Saturday, May 23, 2009
But this was the picture I decided on... just the simple cake shot (with WAY MORE candles than a two year old requires). This little personal cake for Ava-Lou was "more" than she wanted, only a couple of dainty-ish bites taken out- but then again, she was probably full from the three candles she ate. Completely. Gobbled. Down.
The votes are in, and AprilF won best bokeh hands down with her stacked rocks.
Best overall goes to Teryn, with her waterfall in motion.
Great job ladies!
I am also bringing you your new challenge today. The word is MORE. Have fun with it, and please post challenges by tomorrow night!
I have offered to take some bridal pictures of my sister in law, when she gets married in two months. I figured I have enough time to get some input for that.
However, I heard some neighbors talking, heard the word 'wedding' and wondered if I could get some experience there, too. I figured they couldn't say no if I didn't ask. So I got myself across the street and talked with the bride. She was surprised, since we've spoken, grand total three times in a year and a half, and responded that the wedding would be in three (3) weeks. She said that she'd love for me to take pictures, that they couldn't afford a photographer and were just going to do disposables on tables. Suddenly my plan wasn't so good. I don't want to be the SOLE photographer! I'm not a photographer. You've all seen my work and know it's extremely basic. On the other hand, I don't want to back out. Every bride should have some pictures of herself, and if I don't try I'll never know if I can.
So, here's my request. Since I just have a point/shoot and a couple month's experience of trying, I want to know what any of you would do for this bride. What are some bridal/bride and goom poses that you'd recommend? I think from reading the weekly tips, I can glean more help, but is there anything I need to know about bridal shots in particular that could give her something better than 'okay'?
ANY input you all can give would be most helpful.
And, sorry if I should have done this elsewhere, but you're all the first group that I thought of when I woke up worrying half an hour ago and couldn't get back to sleep!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Today we're going to have two voting categories again, because that's what I like and I'm doing the voting this time, so I get to pick! :) We will be voting on "best overall" and "best bokeh."
Now for those of you who don't know what bokeh is (I had to look it up a couple weeks ago when I started to see the word pop up on here), it's essentially the out-of-focus background of a photograph. Technically it has somewhat to do with the light in the background, but you can read more about it here: Wikipedia -- Bokeh.
Nicia, Susan, and Teryn were our winners on the last challenge.
Please get your votes in by midnight tonight, and we'll see you back tomorrow morning with the results and another challenge.
(Also, if you haven't had a chance to comment on many of the photos, please take the opportunity to do so sometime today as you look through them for voting.)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This is the daughter of a friend of ours. I took some pictures for them today--and she was SO cute...just way too funny. I have to add myself to the list of cheaters for the challenge. I had so many ideas...and every picture I took made me want to change my ideas all over again! (being on vacation makes me take WAAAAY more pictures than usual!) So...here's my walk of shame. :)
I loved her simple take on life...her funny conversations and poses...this was her fish face...and I just laughed so hard looking at it tonight. :)
How did it go, you ask?
Well....check out this choco-choco cake courtesy of Katy ...
How could a get together centered on that delicious beauty not be totally amazing?? And then add the other goodies in the mix?? WOW. This was DEFINITELY a good one!
(oh, and Alynn's dishes were to die for! Dang, I am jealous!)
Alynn has got the GREATEST kids who were so willing to share their toys with my kids. Dress up, trucks, barbie horses...they were in heaven! And her house?? HOLY MOLY! That girl has got some serious organizational skills. She moved in 2 WEEKS ago and it looks SO put together and beautiful!
After lots of chatting and laughing and chatting some more, AprilF (for Fabulous) pulled out her external flash and things got a little crazy! :) I was like a kid in a candy store...drooling over her beautiful toy. And DANG, I was shocked at how much difference a flash makes!!!!
And WITH FLASH:
And Katy seems to have run into some major steroids lately...first her new MEGA point and shoot and now her glasses... :) HAHAHAHHA....JK. SOOOOOO hot Katy!
This was my second to last photo of the day. I passed a cemetery on my way home from the grocery store, and it was all decked out with flags for Memorial Day. I quickly whipped left and pulled in. I saw signs for veterans' lots, which I didn't even realize existed at that cemetery. The field was beautiful with all the flags.
About the photo: I took this at about 8:20pm, with sunlight waning fast. I cropped it, adjusted color and exposure, made it black and white (just for kicks, but decided I liked it), then warmified it to make it looks older and vintagey, and then added a "film grain" (more vintage feel), which felt appropriate.
I'll admit. I cheated. Totally and utterly cheated. I had a word in mind (rough) since I didn't post a picture for that word and also because I had something in mind. Well, my ideas were better (much better) than the reality, so I sat at the computer feeling sad and dejected.... just hours away from deadline. What, oh WHAT, was I to do???? I really wanted to do something I had previously missed out on... so as I STARED at my computer, pressing the "Question Mark" key over and over again... it dawned on me. KEY!! I enhanced the "?" mark because that's the one that inspired me. HA!
I thought it would be interesting to take a picture of her watching the other kids playing in the water, as water from her last run though the fountain was dripping down her shoulders.
Choose your challenge: Hero
f/10, 1/1000, ISO 200
Well since "Red" is my favorite color this challenge was pretty easy for me...this little birdhouse sits on my neighbors fence, I love it. I probably could have chosen the topic Rough for this picture too since the wood is pretty rough looking but I love the red and yellow together.
Ok, seriously, I had NO IDEA what abstract meant...I actually had to google the word and look at your previous submissions to see what you did...so, this is my take on it. Still not sure it is what "abstract" means, but this is the trunk of one of our Queen Palm trees in our yard. I thought it was kind of cool.
