Lensbaby Circular Fisheye

It’s an unconventional lens for sure (all the Lensbabies are!) but I really enjoy my Lensbaby Circular Fisheye. In my efforts to get out and shoot more, I have decided to choose a lens and focus on that lens for a month. In July, I have been taking my CFE out at least twice a week and have learned a lot about shooting with it!
Here are some recent favorites with this lens:

I took it downtown:

And to the aquarium:

And even on a short trip to California!

I haven’t finished editing the pictures from the California trip, so I may add another post with more of those at some point.

I have learned a lot this month! Would anyone like any tips for shooting with the Lensbaby Circular Fisheye?

And finally, one of my older fisheye images made it into the Lensbaby University video on that lens!

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The logistics of planning a wedding like this would totally overwhelm me, but the photos are really amazing!

It doesn’t take much to bring people together, and good things can happen.

An interesting look behind the scenes at Saturday night Live – who knew that costuming was so much work?

Why it matters that we not pass along those “human traffickers followed me around the store” stories. How false narratives hurt real trafficking victims

I’ve seen for myself the damage done by this kind of destructive behavior. It’s sad.

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Science is cool. Science is fascinating. And Science is Beautiful, too!

I love the ocean. I love photography. And so it’s only natural that I loved seeing these Underwater Images of the Year

I love Google Maps, and this is a really cool use of it. Definitely one I don’t have the patience and time to do myself.

A sample of things from the National Parks and Monuments in my state. I enjoy exploring, and have been to nearly all of these sites!

When our kiddoes were small, we used to camp and play in the mud flats at the south end of this lake (right side of the photo)

2016 On Stage

Started out with these in the “”Year in Review” post but there were SO MANY I made them their own post!

In the Spring, Callie was in Jordan High’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. She played the leader of the band of actors, and she did a great job:

Later in the year, she appeared in a student directed one act play called “Check Please!” as a kleptomaniac date, and she also directed selected scenes from the play “Almost, Maine”:

Brynn appeared in several numbers in Eastmont’s Musical Revue:

And in the collection of skits written and played by the Advanced Theater class:

Both appeared in several choir concerts at their respective schools:

Additionally, both Brynn and Callie were in our church production of “Press Forward: A Book of Mormon Musical” – a play written and directed by the mom of a long time friend of Callie’s:

Brynn kept busy with South Valley Creative Dance. After months of rehearsals, the dancers spent a long and cold day out at a field near the Great Salt Lake filming a video of their dance. I was able to go along and shoot some stills during the non-live runs:

They even used a drone for some scenes, and I simply couldn’t resist playing a little in Photoshop to make it look like Attack of the Drones:

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Her dance recitals (one for the whole studio, and one for the Creativity in Action company) were also really fun to watch and be able to capture the rehearsals:

This Fall and Winter, Brynn is the only one appearing on stage, and it feels a little weird! She has appeared in the Jordan High Musical “Once Upon a Mattress”

and has had a long and impressive solo in the Fall Choir concert!

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And that’s all, folks!

2016 in Review

What a crazy year! We never did get out a Christmas card in 2016, so you all get this year in review instead. 🙂

Some highlights:

In February, Kyra and I took a winter trip to Yellowstone National Park. I had won the trip and we were super excited to go! It was seriously cold, but we had a great time seeing the park in a new light. I was amazed at how different the colors were on some of the geothermal features, because the bacterial mats had different microbe balances.
One memorable part of the trip was when our snowcoach ran off the road and got stuck for an hour and a half!


You can see more of my winter Yellowstone photos here if you want.

Brynn had a busy spring – she won BOTH the spelling bee AND the geography bee at her middle school and went on to compete at the county and state level, respectively. She came in third place for the county spelling bee, and had a good showing in the first round of the state geobee, but not quite enough to move on.

In May, Kyra graduated from Utah State with a degree in art. We spent a while walking the campus and taking some photos before the ceremony.
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The next month, Callie graduated from Jordan High School! She went off to Utah State in the fall as well.
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Both Kyra and Callie spent the summer working in the gift shops at Old Faithful for the summer, and we took a very short family trip there to visit them (and take them a new car, but I am getting ahead of myself…)

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More from the summer Yellowstone trip here.

At the end of summer, Kyra and Callie settled in to a small studio apartment in Logan. Kyra is working up there, while Callie is in her first year of school.

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But the biggest highlight of the year was the new house we moved into in June! We had been casually looking for a home with bigger gathering spaces and more independence for adult children. We found one and in a quick whirlwind, it was a done deal! We have been here six months and have been adjusting well. It has been a big change since we had been at the old house for eighteen years!

Here are some of the real estate listing photos of the new house:

The new house does have an AMAZING view out the back, and I still am amazed and distracted by it daily.

Some lowlights:

The timing of our move was HARD. We moved on Saturday, and Kyra and Callie needed to leave for Yellowstone on Monday – just 2 days later! It was made even harder because on their way to Yellowstone, something went wrong with the car and the girls had a single car accident that totaled the car! The car rolled onto its side and slid around in a 180 before landing on the tires again. Thankfully they both were physically unhurt (though quite shaken), and only a phone charger was damaged, so that was a huge relief. But Darrin and I spent a few days up in Idaho dealing with the accident and getting the girls to their jobs right in the middle of getting the new house unpacked and the old house ready to sell!

We had to say goodbye to our old house, the one where we spent most of the years we were raising our kids. Leaving the friends in the neighborhood was hard, leaving the garden we had planted and all the improvements we had made to the home over the years was sad. The couple who bought it has pretty much gutted the inside and is doing so much work they STILL have not moved in, six months later.

Mixed bag:

This was a definite highlight for Brynn, not so much for Callie. Brynn surpassed Callie in height, and our youngest is now officially the tallest Lythgoe kid!
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There were also numerous plays and choir concerts mixed in there. At least 5 or 6 plays and even more choir performances. I may have to do another post just for those!

I am hoping 2017 is less dramatic!

2016 Favorites

2016 was a year of big change and busyness for me, I did not get out to shoot for fun anywhere near as often as I would have liked. But I did get in some shooting! Here are my 12 favorites from 2016 – one for every month of the year!

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I think I liked Piper, the short Pixar film that was shown with Finding Dory, better than I liked the main attraction. It’s wonderful storytelling without a word, and beautiful!

I have been pretty skeptical of all the SUPERMOON hype, but I like how this photographer put it into perspective so you can really see what the difference is.

I want to go see this! University of Utah Roots of Knowledge Mural. It’s stained glass and looks lovely!

And finally, I knew I loved the Oregon Coast, and there is plenty of that here, but this amazing aerial video makes me want to explore the forests and waterfalls there as well!

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This is such a fun street art project!

These finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Contest are pretty funny, and some are pretty amazing as well!

This photo series is clever and made me laugh. I’m the mom who worries about her adult kids now!

It’s so fascinating to me to see how prehistoric geology might still be influencing politics today.

Some video footage of animals that are now extinct. Your only chance to see them now.

It’s a bit eerie to have empty space suits but no humans in it (except for a hand reaching into the frame!) but this HD fisheye tour of the International Space Station is pretty cool. There’s no narration, but if you read the scrolling info on the top left it will explain stuff. For some reason, I loved that there were so many fingerprints on the windows. I think that would be me. Glued to the windows! (And they have some awesome camera gear up there!)