a weekend with my point & shoot {& Persimmon Hollow}

Thanks for your feedback on the Tea Collection photo…the big laugh and standing pictures were the top choices. I think I’ll just have to enter one and Lesley can enter the other!

I decided for a personal challenge over the weekend I would not pick up my dslr, but every photo I took had to be with my point & shoot on fully automatic mode (well with the flash turned off that is). That is very hard for me to do. I never like my point & shoot photos as much, but I do like the challenge.

Big Brother loves to swing, here is a different angle than I usually shoot. The point and shoot is great at capturing action and dealing with harsh sun – or shooting directly into the sun in the middle of the afternoon. He has the hairy, hairy legs for a 4 year old!

I convinced the boys to go on ‘an adventure’ with me. I told them they could bring their swords and we’d see a teepee, old houses and a little creek. I did not tell them that we were going to an old flea market village that is working on coming back to life with new vendors. Tulsa folk – Persimmon Hollow is on 71st just east of Garnett. There aren’t a lot of vendors out there yet, but it has great potential! I scored some vintage tins for $.25 each….you will be seeing those on a special post soon. Hmmmmm.

PHOTO TIP: The thing about automatic shooting with a point & shoot or a dslr is you are at the camera’s mercy. The camera is deciding what kind of picture you want instead of you telling the camera what you want. There are ways to ‘trick’ your camera on auto mode (whether it is a point & shoot or a dslr). For example, in the two photos below you will see a huge contrast in lighting. I wanted a pic of FireCracker so I just focused on her (pressed shutter button halfway down) and took the picture (pressed it all the way down). The camera took into consideration all the bright light in the background and set the exposure according to that light. When I saw how dark it was I re-shot the picture. On the second photo, I focused on the stroller wheel – pointing my camera down so the sky wasn’t in the screen. After I focused on the wheel I moved the camera up without releasing my finger. Once I had FireCracker in the frame I fully pressed the shutter button down. This time the camera set the exposure for the area the stroller was in, leaving the sky overexposed. You can’t see the blue sky in the 2nd photo, but you can see my cutie. I decided the cutie was more important than the sky, the camera had chosen the sky.

And just because….this mommy greeted me when taking out the trash. Mommy crawdads carrying their babies will never cease to creep me out.

My point & shoot takes great macro shots.

She is actually the size of my palm, I think this pic makes her look bigger. I told Chris not to run over her when he backed out…she was carrying her babies afterall. He asked if I’d feel the same way if it was a frog carrying her babies. I reminded him frogs don’t carry their babies…..

We don’t watch enough tv to make it worth spending money on cable, as a result I only know the shows that are on the main 5 networks. You all mentioned something about American Pickers on my Skeeters post last week. I had never heard of it. Chris and I found full versions online and stayed up way too late watching them. I emotionally connected with Frank and his love for old cans. Thanks for the letting me know about that show….now I have something new to watch online and a new dream job. I suppose American Pickers can replace my beloved LOST now…there is mystery and adventure in both.

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  • Misty - So the obvious question of the day – what type of point and shoot do you have? Been meaning to get one for those occasions when I don’t want to lug the beloved dslr, but am having trouble deciding.

  • Jacci - Great, great shots! Definitely proving that there is more to your photography than just your camera. Your editing is beautiful, too. Any chance we could see some of these point and shoot photos SOOC?

    Thanks for the tips!

    ~Jacci in Ohio

  • Gevay - I agree with you that momma crawdad is YUCKY! But isn’t God’s creativity AMAZING?

  • Sarah - American Pickers is great! They had a marathon on last week i think; what i wouldn’t give for that job!

  • Crystal - Great shots with your point and shoot!
    And yes, American Pickers is almost addicting!!! Love it…and Pawn Stars is another new show I found that I just can’t seem to walk away from πŸ˜‰

  • laura - i just heard of american pickers this week, too…from my good friend. she saw the guys eating at a restaurant here in town and FREAKED OUT. i’ll have to see if i can dig up those online episodes….

  • Sarah - I love the photo tips! When shooting outside in the SUN, how do I get the best picture? I either get glowing faces or dark faces. Help!


  • Lori K - Ashley – love those tins! I can’t believe the loot you got for the money! favor. of. God. I. must. say.
    OKay – that is weird, last night at community – my new friends told me I should be on American Pckrs, have a show just like it only funnier, and that I have to watch it. Then, I get texts telling me to watch it. hmmm, a sign from God???
    that is my dream. let’s talk.

  • gina - Thanks for those tips. I’ve yet to figure out how to out smart my camera…

  • Meagan - That’s funny, Ashley, because my husband Brandon was talking about Persimmon Hollow this weekend. He thought he had seen something about them reopening. I guess he was right! Fun! Hope it really takes off!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Crawdads… Yuck! πŸ™‚ I wish Brian’s grandmother was still living! I miss Tulsa so much sometimes. Merritt’s Bakery, a hot dog from Joe’s only on Sunday… And that flea market sounds amazing.

