Saturday, May 2, 2009
I thought this quote was pretty funny and I'm low on inspiration tonight. So there you go.
1/5 sec, F/3.5, ISO 400, no flash
I chose to shoot the most literal and obvious take on the challenge. I put the key on my big black suitcase to get this background. I took several pictures and uploaded them before realizing that there was a microscopic little spec on the suitcase that looked huge on each of the pictures, so I had to wipe it off and take more shots! Close-ups are kinda interesting that way.
SOOC, except for cropping
I am a Mom....and I love doing it. Nothing else in this world makes me happier than my kids, so in that sense, I am extremely successful. For that, I am blessed.
The most improved photographer among us (as chosen by all of you) is Janelle (that's me!), with her hot pink flowers.
The best photo overall was Katy, with her charcoal briquettes (which I have to admit is a pretty awesome picture, especially having singed her non-existent knuckle hair).
Earning the most votes, combining the two categories, was also Katy!
Congratulations to everyone. Click here to see all winning pictures from all challenges.
On to a new challenge. Your word for the weekend is KEY. There are a number of ways this could go, and I'm excited to see everyone's work with it.
Please remember the four self-evaluation questions Rachel asked us last week:
- Is this my best?
- Would I frame this?
- Have I taken the features/tutorials people have posted into consideration?
- Am I improving?
Friday, May 1, 2009
2. What is your favorite photography subject? (or, what do you like to take pictures of the best?) This will come as no shock to some of you...FOOD. I ABSOLUTELY love to take pictures of food. :) Weird, I know. But true.
3. What camera equipment is on your wish list?
4. What are your hobbies outside of photography?
5. Tell us about your family! (married? Kids?)
6. Where do you live?
7. Do you have a blog you would like to share? (family blog or photography blog?)
8. What is the best photography advice you have ever received?
9. What (if any) editing program do you use?
And this is a picture I took visiting my sister in San Fransisco this past summer.
And if you want to see a BAJILLION more pictures, you can check out my family blog. I post basically every day...and I love meeting other bloggers! :)
Anyway, that's me!
I think what we will do is that if any of you have questions about the featured photographer, you can leave them in the comments and the featured photographer can get back in the comments so we can all learn about each other!
So, here goes.... we are going to vote today for HOT!! You guys did so awesome with my word! I was really, really impressed by all the different pictures we got in.
Make sure to word your votes...
I know there are going to be lots of people being voted for, because everyone did such a great job!
Oh, and before I forget, Mindy, Brittney, and Felicia were our winners with WISDOM, so let's try to vote for some others this time around! :)
Have a great day and Happy Voting!!
I had so many ideas for this challenge. I took this the first day of the challenge but had intentions to go out shooting yesterday. However my hubby has been studying long hours and I had a REALLY crummy day yesterday that didn't allow for getting the shot I really wanted. I am really not thrilled with this picture. I debated even posting it, BUT I have not wanted to miss a challenge...
So I took it in the right time frame, but didn't post it on time...and I know there are lots of things to fix...
and here I am bumbling and apologizing..and making this worse. :)
ISO 640, f5.6, 1/15 second
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I'm cheating a bit on this one... I had another idea but I didn't have the time I needed to get my act together. But I promised Rachel I would post something this time. I actually took this photo 2 weeks ago (so don't vote for it, no matter how awsome you think it is ;) ) and I contemplated just setting it all back up again and taking it tonight so I would be fully following the rules. But it's 11:50pm and I should probably go to bed. So I decided not to. Besides, it was so much cuter that it was my 2 year old who neatly lined up his cars between the dining room and kitchen so that I would have to step carefully or else trip and land on my butt.
Anyway, added sharpen and saturation just a bit to boost color and to lower washout effect on top left and right sides. PS thanks to Rachel and Mindy for their suggestions and praise ;)
I was like Breezi and kept procrastinating- and my previous ideas were taken- my darling husband is actually the one who came up with this for me.
I had a shoot today and with school have been so busy I didnt post last time. I have edited a few but this one stands out as being so hot to me. Hot in the literal, I know not much thinking outside of the box here. ~cc~
CC always welcome!
Far from my best picture, but I thought it was pretty cool. This is what it looks like when hot hamburger grease, from thawing hamburger in the microwave, cools down. Kinda gross, but kinda neat too.
Enhanced brightness and contrast.
I stepped outside yesterday to grab the mail, and saw these HOT pink azalea buds on the bush in front of my house.
About the photo: adjusted color and contrast, saturated color a little, sharpened, and adjusted shadows so that pink was even brighter.
My husband works as a baker at a local bakery, and he gave me the idea of taking pictures of his HOT out of the oven baked bread for this challenge. Well, I thought it was a great idea, and just loved how the steam looked in this particular shot. =)
Taken with a Nikon D-40, on automatic setting, then cropped. CC welcome.
It looks like me and Hotmama03 had the same idea! I actually thought about the shot I wanted all day at work yesterday and was a bit dismayed to find out someone else had already gone for it. Hotmama03, hope you don't mind I gave it a go anyway because of lack of time. This was fun! Britt and I got out the toys for this one. I turned off all the lights (it was 10:00 at night) and got out the tripod and remote so I could get a shutter speed of 4 seconds.
