Thursday, June 18, 2009

Garden State

In an effort to get more practice with my camera before Spain, David and I have been taking little day trips to fun places. First we went to Forest Park a couple weeks ago and the other day we visited the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I picked the second hottest day of the summer so far and let me tell you, I felt the heat. David says for every degree hot it is, I complain that much more. Ha. He's probably right. I better get over that bad habit soon because the forecast in Spain is way hotter. Lucky me. : )

The gardens are super expansive and meticulously up kept. We don't get there every year, but it is a nice place to take in when you can. Next time I'll remember to go in a much cooler time of year! I am happy to say that I finally took my camera off of the settings and shot in manual half of the day! I set the ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and manual focused all on my own. I have tons to learn, but I am happy I at least took the first baby step. There are numerous problems with their composition, but they're mine and they make me happy.
Photobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucket
Photobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucket
We ended the afternoon at a cute little cupcake bar, Jilly's, for lunch and what else--cupcakes!
Photobucket
We had some mini burgers and a black bean, tomato, and cheese quesadilla and then bought some cupcakes to go. I almost ate an entire one today and have to admit that I think the Cupcakery in the Central West End is better. To make absolute sure I'll have to visit that place again real soon for comparison purposes! ; )

12 comments:

Jesse said...

They are perfect photos! I am dreaming of a new camera. AAHHH to know how to shoot in manual mode.

Joi said...

Thanks, Jesse. You're too sweet!

Get a new camera...so fun!

melissa said...

Ya did good! Ya better be happy and not complain-y in spain no matter how hot it is...107, 108.....

Joi said...

Oh girl. I will be ecstatic...no worries. : ) Sweaty and all.

Anna said...

I'm so impressed with your skills! You are awesome!

julie said...

SO impressed with your photography skills. I wish I could do that as well! :) I can't wait to see photos from your trip to Spain!

J said...

looked like a nice day even with it being hot, enjoy your trip to spain and im with julie cannot wait to see the pics!!!!!

Lynett said...

Wow Joi, you're getting good with the camera! Can't wait to see all your Spain pics!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

Lovely photos!!! =)

Freckles Chick said...

If this is a preview of what's to come in terms of photos from Spain, I can't wait!

Have a cupcake for me. =]

(BTW, one of my readers wants to know where you got that fab mirror in your foyer?)

D. Ramblings said...

Love your pictures :)
I'm going to blog later today about a little boy with neuroblastoma who has a simple request... please come by my blog and read, your pics could help this boy out!

SAB said...

You have a real gift for photography. I think I need a lesson (or two).

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...