June 3, 2012

New Pics… Home from vacation

Well, the family and I are home from vacation.  I usually get home sick and miss home, but this vacation was so different.  I felt so relaxed and at home in Sarasota that I just didn’t want to leave.  I think I speak for the rest of my family when I say that too!  We definitely weren’t ready to go home this time.  We could have used another week in Florida.  I guess that is a good indicator that we had a fabulous vacation.  We made some memories that will last us a lifetime!

I have so many pictures to process that it is a little overwhelming!  Exciting, but overwhelming!  I processed a handful so that I could join in some photo challenges this week.  Boy I really missed participating!  These shots are from our last day in Florida.  It was the only rainy day and I was a little disappointed we weren’t going to be able to enjoy the beautiful beach one last time.  At round 6:30 pm, though, the sky opened up and the sun started peeking through the clouds.  It couldn’t have been more perfect!  My mom and step-dad watched Alivia and the hubby and I got to spend the last night walking the beach by ourselves.  The ocean glistened like someone had sprinkled fairy dust on the water.  Yeah, I may spend a little too much time watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates with Alivia!  LOL!  It’s true though. 

So guess what?  I took my first silhouette photograph and it was by accident!  While aiming the camera directly into the sunlight, my hubby walked in front of me.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that he photographed dark against the light sun.  I always wondered how people were able to take these!  I thought there was some sort of trick to it.  I’m so excited to share these!

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I’m linking up the photo below to the Show off your Shot, Shoot. Edit. Submit., and Finagle a Foto Photography Challenges over at And then she Snapped, Mom Tried It,  and Happy Jax.  I absolutely love this shot and was so happy that I was able to catch the seagulls!  It’s unbelievable how unafraid of people they are.  They will fly right to you!  And I love how they flap their wings and then just glide about!

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11 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness, these shots are so beautiful! Love the silhouette pictures!

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  2. These are so great!! Beautiful photos. Jaymi shared some tips on silhouette photos on my blog http://sarahhalstead.com/photography/tutorial-tuesday-shooting-silhouettes/

    Did you see those? Love these shots. You did a wonderful job.

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  3. Amazing silhouette shots. It looks like you've been doing it for years.

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  4. Oh Elena these are incredible! I love how you took these on accident... actually I'm kinda jealous, you are awesome mama! SO happy your back home, & that you guys had such a wonderful time! Can't wait to see more. xoxo

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  5. These are really lovely! And, did the blog layout/look change? I feel like it looks different and I really like it! Anyway, back to the photos - really lovely and great job on the accidental silhouettes! xoxo

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  6. What great shots, Elena! Your silhouettes turned out gorgeous...and on accident, too! So glad you and your family had a wonderful time. Can't wait to see more photos of your trip. :-)
    Sharla

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  7. Surely I can understand why you wanted to stay!
    It looks so wonderfully peaceful, and your photographs are just gorgeous.

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  8. Wow, these are gorgeous! So glad you had a great vacation. ;)

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  9. Looks like you had a fabulous time...so jealous of your beach shots! The silhouettes and seagull shots are beautiful!

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  10. Really beautiful use of light in these.

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