It is a gray and miserable day in Indiana, a perfect day for hot chocolate!
Photo was taken under a white florescent light (and white balance was set to reflect that), 1/6 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100. I adjusted colors with the curves function. I used Nestle Rich Chocolate and spiked it with cream. cc
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Pretty self explanitory, I think. All I did was crop it, use gradient map to make it even more black & white, and then used a Level Adjustment Layer to make the blacks & whites really pop. Then I added the border and my watermark, actions provided by MCP Actions. CC
right when i read this challenge i wanted to show the 'hot' beauty of being a mother... a sort of classic pose from the Renaissance period and a new age mom...me. i set it on the tripod and got it just as i wanted it and then jon pushed the trigger. I love it. i actually feel pretty looking at it. there is nothing too sexy about a back, but the idea that i am a mom, and older now ~ the candles, the blanket... it feels hot to me. and therefore the theme ~ hot.
Taken on nikon d300
f stop 2.8
lens 14-24 2.8
black and white alteration in adobe cs3 and added border.
cc as always :)
Nothing like running around a soccer field for over an hour to make you hot and sweaty! I got a chance to practice my sports photography skills (ha! skills!) today while watching some of "my girls" from church play a soccer game.
I went through a whole tray of ice cubes trying to get this shot (good thing they're cheap). They kept melting too fast :). Now, I'm off to take care of my HOT, fevering little one. Sigh.
300mm macro mode, F10, 1/400, ISO100
In RAW editing I sharpened and increased the clarity and vibrance.
CC always welcome
I used my Nikon D60, with the Picasa program and used the Saturation element for some fun.
CC always welcome, please
I took this in my kitchen with our wonderful red sauce pot. (which had to be scoured) I put some water in and let it boil. I originally was going for the steam out of the pot but the bubbles looked so cool when I caught them in the camera. In PS I cropped just a little, and boosted the color by saturating it. The red pot just wasn't red enough.
I can't wait to see how you guys interpret this word!!
Please have your pictures posted by tomorrow at midnight and...
Happy Snapping!!! :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Okay, enough gushing. You're just here to find out if you won, right?
Congratulations to Mindy, who won Best Lighting for her pearls of wisdom, to Brittney who won best over all with her canine wisdom, and to Felicia, who earned the most combined votes for her square foot garden (which might have to be the way I start a garden...not too overwhelming).
Please scroll down for today's Tuesday Tutorial, and we'll see you again tomorrow with a new challenge.
(Click here to see all the winning pictures from every challenge.)
Couple of tips for getting the pictures:
-Use a tripod- that way it's easier to make sure everything will line up right in the editing.
- If your subject is running/walking you want to close down your AP (higher number) so you make sure you are getting more in focus. I didn't do it and as a result (and you can see in the photos) the gate was in focus and because my son was far enough ahead of it he isn't quite sharp. It's hard to get the focus on your subject when they are running in front of you because you want to keep your camera in the same spot to make this type of composition work- and I know for me I can't change my focus points fast enough to keep up with him.
- Do several tries - just to make sure you get a good progression.
I shoot raw so the first thing I do is look at my photos in bridge and then open all of the ones I want to open in Adobe Camera Raw. There I make sure they are all selected so that I know they will look the same with their WB and Exposure. Then I open them in PS. Then I do a general edit on each picture - on this example I turned them all B&W. Here's the photo that I want at the end of the series:
Then I drag another photo using the move tool (top tool on the left toolbar) onto this photo. It puts it on a layer on top- as you can see in the lower right on the layers menu. I lower the opacity to where I want it and try to line up the photos as best I can. So I try and make sure all the lines in the fence and sidewalk are right on top of each other. With the new photo layer selected I erase (with eraser set to 100% and a soft edge) everything but the subject. For these ones I went from darkest to lightest (right to left) so this one still had a high opacity.
Then I dragged two more photos and did the same thing as described above - now I have four boys on four layers. Each with varying opacity and all but the first layer with just the boy showing.
Then I just flatten the image (ctrl+E) and do my finishing edits. For this I fixed the shadow and did some sharpening as I had already changed to b&w. Then I changed size and saved for web and you're done!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I have sent everyone an email with the featured Photographer questions on it. IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE IT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I have tried to go in and correct the emails, so if you were missed by some chance, I will get it fixed for sure. We have gotten several back so far and I have loved reading them so far...you didn't think I could WAIT did you?? :)
ALSO, The feature Friday has changed and will now be a TUESDAY TUTORIAL so we can have a Feature Photographer Friday. I think that should work out nicely.
I really appreciate all your feedback and ideas. You are each a big part of this blog and I thank you so much.
Before signing off, I just want to really CHALLENGE you to push yourselves this week. Ask yourself a few questions before you post your picture for the next challenge...
