I should start off by saying that I'm not thrilled to post these photos.
I took them back in February 2012 after Josh got back from Afghanistan.
Just a few days prior, I had received both of my cameras (a Nikon D700 and a Nikon D7000) and all of my lenses (Nikons 35mm f1.4G, 85mm f1.4G 24-70mm f2.8 and a 70-200mm f2.8) back from Nikon. (I sent them all in for cleaning and calibration.)
And in all of the excitement surrounding Josh's homecoming, I never even considered the fact that Nikon would reset both of my cameras to the manufacturers default settings, which meant that I would shoot all of our vacation photos as JPEGs. (I normally shoot RAW images and because of that, I tend to slightly overexposed my images because I think my RAW images look best when I very slightly overexposed them and then decrease their exposure in Adobe Lightroom.)
For most of the trip, this wasn't a huge problem because I overexpose my RAW images so slightly, that I was still able to recover them even though I shot them as JPEGs. However, I ran into some big problems on Day Three of our vacation because it was extremely overcast (which increases constrast, making whites whiter and darks darker, while creating dull, muddy skin tones) and that combined with the white sweatshirt Annie was wearing and my slight overexposure, was a recipe for some pretty nasty looking shots, despite my best efforts to salvage them in editing.
So I posted the first few days of our trip here and here, but then I just wasn't feeling motivated enough to edit the rest of them because I wasn't happy with how they looked in the first place and because truth be told, I was much more interested in spending time with my husband than in trying to edit a bunch of photos.
But I'm going to post them now because:
1. Despite the image quality, they were some pretty great memories.
2. I haven't taken out my camera since our Spring Break trip, so I have nothing else to share.
3. I don't think my imperfection is any great secret.
So all of that said, I give you the (less than stellar) photos from our third day in Camp Pendleton, which was spent at the zoo...
Yes, that's me (on the left) getting ready to do a backwards flip, thank-you-very-much.
And then we ate tacos at the best taco joint I have ever eaten at in my entire life.
Where Annie spent a few minutes in time-out. (I can't remember why.)
And then we drove back to Camp Pendleton (where we were staying) just in time to brush our teeth and hit the sack.
Will be back with Day Four soon.