Saturday, March 21, 2009
For this photo, I played around with PW's Actions (Fresh and Colorful along with Bring Out the Eyes!) A BIG Thank You to Lindy who opened my eyes to this amazing site!!!!
The Coeur d'Alene Lake is one of our towns best features, most people here call it the "Beach" even tho it is actually a lake. It brings many tourist during the summer and thousands flock here for the firework show on the 4th of July. We also have one of the best Christmas lighting shows in the U.S. ( All done on the lake) So I wanted to focus on the lifeguard chair with a bit of the lake in the background. I added the vintage action to make it look kind of old and faded.
Challenge this week: FEATURE
What does that mean to you??
Be sure and do your best. Voting on the pictures starts this week!! Let's see who our first winners will be!
Oh--and a GIANT thanks to ALL of you who have participated in this past challenge. All those posts and COMMENTS rocked the blog!! It was SOOOO wonderful to see so many people encouraging others. So, a special thanks from me!
Friday, March 20, 2009
What do you think about voting for:
BEST OVERALL PICTURE
BEST TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE
And, I think it only fair that you can win only once per calendar month. What do you think?? I will post the winners each challenge on the sidebar.
In wondering how to do all this, I wondered if you guys think we should have one post to nominate your choice for each and then vote for the top choices from there?
I really want to get this part going. I know Janelle offered to help get this organized too--so I appreciate that!! A little feedback and we will be on our way. I think the best approach is to get this all figured out today and tomorrow and then after this weekend's challenge we can start voting each challenge.
Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts??
Lighting is the MOST important aspect of photography.
A definition of photograph is writing with light. The source of light is just as important as the amount of light.
Hard Light is light that is direct and harsh. It hits your subject from straight on or above. Most photo classes I've taken or books I've read advise you not to start out using hard light- rather to avoid it until you can confidently manipulate it the way you want. Until you can use it properly hard light is rarely flattering, causes harsh shadows and blown out highlights.
*Sources for hard light:
-Sun at Noon
-Flash- on camera flash, which also causes red eye.
A good type of light to use is Soft Light. This is light that is indirect and almost flat. It's very flattering and hard to go wrong with.
Another type of light that makes for nice photos is Dimensional Light. A lot of painters have made their living off of dimensional lighting. Rembrandt’s studio had one wall made up entirely of windows. He would open and close the blinds to get the quality of light that he wanted at certain times of the day. Rembrandt Light is a lighting effect that was used beautifully in many Rembrandt paintings.The effect is to light a person so only ¼ of their face is in shadow and there is a triangle of light under one eye. It is a universally flattering, yet dramatic light on faces. It allows for most of the face to be illuminated but with some interesting shadow detail.
*Sources for Soft/Dimensional Light:
-Open Shade – Is shade that isn't directly under the source that is causing the shade.
-Trees- Make sure you watch for uneven light on your subject when under tree shade.
-Overcast days- Can give a wonderful diffused lighting
The Golden Hour for photography is right before the sun goes down. It's considered by many to be the best time to take photos.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Nikon Coolpix 4300...5 more days til I get my D80 it is on its way as I type!!!
f/10, 1/60, ISO 100. I've never really upped my f-stop that much with portraiture, but my lights did much better with it set higher, so until I acquire a light meter, trial and error is my friend. :)
Support Leg Hosiery!!
(okay, maybe I'm just a little too tired and odd things seem funny to me.. hehe)
This shows support in three ways. First - this is a picture of a mei tai I made recently. A mei tai is a baby carrier, supporting the baby without wearing out the mother's arms, and supporting the mother-child close relationship. Second, the picture is specifically the stitching where the straps are sewed onto the main body - triple stitched for strength and support so that they don't tear off. The seam where the straps are attached is of great importance to the entire carrier. And third - my mei tai is laying on top of more fabric to make another mei tai, one for my sister. We show a great deal of sisterly support back and forth. She has given me so much especially in regards to my children and this time I'm giving to her. We have a wonderful support system together.
Photo taken on macro setting (the little flower button) and focused on the stitching. Natural light from window. Enhanced brightness and contrast.
My husband's bonsai that still needs a little support. I love how they are shaped like hearts, which is very symbolic of his love of plants.
I think the flash is a bit harsh, but that's what I could do to make the supports really stand out.
