Monday, January 31, 2011

Shoot and Edit: Shoot!

Well lookie here.... Lindsay's FINALLY joining the "Shoot" part of the "Shoot and Edit" party!

So, I took my kiddo's outside, one at a time, yesterday to get some cute winter shots of them...

I'll probably be posting more from those all week...I LOVE the shots I got! The kids were all in a good mood....it wasn't uber cold out..... really, it was great!

But this one, of my favorite little monkey, is my SOOC for Shoot and Edit:

I'm so excited to edit it! Shot with my Canon 50D F3.5, ISO 100, 1/800 (the sun, she was a-blaze'n) I used my beloved 85mm 1.8 I wasn't fast enough with my reflector, or else I would have reflected some fill light back onto those boots, but it's an easy fix in photoshop!

I (Heart) Faces.... Best Face of January!

When I saw this weeks challenge, I couldn't resist linking up! I knew EXACTLY what face I was thinking of!

So please, hop on over there and vote for this little sweetie!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

(Ok...take the "Sunday" part with a grain of salt...)

So, better late than never.....


I'm still learning to love texture...... I mean, I love it in "YOUR" photos..... I've just yet to find any (or make any) I'm over-the-moon for. I'll keep working on it. :) Texture and I are still real early in our relationship.....


So, my hubby now thinks I've officially lost my mind, as when he came home from work yesterday, all he could see in the windows was the outside view of me trying to make fog on our window......lol. VERY attractive faces I was making, I might add....lol


The Kindergartner was more than happy to let me know that the coolest button in the house was his....lol.


Definitely the MVB (Most Valuable Beverage) of our household.....no cow in a 20 mile radius should ever feel engorged with the amount of milk this household of 6 goes through!


Well, at the very least, I'm pretty sure that was the decade this wallpaper was hung in my kitchen! :)

Well, I'm off to get some photos off my camera......get this, I actually took a photo to go with the theme for Shoot and Edit this week! Back soon with my "red" shot!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Macro Friday!

So, the same day I was hanging with my baby snowman I was able to get a few cool macro shots too!

Melting Icicle :)

I was totally amazed at the drop of water I caught falling off the end...it came out so cool!
(Macro Friday submission)

I'm totally loving this winter Macro shots thing :)

Hop over, link up, and check out what everyone else has going on this week!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Before/After and Shoot& Edit

So, m,y flu derailed me from my goal of taking part in the "shoot" part of shoot and edit this week...

So, here is my sooc shot this week

When I took this shot, I had an idea in my head.....I knew I wanted to highlight the ring, and I liked the contrast of the ring on the black of the coats. They were walking as I took the shot, and I wasn't 100% happy with the framing.

I went through all the usual initial editing stuff in Lightroom, then tossed it over to CS5. The first thing I did in CS5 is get a better crop....one that better matched the picture I had in my head when I was trying to take the shot! Then I ran an action I created the other day, that gives it a kinda creamy chocolatey kinda black and white look.

This is the final result:


Shot with my Canon 50D, 85mm 1.8

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Baby Snowmen and the Flu........

So, it seems as if my burning the candle at both ends finally caught up with me......I have been down for the count with a nasty flu buggy for the better part of the last week! Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes!

Thank goodness for wonderful husbands and long weekends!

So, lately, we've been getting hit with winter full force! Since we live in the artic northeast, we had the joy of experiencing -19 degree weather the other day.....without the windchill. Snowmen were putting on sweaters!

Speaking of snowmen, I thought I'd share some photos of my favorite snowman :)
(disclaimer: these were NOT taken in -19 degree weather! I took these last week, a few days before I got sick!)

Hope everyone's staying warm and cozy! :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot...

I'm sick as a dog, and not feeling real wordy....but I wanted to make sure I got this up and posted today!
(click to enlarge)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Shoot and Edit...

Ashley has been doing this fun new linkey, Shoot and Edit. I thought I'd join in while I wait for my new monitor to warm up (Fedex just delivered it, and I need it to get somewhere close to room temperature before I can plug it in!).....so I thought this would be a fun distraction!

(Next week, I'll try to get in on the "shoot" part of it too!)

Here we go!


We seem to be a tad bit underexposed for my taste, folks! :) (btw....it was FREEZING out doing this shoot. I'm getting cold just editing these photos!)

So here's my edit:

I followed alot of the things Ashley had down, as that's how I tend to edit to begin with! (Only I use Lightroom to do my initial edits instead of Adobe CameraRaw, as I'm usually editing a lot of photos! For this edit, I did use Adobe CameraRAW)

I did one other edit, because, well, my new monitor isn't ready yet.....hehe. This one I did entirely in Lightroom 3, just for something different.

It's a little "Twilight-y," but I like it! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This was a fun one this week. I absolutely love CS5 and Lightroom 3......I love experimenting and coming up with my own presets and actions. I love how it opens up a world of possibilities and imagination.

I did an engagement shoot this past week....it was a BLAST! :)



I LOVE the way it came out!

Shot with my Canon 50D, 85mm 1.8 and edited in CS5 and Lightroom 3

Hop on over to Pixel Perfect's blog, link up, and check out everyone else's amazing before/after shots!

Wordless Wednesday....

Friday, January 14, 2011

Macro Friday!

Macro Friday! My first of 2011.....

Since my move made me miss out on all the fun Christmas Macros, I'm gonna do one for this week!

Ornament, in Macro :)

In other big news.......we have a new person in the "Lost Tooth" club....

Thursday, January 13, 2011


My first before/after since the move! :)

So, I made a newbie mistake.

I had a session I was doing, and just for fun, I tried using a green screen for the first time.

Lesson learned......do not let subject be physically on the green screen. You will have color cast you won't even believe. Kermit will be jealous.


Now, I didn't realize how bad the color bast was, until I fixed the exposure. (We'd gone from Mama holding her, to her laying on her belly (on the green screen, of course!), and I didn't have my lights low enough yet.
(exposure upped)

Now, I'm not one to like to use editing to fix a bad photo very often....I'd rather use editing to enhance a good one! But she was just making the cutest little face in this shot, so we spent some time together in CS5....

(Final Edit....click on photo to make bigger)

So, for my first time using a green screen, I don't think I did too bad :)(Even if, technically, the green screen wasn't even behind her yet....lol. I was just checking exposure at this point!) I even made the digital backdrop backdrop! :)

So, hop on over to Pixel Perfect, join in, and check out everyone's amazing edits this week!