Archive for May, 2009

Photography Website

Posted: May 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

If you are interested in viewing my photography gallery or learning more about me, please visit my website at www.photographybysaharra.com. I have recently set the site up and have been told that there is a slight problem with how long it takes the pictures to load. I am sorry for this inconvenience and am working on a solution.

Thanks!!

Saharra

Ok…here is the deal. I took a few pictures with my new Pentax K200D. I upgraded from a Canon EOS Rebel 35mm which was completely uncomplicated, to this amazing piece of eqiupment, which is very complicated (in the beginning). I have learned quite a few different things lately, which I will post later. For now, the shots below are my favorite out of my “test runs”. You can click on the image to see an enlarged view.


Edited Engagement Pictures

Posted: May 13, 2009 in Uncategorized
I edited a few of the engagement shots I took below. I have only done a few which means I have a few left to play with!

I finally got my dream camera. It is a Pentax K200D. I absolutely love it. I will post photos I have taken with it, when I get the chance. Right now, I want to post some engagement pictures I took over the weekend. The subject’s names are Kim and Andrew. They will be getting married in June. I used to work with Kim. I took the photos with two cameras. Andrew’s Canon Powershot and my Canon EOS Rebel 35mm. They turned out pretty good. I have done a little editing, but I will post those after this post. Let me know what you think…

Work Pictures

Posted: May 6, 2009 in Uncategorized

So…you know how you can walk into someone’s office and find pictures of their family? Well, I am one of those poeple. I have photos all over my WALL in my office and one in a frame on my desk. I thought I would share them with you!!

This was taken up at Silver City over Memorial Day Weekend last year. We had a blast! Despite the rain and fire ants, we rode the four wheelers and dirt bikes until we collapsed before even THINKING about s’mores. Zane OBVIOUSLY had a great time!! That is all we care about.

This was taken around an old Mining Shaft. We rode the bikes around for an hour or so and came across this beautiful cabin (I will have to post those pictures later) and an amazing mine shaft. We started walking around and enjoying all the sights. Zane was still in his “Thumb’s Up” funk and felt like posing that way for every picture.

AWW…If this doesn’t make me want another one, I don’t know what else will. He was so chubby and cute and giggly. I miss those days!! He is just so grown up now and it brings tears to my eyes. I just LOVE this picture of him.

This was the surprise I mentioned before. Jeremy originally proposed to me on August 25th, 2007. He put a white gold Marquis cut diamond on my finger that day. It was a beautiful ring that he picked out with a lot of thought. I loved it. I always thought I wanted a princess cut diamond, but they are SO common anymore. I just loved that he picked this out. Then, as we are repeating after the judge, he slips THIS ring on my finger. I gasped and swayed and almost had a heart-attack. I think I scared the Judge, along with the family that was there that day. He got me again. He really knows how to not give out any hints before hand. I guess everyone said they could see him fumbling in his pocket for the correct ring, but I was staring into his gorgeous eyes, trying not to cry as we repeated the vows that will stick with us forever throughout or marriage. It was a beautiful day and I love my husband so much!
This was taken when we went to Sun Valley, Idaho. I was invited by the Casey Family Program to be a guest speaker for a meeting between Health and Welfare Officials, Judges, Attorney’s and all kinds of intimidating people. Over all, there were 300!! I was terrified, but it turned out well. We got reimbursed for gas used on the drive there and back. We were put in the hotel there for free and we got to swim and bike and just have an awesome time for the weekend. We three amigo’s rented bicycles to ride from the Lodge down into Ketchum. After a few hours of riding his around, Zane decided that he would rather get a trailer and ride into Ketchum. We stopped at a Burger joint downtown and I had the best Turkey Avacado sandwich there! We had a blast. Jeremy and I are even talking about running away with Zane to Sun Valley again for our One Year Anniversary in September.

