Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fingers and Toes

At the Paper Mama this week, she is looking for fingerprints. From the same set as the previous post, check out babe's first foray into the wonderful world of dessert, one fingerprint at a time:

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Rather serendipitously, Perceptive Perspective has the theme of "toes". What's more delectable than toes covered in chocolate?:

And if that were not proof enough, check out this out-take, post shoot. Momma was hungry after all that fast shuttering!:
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Shutter Love Tuesdays: Cake

Hmm, as K would say, delicious!

I just did a cake smash with my friend and her almost one year old, E. This theme couldn't come at a more perfect time!
E is such a doll, she even already understands the concept of sharing!

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Monday, September 20, 2010


Awesome! I have been waiting for a good reason to share this sweet photo of darling K and her favourite person ever, Grandma. And my prayers were answered, thanks to TMMPAC's theme this week of "Dance".
These two are so good, they are dancing in the seat :)
ISO: 200, SS: 1/320, Ap: F/2.5
edited slightly to increase contrast and brighten.

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Shoot n Tell: Bounce

Do you need some bounce in your day?
We recently had some fun with Grandma's exercise ball. Despite the hellish memories of bouncing a colicky baby on that ball for hours and hours on end, perfect timing for Shoot n Tell's theme of "bounce":
ISO: 400, SS: 1/250, Ap: f/4
edited to bull out some blue and magenta. curves adjustment to brighten.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Raw(e): Snacktime

What a fun challenge over at Raw(e) and I was excited when I saw it because I just took this picture a few weekends ago. Perfect!

Nothing says county fair like mini donuts. Well worth the price of admission to get my hands on these suckers:
SS: 1/500 (did I think the donuts were going to jump on their own accord?), Ap: f/3.5, ISO: 200, 50mm

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Monday, September 13, 2010

IHF: Vroom Vroom

Its been awhile since I have participated in I Heart Faces. Y'all have seen this before, but I adore it, so I am trotting it out again :)

K and her "security blanket". She doesn't leave home without it. Seriously. And obviously footed pjs and rainboots are this season's jeggings with knee highs:

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Friday, September 10, 2010

TMMAPC: Favourite Shot

TMMAPC this week is looking for our favourite shots of all time. I have a bajillion of K, most notably the one I use in my header for her blog here . Since I have AW'ed that one several times, I will go with something different. I decided on a shot of my other "baby" - my husband! Something about this captures his personality to me. He approaches everything in life with wide-eyed enthusiasm:

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Shoot N Tell: Looking Up

Over at the Franklin's, Shoot N Tell for this week is Looking Up.
SS: 1/400, Ap: f/5, ISO: 200
Edited slightly in GIMP: standard curves and unsharp mask.

This photo cracks me up because I can see exactly what her "whatever, mom" face is going to look like in 15 years :)

So what else is "looking up" here:

Simplicity Challenge: Snapshot

I think this sums up our life nicely. Your toddler does crazy things and you can't believe what you are seeing:

(FYI - K's cousin S was crying moments before and K thought to cheer her up by making her best Gene Simmonds impression, and then a split second later, gave her a huge slobbery open mouth kiss)

SS: 1/200, Aperture f/2.5, ISO 1600 (what the....?!?!?)

ladies, don't try this at home. Why I had it set at ISO 1600 OUTSIDE at SUNSET is beyond me. Probably why the original had a ton of WB issues and (sshhh!) one of the reasons I converted it to B&W.

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In a Yellow House: On the Water

I love this week's theme over at In a Yellow House. I am a Pisces, and feel most natural on the water. Not to get all hippie dippie, but it speaks to me and keeps me sane. Remember the book Memoirs of a Geisha? In that book the protagonist talks about how each person has an element that represents them. Her sister was wood - she was obstinant, hated changed and extremely tenacious. The protagonist was water - easily maleable, fell through the cracks and went with the flow. Its what saved her from her sister's fate. I always think of myself as been represented by the element of water. Those characteristics cover me as well.

