25 November 2008

Family photo shoot #1

I volunteered myself to do photos for friends in my hubbys office. Being military money is really tight for all of us, and so if I can help people out by free photo shoots...

All I asked is that they pay for the disk it got put on (I had to take it to Walmart so it costs me about $3 each disk) Beyond that cost I told them that donations are appreciated, but I don't charge. Do I sound pathetic or what? lol I did tell people that I will be using the photos in a site when I start a photo studio, though. So I have to have photo releases done.

Anywho...

I did my first shoot this past weekend. Here are the photos I took. I am so tickled with the way that they turned out. I really didn't need to do much editing to them. The biggest problem was shadows on some of the shots. The rest of the editing I did was just for fun like sepia tones, and color edits.

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24 November 2008

Challenge # 26 - weather

Weather here hasn't changed much this week. No really cloudy days to photograph. Nothing but wind, and how do you photograph that? lol

So here is a photo from sunset the other night. Just a few clouds for the light to reflect from since the sun had already dropped below the horizon. I liked the way it looked through the palm trees at the end of my street.

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But in working on this challenge, I hunted through some of the photos I have taken that highlight a days weather since we have lived here in cali. Where we live, the ocean keeps it from snowing. But between a single sunrise and sunset we have seen all of these weather conditions.


hail
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Fog,
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wind,
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Flood, (this is from 2 hours worth of rain. In case you can't read it, it says 3"!)
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lots of fun clouds,
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and more sunshine. (sunrise this time)
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18 November 2008

Challenge #25 - low light

I have put off posting thinking that I was going to get time to take a new photo but things have just been sooooo crazy here at my house. UGH. I had some candle photos planned. I will probably still take them, just no clue when!! Anywho... I ended up digging out some fun photos we took of my kiddos at halloween with glow sticks. We had so much fun playing with these in the yard and the photos came out so cool!!

I think this one is my favorite. My oldest was wonderwoman and it looked like she had a skirt.

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I this one she managed to keep it going in a perfect circle long enough to snap the photo. Love the way it came out!!


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11 November 2008

Challenge #24 Macro photos

At last, I have them posted. lol Been a busy week. I was having fun photographing a spiderweb on my lantern in the front yard, though. Here are some of the shots I got.

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06 November 2008

Some old Macro shots

My grampa was so proud of the garden he planted for my aunt this year. I took lots of pics of different things in the flower beds and the garden. Some of the flowers were past their prime, but I thought they were still really pretty!

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These photos are from our drive down Highway 1 a few years ago. Lots of pretty flowers to look at!!

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05 November 2008

And the results of Challenge #23

I am so tickled that I won. There were so many gorgeous photos this week. Thank you everyone who voted for my photo!

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03 November 2008

Some of my favorite edited photos

Looking through my folders of photos to complete this last challenge I found tons of photos that I absolutely adore the finished products of my editing work. I had to share a few more of them.

These are from our friends wedding in Las Vegas in 2006

Before - I loved this photo straight out of the camera
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After- Just warmed the color a little bit.
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Before- Another I loved straight out of the camera but I was a bit distracted by the suit right behind her head. Maybe it is just me noticing things in my own shot.
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After- I love the look of those old photos that have the color painted in so I desaturated the photo so only the boldest colors would pop.
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Before
I was photographing them with the photographer.
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After - I cropped the photo in behind them a little and then photoshoped the professional photographer out of the photos. They look like they are standing contemplating their future together now! I love this shot. I actually turned it into a business card.
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Before- I needed a photo of just the groom but all I had was this one with my hubby in the background and a gas heater in the corner. I found it to be very distracting, but I couldn't just crop out the things I didn't like. So I played with photoshop.
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After- This is the finished photo of the groom all by his lonesome.
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