--is this my best? Did I really take the time and effort to ponder the challenge and realize what it means to me? Sometimes I take pictures of 2-3 different objects--even if it means a hundred shots a piece...to find the object that FEELS right to me. Or even with my UNO picture last week, I had taken it the first day of the challenge. And then I decided to sleep on things...decide what I thought in the morning. When I woke up and looked at it again, I wasn't 100% happy. So I REDID the whole shoot. Another 100 pictures. And I was so glad I did. I saw things in a different light and felt like it came together like I hoped.
--Would I frame this? I know that probably sounds silly, but I have found as I ask myself that lately, it has made me really THINK about my picture instead of just posting one. We usually frame the pictures that we LOVE because of an emotion we feel when we see them. PUT THAT INTO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS and you will be SO amazed at how much your photography changes.
--Have I taken the features/tutorials people have posted into consideration? I know there were some really great ones early on about filling the frame, taking a new viewpoint, and using different settings on your camera--even the point and shoot ones. Taking a look back might help put you in a different spot when you find yourself in a rut.
--Am I improving? I think each person can determine this themselves...but it doesn't hurt to do an honest evaluation with yourself. Look back at a picture you took a month ago, and one you took now. If you don't feel you are really progressing, it might be a great chance to look at what you can do to improve. Even the best photographers still have room to grow. The art of photography is ever-changing...
Those are just a few things I have thought of as we have had these challenges lately. I hope you each feel inspired by the talent we have here, and that you feel you have the opportunity to better yourself, no matter what camera you have. I am so proud of where everyone is going with this--I can see immprovements each time and I hope you each know how wonderful I think you are!
(scroll down for voting!!)
But on to the voting. Dave, Katy, and Rachel are ineligible this time around, due to being so completely awesome on "One" last week.
And since we're still flying by the seat of our pants a little bit with the new voting, I'm picking a random category again: Best lighting.
Please word your votes like this:
Get your votes in by midnight tonight, and have a wonderful Monday!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Continuing the gardening theme, this woman has a fabulous garden, and a face that I think speaks to wisdom gained by years of hard work and happiness.
Many of the international students in my University bring their parents over for the summer, and many of those parents spend their time gardening. Last year my husband and I were quick to realize that the most prolific gardens were those cultivated by people using non-western techniques (including this woman), so we started to watch what they did and emulate them.
About the photo: iso 100, f/5.6, 1/400 sec exposure. I should have taken it slower and with a higher f-stop given the lateness of the afternoon. In any case, I cropped it, turned it to sepia with the "old photo" function in gimp, and increased the contrast. CC, as always.
I have always wanted to grow a garden and my father suggested I do a square foot garden and there was so much wisdom in that suggestion. It makes gardening so fast and easy and has kept me from getting overwhelmed or frustrated. I can't wait until everything I am growing is fully grown and ready to eat, I have never been so excited for vegetables. If you are interested in easy gardening I suggest the book called "The All New Square Foot Garden" The guy who wrote it is also full of gardening wisdom!
Taken outside lighting no flash on automatic settings and sharpened and saturated in photoshop.
We went on a family walk, and along side the road were a plethora of empty beer cans.
I subscribe to the Word of Wisdom, and the knowledge that SOMEONE, SOMETIME had consumed all that beer, well, it didn't seem very wise. Oh, and it's so not wise to litter!
Here's my beer can, in all it's unwise glory!
*My mom couldn't figure out why beer was getting such a prime place in my pictures tonight :) *
I just got PaintShop Pro, and I did a couple of things, but I was just playing around and I have no idea what...
CC as always.
What a tough mission this was for me!
This is really not what I set out to post as my "wisdom" post, but I wasn't able to find an elderly person who fit my "mental" picture of my ideal model for WISDOM. C'est la vie.
Instead, (in my attempt to find this said person) we went to feed the ducks at a nearby pond and to my surprise, there were some rather large geese making a visit. They were unlike the ducks, in that they were VERY eager to approach us, as they knew we were packing some yummy treats.
So, I thought, "Wow, these are very wise geese! They know exactly how to approach us and not to bite the hand that feeds them." It was a new experience for my kids (and me) to hand feed WILD geese.
I wish I had a beautiful string of pearls to use for this...I looked, but couldn't even come up with cheapy plastic ones from the toy box. :) So I went to the backup pearl--my mom and dad gave all of us girls a pearl and diamond necklack when we turned 12.
I really am not a necklace girl, so I had it made into a ring when I was in college.
Lots of symbolism...and pearls of wisdom. :)
white pearl = white for purity and also told us how a pearl is made. starts as a grain of sand gets in an oyster. Over time, after lots of aggitating and pressure, the pearl comes to be. A symbol that even the smallest thing can become precious through struggle and pressure.
Diamond= the story of the diamond is that it starts out as a piece of coal. The most brilliant of diamonds go through the hottest of fires and the most extreme pressure.
And a little quote to go with that..."It is through the flames of difficulty that the steel of faith is forged. Ease does not call forth greatness"
While that refers to steel, it is something I always think of when I see my ring.
I took this picture late in the evening, with a flash. In PS I cropped and saturated the color a little bit. Sadly the feature I really wanted to use is in a program that just died on my computer. So sorry it's not as sharp and defined as it could have been. -CC-
(also I apologize for any grammar mistakes or odd sentences. My brain just isn't quite working right.)