Ok, enough with the metaphysical crap. Let's get to the fun stuff!

Here is one of my favourite sunset photos, taken on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu:
this was taken in my P&S days, so no settings to share.

Welcome back from your European Tour, IAYH :)

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Simplicity: Love

A little different interpretation, but his big hands gently herlping her hold this tiny little cup, just says their cup is overflowing with love to me :)

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Hmm, furry love for you!
SS: 1/640, Ap: f/3.2, ISO: 400, 50mm.
Curves adjustment and slight sharpen in GIMP

sadly, not mine. He was part of a small petting zoo set up at a local community event last month. 8 week old pittie baby. Squee!

See more squee worthy moments over at Two Moms Made a Photo Challenge::

More Blog Love

You guys are ever so patient with me! Sorry for the lack of posting this week. I have some fun things to share though!

The Wishful Lamb honoured me with the top 3 spot in her Shadow Play challenge from a few weeks ago. Thankyou!  here was my entry, and I get to now display this lovely badge:

The Paper Mama's weekly photo challenge last week was "Flower" and I was honoured by guest judge Mandy from Its a Beautiful Life with top spot! Woohoo!
(you know what this means viewers? another vote off in a few weeks. Sorry in advance for my spamming for votes when it comes :) )

The Paper Mama

And then today, Faith at Simplicity wanted to showcase one of my photo shares from earlier in the week on her I Heart Fridays series:

thank you everyone! It means so much for you to enjoy what I share with you. My heart is gooe-y today.
Next up I need to catch up on some last minute photo challenges this week. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

12 Weeks to Better Photos: Week 9

Al 12 lessons can be viewed here . This tutorial was originally offered through the 2 Peas in a Bucket scrapbooking/photography website. Show them some love here.

Week 9 is Portraits
Well isn't that easy peasy? Technically speaking, my eleventy billion photos of K count as portraits :)

Challenge: Take a Portait
1. Take a portrait of an individual.
2. Take a group portrait if you have the opportunity.
3. Take a portrait in front of a backdrop or colorful wall or a fun outdoor setting.
4. Take a portrait with black & white film or convert your photo to b&w. (In fact, we'd love to see both versions - color and black & white, if you care to share.)

I hit #1 and #3 on a weekly basis. here are some of my faves from the week I completed this challenge:

I love the texture and colour of the bench here. plus it gave me a nice chance to have her look straight up for awesome sky catchlights. even with her crinkled face her eyes are super sharp and blue.

both are SS: 1/250, F/2.5, ISO 200
both were edited in GIMP - most likely just a curves adjustment (pull up the middle, pull down the left) and an unsharp mask.
The 2nd is me trying to work a bit with backlighting.
Normally I would probably try to pull out some of the pink in her face, but it was a hot day and she had been working hard, so I left it. it tells the story of how she felt at the time :)

And for #4, here is the 2nd converted to B&W. I really struggle with conversions. I always think mine look gray and lifeless unless I completely blow out their skin. Which looks unnatural.
This one I don't hate too much (except for that white shadow on the edge her face, but I am nowhere ready to try and tackle that)

next up: Landscapes

Hanging Out for Love That Shot

Thursday's is Love That Shot's Link Up day. They ask that you share your photo plus tips on how you took it, edited it, whatever!

Here is one of my faves from the past week. This is K's newest trick - hanging on the swing, She loves to twist it around and kick her heels up. She loves that she doesn't need anyone to push her. I love that part too because I can just sit back and shoot.

SS: 1/400, Ap: F/2.5, ISO 400, 50mm

This is nearing sunset, with the sun probably dipped behind trees/clouds at this point. I am loving that the sun is setting so much earlier right now. It is usually in that golden hour in the hour before K's bedtime. perfect!
What I like about this was  the composition - she is in a strong rule of thirds position, there is little to no distraction around or behind her. I feel like bench acts as a nice leading line too, even though its part of the bokeh.
It looks a bit cool to me though.

