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Gift Guide / For The Photographer

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I did a gift guide for Him, Her, and little ones, but because I’m obsessed with photography & gadgets I’m adding a gift guide for the Photographer on your list. I own a few of the above myself (3 &4) and love them. In terms of cameras I love my DSLR and will never replace it – but because of the size (It’s BIG) I find that I’m using my iPhone a lot more for candid photos and I’m loving the amount of gadgets on the market to add to your phones. Anyhow, see more picks over on Etsy.Enjoy! xo Lindsay

In Photography

snapping photos underwater

underwater camera

Aubrey bought me an underwater digital camera for my birthday and I had an opportunity to snap some photos of Oscar swimming at my Mom’s yesterday. We ended up going for the FujiFilm FinePix XP60 Waterproof Camera after reading positive reviews online, the price (it happened to be on sale at the time we bought it) and that my brother & (soon to be) sister in law also have the same model and were happy with it.  Some of the shots above crack me up of Oscar. I’m not sure adults will love you snapping photos of their lower half (I’d be mortified if someone did that to me) but snapping babies is pretty fun. 🙂 The one awkward thing about underwater photography (next to having someone snap photos of your lower half) is that as the photographer you float. So it’s hard to snap the perfect shot. I took 345 pictures and maybe 10 are worth keeping and maybe 2 are worth blowing up into art for the house. I had taken scuba diving lessons as a teen to get certified and used to have a weight belt that would have come in handy to try to keep myself underwater for longer than I was able to without – but that’s getting a bit “serious” about getting the shot so not really necessary for all. 😉 Anyhow, just some cute baby legs swimming. 🙂Ps., I got Oscar this new “Puddle Jumper” from Canadian Tire after a friend of my Mom’s recommended it. It is ah-ma-zing. It allows him to swim and get comfortable without me having to hold onto him as I have been. He LOVES it. 

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turn off the auto focus

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Aubrey, Oscar and I headed to the beach yesterday to skip and collect cool shaped rocks. I brought my DSLR with me to snap some photos of Oscar. Partly through snapping I ended up switching off the auto focus. It’s something I’ve experimented with over the years. By turning it off, and manually adjusting the focus, you can keep things slightly blurry. (or really blurry depending on how much you adjust it) I did it at Christmas time in this post and really liked the effect. And the Summer of 2011 I experimented with turning off the auto focus while walking through the forest as you can see in the first shot. Looking at the photo of Aubrey and Oscar above reminds me a wee bit of a print in Thom Fillicia’s Lake House. (I especially love this one) It’s amazing how switching off the auto focus and blurring things just a wee bit, can make a photo more beautiful.  Just a little something creative that is super easy to do.