Saturday, April 25, 2009
ISO 320, no flash, lamp light overhead as my house was kind of dark.
*Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
* Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
*When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
*Take naps and stretch before rising.
*Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
*Never pretend to be something you're not.
*When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
*Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
*When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
*Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
I have a confession, this challenge flat out stumped me. So, what did I do (ducking head in embarrassment)?! I....can't say it....googled wisdom to get my brain juices flowing. The shame! Anyway, I found this list on canine wisdom and loved it. And it just so happened, the friends I was taking pictures of today had two beautiful dogs. Too much of a stretch?
This symbolizes old wisdom. It was the bus to school many, many moons ago.
f/10, 1/160, ISO 200... In ps, I ran an extreme color action, as well as a sharpener.
I am going to try to post the results this way for now, just so everyone can see and we make a point to really highlight the winners.
For the ONE challenge winners we had:
BEST OVERALL went to DAVE, with his ONE canoe (and one mishap!! :) Great story Dave.
MOST ORIGINAL: Rachel with her floating uno cards
And I think we've come to a solution for the voting dilema that I HOPE will make everyone happy. (thanks everyone for your advice)
The concern was brought up that someone could receive a lot of votes and not even win at all because the votes for their picture were spread out. So, I think we will go ahead and keep the BEST OVERALL, a randomly selected category, and then we will also announce the person with the most votes overall! :)
So, the first person to take this honor is KATY with her picture displaying how nice rice can be.
GREAT WORK EVERYONE!
Now, onto the CHALLENGE! I am very curious what everyone will come up with for this one...
So, here goes...today's word is: WISDOM.
What does that mean to you? What do you think of when you think of this?
Let's step it up and really think outside the box on this one. :)
Remember, pictures in by midnight tomorrow!
one more tidbit: Would you please leave a comment if you are willing to sign up to post a word for a challenge? That way we can get that going. I am excited to have everyone contribute!
Friday, April 24, 2009
I was totally sick of the black background...for winter, it was a-okay. But I have caught a glimpse of the sunshine outside and I needed a change.
White is a little too white...but I am waiting to make an appointment to get tanned with a nice shade of beige so I am not shocking anyone with my pasty "skin"...
But for tonight, this is where I am.
And I got a new header-do too...I just needed something fresh. My header-styler is not a professional, so please don't mind her amateur job. If you know someone who has more experience, please let me know...
Anyway, just checking in to wish you a happy spring! Glad you visit me often! It's nice to see you, each and every time!
Have a great night...
Shanda was bogged down with school and stuff this week and asked to reschedule her feature Friday. No prob Shanda!! It gave me a good chance to put an update on the changes that are happening here. So, here is how things will go from now on:
After taking into consideration the things that were voted on for voting (yes, that sounds totally weird), here's what we will do:
I would like to have 8 categories (besides the BEST OVERALL) that we can rotate through. That way everyone knows the 8 things that might be used for voting. We won't actually announce the vote category until the voting day. That will help people keep on their toes! :)
We did have some people ask for a most improved, or something to include people who may not feel like their photography skills are up there yet. I absolutely agree and think this is a great encouragement as you learn. So, I want to include that as one of our random categories.
I would love some feedback in collecting the list we use. So far we have:
1. Most Improved
2. Most original idea
3. Best use of lighting
.....the rest needs to be filled in still. What are your thoughts?
As for the professional vs. amateur...it's a tough call. I mean, there are people with point and shoots who have no real previous experience that are winning challenges and whose photos look professional...people that have really chosen to step up and make their camera work for them, instead of limiting themselves to what they think their camera can do. And there are people who have "fancy cameras" that have only had their cameras for a few months, with no previous experience and yet they are always winning challenges. Just because their pictures LOOK professional, doesn't mean they feel like they could be called that. So, I don't know where to draw the line. And because of that, I just won't. We will keep it as is...everyone together. I think that's how we will really learn and grow and feel encouraged.
Now, one more piece of feedback I need!! :)
For our featured photographer piece we will post each week, I would love to know what you want to know about each other:
I figure we will go with 10 questions--so it's not overwhelming for people. You can ask more specific questions in the comments section of their post.
