Our new pet

Saturday, January 26, 2008

This morning as we were getting ready to leave our dog started going crazy. We thought she was in a fight with another dog. I went out to see what was going on and discovered this little guy on the fence. Of course I yelled for Denise to get the camera. As I took pictures it became more scared than it already was and ran for the tree. Each time the flash went off it seemed to get more frightened. -SG


Oh, the joys of being the oldest!!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Anna wakes up early each morning and practices piano before getting ready for school. It is the quietest time of the day for her to concentrate. Though some times she has a little help with her practice. We have tried to convince Matthew that he doesn't need to help, but he doesn't agree. It isn't uncommon that we find him playing along with Anna. Thank you Anna for being such a good sport. You are wonderful.
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Chew Chew

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Little Chew Chew Gatherum had a stool so blue,
and everywhere Chew Chew went he took it with him too. -SG

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Another Great Sunset


Look what we found at the dump!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

This afternoon we found that we had the time to take a load of old recyclables to the dump. Looking at the clock I though we will be just in time for the sunset and I threw the camera in the car as well. It was a little weird as the great color show was to the east instead of the west. Within minutes of these pictures it was all gone. You will never know what you find where you least expect it.--SG


Bean bag anyone?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Matthew has discovered his sisters beanbag chairs. They provide easy access to his toes and we often find him lounging around in one of them. --SG


Stake Temple Trip

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Today Denise and I actually attended the same session together, this is a rare treat for us. I had high hopes that the weather would cooperate and have a beautiful sunset to photograph at the temple. I guess we will save that shot for another day.

Did I mention how much I love Denise? She makes laugh and I love to be around her. She is also very patient as she stood around in the cold and waited for me to take more pictures of the Temple in the dark, wow what a woman. However, I don't like how they turned out so this will have to be my first post without a picture : ( --- CORRECTION after taking another look I felt they weren't as bad as I thought so here is a picture (posted 1-18-08)

Any way we attended an early session and went to the cafeteria before going to the chapel session for the stake, when we ran into an old friend from high school. What a small world some days. -SG


Temple 1-5-07

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

On Sat. Jan 5th Denise and I pulled one of our famous Temple switches were one of us attends a session while the other stays with the kids and then we switch. These opportunities provide ample time to take Temple pictures. -SG



Over the last couple of days I have found myself longing or perhaps wishing I brought my camera to work as the sun sets have been magnificent. As I did not have my camera with me I sped home, said hi, grabbed the camera, and ran back out the door. I hope Denise will continue tolerating my new hobby as I don't mean to be rude but sometimes the sun does not wait. Any way enjoy the tail end of a great sun set as I did. -SG


Little pictures add up to a big family

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

These pictures were a first attempt at a family portrait for me. Some of the challenges we faced were limited space, only the on camera flash, cranky kids just to name a few. I decided to shoot the pictures at a 90 degree angle to the corner of the room with the family about 6ft out from the corner. I placed a lamp behind the group to help create more separation from the wall and lessen the hard shadows from the flash. Over time I think they will get better but not bad for a first attempt and 18 people and very little prep time (I also had a migraine before I started). I am having some problems with the auto focus focusing in on the wrong part of the image making the main subjects blury. I am sure I will get this worked out. (I hope)-SG


Granddaughters, aren't they cute!!


The whole family


The Lincoln's


Mom, Dad and Kids


Mathew and Denise



Sunday, January 6, 2008

My most favorite sight when going to Portland is the Temple, I love the way it stands so majestically among the tall pines, what a spectacular sight it is off the busy freeway and in my opinion one of the most beautiful buildings in Oregon if not the country. (not biased here)

On the night I picked up my camera there was a ward Temple trip. Fortunately I arrived there about 2 hours early and had the opportunity to spend that time taking pictures and getting to know the camera. Here are some of the shots. -SG



While at the cost I had a window of opportunity to take some pictures outside while it was not raining. Given that it pored the whole time we were there it was an amazing opportunity.

The first picture was taken while on the "lookout tower" of the house we stayed in and is facing south west. The sun was peaking just through the clouds around 3:30pm while to the right a major storm front was coming in. All and all it was a gorgeous sight. The second picture was taken about 45min later to the north from the steps that led to the beach. It reminds me of the words from Chehov's "Dark winter"

"The day was still, cool, and wearisome, as usual on grey, dull days when the clouds hang low over the fields and it looks like rain, which never comes." --Chekhov

Let me know what you think. --SG



Thursday, January 3, 2008

Matthew is probably one of the sweetest, kindest, little boys you will ever meet. However when his patience is gone it really shows. -SG


Christmas 2007

Well Christmas has come and gone and it is that time of year where we reflect on the past and resign to do better. I am not promising that there will be no long stretches of time between entries but I am resigned to do better. Christmas was full of excitement and craziness in the Gatherum household. While Denise and I are in our current callings I think every Christmas will present a measure of craziness. Between Enrichment, Christmas parties, stake calenders, etc... there is no shortage of things to be done. It was also exciting especially for the girls as their cousins from Utah came to visit, and shared Christmas and a fast three days at the coast with us (more on that later I think).

This year I received an early Christmas present a Canon Rebel XTI so naturally I have been taking lots of pictures. With this camera I really wanted to move from taking snapshots to photographs so I talk to any one who will impart advise when I can, and have picked up a few tricks I hope. Included in this entry our a few of the pictures I haven taken some represent my first attempt with using off camera lighting, as I do not own any speed lights or strobes yet ; ) I used a halogen shop light behind a bed sheet to diffuse the light on the other side I used a sheet of foam core board to bounce shop light for a fill effect. I also have started dabbling with Photoshop actions so let me know what you think. -SG