Saturday, April 18, 2009
lens ~ 70-300 4.5
f stop 4.5
shot in jpg format
cc always welcome!
Husband's Grandfather was a war hero.... he served all over and came home with some bills of from travels. Husband's Grandmother gave us these bills when Grandfather died... Husband cherishes these mementos.
Exposure:0.003 sec (1/320)
Focal Length: 35 mm
Focal Length: 35.6 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: No Flash
I'm actually really satisfied with my picture this time. These cuff links were my great-grandfather's, the pearls and the book were his mother's. I took this picture mid-afternoon in natural lighting, no flash. I used the macro setting in manual mode on my camera. Then I went to work in Picasa. I adjusted the color, and the exposure, then used the "warmify" option to make it look a little more vintage-y. I like it.
1/1250, f 3.2, ISO 200, decreased saturation, increased contrast
Windows Live Photo Gallery is no Adobe Photoshop, but it was SO nice to be able to make some adjustments to my photo. :0) I get my photoshop back in 3 weeks.... hooray!
Thanks for looking. CC
And I think we will have some GREAT submissions...there are a lot of vintage-lovin' people out there!!
So, let's get to the challenge: VINTAGE
What does this word mean to you? How does it make you FEEL?!!?
CANNOT WAIT for the posts to start coming in! :)
(please scroll down to leave some feedback about our voting system--I would love to hear what you think!)
It was really close on the best take, but in the end, this prize goes to Erin with her fire department/fire hydrant picture.
For best overall, it was a complete runaway. It goes to Brittney with her little girl in Daddy's red coat.
I also want to give a shoutout to Mindy here, for getting tons of shoutouts. She definitely would have been a contender if not for winning last time around. :)
There really were so many great photos for this challenge. I think we had more shout-outs that we've ever had. Great job everyone! I also wanted to thank everyone for actively commenting on pictures again this time around. It's nice to get the feedback.
Stay tuned for a new challenge later this morning.
Friday, April 17, 2009
And with each challenge, we seem to have more and more members participating.
And so I wondered what your thoughts are on voting...
Do we keep it as is?
Do we change it?
And if we change it, what are some things you would like to see?
I would love some feedback on this!!
(and if you are looking for the voting for the red challenge, keep on scrollin')
Since I am filling in on the fly, I thought I would post a link to a good article I found on understanding shutter speed. I thought it was really informative--
Hope you guys check it out--there was way too much info to put all in this one post, so I hope it's okay just to link it.
You are all doing so wonderful! I am impressed, truly impressed!
(oh, scroll down for voting!)
Candace and Mindy won our last challenge, so please be sure to give everyone else a chance this time around.
Please remember to word your voting this way:
Best take on challenge:
Best photo overall:
You have until midnight tonight to vote for your favorites!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
ISO 400, 1/100 sec, f5.6, indoor with flash, sooc.
My mom grew these peppers in her garden last summer and strung them on fishing line to dry. If we'd had a Christmas tree, we would have used these for our decorations!
By the way I'm very open to CC. I want to improve and don't worry about offending me I was a college athlete and therefore I'm very used to being told what I'm doing wrong.
This was taken at my favorite park.I love the snow pile at the bottom of the slide. I was mad at the snow when I woke up this morning but the snow really made the red pop.
1/500 F5.4 ISO 100
Okay, so I know that "red" was my own challenge word, but I really couldn't come up with anything I was satisfied with. Finally, while I was making dinner, taking pictures of tomatoes and peppers, I thought of my Netflix envelopes upstairs. I get really excited whenever I see these red envelopes in the mail, knowing that I've got something new to watch. Currently at home: the last two discs of season 4 of Gilmore Girls. I was disappointed with season 3, but I watched all of season 4 in a week flat. Loved it! My daughter loves playing with pretty much anything.
About the photo: I have a Canon Power Shot SD850 IS Elph that I am learning a lot about because of this blog. During the black and white challenge, I discovered my "color accent" setting, which I used for this photo. This is SOOC.
But I was determined and by the end of the day I had nothing great, so this is what I have....
