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I like that about Henry.

July 20, 2017

“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

Kennebunkport, Maine and one of my favorite little coves in all the world.

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So excited I forgot to burst!

July 8, 2017

Well, Burst Mode, on the iPhone that is. 😉 And because I forgot I got one shot, this one. Last night we were coming home (over the Causeway) when this cheeky pelican invited us to follow him. It was so exciting to see him there, over the water, all silhouetted at sunset and everything. Hahaha! And no idea that we were playing awesome music inside the car with each of us (me, my husband and our Yittle) getting to take turns picking a song, right at the moment he showed up to invite us into this beautiful flight scene. So lucky I had my trusty iPhone because even though he had invited us to follow we were about to pass him! Hahaha! A little cropping and editing in Adobe’s Aviary and voila!

I had to share though because this is a thing I love most about using the camera on my phone — chances/moments like this. Now when I think back on that exciting (soundtracked) moment with our cheeky pelican and that beautiful sunset, I’ll also have an image and that is a beautiful thing.

Have a great weekend everyone — I hope you don’t miss a moment of it. 🙂

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Baby, you’re a firework! And here’s how I shot you with my iPhone. ;)

July 2, 2017

Above photo updated July 4, 2017

Hey, guys, if, like me, you’re taking your iPhone with you to the fireworks this 4th of July, I thought I’d share how I shot and processed these last year and will be again this year. We’re already traveling light so, until we get to the editing (which will take me 30 seconds in Adobe’s Aviary app) all we need to keep in mind is:

1. Get as close as we can. You’ll probably be trying to do this anyway but the closer you are the more light from the fireworks you’ll have which makes shooting at night with your iPhone even better. Regular Photo Mode is usually best for shooting at night and don’t forget to turn your camera vertical for some of those stratosphere reaching fireworks so that you can get it all in.

2. Use Burst Mode (which is holding the shutter button down so that it will fire 10 images per second.) Fireworks are perfect for this feature on your phone and will allow you to choose a perfectly timed photo for editing later.

3. Because fireworks are all over the place, letting the phone autofocus is probably your best bet, however,  if you don’t think it’s focusing where you want then click and hold until you get the yellow blinking box (which will lock your focus where you want). Keep in mind though, that where ever you see that box, that is where the camera is focused (on all your future photos) until you click off of it.

4. You always want to keep your camera steady when shooting but in low light situations, or at night, it’s even more important, so if you can rest your elbows on someone’s shoulders, or lean on something, or even take an iPhone tripod it can be really helpful. I take a few practice shots in the beginning but tend to wait until the finale for most of my shots. That way I get to enjoy the fireworks, and also it’s when there is the most/best light for my camera. Win, win!

Also, if you use Lightroom Mobile, you can set its built-in camera to Pro Mode and set your shutter speed to 1/4 seconds to capture those long fireworks trails (like you would with a DSLR).

P.S. You’ll be tempted to pinch zoom to get in closer — Ack! Don’t do it. Waving giant, grainy, falling apart, flag here. Hahaha! Just crop it in later — you’ll be glad you did.



Have a safe and fun 4th of July everyone, and I’ll see you back here next week! 😃

How I processed these shots in Aviary.

  1. Shot as verticals and Cropped to 3:4
  2. Under Enhance, Scenery then hit Apply.
  3.  Under Adjust, Shadows -35, hit ✔️ then Vibrance 14, hit ✔️
  4. Under Effects (Here’s where it gets awesome) Fireworks! Choose your favorite or the one that closely matches the shot you took and brings it back to what you saw when you were there. I didn’t usually go more than 21% on any of these images but what you do is up to you.
Featured, Nature

Florida Oranges

July 1, 2017

One of my favorite things about Florida is the predictable afternoon/evening summer storms, and last night the skies before the rain turned a gorgeous shade of orange. Even for someone that’s seen that happen a lot here, it was still a sight to be seen. It’s nice to have the rain back. ☺️

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There’s so much more to these baskets of fruit than you can see in this photo.

June 25, 2017

You see, I have this sister, well, I have three of them actually, and a brother but this photo is because of one of my sisters but to tell you about her I have to explain that yesterday was my father’s birthday…

It was a special one as he (and his twin sister) turned 75. His children budgeted, planned, worked together and each of us took on a task to make the party happen — and a good time was had by all! Hahaha! That’s the short version so I can tell you about my sister, Cheryl, and her decorations. She wanted to take on the task of not only decorating but making all the decorations. I have no idea how many hours she spent, but when she showed me the salad bowl and told me she spent eight hours decorating (just it) I believe I said, “I would be buried with that bowl!” Hahahaha! She went with a country theme (as you might have guessed by the fruit baskets). She also had little serving dishes and baskets and trays and signs and banners and, and honest to goodness…

It is her art. She loves doing it (obviously) but it was a gift of love, and I just hope she knows how much I, we, appreciated it. Thank you, Cheryl, everything was beautiful — we all loved it!

