About My Blog:

I intend on using this microscopic slice of the internet to share my experiences in life with you. I started this blog back in 2008 when my husband and I drove across country. It served it’s purpose as a way to let family and friends know what we were up to, but now I’m hoping to evolve it into something more meaningful that extends beyond just family and friends.

About Me:

I’m happily married to an intelligent, handsome, funny, loving, multi-talented man. Not only can he fly both helicopters and planes, but he can also fix just about any problem with our vehicles or homes. He has a remarkable aptitude for just about everything. We have two cats, Tia and Thomba. Well, Thomba’s full name is Jean Claude Alberto Thomba (don’t look at me, that was all Mike), but we just call him Thomba, Bob, Beast Rat, Bobble, or Thomba Von Land Bass… It depends on the day.

Mike served in the Army for eight years, which meant we were moving to a new place every three years or so. It was a blast and we lucked out with one amazing duty station, Japan! We met some great people along the way and had some experiences of a lifetime. Now that we’re actually able to pick where WE want to live, we chose Colorado. We’ve been lucky to call Colorado Springs home for nearly a year now. We’re very much enjoying the close proximity to the mountains and all of the outdoor activities that we enjoy doing! It’s nice to know we’re not going to have to pack up and move in another two years, but this is hardly our “forever home”. Round and round we go, where we stop, nobody knows. 

I am part nerd and part outdoor adventurer. I am totally happy sitting in front of my computer, teaching myself about design and photography, blogging, editing photos, etc., but pluck me out of my office chair and drop me in the middle of the Sierras with some climbing and backpacking gear and I’d be STOKED!

There is so much more to me than these few paragraphs have to offer, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll end it here. You’re welcome. 

About My Equipment:

In the event that you were actually wondering what photography equipment and software I use, wonder no more my friends!

Here’s the run down:

Cameras: Canon 60D, iPhone XS (iPhone 6 & 4S used for older posts)

Canon EOS 60D

Lenses: Sigma 30mm f/1.4, Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, and Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and Apple Final Cut Pro X

software

Most of my photography and videography is done using my Canon 60D. I have a tendency to gravitate towards the Sigma 30mm lens as one can achieve some fun depth of field effects with that 1.4 f-stop in both photography and videography (as seen in the focus pulling apparent in some of my videos)!

As far as the photography software is concerned, I love, LOVE, LOOOVE Lightroom! It’s easy to use, great for organizing and there are a bunch of beautiful (FREE—I love FREE!!) presets out there! I even tried Aperture once, out of curiosity, and immediately returned to Lightroom. Photoshop CS6 is also wonderful for fine-tuning your images, but it takes a lot more know-how to operate that piece of software. Of course, if you’re up to it, there are a ton of YouTube tutorials and books out there on Photoshop (and Lightroom, too)!

I still have a lot to learn about Final Cut Pro X. Long ago and far away in the land of college, I took a video editing class where we used Final Cut Express (no ‘Pro’ and no ‘X’ as this was, long ago and far away). Final Cut has come a loooong way since then! A lot has changed, but I continue to learn something new each and every time I create a video. YouTube is, of course, extremely helpful! I’ve also discovered another great educational website, Udemy.com. It’s free to sign up and some of the courses they offer are also free! I’ve found a couple courses on Final Cut Pro X and they were very helpful in getting me started!

As for my computer, I’m proud to say that it’s a Mac, it’s amazingly fast and I built it myself! Read more about my Hackintosh build here.

Well that about wraps it up! Comment with any questions, as I’d be more than happy to help!