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Single tired mom of four. Lover of chocolate and coffee - not necessarily in that order. Lover of Jesus, photographer by trade, Photoshop junkie and crime TV watcher.


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Wordless Wednesday – A Big Red Birthday Present

June 10, 2008



Through the Lens: Digital Photography 101

For all of you that expressed interested in the photography workshop,  I am introducing Through the Lens: Digital Photography 101.  A workshop for anyone that wants to improve their photography skills.

I have started a Yahoo Group that I will use to send out the starting date, reminders and or any news about the assignments.  Please join only if you would like to be on the mailing list.  This is strictly for updates on this workshop.   You do not have to join the group to participate.  I have formed the Yahoo group as a convenience to prevent anyone from missing an assignment.  Also, if an assignment has to be postponed, I will have the ability to give you a heads up. 

If you choose not to join the Yahoo group, but still want to keep track of the assignments, look for the page Through the Lens, right up there on the left sidebar under Twaddle.  

So what do you need to take this workshop?  Well… for one, a camera.   To follow along with the assignments you should have at least a 3 mega pixel camera with optional manual settings, (allows you to change the aperture and shutter speed.)  If you do not have the ability to change the settings on your camera, you are absolutely still welcome to join, but will have a hard time following along with many of the assignments. 

You will also need a place to upload your photos, such as a blog or a Flickr account.   When you are done with the assignment you will come back to this blog and link to your finished photos, wherever you have uploaded them.  If you are uploading your photos to an photo account and then uploading them to your blog, I recommend Flickr’.  Some places will compress your files during your upload, which causes a loss in quality.   Flickr’ allows you to upload without compression on even large files.

Lastly, you are required to have understanding for the person teaching this workshop because I am NOT A PROFESSIONAL!  So please have patience with little ol’ me.  I am learning as we go too.  Have any suggestions?  Well, bring ‘em on;  I’m listening and I looove suggestions.

When do we start you ask?  The date of the first assignment will be June 20th barring any natural disasters or Hallie disasters.  Don’t laugh, those of you that know me can attest to the truthfulness of this statement.

You can join here: ThroughTheLens-DigitalPhotography101-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.  After clicking this link, just send an email expressing your desire to join the group, or a blank email is fine also.

Digital frame by K. Pertiet

Did you know Gremlinwrangler is giving away duel copies of her Friendly Cashier books!?  The second is hot off the press and you have a chance to win!  Just go to your blog and write a couple of lines letting people know about the books and this giveaway.  And make sure to link to this post.








  1. Dianne - Bunny Trails says:

    Good morning, Hallie, dearest. Today is Tuesday. :D I realize you’re ahead of me in terms of time zones, but that only makes up for a couple of hours. It’s still awhile until Wednesday.

    The wagon shot is very cute, though! Love the way the bright red pops! Your daughter, on the other hand, doesn’t look to sure of this wagon riding gig. LOL!

    June 10th, 2008 at 9:20 am

  2. Dianne - Bunny Trails says:

    Okay, you can dump my previous comment, if you’d like. I do love the bright red of the wagon. Very cool. :D

    June 10th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

  3. carrie-the gremlin wrangler says:

    thanks for the link, Girl! Can’t wait for the first assignment!

    June 10th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

  4. Gabriel says:

    What a precious picture! I just love it, she looks like she’s enjoying the ride.

    Here is my WW post for today. Have a great day!

    June 10th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

  5. Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home says:

    The photo is beautiful – so crisp! – and the photo workshop is a cool idea. Count me in!

    June 10th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

  6. Randall says:

    When I was young I loved my red wagon. We lived on a hill, and the kids on our street would spend hours riding our wagons down the hill.

    June 11th, 2008 at 12:06 am

  7. Sukhmandir Kaur says:

    So colourful and crisp!

    June 11th, 2008 at 12:40 am

  8. Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home says:

    I just linked to your workshop and posted about a giveaway I’m hosting in two weeks!

    June 11th, 2008 at 12:43 am

  9. Leonard says:

    haha..the expression!

    happy WW!

    June 11th, 2008 at 1:12 am

  10. Carrie Craft says:

    I just love how your pics are so crisp. The photos of your daughter’s tea party were beautiful and reminded me of pics I’ve seen in magazines.


    I want to do the workshop – but I’m concerned about time. We’ll see.

    June 11th, 2008 at 1:22 am

  11. joy says:

    oh my! what a lovely photo :) your header design is just awesome!

    June 11th, 2008 at 2:35 am

  12. Clicky says:

    Happy WW! Great entry. Love the blog too :)

    June 11th, 2008 at 2:36 am

  13. SandyCarlson says:

    That’s a wonderful shot. God bless.

    June 11th, 2008 at 4:34 am

  14. Dark Angel says:

    Very cute daughter you have ma’am!

    June 11th, 2008 at 5:42 am

  15. Jenny, Bloggess says:


    June 11th, 2008 at 8:42 am

  16. Steven and Aisha says:

    I love the photo of your daughter! That’s really a great shot!!

    June 11th, 2008 at 8:49 am

  17. shannon says:

    Cute wagon! Wish the one I used to pull my oldest had had big tires like that!

    June 11th, 2008 at 9:34 am

  18. Raven says:

    What a cool red wagon! And a lovely photo.

    June 11th, 2008 at 11:02 am

  19. misc*etc says:

    That looks like a present anyone would be happy to get! ;) oh wait were you refering to the wagon?? that’s quite nice as well…

    June 11th, 2008 at 11:39 am

  20. Kimmie says:

    What a fun present! One all of you can enjoy, yeah!

    Your class sounds wonderfully amazing.

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

    June 11th, 2008 at 11:50 am

  21. Mary Beth says:

    There is nothing quite like a red wagon, especially when you have someone to pull it for you:) I’m hoping my email went through – I think your photo workshop sounds fantastic – can’t wait to see what happens:)

    June 11th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

  22. bits & pieces says:

    Beautiful photo!

    Your workshop sounds great! I can’t wait to join. I am so happy to have found your blog today!

    Happy WW!

    June 11th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

  23. Starrlight says:

    Great picture =)

    June 11th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

  24. Where You At?! says:

    Cool ride!

    June 11th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

  25. Angie Wenke says:

    The photos is sooo beautiful! Great photo! Thanks for sharing!

    June 11th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

  26. Guy Vestal says:


    June 11th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

  27. Iris says:

    Your Photography 101 looks so cool. I am looking forward to the first assignment :)


    June 11th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

  28. kspin says:

    This photo just screams summer to me! I love her expression too. Very sweet!

    Can’t wait for the class!

    June 11th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

  29. Muthering Heights says:

    What a great gift, and of course, an amzing photo!

    June 11th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  30. Michelle in Mx says:

    oh! Those are so much fuN!
    Happy WW!

    June 11th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

  31. Cal Lord says:

    I’d like to join but when I tried to email you, it didn’t go through. Tell me how to do it.


    June 16th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

  32. LingoVise says:

    Terrific shot – gotta love that expression. Priceless :)

    June 18th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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