Sledding Experiments

The kids have been sledding a lot this week. It was supposed to warm up and rain, and we wanted to enjoy the snow before it was gone.

SleddingI did some research on how to get good pictures with snow, and read that I should overexpose my shots some.  I learned that does not work for sledding because, while the snow stays white, the people are overexposed.  I also read to set my shutter priority high (say 800 -1000) to catch the action.  Well….it worked too well, my pictures turned out looking like the kids sat on the sled screaming for fun.Mark and Andrea

Another idea that I tried was exposing for the sky (I cheated and used the Program mode to tell me what it was) and then setting my shutter speed to around 200.  With my ISO at 200, and tweaking the exposure a little, I finally came up with some pictures that I like!  I still need to practice, but I am sure that if we get more snow, the kid won’t mind sledding some more.



At a class that I went to last week, I learned that Monochromatic photography does not just mean black and white. Black and white, sepia and cyanotype all are different ways to print a monochromatic (one hue) photograph.

Wanting to see the difference, I edited this tree picture so I could compare. I am amazed at how each photograph has such a different “feel” to it.


andrea and sledWe finally got some snow! We woke up Saturday to a few inches and it snowed on and off all weekend. It is a very light snow, so we can’t make snowmen or forts with it.  It is pretty and we will probably be able to go sledding soon.

The kids and I went outside to play and I asked Andrea to pose for an idea that I had. It turned out okay, but not what I was hoping for.  My favorite picture is the one with Andrea holding the sled watching Mark and Megan play.

Andrea and Megan

When she was done posing, she enjoyed taking Megan for a walk in Grandpa’s fishing sled.  Daddy gave it to us just recently, so I am glad we could play with it.



Thief checkingIt was not raining as much as yesterday, but still chilly and damp.  I sent a few of the kids outside to do a quick errand for me just before lunch.  I thought that Megan was inside with Mark.

I soon realized that Megan was outside.  She had put on her boots and was standing by our huge Maple Tree in the backyard. When I went to get her because she was not wearing a coat,  I realized that she had discovered how to remove the hose we use to collect sap, and was drinking the sap from it.Sap thief

I found shoes and my camera to catch her in the act. She would check how much sap was in the bucket, and then drink the sap giggling every so often.  She only stopped because she was shivering. She knew how to put the hose back into the bucket, though she had a little trouble putting the tinfoil cover over that.  I think she discovered something she really likes.

We won’t collect much more sap this week.Thief caught  After dropping 30 degrees today, the temperature won’t be good for collecting sap again until late next week. We collected 5 gallons of sap so far, so we are off to a good start.


Old Acquaintance

I met an old acquaintance at the mall yesterday.  The parks department is hosting different programs to go along with the Photography Show this week. The program yesterday was about reptiles and amphibians.  The kids and I got reacquainted with Snuffy, the Corn Snake. I think this was the first time that Allan has met him.

I really don’t like snakes, and holding them is not my favorite thing to do. But when the kids were little, they did not want to hold them either.  I dared them to hold a baby Rat Snake  that a friend had. Well, they dared me back, and I ended up holding the Rat Snake too. Mark discovered that he likes snakes a lot!

I learned a very important Mommy lesson. Don’t dare the kids to do something I don’t want to do 🙂  I ended up holding a salamander once because of a dare too, but the photo proof of that is lost somewhere.

Everyone enjoyed playing with Snuffy yesterday except for Andrea and Megan.  Megan kept far away from Snuffy, and Andrea was keeping an eye on Megan. When we got home, she said she sort of wishes she could have held him too.

I still don’t want a pet snake, but Snuffy is okay once in awhile.