Saturday, May 9, 2009
Everything changed for this girl today, today she became someones wife. She was beautiful and glowing and it was her perfect day.
The only thing that wasn't perfedt is there was almost no lighting at all the whole ceremony, so the pictures are dark and it's been hard to edit them and I am never going to get them perfect and that annoys me.
just for those asking about his hair... see, gorgeous shaggy hair! :0
Changing, dying dandelions.
And as you can see from this picture, they are definitely CHANGING. I liked how in this picture you can see a yellow dandelion "flower," the white seeded ones, the shriveling up of the weed as a whole and the brown, changing, dying stems.
Looking at these pictures it is hard to believe that this is the same dog, but I promise you it is. It has been so fun to see the "Changes" this new addition to our family has made, from a clumbsy, eating everything , peeing everywhere, puppy to a beloved family pet. His name is Zeppelin and we adore him, it was really quite fun doing a photo shoot with him today. For the first time in so many months I can't remember the sun is shinning and it is actually above 65 degrees!
This picture was taken out in the fields past the temple. It was a beautiful/crappy day... five minutes on, five minutes off... you get it. I used the dodge/burn tool to darken parts of the clouds to really enhance their OMINOUS nature, added a border and boosted the whole thing in the end.
As for the picture. I set this up in my office, with some natural light and a flash. I used a towel to lend some texture and but a box underneath the towel to ad some levels. In photo shop I cropped it fixed the levels a little. I know it is far from a good picture but that's just how mad I am. Okay now that I'm done venting.
-CC- is especially welcome on this picture. Who knows how long my camera will be out of commission. So I'll need help relearning how to use the Cannon. Thanks for listening!!!!
WORD FOR TODAY: Change
What does this mean to you? How does it make you FEEL?
I can tell people are really stepping up with these challenges, and I love what I see!
Posts in by tomorrow night at midnight...
Our winners (drum roll please)...
Best Overall winner is Brittney with her oh-so-fab spa day
Best Angle winner is Lindy Lou with her beautiful day with baby mama
And the most votes total went to Janelle's scrumptious brownies
Have a very Happy Mother's Day weekend... kiss yo mamas!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thanks a bunch for reminding me, Janelle, you're the wings that keep this ol' duck flying (Um, I'm supposed to be the old duck in this scenario)
Ok: Let's VOTE!!!
Remember that last 'round Breezi and her her happy frog and Jackie with her amazing floating keys won!!
Get those votes in! AWESOME JOB TO ALL!!!
Please, Please, Please scroll down and check out our new Friday Feature!!!!!
What is your favorite photography subject? (or, what do you like to take pictures of the best?) I used to think that I only liked taking pictures of people, and I still LOVE taking pictures of people... BUT I have discovered the magic of taking pictures of anything and everything. My dream is to take pictures for home magazines, like Country Living. I love that I can take a picture of something quite ordinary and make it into something extraordinary.
What camera equipment is on your wish list? Sigh... well... where to begin... I'd like a really awesome Crumpler bag in brown (now discontinued... sob!), a good tripod, a reflector combo thingy (I like to use technical terms ;), a detachable flash , a photo storage thingy, a macro lens, a 1.2 prime lens.... the list goes on, but I'll stop. ;)
Tell us about your family! (married? Kids?) I'm married to Brandon (14 years) (amazing, handsome, sexy, supportive man!), have a 13 year old daughter, Aubrey (beautiful, taller than I am, strong, good, and... did I mention she's 13?.... moody!), and two boys... Tyler (11) (smile to melt a mom's heart, exasperating, impulsive, and loving), and Cooper (8) (cuter than cute, cuddly, stubborn, strong-willed little monkey).
Where do you live? (you don’t have to be specific if you don’t feel comfortable) I live in Dinosaurland... otherwise known as Vernal, Utah... also called the armpit of Utah. ;) Actually, it's pretty cool... you should all come on a photography trip here sometime! Really!!
Do you have a blog you would like to share? (family blog or photography blog?) Well, there's my family blog... You're welcome to look... just don't expect much! I'm also the founder of apron girls, but I can't take credit for any of the awesomeness of that blog... it's all about the girls there!
What is the best photography advice you have ever received? Hmmm.... I get great advice all of the time, but I'd have to say the things that I've been told that help me most is to practice practice practice and learn everything you can about your camera (thanks Rachel)!
What (if any) editing program do you use? Photoshop CS2
10.Can you share your favorite 3 pictures with us?? It's really hard to say which three are my "favorites"... do I choose the best technically? the best emotionally? the best story? I just threw in three that I really like for different reasons. :) After Rachel's incredible top 3, I feel very inadequate!
