not to get bitten. I’ve never been bitten by a blue belly. And I think their ‘kindness’ is what helped me put away my fear. That and my kids. They catch like 5 a day. No joke! Even my 5 year old daughter is fearless. Not fair! haha Holding them progressed to even holding small snakes- which I can do now. I am so proud of me! And now I want to adopt a Bearded Dragon for a pet. 😀 Baby steps! And taking pictures and seeing them up close through the pictures helped (since a picture can’t bite you). Photography as fear therapy! 😀

  • Kristi Ahrens · Posted June 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm · Link · Reply

    Cool post! Milo and I actually saw one very similar to this yesterday on a tree in our back yard. It had LONG fingernail things and blue under it’s belly and neck.

  • Kim Peterson · Posted January 30, 2012 at 8:47 am · Link · Reply

    I just discovered you and your blog/store yesterday, and I’m really glad I did. I’m enjoying your tutorials, photos, and products (I won a 75% off last night and downloaded the Lightroom Squeaky Clean presets – thank you). I am just learning photography and all that goes along with it – processing, etc. – and I found you through Amanda Padgett and Everyday Elements. I homeschooled my kiddos through the 6th grade, then Christian Junior High, and finally public high school (we did it all based on a year by year evaluation of where we felt led to go). My oldest is now graduated college and my youngest is a senior in high school. I wish I had started my photography hobby back then, but am enjoying it very much now and especially enjoy all your tips. I am sure you must be extremely busy, but I am wondering if I sent you a photo I took recently whether you would be able to process it for me using the Squeaky Clean presets/brushes in Lightroom 3 and give me any tips about how to process it. I also have PSE 9 and can do follow up in that after Lightroom. I’m just trying to figure out this whole workflow thing. I could also send you a processed version by me just to give you an idea of what I know (or don’t know) how to do. I would also appreciate any recommendations from you about which of your other products might most benefit me. I will totally understand if you do not have time to help me so please do not feel any obligation.

    Thanks for your blog and shoppe!
    God Bless,
    Kim Peterson

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