I will then email a copy of the final to everyone and if you could fill it out and email it back to me WITH A PICTURE OF THEMSELVES, that would be great. Then I will randomly select one person each week to highlight and get to know.
so what do you want to know??? Here are some ideas?
--what camera do you use?
--where are you from? Where do you live?(even a state if people don't want to be specific)
--How long have you been interested in photography?
--what is the funniest photography story you have?
--Share a piece of photography advice you have learned...
These are not set in stone..just things to get you guys thinking.
SO---I KNOW this is long and you might have forgotten by now...
PLEASE, PLEASE leave me some feedback for the challenge categories--
and please leave me some questions you want to know about each other. I will get an email sent out as soon as I can get 10 good q's together! :)
Also, Mindy has offered to help me out with the feature Fridays--she will be emailing you guys with a reminder as your time comes up, and will be updating the sidebar with the calendar, etc. So feel free to let her know when you are ready to do one.
And Janelle has been helping with one challenge a week and doing the voting tallies, etc. So thank you Janelle for taking that off my plate. I sure appreciate it!
THANKS everyone for all your input and allowing me to change things here and there as we make it a good place for everyone. :) Any other ideas? Send them my way!
Okay, we're changing up the voting today. No more "best take" category. The category will probably change with each challenge (we haven't quite ironed out all the kinks yet), but for today, your two categories will be MOST ORIGINAL and BEST OVERALL.
Please be sure to submit your votes like this:
Also please don't vote this time around for Jackie or Mindy, as they both won the honors in the last challenge.
Until midnight, then.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wow, I had a really hard time with this one. You would think that I would have had something in mind already, since it was my challenge word, but I didn't. I ended up going with the obvious (for me) in the end, despite the numerous great ideas Rachel sent my way. This is my little ONE. She just turned ONE year old yesterday. She is my only ONE (so far). This was taken today during the ONE nap she took (in my bed, of course). She's holding (sort-of) Snuggle Bear, which -- of all the stuffed animals we have and have given her -- is the ONE that she has chosen to love the most.
About the photo: mid-afternoon, flash, macro setting. I cropped it to focus around her a little more. I used the "I'm feeling lucky" function in Picasa, which adjusts the color and the exposure in one easy function. I darkened the shadows around her a little bit, and then created a soft focus around the outside.
I am thankful for the resurrection and that people will have 'one more chance', so to speak.
(I know... it was a stretch, but I've been wanting to take a picture of this church for some while.)
Canon Rebel XSi 300 mm, 1/400s, f/7.1 ISO 500
CC always welcomed!
I'm now almost 8 months prego (#4) and for some time was having horrid leg and foot cramps. A calcium/magnesium supplement and ONE Banana a Day for potassium and I am good to go!
My husband and I were playing around, taking pictures of these pennies on the floor for this challenge--ONE cent, see?-- and all of a sudden ONE little ladybug started crawling across our pile of pennies. Well, ONE little bug is good too, right? So we have ONE ladybug on ONE pile of ONE cent pieces. Cool, huh? =)
We're visiting my parents in an impromptu weekend visit. This is one of Mom's beautiful semi-precious stones, among all the plain pebbles of the driveway. I loved the contrast of the one beautiful rock in the midst of the plain ones.
I wish I had software to really make the color of the stone pop against all the grays, but I had to work with what was available - the program on Dad's computer that I'm not really familiar with. I cropped it to make the stone fill more of the frame, and sharpened the blue stone.
ISO 400, 3.2 sec, f11, florescent lighting, sooc
This was one hard challenge.
Ironically enough, this photo required two of us to take (my husband and myself). My husband had another idea, "No one," which I've posted on my personal blog (since I had nothing to do with it except agree it was an interesting picture).
Taken at twilight of my wonderful husband sporting his brand new vest. We are going out to a masque ball tomorrow and I made him this fancy new vest today. It's made out of the same material as my dress, so we will match :) As for the picture I was in standard portrait mode. I attached my large flash to give me the extra light. In PS I cropped it down to show off my subject better. I personally wish there was a little more light in the background at the bottom of the picture but at 8:30 at night there is only so much you can do.
