Wednesday, February 13, 2008

February Roses

Can you say slump???? Wow! I've had a major photography slump the past few days. Until today, it had been nearly a week since I even touched my camera. I'm still not feeling that motivated today, but thought I should force myself to get in gear and take some shots of something. I've really been feeling down about my photography abilities lately. I feel so mediocre.:( Sorry to be a downer about that. I'd appreciate any advice from my photog friends on how to get back in the groove again!

But...... I also have some ultra-exciting news to share! My husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary yesterday! I can't believe how quickly the years have flown by. Here we are... four children, numerous cars, four apartments, one condo, three houses, four cities, one cockatiel, a handful of short-lived goldfish, several California vacations, gallons (well, maybe not gallons, but lots of) children's Motrin, too many diapers to count, tons of laughs and more love than I can fathom.... later. It's been quite a ride! I look forward to the next 20...and the next...etc.!


Let me just tell you a little about my wonderful husband. I've never met anyone who is more hard-working, honest and full of integrity. He's sensitive, kind and my best friend. I am truly blessed.


My shots today are of a rose from the dozen I received for our anniversary yesterday. I took it outside and put it on the snow-covered patio table. The first shot is with some tweaks in RAW, and on the second I ran Jess' Acid Wash action.

Thanks for looking!

27 comments:

Nicole said...

Happy anniversary, it was mine yesterday also! 14 years for me though. Beautiful rose and I love the conversion with it.

hailiriley said...

Happy anniversary!!! That is awesome...20 years! Love the rose photos!
Cari

Michelle said...

happy anniversary! so great that you are still so obviously in love. love the action on that second picture.

Lauren said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary (a little belatedly)! DH and I are closing in on 20 as well, it's amazing to have been able to go through adulthood with him :) Beautiful photo of a beautiful rose, the red is just stunning!

Debbi said...

What a sweet post! These shots are both beautiful!

Mom2Drew said...

Congrats on the anniversary...DH and I will celebrate 9 in June. We all go through slumps and it's ok:)

Gypsy Girl said...

Happy Anniversary. Beautiful rose.

mel said...

happy anniversary! beautiful photos!

Amy said...

Happy Anniversary! Love that second photo, it's brighter. How cool you put the rose on the snow, it looks great!

Jen said...

Happy Day!!! I really like #2!!

Val said...

beautiful shot. love the idea ofusing the snow as a BG. happy Anniversary!!

Amanda said...

20 years! That is so fantastic and inspiring. And I love the photo of the rose and the PP you did with it. Just perfect! Congrats!

Becky said...

Happy Anniversary! And you are far from mediocre. I love your rose shots. So dreamy and romantic.

Deborah said...

Congratulations!!! Love the conversion on the 2nd one!! I defenitely don't think you are mediocre, sister!! Hang in there, you will get your groove back!

cherie said...

Happy Anniversary !!!!love the rose shots.

Shawna said...

Ohh I love the composition! So pretty!

Scrapper88 said...

Wow, congrats to you!! I love the rose and the action you ran is perfect!! Ahh cheer up, youve still got it!! Keep taking those pics!!

pakosta said...

gorgeous shots though!
happy anniversarY!
tara

Mer said...

That is a beautiful shot of a beautiful rose! Happy Anniversary!

Kristina said...

Happy Anniversary! 20 years is quite an accomplishment. I like your rose. It's so rich in color.

Bobbi said...

Happy Anniversary! Your roses are beautiful.

Tori said...

Congrats on 20 years! Beautiful rose...

Angela2932 said...

Happy anniversary, great journaling and I love the rose photo! BUT, I also just scrolled through a few days of your other photos and am DUMBFOUNDED (if that's still a word)! Your photos are fantastic! Just goes to show that "feeling" doesn't create reality, because your photos are not mediocre by a long-shot.

Stacey said...

Very cool!

Jodi said...

congratulations! I'm just a few years behind you. As for the photography advice... when I was doing my blog last year, there were SO many times when I'd complain to my husband that I wanted to quit, and I hated my pictures, and if I didn't get a good picture sometime soon I wasn't gonna do it anymore, etc (I promised my husband I would stick to the picture a day for the year, which is why I felt like I needed his permission to quit), and anyway he'd always encourage me so I'd keep going, and I found that if I just kept shooting I would come through the slump and learn something new in the process. So my advice is take a break, for sure, so you don't hate it, but don't give up completely.
Think of all the great pictures you haven't taken yet!

Liz said...

happy anniversary!!!
The snow is the perfect backdrop to show off the rose. The colors really pop and seem so true to what they should be. Great job!

uzmie289 said...

i really like the photos...very pretty.