    I agree with Crystal – Pawn Stars is awesome!

    Have a wonderful day!

  • Heather - i love american pickers! and that crawdad is very gross. yuck!

  • susie whyte - crawdad…wow. that is an amazing and gross shot, all at the same time. πŸ™‚
    american pickers is on tonight! πŸ™‚ be still my heart.
    i think i’ve been away from tulsa too long. i can’t even think of which way garnett is from 71st and mingo…is it close to the i-high?? the i-high is on garnett, right?? good grief.

  • ashley jensen - I must go visit Persimmon Hollow this week! I did not know it existed! I LOVE the thermos! I am a sucker for plaid.

  • giozi - Thanks for the tip, yes sky is always a problem for me.

    I love your picture where your baby is close her face with her handas. πŸ˜‰

    Let us know about the tea collection contest

  • Kelly - Ha ha as soon I saw those top pictures I thought of American Pickers. We don’t have cable either but full seasons are on Netflix Instant and we can stream them with our Wii. I LOVE that show! I just finished the first season Friday & will most likely start season 2 during naptime today. πŸ™‚

  • Debbie - Glad you got to see the show, American Pickers. When I find something I really like, I LOVE to pass it along. Enjoy!
    Your show could be “Ashleys Awesomeness”

  • meg duerksen - my barn guy….from last year’s craft fair…he was on american pickers this year. πŸ™‚

  • purejoy - i agree… WHAT KIND OF POINT N SHOOT DO YOU HAVE?? mine sucks with a capital HOOVER. but sometimes it’s just not practial/possible to drag the huge dslr along.

    awesome photos. mommy crawdad… WHO KNEW!!? thanks for the discovery network worthy education.

  • Jill E - great tips. its really cool to see a pro shoot with a point and shoot and here about what you do. as always awesome photos.

  • emily anderson - american pickers! yes, that’s keith and i’s favorite show πŸ™‚

  • Anna Marie - I never knew that about crawdads. My skin is crawling and I am so grossed out by that picture but it is very interesting.

  • Leanne - I love the picture with all 4 kids in it, and Firecracker is covering her eyes! so cute.

  • Mandy B - Just sitting here enjoying my kids and your blog for the afternoon…Eli would like to know which one of your boys is under that “big party hat” (aka a tee-pee)?

  • OrangeFarmhouse - Maike - Thanks again for yet an other great tip! Hope my pictures will look half as good as yours in the future…

  • Linda - Which point and shoot do you use, Ashley? Trying to get better with mine before a big trip in October. Just don’t want the hassle of the big camera while traveling. So enjoy your site. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!

  • Lauren - Great shots! What actions did you use on the photos? I really like the outcome!!
    Thanks in advance

  • Cassie - That picture of Firecracker with her hands over her face is to DIE for. So adorable.

    The crawdad? Not so much.

  • katrina - thanks for these awesome tips. πŸ™‚

  • Kara P - I REALLY like the vintage look of these photos!

  • Jessika Wan - I love how you don’t LOVE (ie. majorly dislike) or may I use “hate” FROG? sAME HERE … I am frogphobia!!!! Gives me goose bumps thinking about it. But don’t you find more you are aloof of this gross creature, more it is always on your face? ON Tv commercial, highway ads, your kid’s books, or a real one leaping on the road while you are driving?

  • amanda torres - That is one smokin’ hot kitchen!

  • Andrea Cherie - Hi!

    We don’t have a TV…so I’m never “in” on any shows – today at quilt group (which consists of my mom and about 5 other ladies her age- I’m by far the youngin at 26!) the show American Pickers came up. I’m going to HAVE to watch it online, cause they all LOVE it!

    And, I’m from Tulsa too. I’ve never heard of Persimmon Hollow…I’ll have to check it out!

  • Jenny B. - YAY! You answered my question about whether or not you have TV/cable! πŸ™‚ I have been seriously considering getting rid of it lately. Too many teeny-bopper shows on Disney have turned my sweet 5-year-old into a smart mouthed punk. Ok, I sound like an old grandma lady… Anyway, thanks for sharing that tidbit about your life! I am starting to wonder what flea markets are around here (NW Ark.) that I’ve driven past but never even noticed. I am so not a flea market girl, but you make it look like lots of fun! New question… Do you have some sort of storage shed for all your finds that you don’t have a use for right away? Love the macro of the mama crawdad – very very creepy. I miss the macro I had on my old p & s (my dSLR doesn’t really do the macro mode justice). OK, really long comment! Sorry! Love your blog – it’s my favorite!! πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Franklin - Your photos are great and I love that you dig chairs also. I don’t think than anyone can ever have enough and my personal philosophy is they should all be different, even in some small minute way that I alone know about. Good stuff.

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