Waffles in my house

Waffles in my house

I’m sharing these mostly for entertainment value. I took breakfast as an opportunity to work on Challenge 6 – Focus. I also used this time to practice various ways of holding the camera steady and avoiding camera shake. I usually stick to the center focus and recompose/reposition method of focusing as I find it easiest to capture their constantly moving heads and bodies. I found that to be the case with this course too. I used Shutter Priority mode and had to adjust the ISO way high again to compensate for the low light winter conditions here. The photo of Evelyn I adjusted the focus points to shoot that photo. The photo of Logan (blue stripes) was taken by also adjusting the focus points – but it took me a lot of shots to get one. I chose to share the photos using the method I don’t usually use. The photo of both boys was shot using auto focus points and is only on here because yes, that is what breakfast in my house looks like.


27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. Hi Samantha, Well done for keeping up with the challenges. I’m glad to see you try things and post your results.

    I’m with you on the focus and recompose method being faster and easier. But other people prefer the option of changing focus points. So stick what works for you.

    It’s going to be a challenge for you with the low light and ISO noise but once you master the techniques and get a chance to go outside you’ll “kick butt” 🙂 It’s mid Summer here in Australia so we’re all out and about in the sunshine.

    Keep up the great work

    • Thank you Robyn, I actually sit and wait for the challenges to come through my email so I can do the next one, I really look forward to them coming! I’m thoroughly jealous that it’s summer there, We’ve been in winter far too long (about 2 months haha!) but I hate the winter, cold, snow etc so 2 months feels like forever for me. About 3 or 4 months and I should be able to get outside more often to play around with my camera. I intend to go through the challenges again when summer comes. I’m hoping with more practice over the winter months I’ll get better at eliminating more of the ISO noise, but I feel like it’s mostly inevitable because I’m shooting moving targets haha! It’s getting better so I’m hoping when I can get into more light I’ll really get awesome photos. Looking forward to the next challenge!

  2. I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying the challenges Samantha. As they are new it’s great to get positive feedback. Do you think 3 days is the right time to give you practice with each before the next comes or would you prefer them closer together?

    • No, I think 3 days is fine. It takes me about that long to complete most of the challenges, 1 day to read, 1 to take pictures, play and practice. 1 to compare and share. I think it’s just fine with 3 days.

  3. cute kids, I really like the one with the 2 in it, shows you what kids are really like together 🙂

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