I did bridals yesterday and my mom who is an amazing photographer let me use her super cool camera! I can't remember the settings for this picture because I had to change them a lot for every picture because it was so sunny.
Oh and my lens is now stuck in macro mode....HELP! Any ideas on how to get it out?! The little switch seems jammed.
UNO=ONE...just a little Spanish lesson. :)
I took this by setting the top layer of cards up on a glass tabletop I have and the other cards on the floor below. (thus the floating look)
Took inside with only natural light (blocking the sun so I didn't have a glare)...had to use a little higer ISO...
ISO 800, 66mm, f5.3, 1/60 second
Did a color boost in Adobe Lightroom.
This was SUCH a fun challenge! It was really hard to narrow it down. And it was fun to be surprised...thanks Janelle for thinking up this one!
Such a gorgeous day for a drive. Stumbled across this "literally" out in the woods off of a side road. The old chair begged for me to take pics....:)
P.S. I was just experimenting with a newly found feature on my camera under digital filters called "Toy Camera". My hubby showed me this and I snapped a few during our lunch and then thought I'd take one of my plate.
Picture pretty much sums up why I thought ONE fit. I got up right next to the pole and took a shot looking up at the flag. I liked the angle...gave it a neat perspective. The flag wasn't as full as I would have liked, but there wasn't much wind yesterday. CC welcomed!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I chased this bee around for a loooong time this afternoon! It's a little tricky to focus on one very busy bee, but a LOT of fun!
CLICK the picture to see it bigger... I love the detail in the flowers and bee's wings!
Shot on my porch, cropped and sharpened colors in Picasa. I just found out how to get the details on the picture so here they are. 40mm f/2.8 ISO 80 no flash the porch provided all the light I needed. CC as always, give it to me I can take it!
Today is my daughter's first birthday. Since I can't do "celebration" for a challenge word (we did that for Rachel's birthday), and I think "birthday" is too unambiguous, I decided to choose the word ONE for today's challenge.
I think we'll get a lot of entries again this time, and I have a feeling that we're going to have a lot of interpretations. I'm looking forward to it.
Please post your entries by midnight tomorrow.
(Please remember to tag your posts with "your name, challenge word")
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wondering what you think about the following:
I want to start a featured photographer each week--so that one person gets highlighted and we can really get to know each other. I thought we could do a q&a on each person--
And I thought I would have one day as a mission 24 business day--to do all this kind of blogkeeping stuff...ask opinions, reminder of rules, etc.
HOWEVER, I don't want to have TONS of posts every day because I know it's probably hard for everyone to keep up on.
My thought was to just edit the VOTING posts (instead of having a new post to announce) and put the winners in a separate blurb at the bottom...like this:
Time to vote. Great challenge this time! Please remember to vote by saying:
WOW! LOTS OF VOTES THIS TIME! Thanks for all the participation. Our winners are:
Best overall: Jane Doe with her sports shot
Best angle: John Doe with his train shot
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- -- - -- -- -
This would allow us to keep the posts to a minimum on non-challenge days.
So the schedule would be:
Monday--Voting (and Mission 24 business)
Thursday (remainder of challenge)
Friday-Voting (and Friday Feature)
Saturday - Challenge
Sunday (remainder of challenge)
What do you think?
Congrats to Mindy for her photo of Grandpa's truck. She earned the best take of the challenge. Also congrats to Jackie, who won best overall with her "like, totally vintage" VW bus.
There were tons of shout-outs this challenge, too. Just about everyone who entered this time around was recognized.
Stay tuned for a new challenge tomorrow morning!
(I also would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I'm flattered!)
Monday, April 20, 2009
These are the two cameras I trained on and yes they are both 35mm. After taking the picture I ran it through HP Image Zone and did the black and white filter and the antique one after that. I also cropped it just a little.
PS- Don't vote for me, vote for someone who got their submission in on time!
We're going to keep going with the old way of voting for this challenge, and then figure things out for the next one.
Erin and Brittney won the last challenge, so they are ineligible this time around. Sorry girls, but it keeps the love spread around!
You have until midnight tonight to submit your votes.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
ISO 100, f5.6, 2sec; used curves in gimp to intensify colors.
