Saturday, March 28, 2009
My crocuses are in bloom. I like this little flower because of its simplicity. It just sits there, not looking ostentatious, but making the world a little brighter.
About the photo: I used the macro setting on the camera, then used Picasa to edit the photo. I made it slightly soft focused, and then also used the "focal black and white" option to really make the flower pop. The editing wasn't very "simple", but the subject is.
One of my favorite Authors is Beverly Lewis, her books are all about the Amish, a plaine and Simple People. She usually writes the books in series so you can fall in love with the characters and follow along and learn about their Simple way of life.
That was an especially tough voting! Tallying was hard because it was VERY close!
The best take on the challenge went to Leanne with her jellybean picture (which was totally cool!) (if I counted right--correct me if I am wrong!)
The best overall was a tie between Lindy and Leanne, but since Leanne took the BEST take award, Lindy gets the Best overall picture for her awesome display of rust. :)
GREAT JOB everyone!
f/4, 1/250, ISO 100
Let's get those creative minds thinking...this should be a really good one.
Friday, March 27, 2009
So, as tough as this will be, let the voting begin!
Be sure to just put in your comment:
BEST TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE:____________
BEST OVERALL PICTURE:_______________
And then you can add any additional comments of shoutouts. :)
Again, I can't thank all of you ENOUGH for sharing your beautiful art so freely. I am in awe at how much everyone is improving, and how quickly!
VOTING CLOSES TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. Winners announced tomorrow morning. :)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
O.K. everyone here it is bigger. the editing program I had would not make it bigger because I only had the trail version. here is is with nothing except how it was straight from the camera.
350 with F 8
Canon Rebel XTI
I took a close up of the wings on my willow tree figurine. I used my hubby's new Canon 50D. It was really fun to play with! But I need more practice...
This is what I came up with, Abstract Circles
Taken in shutter priority mode with a shutter speed of 1/2.5, iso:200, F36. This shot is also SOOTC. Can any of you guess what this picture is of?
I am having a Twilight party at my house tonight to celebrate the movie release on DVD. (That's not the part that might make you laugh) For dessert I am serving, "Bella Bites"- he he.
They are an "ABSTRACT" representation of the film. The pure white represents Bella, young and innocent. The darker Chocolate is the dark side of Edward. And the Blood Red Center (red velvet cake)... what do you think?
Pretty abstract right? I know it's a bit of a stretch but I've been wanting to try these and I thought my party would be the perfect chance-I just needed to figure out how to tie them in. See, Cheesy right? I told ya so!
This is about as abstract as I get. Hope it's acceptable.
I took this with my wide angle lens. f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 100. In ps, I sharpened and saturated the colors.
(Taken with a Nikon D-40, automatic setting, slightly cropped.) CC welcome.
Ok, so this next one isn't my official entry, but I loved this picture so much that I couldn't help but share it!
This one turned out pretty fun, so I thought I'd roll with it.
Any guesses as to what it is?
I wanted to do something a little nerdier for this challenge, and I knew that I could. My husband is a statistician. This is a photo of a derivation he did for a homework assignment in grad school. Initially, I wanted to post it and say, "this is a picture of...literally...an abstract." But he said it's not actually an abstract. It's a derivation. Well, a proof, he clarified. But it uses mathematical abstraction to provide a mathematical relationship between ordinal categorical variables.
Whatever that means.
About the photo: it is completely unedited. I did nothing to it except load it from the camera to the computer. I tried a couple of things, but it just looked best in its original form.
I had a fun time deciding what subject to use for this challenge. I started taking close-ups of the carved details of my Turkish jewelry box. But I couldn't really come up with a shot I really liked. So I moved on to close-ups of a box of cracked wheat with a measuring cup. I got some interesting shots, but there was no color! I've been doing bland shots lately so that didn't really work for me.
Then later while I was working on something completely different, I happened to look over at the dining room. Jeff had put our centerpiece on top of the cabinet so the kids wouldn't get to it, and the way it was sitting made it look like the flowers were opening up to face the light of the ceiling fan. I loved the way it looked and immediately stopped what I was doing, climbed up on a chair, and started snapping away!
ISO 50, camera set to overexpose by +0.3 so the flowers wouldn't be drowned out by the light. I'm particularly proud of the fact that I didn't enhance it on the computer at all - this is exactly as I took it on the camera.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is one of my table chairs. I moved a bit while taking this but I love the abstract effect it gave the photo. I changed it to sepia even though it was very close to the same color I liked this look better. F 3.2 ISO 100. cc
cc, of course! :)
I hope this is abstract enough, it about as abstract I know how to do. A big shout out to my mom April R for letting me use her camera and her studio WOOT WOOT! I don't know what the settings were, maybe my mom can put it in the comments.