This statue was a present from my husband's mom when we got married, and I just love it. Every time I see it, it reminds me that we need to always support each other and put our little family first. My husband is amazing because he has given up so much to stay home with our twin boys while I work full time to provide for our family. Not many guys could handle staying home with twins! And true to the post day before yesterday, this photo was taken with my Canon point and shoot because I don't have a macro lens for my Nikon D70 yet...YET! I love love love my Canon PowerShot A470 for its super macro setting! I used PW's Heartland action and Boost action, because I'm in love with her actions. Go here to download her Photoshop action sets!
Someday I'll get outside to take photos of something besides things inside of my house, but it's hard to get that done while on graveyard shift!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
OK- mostly, I really like how this picture turned out and I wanted to share it and get some feedback. So- please forgive me for fudging the rules a little this time.
I loved how mechanical and somewhat cold it was, this was taken at the Domes in Milwaukee- they are indoor gardens but ironically you can't see any of the foliage in this shot. It's all about the structures of it. The focus may be the lamp but the subject is actually the domes you can see in the background. My only gripe is the section of the wall that is solid, it would have been so much cooler if it had been completely webbed.
f5.6 ISO-200 Exposure 1/400
I know most of my pictures are of my son but with such a beautiful child I just can't help it.
When I hear support I think of all the support my husband gives me in being a parent. I can't imagine how hard it would be to do it all alone. My son has been sick with a cold on top of his allergies and my husband is such a great dad, he is an amazing support to me.
I wish his skin was a little less washed out but he is 2 years old so I only get one or two chances to get him smiling.
My daughter is almost 11 months old, and I'm working on weaning her off of breastfeeding. My supply has been slowing diminishing for several months, but I've only been actively cutting back for a few weeks. Yesterday morning when I woke up, I was completely empty. The well had dried up. So I put on a non-nursing bra for only second time since my daughter was born. There was underwire in it. It was great!
About the photo: the only thing I did was make it black and white.
I hope this challenge will inspire many of you and we can have a great week of posting. I think it has many interpretations and there should be something for everyone! :)
Challenge this week: SUPPORT. Remember, move past literal!! I can think of several meanings for this, and know you probably can think of many more! So let's see what you come up with! :)
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THANKS AGAIN everyone for making this a great blog!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The discussion of point and shoot vs. fancy camera was brought up, and I mentioned my friend Stephanie who I think does amazing things with a point and shoot. I will say here, like I did in the comments on the last post--it is not necessarily important to have a fancy camera. You can do amazing things with a point and shoot by really putting YOURSELF into your photography and knowing what you have to work with.
My friend Steph, for example, always keeps her macro setting on. ALWAYS. That gives her a nice depth of field. And she doesn't use flash. Her camera is several years old--a Nikon Coolpix--that they don't even sell anymore. And these are some samples of what she takes...
All that from a SIMPLE point and shoot. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty darn amazing.
When I started this challenge I hoped to have a pretty close knit group of people who could challenge and build each other up, so we can all be better. We have over 40 members of this blog now--all authorized to post. But week after week we have only a small percentage of that actually posting. In fact, this last challenge only had 15 ENTRIES! Only 15 out of 43...
I would understand this if it were just one week--people get busy, things happen. But it is week after week. I guess I just don't understand why some people wanted to sign up for this challenge if they had no intention of ever posting.
I am going to put a new rule in place, so that we can keep this blog cleaned up and close knit like I intended. IF YOU DO NOT POST AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH, I WILL REMOVE YOU FROM THE LIST. Once a month is not too much to ask. That is ONCE every 8 challenges--even though I hope you will post more!
I made it clear from the beginning that this was for all skill levels. I still stand behind that. But part of improving and being better is knowing what was good about a picture and what could be better. Going through, there are SO few comments on people's pictures. I have had a few people tell me that it is discouraging to post and not hear anything back. Especially when those people have made a point to leave comments on other people's pictures.
I UNDERSTAND comments are not always possible. I know for me, I can't always get to them right away. But this is one area I think we can all improve on. Really, who DOESN'T love a comment?
And while we are talking about improvements, I would LOVE to know what you feel we can improve. I have heard a few people asking to vote the best picture for each challenge. What are your thoughts? And what are some things you think could be done to change things up? What will get you posting more? How can we add some spark to this blog to get people going and excited again??
I really would love to hear your feedback, good or bad. PLEASE leave a comment and let me know your ideas so we can make this a great place for everyone!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
20 mm, 800 ISO, 1/155 sec, F5
Here is my Automatic
I think it is automatically instilled in some girls from birth to love phones and girly things. My little girl is obsessed with phones and loves to call people...even some I don't know...
CC always welcome