PLEASE CC, I really struggled with this one!
If you're interested, here are the other shots I didn't choose.
At the M24 get together yesterday, our sweet little Grace had a photoshoot with the other photographers, and I couldn't resist taking a few photos myself. This was my favorite picture from the shoot, and really--who doesn't love baby feet?
Taken with my Nikon D-40, automatic setting, slightly cropped. CC welcome.
P.S. It's good to be back! I'm excited to start applying all of my new knowledge from everyone's Tuesday Tutorials soon, now that I'm almost recovered from having our sweet baby. =)
It took me more time to set up this simple shot than any other challenge so far. Getting those rocks to stay, in the wind, not an easy feat. I have my other top two posted on my blog if you'd like to see what else I liked from the "session".
I also had so much fun at the E.ID Meetup! I was great seeing people I've known and meeting new friends! I only wish we could have done a proper session with baby Grace.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is my take on ABSTRACT, using my clothesline for inspiration. I was surprised how it turned out. I make it b/w to emphasize the lines.
The spiderwebs are an interesting hi-light, don't you think?
Sweet baby Grace must have felt like she was being mobbed by the Paparazzi!
I wish everyone could get together, we had so much fun in just the couple of hours we had! Thanks Rachel for organizing this, I had so much fun seeing you again and making new friends too! You're all welcome back in my home any time!
Almost forgot, CC welcome
So the challenge today is to CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE... Got to the sidebar and check out the labels for past challenges...and then pick one. NO CHEATING...pick one this morning and then go with it... :) And when y ou write your labels with your posted picture, PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME, THE CHALLENGE YOU CHOSE, AND THEN THE CATEGORY LABELED Choose your challenge.
Rachel, Abstract, choose your challenge
I can't wait to see what categories we get this time and how people see things!
See some of you later this afternoon!!!
PICTURES IN BY MIDNIGHT TOMORROW!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I set my shutter speed to 1/60 sec., got going fast, focused on my feet and took the picture. I used the same technique to take this picture of my daughter for the motion challenge.
Best photo is a three-way tie between Nicia (with her military uniform), Susan (with rough bark), and Teryn (and her poor camel).
Second place was a four way tie, and there was no third place! That's how spread out your votes were for rough. Great job everyone!
Stay tuned for today's Tuesday Tutorial!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here is the link again! Good luck!
I think we will try to just vote for your favorite again--and then we will have a 1st and 2nd place.
I am going to combine mission 24 business with this post, since there is not very much to say.
IF YOU HAVE NOT GOTTEN AN EMAIL FROM ME YET, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT. I have added everyone who told me, so if you aren't getting one I want to make sure I have the address right or that it's not going to your junk mail box.
The big news this week is planning our mission 24 get together. I have been arranging much of that through email because I didn't want to put where we were meeting for safety reasons. But I think we will plan on MAY 20TH at 4:00 p.m. for the EASTERN IDAHO meeting. Feel free to bring kids, family, etc. and we will just play and have a good time together--anyone wanting to stick around to take pictures is welcome to--April has some reflectors and flash equipment she will bring to help make the harsh daylight work better so we can all make it at that time.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR LOCATION DETAILS!!!
And I will get details all worked out for the Utah get together. IF YOU ARE IN UTAH, can you please comment if you are coming. I have only heard back from 2-3 people and I want to make sure that's all there is to accomodate for there.
HAPPY SNAPPING everyone! Be ready for a super fun challenge on Wednesday--I have something up my sleeve. And for now, LET'S VOTE!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Ok, going way out of the box..and comfort zone here....hehe. Tried to think all day about how to "pose" the whip....this is all I could come up with. ~cc~
So I have a picture of brick instead. My husband liked it better than any of my other favorites for this challenge, and since I usually ask his opinion and then choose a different picture anyway, I decided to go with his this time.
About the photo: manual mode, macro focus, color/exposure adjusted, sharpened and saturated the image, and cropped it.
(See my runners-up here.)
f/5.3 ISO200 1/125th sec
I spotted this guy at the Zoo yesterday and his rough coat really caught my eye. He's finally shedding his winter coat in preparation of the warm weather that is finally starting to arrive. The picture is pretty basic, straight on- no fancy angles but I kinda liked how it turned out- Raw, almost "Wild".
I'm still working on figuring out the border thing- I tried to add a black border and this is what I got. But I kinda liked it so I left it be. Istill think that would make a GREAT tutorial one of these days. ::hint hint::
Oh- sorry to double up on you guys but I really wanted to post this one. I just "technically" didn't take the shot (those are my feet) so I figured I'd just put it in for fun. I did the cropping and editing to bring out the bright reds and make it a bit vintage. I call it "rough landing". (I love that kid!)
I was having a pickle of a time coming up with something for this challenge. I was actually thinking about it while making dinner and in walked my handsome husband with a week's worth of facial hair. Inspiration struck and I grabbed him (against his will) and started snapping away. It reminded me of all the times, as a little girl, that my dad would grab me and rub his prickly chin against my cheek as hard as he could. I would laugh hysterically, cry and then laugh some more. My girls do the same when Dave does it to them. Man whiskers...definitely rough to the touch.
Taken in front of a window, 50mm, f/4.5, 1/125, ISO400
CC always welcome.
I have had a rough week! I had to get a ton of dental work done and it sucked. I spent 8 hours in three days in my dentist office (its a good thing I have a great dentist). But last night we had some friends and their 2 kids over for food and a water balloon fight. It was just what I needed to fix a rough week. I wish I would have taken my camera to the dentist but I was to ornery to think.
Picture taken with no flash just outside lighting. Used photoshop to sharpen add contrast and saturate.
To see "runner ups" please click HERE