In photoshop I lightened it up, turned it black and white then used the history brush on his cape. I added some saturation and darkened the edges a bit.
This morning at about 8 am, I went outside to our neighbor's burned down house. They have a really old, rusty horse trailer next to our garage, which is great photo fodder, especially for the macro that I seem to have a love affair with. I love macro because it makes every shot abstract and interesting. Looking at this photo, you wouldn't see old, rusted horse trailer...ok, you'd see old and rusted, but not horse trailer. If you were to zoom out and take a photo of the entire trailer, it'd just be, well, boring. They have these random chains hanging from the side and this leaf was just sitting balanced like that. CC
So, the challenge: ABSTRACT
You have until midnight on Thursday night to submit these. Voting will be Friday!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When you vote, if you could please just write:
Best overall: _______ (fill in with one name)
Best take on the challenge: __________
and below you can write your shoutouts and praise.
It's tough to count when there are so many names and people don't decide on ONE, or don't label which category someone should win. Keeping it simple will be SO much easier!
Now, onto the winners. DRUMROLL....
Best overall picture was TERI
Best Take on the Challenge was MINDY
But I have to give an honorary mention to AprilF, who got TONS of votes (just not in the same categories)
You all did an extraordinary job this week! I was SO impressed! It feels like so many of you are really stepping it up and doing amazing things with those cameras. I love that inspiration.
I had been going to create a separate blog, and actually even began the process this morning. But I am actually leaning towards not doing that. It just adds an extra step of work, that I don't know if I can to pick up right now. A thought I had was to go back into the winners posts and add the category they won under their picture so it will show up on the sidebar and you can still click through easily to see the winning pictures.
Anyone else have a better idea? Or do you like the idea of a separate blog for the winning pictures? And if so, is there someone who wants to manage that?
CONGRATS TO EVERYONE! You all did an awesome job! I am so excited to see what the next challenge brings!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Best all around picture
Best take on the Challenge
WILL CLOSE THE VOTING ON MONDAY AT MIDNIGHT. So this leaves only a one day voting period (I don't want to drag things on and on into the next challenge)
Leave a comment to submit who YOU think should take the title this week! :)
I got off work this morning at 7 am and walked outside to see a b-e-a-u-tiful day, complete with clear blue skies. I couldn't resist. I sped home, grabbed my camera and my dog, and drove up to our Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, which is definitely a huge "feature" of our town. The Oregon Trail runs right through our valley, and the interpretive center sits up on a hill and has trails down to the wagon ruts. I admit, I've been to the center at least 20 times in my life but have never walked to the ruts. There's also a "wagon circle" sitting on the top of the hill. One of them was painted these great colors, and I couldn't resist laying down on the ground to play with all kinds of angles. With this one, I used PW's "Fresh & Colorful" and "Boost".
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Went to a church birthday party the other night and played around with my camera. I'm going to be inherting my hubby's canon eos 30d soon and then I'll get to learn and experiment a bit more. This was taken with my little Kodak point and shoot. I'm getting better with my depth of field. The woman who decorated the cake did a fabulous job with making the cake features... (is that too lame of a tie-in?--I have to admit that I haven't been super inspired in general)
Taken in studio at 125 sec Iso 100, F8 with a main light, fill light and a hair light. Added Hodgy soft and dakened edges. I made the nest out of grape vine wreaths
So after lots of thinking, I realized that one thing I absolutely love is painting my toe nails. Even on the worst of days, the shiny red feature on my toes puts a little spring in my step.
32 mm, 1/60 sec, F/4
Even though I made a lot of mistakes with this photo (the reflection in the glass, cutting off my Grandpa's head, strange object growing out of my Grandma's head), I love this photo. The emotion in my grandparents' eyes say it all. After (almost) 60 years, they support each other completely. My Grandpa is currently taking care of my Grandma, who has been ill for a long time. They have also always supported me.
42 mm, 1/100 sec, F/4.5
About the photo: Taken at night, lit only with incandescent bulbs in the room. I used flash, but cropped the photo so that the glare was out of it. I used a "warmify" feature to add even more to the red.
(I used a Nikon D-40, automatic setting, no flash, with natural overcast lighting, then slightly cropped it.)
So very sorry this is late. Im a little behind. I took this at a friend's house over the weekend. I love the way it turned out!
But my feet, now them I have always loved!
I took this picture after Church so I'm still wearing my nylons. I like the smoothing look they give. As with most of my pictures, I took this with point-and-shoot in natural window light. I lightly enhanced it by adjusting brightness and contrast.
When we got home.... we made some! Way fun.
This nasty color is a combo between three separate and beautiful colors. Green, Yellow, and Purple. (This is what happens when a two year old decided to mix it up a bit)
**I know, this looks really gross, but it was something new to feature. **