30 minutes in the Life: January 2016

Hard to believe another year has gone by.  Our last date for posing was December 28, and so on December 31, 2015, I got up really early and headed down to the beach to watch the sun rise on the last day of the year.  I was glad to see the end of it to be honest.  It was a tough year all round, with the highlight being Cameron and Kathryn getting married.

There was another high for me. I jokingly asked Richard how much he loved and was it in the area of around $1400.  Suprisingly he said yes.  So as a combination of birthday and Christmas, and for the rest of my birthdays and Christmases until eternity passes, I was give the money to buy the Canon 6D camera. At my own expense I bought the 70-300mm lens.  The zoom lens has always been my go to lens but I will have to start saving soon for the next lens.

Then a friend was selling a lens that I have been looking at for a while.  Just as I decided to buy it my little cat was tested and diagnosed with diabetes.  I debated whether or not I should get it and finally decided yes.  She was very accommodating and by the end of November I had the Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Sweet 35 optic, in my hands.  I was dying to go and play with it.  After a rather stressful payroll, I decided to get up and head to the beach.

Not being an early morning person, I dragged myself off with a cup of coffee, a chair and my camera bag.

I love the effect of the Lensbaby and cannot wait to play with it some more.  The first two images were taken with the 70-300mm and then I switched out to the Sweet 35.

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

I thought I would close out this year starting early, with sunrise on the beach. Down side, I am ending it late :)

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Deerfield Pier

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Practicing with the Lensbaby Sweet 35

Sunrise at Deerfield Beach

Enjoying the final rays

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 minutes.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my friend Hayley Hay Photography / Lasuanne, Switzerland family photographer and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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10 Comments on “30 minutes in the Life: January 2016

  1. Amazing images, Sharleen! I love everything about these…the tones, the energy, the focus!

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  2. omg, these images are amazing! i just had an engagement session with a pier like this! I wish i had seen this before, i would have brought the lensbaby to try out!

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    • Thank you Karen – we are doing some out of state traveling and the thought of lugging all the equipment is a little off putting but it is hard to decide what to leave behind.

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    • Thank you Colleen. I am a happy camper with the new equipment. Just wish I had the 24- 105mm. That is now on the bucket list. 🙂

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