This one was taken with my good old point and shoot before I had my D90. One of my favorite families let me do a photo shoot of them... my first one ever. I really want a do-over, now that I have my camera and oodles more knowledge, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart anyway.
And this one? I love it, even with all of its imperfections. This one makes me FEEL... all sad and happy at the same time.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sorry I don't know how to get my settings off of this program I'm using for the first time.
This challenge is a somewhat poignant one for me. Today marks nine months since my daughter was born, so it's in some sense a balancing point in that she's now been alive outside my body for the same amount of time she was alive inside my body.
She's also recently started pulling up on furniture, learning to balance herself. I know she's getting ready to walk (though I'm hopeful it'll still be a few months before she figures out that trick).
Anyway, the picture is of my husband helping my daughter stand. It was taken outside our apartment building in natural light on a cloudy evening. Settings: ISO 400, f8.0, 1/100 sec. I used the wrong white balance, so I played with the colors using the curves function in gimp to make it look a little more natural and more saturated.
cc, as always. If anyone wouldn't mind commenting on the white balance/color corrections, I attempted some different stuff on other photos that are posted on my personal blog. Thanks!
I tried four different things for this challenge... the first one I was too embarrassed to post, the second one I couldn't get to work (can any of you do that fork and spoon balancing on a toothpick thing???), the third one was just boring, and this one... I decided to challenge myself in a new way. I took my camera out IN THE GROCERY STORE and took a picture. This is a huge step for me. I was SO nervous, but as soon as I started snapping I forgot there were even people around. Someday I'll be as brave as some of you!
Anyway... vegetables are part of a balanced diet, the fruits and veggies are balanced so beautifully at the grocery store (until you pull the wrong one out of the stack!), AND the colors are balanced... red with green on both sides.
When I was a kid we used to put the sprinkler under the trampoline when we would jump and we would get souked and have a great time doing it. So today I put the sprinkler under the same trampoline that I used (a 4th birthday present) for my son. He loved it as much as I did so even though the trampoline is old it looks like it will still bring joy for many years to come. New fun with an old toy, a perfect balance. Also my son was falling all over the place because it was a wet surface and he has NO balance. See it is all around a picture about balance:)
Taken with natural lighting and a little off balance (clever I know)
Click on it to enlarge it, it's better bigger!
ps-can one of you guys with the neat borders do a tutorial on how to add them? I just love them!
It's a great thing that I'm not a flamingo. I'd fall flat on my face!
I also like how the flamingos little white eye is peaking out. He was watching everything.
When I first got this challenge, I was so excited. I was going to work (I am a teller at a bank), and I was going to take a picture of one of my co-workers balancing their drawers at the end of the day. Sadly it was against our security policy. Bummer.
I'm glad that my first idea didn't work out. I think my flamingo is much cuter than one of my co-workers :)
I try to work out every day and when you're stretching or doing weights, you need to make sure that whatever you do on one side, you also do on the other side.
This challenge really made me reflect on life and balancing all that goes on, externally and internally. And that's why I chose this...
In PS, color boost, burning, and border.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Aperture, ISO and Fstop.
I didn't use any photo-shop, this is straight from the camera.
I am not sure what the settings were, i am not sure how to bring it up on my camera.
I guess that is my next project with my camera.
I played around with some sexy actions (oh sweet Actions, how I love thee). SuperHappyFun, Dirtbag, Troy and Boost were all included (say that five times fast... superhappyfundirtbagtroyboost... whew!)
50mm, f/2.2, 1/160, ISO 800, set the white balance to cloudy for a warmer look.
In raw editing I sharpened and increased clarity and contrast. In Elements I added a border.
He was so all about being all over this scary alligator statue, my daughter, on the other hand was terrified of it.. until her little brother showed no fear, then she would sneak a little closer. Never this close, though. He's gonna be a dare devil.
I took this today down by the waterway, the bank was lined with trees that had fallen due to erosion. This one amazed me, and I tried so hard to get a shot that portrayed both the depth of the roots, and height of the tree.
Before I left, while taking pics of a pelican, I saw this across the water on the other side of the bank...just not in time :( The tree fell right before my eyes......
About the photo: cropped, saturated, sharpened, added a little shadow. I took this in natural lighting with no flash, but I seem to have a lot of noise on the blue area (especially the bottom left corner). I noticed noise with several of the photos I took in this shoot (I did a lot of different color backgrounds). I had the camera resting on a flat surface so that it wouldn't move. I don't have an external flash, just a point-and-shoot camera, but I'm wondering if anyone can help me reduce the noise in my pictures.
