A Miracle

Many of you know that my husband and I have been married for about 2 1/2 years now. About 6 months after getting married we decided it was silly to take the pill if we truly trusted Gods sovereignty and timing. Well, here is where the miracle begins. On Wednesday, April 11th, 2007, I felt the need to pick up a pregnancy test. After taking the test, to my utter amazement, the test said “pregnant.” I was shocked, overwhelmed and then overcome with thankfulness and pure joy. I had no idea…this is truly a miracle from God.

See, I figured I was infertile and that the Lord closed my womb for a reason. I felt good about it most days, but there were always moments when I wanted a child of my own. Even though there were frustrating times, we never ceased to pray and trusting in God. We knew that if our desire for a child was honorable and true and if God willed it, it would be done.

My first appointment is May 2nd. Until then, all I know is that I’m pregnant. I don’t know when I’m due or how far along I am. I have to admit, that scares me a little. I am anxiously awaiting my first appointment and sometimes it feels farther away the closer the date approaches. I am so excited though to find out how my baby is developing. So much happens in the first trimester…brain starts developing, skin forms, hair, eyes, organs, hands and heartbeat….so much. I am so thankful that I can rest in knowing that the Lord is taking care of my baby. It is truly amazing. One day I’m a wife and today I’m a wife and mother. There are not enough words to explain the joy and appreciation we have. God is so faithful!

New Favorite Site

Stobist has become one of my favorite sites. Mostly because I have no idea how to use our new flash. If you’re interested to learn more about flash photography, check them out.

At Strobist, our goal is to promote more effective use of small, shoe-mount flashes. To teach you to use your small strobe to get results like the professionals get. Photographers from around the world have been bitten by the bug, and it’s about to happen to you.

Also, you can add PhotoJulia to your Technorati Favorites.

More Power

With the addition of the Speedlite 580EX it occured to me that we needed more power to unleash the full potential of our new toy, I mean tool.

The new external Compact Battery Pack CP-E3 improves flash recycle times significantly and increases the number of firings before batteries need to be replaced.

The pack takes optional rapid-change magazines that can be loaded with 8 AA-size batteries prior to a shoot to ensure fast, smooth transitions from one battery set to the next – important in critical shooting situations or to keep up momentum in the studio.

The Speedlite 430EX does not have a high voltage port, required for the CP-E3. High voltage packs (Turbo, Jackrabit, CP-Ex) all require the high voltge port found on the older 430EZ & 540EZ, as well as the newer 550EX & 580EX. This battery pack reduces full power recycling time from about six to 1.7 seconds and increases the number of full-power flashes per charge from approximately 100 to 432. this is one of the reasons we went with the 580EX instead of the less expensive 450EX.

Hot Flashes

We’ve been asked to photograph the wedding of some good friends in a few weeks. The challenge for us has been that the wedding is scheduled for dusk – which means low-light photography. To photograph in low-light you need either a faster f-stop or added light. of course, a faster lens still requires a steady hand but even the steadiest of hands will still come out blurry. Therefore you would need a tripod. but a tripod at a wedding is like putting on makeup while on a rollercoaster. Therefore, the only reasonable solution is using a flash.

Typically, the built-in flash on any camera is only good for casual use. The light doesn’t go very far and is usually more distracting than effective. Plus, the recharge time is too long for taking lots of pictures. What you want is an external flash. Enter the Speedlite 580EX II Flash.

Further development of Canon’s flagship Speedlite has led to the production of the 580 EX II. This is the premier Speedlite for all photographers, including professionals. Newly designed to match with the EOS-1D Mark III in terms of improved dust- and water-resistance, body strength, and the ability to control flash functions and settings from the camera menu (EOS-1D Mark III only). Other features include improved communication reliability through its direct contacts, and recycling time is both 20% shorter than the 580EX and is completely inaudible.

Speedlite 580EX II Flash Highlights
Approximately 20 percent faster recycling time compared to 580EX
Superior build quality, including a metal foot for higher rigidity
Max Guide No. 58 at 105mm setting (GN 190, feet)
Auto conversion of flash coverage with compatible digital SLR cameras
White Balance info communicated instantly to compatible digital SLR cameras
Full swivel, 180 degrees in either direction
AF-assist beam, compatible with all AiAF points on every EOS SLR
Dust- and water- resistance to match the EOS-1D Mark III

Unfortunately, the new Speedlite 580EX II Flash doesn’t come out for another few weeks and the previous version of the Speedlite 580EX is not easy to find. So we considered the Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash instead but as Ben, from BKM Photography, pointed out –

I think I remember reading that the recycle time on the 430 is 7 seconds… If that’s right, you may want to re-consider getting the 430 for wedding work. 7 seconds is an eternity when shooting weddings

7 seconds would be an eternity so I am probably going to get the older 580EX from Circuit City this afternoon. Either in store or online depending on price and availability. After all, we’ll need time to play with our new flash before using it at an actual wedding.

Easter Humor

Q: What do you call rabbits that marched in a long sweltering Easter parade?
A: Hot, cross bunnies.

Easter Humor

A man was blissfully driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the Bunny, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs went flying all over the place. Candy, too.

The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of the Bunny carrying the basket. Much to his dismay, the colorful Bunny was dead.

The driver felt guilty and began to cry.

A woman driving down the same highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.

“I feel terrible,” he explained, “I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny and killed it. What should I do?”

The woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She went to her car trunk, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead Bunny, and sprayed the entire contents of the can onto the little furry animal.

Miraculously the Easter Bunny came back to life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and candy, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped on down the road. 50 yards away the Easter Bunny stopped, turned around, waved and hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned, waved, hopped another 50 yards and waved again!!!!

The man was astonished. He said to the woman, “What in heaven’s name is in your spray can?” The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said:

“Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.”