Friday, 30 April 2010

Bounty of Color

I've been enjoying this opportunity to return to 'Bloggerville' and playing along with the various photo themes.  This time it's Color Carnival,  hosted by Martha. (waving hi to Martha)

At first I thought I wouldn't have anything for this particular photo theme as it's been raining  here in the Northwest. (what's new!) Then I found this photo and decided to share the bounty of color in the form of delicious sweet fruit.


         Did I just make you hungry for some fresh fruit?

Monday, 26 April 2010

Fern Horns?

As I mentioned in my previous post, it's been a LONG time since I've had the opportunity to participate in the photo challenges/themes.  Business has been good. =)  However, I am learning one must take time to have some fun too!

Here is my contribution to the Ruby Tuesday Photo Theme.

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Last year we had a Chihuly exhibit at the Conservatory here in Tacoma.  It made for some interesting visuals with the different shapes and textures.

English Primrose

It's been a LONG time since I've had the opportunity to participate in any of the photo challenges/themes.  I've been missing them!

Here is my contribution to the Mellow Yellow Photo Theme, it's a beautiful black and yellow English Primrose.

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Fix it Friday - from the past!

This isn't the current Fix it Friday photo.  However, I went and snagged all the past photos and figured during some down periods I would do my own edits on them.  Unfortunately for me, I don't know if I will find out how others edited the same photo.

This little guy was adorable and I simply couldn't let the distractions around him take away from him. =)  Don't you just want to pick him up and hug him?  I do! 

This first photo is the original that we are given to edit.   The second is my edit. 


As I mentioned I wanted to remove any distractions and bring full attention to his face. =)  Cropping eliminated a lot of the distractions, a little blurring of the background did the rest.  Other edits include light adjustment and brightening his eyes a wee bit was all it took.

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Friday, 23 April 2010

In 3's

It's time once again for the Round Robin Photo Challenge!  Time sure flies when your having fun or when your so busy you that time simply escapes you.  The current challenge is "In 3's" - The Challenge is to take and present three different pictures of the same subject or theme.

As you will see by my entry below, I got carried away ... just a wee bit, right! =)

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                My husband and our dog, Toby playing fetch.

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My THREE children.  Each different and unique in their own way.

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Once again our dog, Toby.  Shaking off the water, thinking he's a lap dog (silly boy) and patiently waiting for he okay to eat a hot dog!

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Three views of one waterfall - Ponytails Falls not far from the Multnomah Falls on the Columbia Gorge in Oregon.  BEAUTIFUL area one I HIGHLY recommend seeing. =)

Mt Rainier

Three different views of Mt Rainier, I never get tired of looking out and seeing the mountain so majestic.

The last two are business related. =) 

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From an engagement session, they were such a fun couple!  I want more like them ... please. =)

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                              Dancing/spinning bride.

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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Cosmetic Surgery

The other day my daughter and I were talking about magazine covers and how much editing they do on a person.  She didn't think they could change a person that much until she saw what I did to her photo.  Check out what Dr Monica did to my daughter.


Straight from the camera


I exaggerated a lot of things on her just to make a point.  I thinned her body and face, narrowed her nose, smoothed her skin, brightened and widened her eyes, 

Now she understand how many changes can be made to a person in the magazines.  Of course IF she used the "fixed" photo it wouldn't be a true representation of herself or her personality.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Fix it Friday # 50

I haven't had the opportunity to participate in the "I Heart Faces" Fix it Friday in a very long time!  When I have participated, I've rarely added my own link to the site.  However, today I decided I'd fully play along.  Besides the bit of distraction came in handy today! =)  (prevented me from getting into trouble!) 

This first photo is the original that we've been given to fix.  All the following photos were my edits.  Isn't she a beautiful young lady?


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Pretty basic here, lightened, removed dark under eye shadows and smoothed her skin complexion.

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Decided to play with the saturation, some texture and vignetting.

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Decided to crop the image, bring the focus to her face. 


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Friday, 9 April 2010

Almost Photo

The current theme for the Round Robin Photo Challenge is 'The Almost Photo'.  You know the photo that could have been a great picture, but for some reason it just didn't work out!  We all have them, I generally delete them and move on.

Two weeks ago Sonny and I were photographing a wedding.  With us was a new intern who wants to get into wedding photography.  I always teach them to keep their eyes on what happens when I'm setting up the group shots.  It's during that time when the really fun candid photo opportunities happen.

During the set up of the bride with the groomsmen, I noticed the intern/wanna be assistant was in her own little dream world.  Then out of the corner of my eye I saw this ....


Check out the expression on the groomsmen directly behind the bride.  What was so happening?  Unfortunately, I don't know as I was distracted with set up and wasn't focused on them at that moment. (sigh) 

This last photo is my granddaughter, Amelia.  She was planning on planting a wet kiss on me.  My intention was to sneak a photo of her as she wasn't allowing me to take any pictures that day.  It could have been a fun photo if it was in focus! =)

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