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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!

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fill flash | fill it with flash

April 6, 2011

ok this is not a strength of mine.

i am actually in the process of figuring this out totally. i don’t often deal with artificial lighting so a new skill to learn!

i bought a gary fong puffer to help me take some great snapshots of the kids. altho i am a photographer- snapshots are very dear to me.

they are moments that i want to keep. hold on to. show my kids 20 years from now. first steps, swim lessons, first play….you know – THOSE things?

just because they are snapshots does not mean i don’t care about the lighting, focus, exposure or composition. i am aware of them and do my best in the moment using those skills.

but not batting an eyelash if they aren’t canvas worthy. 😉

so on to the puffer.

i actually have a speedlight but don’t always want to deal with batteries or another thing weighing my camera down when i just want a snap.

you know how when the sun is high you get shadow eyes – even for a snapshot if you could prevent that…wouldn’t you?

now the puffer fits on dslr’s only. it slides into the hotshoe on the top of your camera. it’s basically a little piece of plastic that helps soften and diffuse the light from the flash.

i’ve used it here in the shade.

a sooc (straight out of the camera which means it has not been altered in anyway since it came out of the camera) to show you an example of why i would use it in the shade.

do you see how just that little bit of flash filled in the shadows, brought some light to his eyes AND made the colors a little richer, and image little


  • Michelle Kirnan · Posted April 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm · Link · Reply

    Yet another great post Amy! I’ve been reading about fill flash and of course lived by it when I had only my point and shoot. But I haven’t yet tried it on my DSLR because I’m not really sure how. :( How would you modify a speedlight for fill??? I’m wondering if I should invest in the Gary Fong sphere…

  • Elaine · Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm · Link · Reply

    Love this, will have to look into that piece of equipment… Would love to see you do a ‘tips and tricks’ on back lighting Amy, would love to hear your ideas on how to get those shots…

  • Luciliam · Posted April 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm · Link · Reply

    Hi Amy! I discovered you blog and I am just loving it! This post makes me think… in fact it is a old doubt of mine.. What do you Americans call “snaptshot”… what exactly is it? Here in Brazil we call “shot” every pictyre we take. I notice that you have a diference… This photo of the wonderfull boy… why is it a “snapshot” and not just a “shot”?

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