I wanted to capture what the color red really means and I found out it means a lot. Red means warning, stop, danger, yield, sickness, death, embarrassment, anger, hot, sin......but my favorite meaning of this color is LOVE.
And so I settle for this simple picture. My sweet daughter, whom I love more than myself, with her chubby hands shaped as a heart near her heart.
burned edges and color boost in Lightroom.
I took SO many pictures for this--of SO many different things. But nothing quite felt right. I was pretty discouraged that I hadn't gotten anything really wonderful with the good light of the day, until I went down to do some laundry tonight and in the dim basement light I saw the good ol' campbells soup cans...
And that's how this idea was born...
f/11, 1/160, ISO 200... 50 mm 1.4 lens
My little red headed princess. She isn't wanting to be very photogenic right now (camera shy.....) so I had to take a picture of her on the swing without her knowing!
(Cropped and used sharpen effect)
I wanted to use this picture below. I just thought this yellow tulip with a touch of red was just awesome, but I did a flower last challenge. I just wanted to share :)
All I did was take a red transparent DVD case and placed right in front of the lens. Using it as a filter and took a shot of our backyard. Which is my world, we are working really hard to make a pretty back yard and it's coming right along.
I thought of this tree that sits on the corner or our street when I read the challenge. No matter what the season this Japanese Maple is soo beautiful! I was standing under, looking up when I took this shot. When the sun sets in the afternoon and comes through, the tree looks like it is on fire.......
Anyone know what this building is and how it involves the Indians? It isnt the greatest shot but what it protrays is important.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
(200mm, F 5.6, 1/1000 sec, iso 800, oops!)
This pic. is not in the running for this challenge but I wanted to post a pic for the last challenge. I got to busy to post one then. This reminds me of Easter because blossoms are like a rebirth and rain gives life! This is a pic. of the weeping cherry tree in my front yard it was spur of the moment so the settings on the camera were not what I really wanted but I think it turned out well.
When I saw the challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do--take a photo of my free birthday burger at Red Robin! So my hubby loaded up his Canon 50D along with his 100mm macro lens and a ring flash just for me. It's not that the photos of my bruschetta chicken burger didn't turn out... they were incredibly sharp and visually interesting, but the sandwich itself didn't look incredibly palatable (it tasted delicious though!). So I went with this shot. I like how the water glass looks and I like the fry basket behind it too.
This challenge was a hard one for me. Not quite sure why though. Dave and I drove around for a few hours today taking pictures of anything that caught our eye. Dave got his shot early on but I continued hunting, fire hydrants, signs, barns, tractors...I wasn't satisfied with any of the pictures I took. I was getting quite discouraged. Right before it got dark I took this shot of my little one getting her wiggles out (she had been couped up in the car all day with us ;)) and catching snowflakes on her tongue. I was drawn to the splash of red (Dave's coat, we forgot hers, whoops) against the new fallen snow.
Anyway CC welcome. Really, maybe it will help me get out of my photography rut.
This was a great challange, You would not believe how many red things I found in my town.. the nice thing about where I live is if you drive 5 minutes out of town you are in the country and our little piece of Heaven is dotted with Red Barns, a staple in American History. I added the Lovely and Etheral action and a little burn around the edges.
Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8
Tiffen Warming Filter
Okay so there are the specs...also, I brightened the red and made it stand out more against the background in PS Elements.
I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Black and White Challenge. I was busy all weekend with Church, Family, Friends and Food during Easter. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Also to Dave, my husband was skeptical to when I told him what I wanted to do, and I was even amazed on how great it turned out. Thanks again to everyone!
I'll be teaming up with Rachel in presenting some challenges going forward. She deserves to be surprised with a challenge topic too!
Today's challenge is RED. Remember to think outside the box.
You have until midnight tomorrow (Thursday) to post your photo.
A couple of housekeeping items:
- Please remember to label your posts with your name and the challenge. When it comes time for voting, a lot of people just search through all the posts ID-ed with the current challenge, and if yours isn't properly tagged, it won't show up.