This car is in my neighbor's driveway. This would be the neighbor whose house burned down and so the property is basically abandoned. When we drove by it yesterday, I noticed the car for the first time and immediately said, "I need to get photos of that car!" The tire in the photo is flat, so the car itself is decidedly "off-balance".
Because it was rainy and dark out, I lightened and warmed the photo using PW's actions and then stylized it using TRA's Super Fun Happy action. More photos of this car (because old rusted cars kinda rock) are on my photo blog. :)
Click above and enter to win! There are lots of chances, and she has SUCH beautiful stuff!
So go check it out and enter to win, win, win!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Get your thinking caps on...
Congratulations to Jackie who overwhelmingly won the "best setup" category with her amazing floating keys.
Best picture overall goes to Breezi, with her happy frog.
Jackie also received the most votes overall, so congrats to her again for that!
See you tomorrow with a new challenge.
Monday, May 4, 2009
So, let's cut to the chase and LET'S VOTE!
Here's how we will do it this week:
Best photo setup:
So, let's hear what you think!!!
(both of last weeks winners didn't post this time, so you can vote for anyone who submitted a picture!)
Now, a bit of Mission 24 business.
--PLEASE remember to label your pictures when you submit them!!!
Put your NAME, and the category of the challenge.
--ALSO, I have sent out several emails now. If you have NOT gotten one from me, PLEASE let me know. I know I have said this like, a hundred times, but I think we are getting close to having an accurate email list...and I have a good system in place for new joiners from now on.
--What do you guys think about us having a sidebar button to post on your blogs. I have debated over this for a while. Yay or nay? Is it something you would use or would it be a waste of time?
--also, anyone have any ideas as to how we can make posting the feature photographers easier? I realized AFTER the fact that having everyone email me their pictures would mean a LOT of time trying to save and then upload everyone's pictures...maybe I could set up a schedule and you guys could each PREPOST your interview and pictures??? What do you think?
--Just want you all to know how much I appreciate you. I am constantly coming here and feeling so inspired! You have made this blog SO wonderful by being so open to sharing your art. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
I am SO appreciative...
AND DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
As Dave mentioned we spent the last few days playin' in Moab/Southern Utah. We hit the slickrock bike trail one morning and I snapped this picture of one of our friends with Dave's rockin' point and shoot. If you know much about mountain biking you know that the key to not endo-ing (going over your handlebars) on steep downhill is to literally, sit on your back tire. As you can see, Nick isn't quite back far enough. Here's an "after" picture just for fun.
Good thing we were in company with four EMTs :)
Oh, and I promise its only 11:20 here
1/50, F 3.5, ISO 2000, 18mm, color adjustment layer and vignette
For Rod's 30th Birthday, I threw a Margaritaville themed party and rented a street taco cart to cater it. It had the best salsa. Here it is in our driveway. CC
The fam. and I have been off camping in Southern Utah this weekend. While hiking up to Delicate Arch a fierce thunderstorm moved in and took us by surprise. It was pure craziness. We found a nice little "cave" to hole up in for a bit, glad we did as it started to hail. Finally, we ventured out and continued on up to the Arch. I hiked around quite a bit to get the angle I wanted. FYI this is the arch featured on Utah's license plate.
Crap, I just realized I am posting this under Britt's name, I'm much too tired to start over though. Sorry-just realize it's Dave.
This is a snowmobile, and the key has been turned for many a fun ride. It's old and ghetto, so it won't make it through many more seasons.
Taken in positive film mode, then sharpened and clarified in PaintShop. As a side note, I like the 24 on the key, as well as the fact that the odometer is surrounds the key in the background. I considered cropping, but decided to leave the depth.
CC, as always
p.s., my blog is: zealylife (dot) sampa (.) com
I'm sure others have had this idea, but I haven't looked at any yet! And once again, this picture ended up being vertical instead of horizontal. Oh well.
I took several shots of the piano keys alone, and then my 6 year old came over and sat down and I liked how it ended up better than the keys alone.
Today my family took a walk at one of our local parks. We were walking by a pond and this little guy popped up to say "hi".
In my life I have found that when I'm having a really bad day, it's always the little things that I can be thankful for that can turn my day a little bit brighter.
Today, at the beach, these awesome guys were out here doing whatever extreme sport this is. I got some amazing pictures of them and this is one of my favorites! It was so much fun watching them. I took almost three hundred pictures of them, but of course, I only kept about fifty.
I'm including this picture in the post so that you could see what they were doing. I thought it was windsurfing, but Tony insists that it's not windsurfing, but we're not sure what exactly it is. Do you know? If you do, please... do tell...