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Sacrifice & Surrender

Over the holiday weekend my husband and I were lucky enough to be invited down to  Gettysburg, PA.  My sister’s boyfriend is a Park Ranger and is fortunate to live within the park.  Which means we were staying in a house built-in 1808, a little piece of history, in the middle of one of the bloodiest wars fought!

It was pretty stunning when we finally got into the National Park, after 8 hours in the car, trucking through cities, highways, with big billboards, noise & pollution…we arrived late in the evening as the sun was setting over the horizon and drove into sacred land.  It leaves you speechless, the town just disappears and you are left with fields of open grass with fences marking their end.  Monument after monument scatter the countryside as far as your eyes can see and underneath your feet once laid Union & Confederate soldiers fighting for their beliefs.  The surroundings have both an eerie and calming feeling to it, peaceful, yet significant.  I wish you all to visit one day because it is like going back into time…

Plus…it gave me an excuse to practice my photography skills.  Here are a few of my favorites along our journey.

Pretty Powerful Stuff!

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My Hope…

Is to one day go into business…

Right now it’s a hope or some say a dream, but hopes & dreams come true!  RIGHT?  Isn’t that what our parents have taught us to think?!  Well I know from experience, practice makes perfect, so I’m trying hard to practice as much as I can. so photography can be second nature to me just like breathing or blinking!

Some days are better than others and when motivation doesn’t strike, I read,  A LOT, ebooks, blogs, websites, forums, whatever or however I can get the information I try to absorb it!  I’m just hoping it’s clicking.  I’m pretty sure I know the basics of my camera and I’m not sure I can push the limits of it anymore than I already have.  I currently own a Nikon D70, older model by today standards, but not too shabby when paired with a prime 35mm 1.8 lens!  I’m hoping to purchase the D700 sometime later this year, but I don’t want to rely on a “professional” camera to help me be a better photographer, I want to rely on my skills, instincts, and well, talent!

I know the best way to get better is feedback!  I welcome it all the time, I’m the kind of person that enjoys a little constructive criticism…how else are we suppose to learn and grow without knowing what we are doing wrong? (or right!)  I want to know more and learn more and be better, be more!!!  So I welcome any comments, suggestions, advice, or questions you may have.  I welcome them with open arms!

Today’s lesson:  Work on shallow depth of field  & proper exposure in camera…how did I do?