Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Birthday Lens

Okay this post is a little bit of catch up.  This past Saturday was my birthday.  I know you want to know and I am not ashamed, so I will tell you how old I turned.  I am now 35 years old.  It looks a lot older on the computer screen than I imagined it in my head.  I feel 25 (minus the rocking body).

My birthday present to myself was that oh so coveted wide angle lens I have been talking about!  I got myself a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle.  I guess it is considered an ultra-wide angle.  Whatever they call it, I call it awesome.  I bought it second hand from a person that just upgraded to a 5D Mark II (apparently they are not compatible), so I got a pretty good deal on a flawless lens.

My husband and I took the kids to the nearby state park to break this baby in.  It was a great day and the last day we got to go without jackets.  Yes, Cole is wearing his awesome cape and mask from Babypop Designs.

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Boy, is this lens different.  I am going to need a lot more practice to get used to it. 

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But at least I live where there is awesome stuff to photograph.  I just need to get out and do it.

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The kids really enjoyed their hike.

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Here is just one more, I promise.

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I used the new lens on all of these shots.  I really like it and am very happy with it.  Like I said, I just need more practice…lots more.


  1. Well, firstly HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Secondly what a great present to yourself and such great photos!

    Have a great day with many photo opps!!

  2. Happy belated birthday, and if you think 35 is old, I'm ancient!! LOL

    That last shot is my favorite, wow, and I like to think of it as experimentation rather than practice! ; ) But really, the shots look great to me.

  3. That's my favorite kind of present - a new lens!! You are taking beautiful photos with it already! I love every single one! Looks like you are going to have a lot of fun. It will be fun to use on Christmas morning to capture the whole scene.

  4. I like the superhero on the rocks! Happy Birthday!

  5. Great shots. Love the cape. Have fun with the new lens.

  6. Oh my...looks like you know how to use your new lens. These pictures are just beautiful!

    I'd like to give it try!

    Have a blessed day♥

  7. Hey...that is MY birthday too! :) But I"m waaaaaay older yet still feel 25 too (minus the rockin' body). Congrats on the lens! Great photos.


  8. Happy Birthday! What a great gift! Awesome shots as usual!

  9. happy birthday! There were some gorgeous shots there :)

  10. Happy belated birthday! What an awesome gift!! Looks like you have put it to good use. Beautiful shots!

  11. Congrats on the new lens! I Love the last one, such a cool perspective. You do live in a place with tons to photograph, envious. Capes are the best, Alexis wore hers yesterday.

  12. Happy birthday! Sounds like it was a good, especially with a present like that. :D I love the last photo looking up from the creek, it's gorgeous--can't wait to see what else you shoot while "practicing!"

  13. Gorgeous pictures!! And Happy Birthday :)

  14. Happy Birthday, friend! Those are great pics, but the one of your son in his cape and mask made me smile!

  15. Happy birthday!

    Those are fabulous photographs. Once again I'm in awe of you. Just imagine, now, all the great shots you can take when you move abroad! ;)

  16. I have a Pentax 10-17 Semi-Fisheye lens... love it and use it WAY more than I ever thought I would, you will too! Happy Birthday!

  17. Love these photos so much! I an such a wide angle girl ;)



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