Saturday, March 7, 2009
ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200- I took this is manual mode with no flash - and in photoshop, I sharpened and brightened somewhat.
Since I'm not celebrating anything this weekend, I thought I'd take a picture of something I celebrate every day... my daughter, Aubrey. There are so many things to celebrate about her. She was my firstborn, so in her I celebrate the beginning of motherhood. She is growing up so fast that every time I look at her, I celebrate the beginning of womanhood. And, since she is my only daughter, we can celebrate being girls together.
p.s. This picture, and others, look better blown up a little. If you click on the picture, it will be bigger. If it's too big, just press ctrl - (minus) until it's the right size to view. I like to do this with other people's pictures, so I thought I'd share the idea!
Anyone else celebrating a birthday?? Or do you have another reason to celebrate? I can't wait to see how you interpret this word!
Put those creative caps on and let's see what you come up with! As always, PICTURES SUBMITTED BY SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT. :)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Took this picture today at a Children's Museum in Pittsburgh. There were so many vibrant colors, but I fell in love with the streamers hanging from the ceiling in the art room.
ISO 220, f9.0, 1/30 sec
It is my sons second birthday so between planning his party and making sure today was a fun day I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to get a great picture. We took him to Classic Fun Center in Layton to play on the blow up things and I got this one, it's not perfect but I do like the colors and that you can tell how much fun my boys were having together.
My cameras was just on manual settings and I had to fix it up as much as I could on photo shop because it was even more blurry than it is now.
I'd had something else in mind when I saw this challenge, but I took my camera with me when I went to Sam's Club yesterday. I snapped a few photos in the warehouse, not particularly loving any of them. I started looking at them this afternoon, and this one eventually grew on me. I cropped it down to have only the Gain laundry detergent in it (which isn't even my brand), and then I just "auto correct"-ed in Microsoft Office Picture Manager, which brightened the colors even more.
I think the reason this grew on me is because (1) the box is very bright and colorful itself, but also, (2) a good laundry detergent will help keep your colors bright and last longer! (I sound like a commercial.)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
against all the dead winter grass etc., i was intrigued by the life and energy that surrounded this colorful skirt.
It should be pretty easy--COLORS
What does this mean to you? How does this word maek you feel?
Let's see this challenge really come to life! It should be a good one!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
This is a picture of my hubby's cold weather coat. He is in the Air Force. His job is to put the bomb on the airplanes. The airplanes don't care if it's -40 outside. Neither do the big bosses. When they say the bombs have to do loaded, they have to be loaded. Rain, snow, freezing weather. My hubby and all the other servicemen of the military are my heroes. They put in the 12 hour shifts for less money than McDonald's workers.
I took this with overhead light with 0"8, F5.6 and ISO400. I was trying to focus on the Waggoner to make that stand out more.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Taken with Canon XTI Rebel
4" at F5.6
"Aged effect" to make it feel more timeless
34 mm, ISO 640, 1/60 sec, F 4.2
A Fresh Perspective
Now I know that Rach has asked us all to try to post our challenges in a timely manner. But during the week I work really long hours and by the time I get home it's dark and I would rather do things like eat dinner and cuddle with my husband than take pictures. So I try to catch up on the weekends. If this detracts from anyone's creative process, then I will not do it anymore. Just let me know.
26 mm, ISO 640, 1/200, F 25
This picture was taken in a light room with a bunch of distracting objects and colors in the background. I had read about this technique where you use a remote flash and really low light settings to underexpose the background and create a black, abyss-like background. It took a lot of trial and error to get this picture (and I am still not completely happy with it), but this is a neat technique to have in you bag of tricks. What I learned: (1) play around with the intensity of the remote flash. The article recommended 1/1, but it looked nuclear. 1/50 worked much better. (2) Don't play around with the intensity of the flash with your husband unless you intend to blind him. :) CC
okay and I'm new to this stuff so if I do it wrong, tell me! (ISO 400, F5.6, 1/10 sec)
He is such a scaredy cat. He runs away from everything. He even runs away when he sees a bug crawling across the floor. He is terrified of our oldest daughter, who just wants to love him, but likes our youngest daughter who wants to torture him. Go figure.
He lives under the desk and under the bed most days.
He isn't very photogenic. He kept giving me red eye. This was the best shot I could get of him without him looking evil :)
UNTIL we found Buzz Lightyear at a garage sale.
Our poor forgotten hero.
Took this under a lamp, no other light. Setup on a mirror just to add some interest. :)
ISO 3200, F 8.0, 1/20 second
PLEASE feel free to request a particular topic at any time! I am happy to put it in. Just shoot me an email, or leave a comment here and I will get it lined up for the challenge. My email is on the sidebar.
Thanks again everyone for participating! You are all doing an amazing job!
I don't have the technical specs on this, but it was taken on my kitchen table with natural light; sepia setting on camera; just a little bit of cropping.
This is a list of names that I am entering for family history work. My progenitors are my heroes. I seek to have their faith, endurance, capacity to love, and ability to stay true. Working on their histories and doing their work helps me love them even more.
The other side of this story is that my father does the initial leg work to extract the names. He doesn't type very fast, and where I type 74ish wpm, it works out for me to put them in PAF(plus, not very many people can read his handwriting...). It has also brought me closer to him. He has been my hero for many years, and the more I know of him, the more that title fits.
This is a statue of Joseph Smith, one of my personal heroes.
I almost feel sacrilegious posting something so flippant for this topic, but it's what I've got. This is the book I'm currently reading for my book group. I chose it, and I'm unbelievably excited to read it. I am feeling so nerdy. I chose it for "hero" because anyone who writes a book on the ill-fated consequences of poorly used punctuation is a hero in my book (get it? in my book?). Sorry. I'm a bad pun waiting to happen.
About the photo: I placed the book inside a nook in my coffee table, pulled the table out from the window so that I could get in front of it in the natural light. I took a series of shots, then picked my favorite. I sharpened the image, so the lines on the text are cleaner, and the texture of the book cover shows up a little bit. I darkened the shadow so that the reflection was still there, but not nearly as distracting as it had been before.
(EDIT: I forgot to add CC.)