Here is my edit:
I just brightened and increased contrast overall using curves. Then I went into the blue channel and pulled some of the blue out. I wish her pants wouldn't go so neon, but I again, I am so not good at the masking/layers game to know how to brighten the whole photo without this happening. This happens whenever I have pink in a photo. And with a baby girl, that is pretty much everyday. meh.

What shot do you love from this week? Come share them here:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Punk Rock Mama Challenge: Perspective

A brand new weekly challenge. How fun! Thanks to the contest queen, Ashley for pointing this one in my direction.
Punk Rock Mama is kicking off her photo challenge with the theme "perspective". Love this, because basically all I have going for me is my unique perspective and basic composition skills. I feel like of all the technicalities of photography, composition comes the most easily. WB, colour, sharpness, light and clarity, well I struggle with those a lot.

Cars are a fun one, because its all about using angles and perspective to your advantage to accentuate the lines of the car

here are some from a recent "show and shine":

SS: 1/160, F/5.6, ISO N/A (must have been below 200)

SS: 1/800, F5.6, ISO: 200

I also really love it for finding unique details, like these:
SS: 1/200, F/5.6, ISO: 200
converted to B&W and edited slightly in GIMP

SS: 1/4000, F/2.2, ISO: 200

I actually went back to one of the first photos I took when I ventured off the auto settings and into A/V mode. I still love it (though I will admit I re-edited it today!)
This is what I would like to enter in PRM's photo challenge:

SS: 1/20, Ap F/5.3, ISO 400
cropped, edited curves slightly and ran an USM in GIMP

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Simplicity Challenge: Birthday

It's Faith's birthday this week, over at Simplicity. In honour of that, she is hosting birthday themed photos this week.
I shared another one from this series last week for Trendy Treehouse's Favourite Things challenge. Here is a slightly different perspective for you today:

SS 1/500, Ap f/2.8, ISO 400, 50mm
edited curves slightly in GIMP

Happy Birthday Faith!
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Wordless Wednesday

Aaah, the smell of summer

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Raw(e): Pink

When Sami gave the heads up for this week's Raw(e) challenge, I immediately knew I wanted to submit this photo, which was taken two weekends ago at a family picnic. Until I saw her actual entry post, and her photo is basically the same as mine! But in the end, I kept coming back to it. I like how pink is truly the main focus here. I swear I am not brown nosing the teacher :)
So without further ado, some frilly pink ruffle butt!
SS: 1/200, Ap: f/2.8, ISO: 800

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12 Weeks to Better Photos Week 8: On the Go

looking through my older posts, I realized I am a bit behind in blogging my 12 Weeks tutorial challenges.

Al 12 lessons can be viewed here . This tutorial was originally offered through the 2 Peas in a Bucket scrapbooking/photography website. Show them some love here.

Week 8 is On the Go
Everything to do with manipulating your shutter speed!

Challenge: Capturing Action
1. Use a fast shutter speed outdoors to photograph your moving subject
2. Experiment with panning
3. Embrace a little blur indoors
3. Take action - practice your skills at a sporting event
4. Take a portrait of your pet-in-motion

This was my photo from that week. I used a slow shutter speed to capture the blur of this moving model train:
SS: 1/5, Ap: f/14, ISO: 400

I love this affect! There is so much you can do when you understand how to freeze or blur motion. I have had some more fun since playing with motion blur/panning:
This was K's first train ride at a local fair. That is her in the middle of the photo with a pink shirt on.
SS: 1/10, Ap: f/22, ISO: N/A (I never understand why sometimes it does this. maybe its when I stop below 200?)

giving panning a try. You stop down your SS and then attempt to "move" with your moving target so the background shows motion and your subject is still in focus. This is SOOC.
SS: 1/20, Ap: f/10 ISO: N/A