I’ve debated whether or not to share this…but I’ve determined to go ahead. My hometown and my brother-in-law will be making a television debut this Sunday night (9 pm central time) on TLC’s new reality series, Bama Belles.
Why have I debated sharing?! you must wonder. I love Josh (and Jana is great–one of the girls on the show who I knew in Dothan), but I am terrified of what kind of spin TLC is going to try and put on a place that I love. When one of the two promotional videos
is about lawn mower racing and men without teeth…you have to be a little leery.
The other promo video
shows my very handsome brother-in-law, who is indeed a “real live cowboy!” But something about the way they call him that in the clip, makes me cringe. Josh was recently voted PCA (did anybody else know that stood for Professional Cowboy
Association?) rookie of the year for steer wrestling–or Bulldoggin’ as they call it. It’s a serious sport and he has an amazing talent for it–VIDEO
(Obviously, all those are not him. You can pick him out by his white cowboy hat or big hair :)). As long as they show him for what he is–a talented, tough, intelligent and multi-faceted guy…
As long as I’m able to laugh at our Dothan red-neck side… No matter what it should be entertaining, and they shot several scenes at Jeremiah’s family farm. My homesick heart can’t wait to see that at least.
Second, my camera. I am so flattered by the emails I’ve gotten lately, asking for my photography/camera advice. I love to take pictures, and I feel like the creative gift I’ve always envied (painting, which I can not do AT ALL) is partially (very partially) granted to me when I capture just the right shot. However, while I love to take pictures, I know VERY VERY little about the craft.
When I first got my DSLR a little over a year ago, Darby
gave me some quick lessons on ISO and made the suggestion that I get pictures in natural light as much as possible and rarely turn on my flash. I only use a flash if its pitch dark, and I think that is wonderful advice. My friend Bryan
, who is a top-knotch professional photographer and lived across the street from me in Birmingham, tried to give me a few pointers, but to be honest, they all went right over my head. For some reason, camera lingo baffles me.
My camera is a Nikon D3000. My Dad has the nicer D90, but I honestly like mine better. I find it more user friendly (they make it work for the dummies they know will buy them), and it is slightly smaller (so it fits better in my hands and feels less awkward to shoot). My lens is a Tamron 28-75mm, F/2.8 that Jeremiah’s Mom gave me for my birthday. It is great for low-light pictures.
I do edit all the pictures I put on the blog. I use Aperture now, but for a long time I just used iPhoto on my Mac and before that a rando program that came with my PC. I think that editing makes a HUGE difference, but all I usually do is add (or occasionally take away) exposure, contrast, and saturation and you can do that with basically all editing programs (I think).
Lastly, I want you all to notice the Cranberry salad in the foreground of the picture of all of us at Thanksgiving dinner. I meant to point this out in the last post and Darby recently reminded me.
The recipe is hers, and it is delicious but I was not at a congealed salad kind of Thanksgiving. I had never been to a Thanksgiving where something congealed and filled with festive cranberries was not appropriate, but the sight of my Tupperware gleaming on the crystal filled table, still makes me want to crawl underneath the table. Our hostess, in an attempt to be kind, put my salad in a place of honor on the table (all the other food was on a side table in earthenware beautifuls). During the pictures and the prayer, all I wanted to do was snatch it back off the table and hide it. Oh well, it looked a bit ridiculous, but it’s yummy taste made up for it.
I meant to spend five minutes on this post. What happened?!