Thursday, October 8, 2009

Action

I've been playing around with my camera a little recently. On our family walks I have been trying to work on panning. In order to achieve the desired effect one should set their camera shutter speed fairly slow and move the camera at the same speed of the object you are trying to take a picture of while snapping the picture. In theory this will result in a background that looks to be flying by while the moving object you are taking a picture of will remain in focus. Out of roughly 200 shots recently, I may have 4 or 5 keepers (thank goodness for digital cameras). These may be my best.



Plano Balloon Festival

Parking at Balloon Festival: $10

4 Tickets to the festival (even though we could see the balloons from our parking spot): $20

1 bag of cotton candy and a drink: $10

Finding the best spot at the festival to see the balloons fly directly overhead: $0


My kids missing the entire experience because they were too busy doing exactly what they wanted to do (something they could do at home for free!): $$priceless$$

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hawaii

Life has been pretty busy for the Palmer fam since the last time I wrote on this blog, so just to recap: We went to the big island of Hawaii for a week and a half at the end of August. We had a great time with my parents, brother and sister and their spouses. Our kids loved being on the beach. Jessie is still asking that we move there one day. Jessie loved snorkeling with the whole family and I was very surprised that the salt water didn't phase her. I think she was too interested in looking at the fish and turtles to even realize that the water was salty. We also took the kids on a submarine ride and to a luau. They loved both of those activities immensely. As we were packing for the trip it was funny to realize that we were taking three different cameras to Hawaii. Of course I couldn't leave my nice camera home, the problem with this camera is that I prefer to actually do things and not just be the photographer so I hardly took any shots with it the entire time we were in Hawaii. We also brought our scuba diving camera which I used on only one of the dives we went on because I got tired of carrying it around while I was under water, and then we also brought our all around workhorse indestructible waterproof Olympus point and shoot camera. This one got by far the most usage even though it probably takes the lowest quality pictures out of the three cameras that made the trip. We all had a really fun time and hopefully we can go back to the big island. Who knows, maybe a job will open up there soon that I just can't resist.

Jessie loved snorkeling, even with the water almost filling her mask.
We were able to snorkel on a daily basis with many turtles which made both Jessie and Payton really happy.



Jessie loved learning the hula at the luau we went to. Payton had a good time seeing the fire dancer later on in the evening. When the fire dancer first came on Jessie yelled out as loud as she could "Look! He's playing with fire!" This of course made the entire crowd laugh and the dancer stopped and had a chuckle too before he continued on with his routine.





Jessie and Payton had a great time together.

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Payton and Jessie loved any chance they could get to either be buried in the sand or bury anyone else in the sand. They loved playing on the beach.