- Posted photos must be taken within the specified challenge time period. No previously taken photos please!! That's the fun of the challenge. :)
- It seems like people have gotten busy and comments have started slowing down again. Please remember to share the love with your fellow photographers! Encouraging one another is part of the photography adventure! :)
- For new people who may not know, if you see "CC" at the bottom of a post, it means "constructive criticism." The person who posted is open to critiques or advice on their photo. It's okay to be honest...but please be kind.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Congrats to Mindy for the best take on the challenge with her symbols of Easter.
Candace had the best overall photo with her daughter at the beach.
I also wanted to acknowledge Jenny and Leann, both of whom received numerous shoutouts.
Great job everyone. Watch tomorrow for a new challenge!
Monday, April 13, 2009
So, this is the post to SHARE what you know--all things photography--websites you love for inspiration, photoshop tutorials, even basic photography information!
So, to get those wheels spinning, here are some categories you might think about:
Adobe Lightroom tutorials or presets
Photoshop / photoshop elements actions
Photoshop / photoshop elements tutorials
Basic photography information: exposure, ISO, etc.
good sources for feedback on cameras and camera equipment
What are some things you would like to know? We can add that to the list and see if it spurs anyone elses thoughts.
PLEASE put the websites and what category it would fit in the comments section here. I will put the categories on the sidebar and we can always have them to link to.
We had a lot of entries again for this challenge. A lot of people with similar ideas, but slightly different takes. I really enjoy this blog because it reminds me of how unique each individual really is.
Okay, on to the voting!
Last challenge's winners were Amanda, Katy, and Teryn (we had a tie for best take), so don't vote for them this time around. Honorable mentions are always welcome. Who doesn't love getting a shoutout?
Please remember the voting system...
BEST TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE:
BEST OVERALL PICTURE:
Plus extra shout-outs.
Voting ends at midnight tonight.
If you did NOT get an email, check your bulk/spam folder. If you still have not seen anything from me, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT so I can add you.
And as always, I am open to suggestions and ideas you have for how we can better this group. Thank you all for your contributions!
P.S. IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING THIS and have wanted to be added, PLEASE leave a comment or email me. Sometimes I get busy and forget to add someone--so I am fine getting a reminder. :)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Red is for the blood he gave
Green is for the grass he made
Yellow is for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night
Black is for the sins that were made
White is for the GRACE he gave
Purple is for the hour of sorrow
Pink is for the new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans, colorful and sweet, is a prayer is a promise...is an Easter Treat.
Forsythia always bloom early in the spring, and the color is so vibrant you can't miss them!
My father always put forsythia blossoms in a vase on Easter morning.
This is my Grandmother's favorite bush, and I have the firm conviction that I will get to see here again; the flowers remind me of that eternal truth.
The bush is very hearty and comes back strong after every cold winter and puts on a lot of growth. I have needed that lesson in my life right now.
About the picture: today was a very dreary day and my colors were all washed out, so I was very proud of myself for playing with the settings to come up with this. I also like how white the background is; so pure. It looks much better than the overcast sky.
I like the line moving up and over, as well as the blossoms climbing up.
CC, as always!
My 2 year old son colored this egg and I loved the colors.
I obviously played with it in photoshop. I lightened it a bit then desaturated then history brushed the egg then darkened up the middle of the egg that was a bit washed out then pulled the saturation down even more then I painted a warm brown over the top with the opacity low.
1/60 F 6.3 ISO 1600 18 mm
This is a super-close up shot of my daughter's Easter hat. She wouldn't leave it on, but my mother-in-law insisted that I let her buy it because it was so cute (it really is cute, and I do love it). Easter is (among other things) an excuse for little girls to get fancy new dresses, and I think it's a perfect day to wear a hat. I also kind-of think of Easter as a bit of a feminine holiday in general (religious associations aside), so I chose to focus on the "sugar and spice and everything nice" detail work of the eyelet on the hat.
Photo is SOOC -- no editing, no cropping.
Being a tired grump I had no energy to be creative in my photography skills, I saw this basket and thought of my awful sugar over load and Viola... my Easter picture.
I used my trusty "Auto", no flash. I just opened the blinds for the cool lighting affect of the sun coming through the window. Sharpened and cropped in Picasa.