Now…don’t drool. I do all the time. He is my muscle man. I probably took 20-30 photos of him chopping wood while camping at Silver City. His muscles are accentuated and he just looks like he could fend off a pack of hungry wolves or a bear. I DO have this posted on my wall at work…nobody has said anything yet 🙂
That’s all for now. I will dig through some old pictures this weekend and find something interesting to post. I have a HUGE box full of them…so I am sure I can find something good!! Maybe an old prom picture, or pregnant picture or something!

Whew…we had a bout of CRAZY weather here. We actually had a tornado warning…IN IDAHO. It is a strange spring so far. I have been itching like you wouldn’t believe for a Pentax K2000 (a nice but kind of expensive Digital camera). I can’t buy it though. So I thought I would try a few different setting on my Canon EOS Rebel 35mm. I bought it at a pawn shop for $150. The lens is scratched a little and I have no idea how to use it. I figured I would try putting it on the “AV” setting. Not sure what that is, but I didn’t like how the photos turned out. I have put them below. These were taken with 400 speed Kodak film.

Not sure. It is some stripping for a flower bed (or something), with some weeds growing through the pavement…strange but somehow pretty.

The lovely, but not perfect tulips. We need a color variety, I know…

I still can’t get enough of the Lilacs. They are gorgeous.


This is just ONE photo of the crazy storm. The many more I wanted to get…didn’t happen, because I was terrified of ruining my only camera. I would be devastated…


I loved the bees. They were everywhere.

The beautiful blooms of spring.

And again…

And again…although, this was not on a tree. I’m not sure what it is.

This horse fly was so still on the log fence. I got really close and it didn’t even flinch.

He was quite an intriguing subject.

I like this bee the best, but the photo sucks.

Zane was on his bike riding around (with NO training wheels!!) and he decided to stop and ask me to take a picture of him. He then POSED. He looks a little goofy, but this is him being cute. I love how cheesy it came out!

This is Jeremy (my husband). He has to wash the bike every Sunday after riding. He tears it up and cleans it well. This is about the only cleaning he will do 🙂

The tulips are in bloom!!


This was my last picture on the roll of film. I was looking around my in-law’s pasture trying to find something nice to take my last photo of. Out of the corner of my eye, I see this little bird sitting on some old scrap metal. It was perfect!


Just a strange viewpoint. I thought the dandelions in the pasture looked kinda pretty behind the old log fence.

The once beautiful Chevy truck. It was my hubby’s first car that is now growing weeds through the engine…

You can see the wonderful twigs in the wheels…

Bee’s galore!

For some reason, the barbed wire sitting there looked kinda rustic and inviting. I thought I would try to capture that.

Just some pretty flowers. I think this is the apple tree in the front yard…but it could be the cherry tree…?

NOTE: These next few are edited slightly in Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10.

This is the same cheesy picture of Zane. I selected his coat and de-saturated the coloring of the rest of the picture, making the coat stand out. I liked it!

This is Zane holding a Roly Poly (sp?). The original photo was great! But I applied a Colored Pencil filter to it, and the effect was beautiful. You really couldn’t see the detail of the roly poly though, so I selected the tiny thing and applied the Colored Pencil filter to the remainder of the photo. Now the roly poly is a little more detailed.

Aww…I learned about the rule of thirds from the Pioneer Woman (http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/). I applied that rule and cropped the original photo of the bird. Then selected the bird with careful hands and applied a black and white filter to the remainder of the photo. I absolutely LOVE this picture!

Same bee from before, only I blurred the edges of the photo a little bit, emphasizing the bee and the flower.

Same blurred technique applied here, with a black edge. It makes it look sort of like a painting, to me anyway.

I love LILAC’s…

…But, you can probably tell by now.


The Original Roly Poly…dum dum dum…

I am thinking of entering this weight loss contest for Diabetes. If I win, I will get three thousand dollars, which would pay for my Pentax K2000 (or in the event that I win the K20). I will let you know what I end up doing! Right now I have joined the biggest loser club online and have lost 15 pounds in a Month. I hope I can continue to become healthy!