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Ezra 7:10

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

You Showed Me How...

     ...How to live like I do.

     My daughter is an amazing young lady.  Talia is a straight A, honors class taking, hard working student.  She plays tennis on the school team.  She sings in the school choir.  She is in marching and symphonic band.  She also acts in the one-acts and the spring play, as well as working backstage in the fall musical.  She is involved in the Truman Heartland Youth Advisory Council helping the organization decide which grants to fund.  But none of that is what I'm going to blog about today.

     On our last family trip, she asked if she could take my old D3200 and take some pictures.  Since it has sat in the cabinet since I got my new D7500, I agreed.  I was so excited that my daughter was expressing interest in something I was interested in.  With the excitement came worry.  I knew that it had taken me years to start capturing good images.  I knew that the gear she was using was 3 years old.  I knew that the post processing aspect is still something I struggle with.  I shrugged off the worry though, attached a 55-200 lens, set the camera to auto mode, and let her go.  Here are some of the amazing images Talia captured over the weekend.

How could I not start with a bird image right? This was at the Omaha Zoo, and Talia NAILED it. This is even better than the Peacock image that I got at the zoo! I love how she made sure to get a background that totally made the blue of the Peacock stand out. Great job kiddo!

How could I not start with a bird image right? This was at the Omaha Zoo, and Talia NAILED it. This is even better than the Peacock image that I got at the zoo! I love how she made sure to get a background that totally made the blue of the Peacock stand out. Great job kiddo!

Another amazing bird image captured by Talia.

Another amazing bird image captured by Talia.

Talia's artistic eye never ceases to amaze me. The vision she had to capture an image of a fence... but to have all the amazing colors in the background. Amazing!

Talia's artistic eye never ceases to amaze me. The vision she had to capture an image of a fence... but to have all the amazing colors in the background. Amazing!

Just a picture of some leaves. However, for some reason I'm just brought into the image and find the colors to be mesmerizing.

Just a picture of some leaves. However, for some reason I'm just brought into the image and find the colors to be mesmerizing.

Just a picture of some ornamental grass, but the colors and composition are wonderful. Great job!

Just a picture of some ornamental grass, but the colors and composition are wonderful. Great job!

Talia seams to really like trees. She is always taking pictures of trees and leaves. I can tell why when I see what she posts. The red in this tree vs. the green and yellow in the background really pops.

Talia seams to really like trees. She is always taking pictures of trees and leaves. I can tell why when I see what she posts. The red in this tree vs. the green and yellow in the background really pops.

A poor lone leaf in the middle of a sidewalk. Who would have thought such a great image could come from something so simple. I love how the colors just pop when against the grey of the cement. Amazing eye Talia!

A poor lone leaf in the middle of a sidewalk. Who would have thought such a great image could come from something so simple. I love how the colors just pop when against the grey of the cement. Amazing eye Talia!

Downtown Harlan, Iowa has several historic buildings. This image is of some of the window canopy's on one of the buildings. I love the leading lines in this image!

Downtown Harlan, Iowa has several historic buildings. This image is of some of the window canopy's on one of the buildings. I love the leading lines in this image!

A display that was outside of one of the shops in Harlan. nothing special, but she created an interesting image with the placement of the display and the angle she shot it from.

A display that was outside of one of the shops in Harlan. nothing special, but she created an interesting image with the placement of the display and the angle she shot it from.

I actually told her she was holding the camera crooked. She said "It's art Dad." She was right, the slight angle really worked in this image.

I actually told her she was holding the camera crooked. She said "It's art Dad." She was right, the slight angle really worked in this image.

Another image where she tilted the camera on purpose. Her eye for making a plain building into something interesting amazes me.

Another image where she tilted the camera on purpose. Her eye for making a plain building into something interesting amazes me.

A simple beach near the house we stayed in for the weekend. Beauty in simplicity. Great image.

A simple beach near the house we stayed in for the weekend. Beauty in simplicity. Great image.

Stop for a fence post... okay Talia. Another example of how she just has an eye for interesting. Sadly, I could learn a lot from her...

Stop for a fence post... okay Talia. Another example of how she just has an eye for interesting. Sadly, I could learn a lot from her...

Great work Talia!

Great work Talia!

     I was absolutely amazed by the quality of images that Talia captured on her very first time using a DSLR.  She is an amazing young lady and I am so excited to help grow her love of photography.  I got her a new cell phone.  It has a much better camera.  She also has her own Instagram account and the few posts she's made so far are amazing.  You should all go follow her (@taliahinckley)

 

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