A brother in law and sister in law volunteered to man the grill (on a very hot Florida afternoon) — THANK YOU! Parents and young ones watched over and swam with wee ones, some that used to be the young ones but now can be the ones catching and releasing in the lake with their young ones. The ones visiting from college and, thankfully, also doing all the heavy lifting, and my favorite part, the stories, and laughter that were shared around the table, around the pool, around the patio and just around. Dad and his sister each blew out a set of candles that read “75” because my son said, “They’re twins, but they’re still individuals.” ( I like that about him.) And they did it surrounded by a family that loves them. 💛

“It don’t get no better than this.” – Dad ☺️

Moments, Things I Hope My Kids Will Read One Day

One of the best things about summer?

June 20, 2017

Late night Jenga with the kids! Hahaha! 

Yittle: “OMG! OMG! They’re going to fall. I can’t take it. I can’t even look. Mom!…”

Big Brother: (Home from college and as pestery as ever). “Whoa! What was that?!” (Makes loud sound and jumps in Yittle’s direction). “I think I’ll just pull this one from the bottom here.” (Looks over at Yittle and waits for the anticipated shriek — which she delivers.) Hahaha!

Yittle: “Eek!! Don’t do it!! No! No! OMG! They’re going to all fall in my direction!”

Amazingly, though, they don’t fall. Whew!

Me: “Babies, babies, babies…just calm down.”

Big Brother: “Mom. OMG! How many times? Please stop saying that.”

Yeah, well, where do you think he got his pestery gene? LOL!

Me to Big Brother:  “Did you just shake the table?!”

Yittle turns and stares at her brother with eyes wide open.

Big Brother: Ever so innocently says, “No.” As he puts his arm down (extra firm) and Jenga logs EXPLODE across the table!

Yittle BURSTS into a Julia Robert’s type of joyful laughter and falls onto the floor, which set Big Brother and me off into our own fits of laughter and, well, that was the end of Jenga. Hahahaha!

Man, I love summer. ☺️

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It would be silly to have done this and not share it myself so…

June 19, 2017

Today I’m sharing the announcement of my very first Kelbyone.com class on iPhone photography. Had to step out of my comfort zone to do it but I’m glad I did and (now that it’s over and I can breathe again) I’m excited! Hahaha! I owe a huge thank you to Larry Becker for all of his help on set and for making it fun in the process. To our producer Jen Coffin for sitting with me (just a few times) over the outline and for not tearing her phone out of the wall over having to reschedule this thing. 😂  To Meredith Duffin for her patient direction, editing, control room genius, hand holding and encouragement (her smile is a comfort). To Juan Alfonso and Leighton Silvestro for their awesome camera work.  To Steve Nicolai for his subtle but just right and thoughtful input that made the whole thing that much better. And last, but certainly not least, to Scott Kelby, for your encouragement, and for your help — thank goodness you’ve done this before! Hahahaha! 😉

And for all those in the building that encouraged me with a comment or a question like Sally, Dianne and Margie…thank you. I heard you, I felt you, and you all helped me get this done. 🙂

Have a great week everybody!

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“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

June 18, 2017

I love this image. It is my Father in law, Jerry Kelby, as he played on the floor with our son, Jordan Kelby, as my husband, Scott Kelby, watched with love and happiness. What my husband probably didn’t think about was what he was learning — which was wonderful lots from his wonderful dad. Not because his dad sat him down and instructed him but because of moments like this and because he believed in his son and because…Love.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

To my husband, to my father, and to all the fathers out there on this Father’s Day — I hope it is a happy one, filled with love and kindness and many squishy, happy, hugs. ☺️

P.S. Honey, thank you for paying such good attention — I love you even more for it. ❤️

 

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Oh, Peter, you say the most thoughtful things.

June 5, 2017

“All those years I thought that it was power that brought responsibility. It’s not. I was wrong. It’s responsibility that brings power. It’s knowing what needs to be done that brings strength. And courage.” — Peter Parker


I was in New York this weekend and found myself looking out onto a lot of not my usual perspectives. Gave into my inner Peter Parker and had a lot of fun doing it too. I don’t think it’s the last time I’ll try something like this.


Especially when it gets…reflective.

Happy Monday everyone. I hope your week is a good one. 🙂