My husband regularly tries to convince me to get rid of this stack of old science fiction paperbacks. There's just something about the smell and the feel of these old books that I find comforting, bringing back memories of long summer afternoons spent curled up on my grandparent's couch.
Taken with Cannon Rebel XSi in auto setting, (still having some problems with manual) 1/60s, f/4.0, ISO:400. I cropped it and added the sephia in Picasa. CC always welcome!
My 5Th Great-Grandfather was the Prophet Lorenzo Snow. I come from his 3rd wife Sarah Ann Prichard. (It has been said that Sarah was his favorite wife.) I have been so blessed to not only have this ring, but I also have a china set (only missing a few pieces) that he bought his wife while in England in 1851. My mom currently is holding the china hostage until I have a place to safely put it. I don't blame her. :)
I've never been able to wear this ring, as it is so small that it won't even fit past the first knuckle of my pinkie finger. To be honest, I think I'd be to afraid to loose one of the delicate stones if I did wear it out of the house.
I can't wait to pass this ring on to my daughter.
I love having such wonderful ancestors; and a rich family history.
I have been waiting for a challenge to use this house in. I love the vintage brick, windows, door, wheel barrow and the old school lawn mower.
I cropped it, used warmify from picasa .
Camera Used HP Photosmart R707
ISO 100 F8.4
shutter 1/125 sec
PS- PW colorized action at low opacity with edge burn
PLEASE CC- I really want to learn!
Two eggs, well beaten, 1 scant cup flour, 1 cup sweet
milk, salt, beat well together; bake in a drip pan 1/2 hour.
Serve with cream, sugar and nutmeg.
The Economy Cookbook, 1910
I thought I'd take a different approach to this challenge, since I don't really have a lot of vintage stuff around my apartment, and being in the early stages of pregnancy, I don't have the energy to get out and search for great picture opportunities. But I do have online access to a wonderful vintage cookbook, The Economy Cookbook. I love old-time recipes, with the charming simplicity of ingredients and directions. So I chose a very simple vintage pudding to bake and photograph, and of course, to eat!
"Old Photo" effect on editing program that came with my camera.
I know we're not supposed to post two pictures, but here's the original, before I "old photo"ed it.
It looks more vintage the first way, but I think it looks more delicious in the second one. What do you think?
> Okay, I have no idea what I am doing wrong, but this looks way different than it did when I finished it in photoshop--I even saved for the web--I thought.
I love driving by this sign--it always takes me back in time. :) I love the feel of it...even if my picture doesn't look right. :)
(DOUBLE CLICK ON IT TO SEE IT BIGGER...although it still isn't as crisp as it was when I edited it)
ISO 200, F8, 1/60 second, ran a boost and seventies preset in Photoshop and changed accordingly to my taste.
This is a photo of the handle of my antique dresser.
"SOOC" with my point and shoot. Natural light, no flash. I put "SOOC" because my photog hubby gave me an interesting lesson about how SOOC on a digital camera is a misnomer... that being said I did not do any post processing in element.
Hey, I appreciate the feedback from the post I wrote about voting. I have tried to gather people's ideas and put them on the sidebar. So PLEASE go over there and vote! You can vote for more than one thing at a time.
If you are unclear about what they mean, please see this post and read the comments to understand better.
I will then take it and evaluate what everyone wants (how many categories, etc) and we will revise things.
If you have any other comments about it, please let me know!
Thanks everyone for your submissions and ideas!!
I drove and drove yesterday and finally came acoss an old VW scrap yard....I wasn't sure if I would get "the shot", but I just loved this one. ~cc~ as always!
I love my mom. She is always visiting thrift stores and picking me up "treasures" that she thinks I may be able to use in my photo shoots. She picked this old-school globe up for me a few months ago and, I'm embarrassed to say, its been sitting in my DI pile. I just wasn't sure what to do with this beauty. I'm so glad I still had it, it was perfect for this challenge.
50 mm, f/3.2, 1/320 sec, ISO 200
I took this picture in front of a window using natural light and spot metering. In elements I sharpened and cropped.
As always, CC welcome