Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Edit Me: Week 16

I'm practicing my editing skills again and participating in the Edit Me Challenge.  Today's picture was taken by Stephanie from Behind the Camera and Dreaming.  It is such a sweet picture.  I just love her curls!

Here is my finished product:

I opened this picture in ACR and did a basic edit (increased the contrast, lowered the exposure just a tad, and increased the blacks).  Then I opened it in PSE9 and ran a high pass filter at 1.0 just to sharpen it up a bit.  I knew that I wanted to change this to black and white, but I didn't want it to be boring, so I added a brown layer at 25% opacity. Next, I ran the CoffeeShop Powder Room 2 action and softened her skin with a brush set to 10% opacity and used the "define eyes" layer to define her hair and the edges of her dress to separate it from the sand.  Finally, I cropped the image and added a frame. 

The End! :)

Here is the original: 

My Reflection of Something

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our Weekend

By the looks of some of these pictures, you might be tempted to think that we spent the weekend in California soaking up the sun. But you'd be wrong. We were right here in Washington and enjoying the 80 degree weather.  It may be the only 80 degree weekend we get.  

Our son is fearless when it comes to water.  He'll walk over pointy rocks to get to the water and dip his toes in like it is a warm bathtub.  

And since he's still a little guy, wherever Nate goes, Dad also has to go.  

On Sunday, we drove to Bellingham and experienced the Chuckanut Drive for the very first time.  If you are ever in the Bellingham area, you simply must take this drive.  It's gorgeous and the views are nothing short of breathtaking.   

At the end of the drive is a park with a spray park.  Nate had never been to anything like this before.  Remember when I said he isn't afraid of water? Yep. No fear here. He loved it.

Even though our days are sometimes chaotic, we have a blast.  There was a point yesterday where Ryan looked at me while driving and pointed out that not only did we have two little boys who were crying, but we were also listening to the Hokey Pokey.  Sounds fun, right? 

But nothing makes the following quote more true than when you have kids.

The days are long but the years are short.

I better enjoy them.

Sweet Shot Day

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Old and New:
Ryan took this picture, so I can't take credit for it, but it fits the prompt. I'm old and they are new. :)

Night Photography:
With an {almost} two-year old and a newborn, we don't spend a ton of time outside after the sun goes down.  The closest night shot I got this week is this picture taken just after the sun went down.  The weather was gorgeous so people were still hanging out on the beach.  I love this weather, but I know it's going to end soon.  We have to take advantage of it while it lasts.

Alright. I admit it. This is a lame attempt at "music." I had plans to take a picture of my guitar with some sheets of music, but I never got around to it.  However, I love this picture.  Ryan took Nate kayaking for the second time (Nate isn't even two yet!) so of course I had to document this momentous (and adorable) occasion.  While I was taking pictures, a guy not too far from me was playing his guitar and singing and he was pretty good.  So there.  Music.

I was starting to fall asleep with Lance on the couch and Ryan thought it was definitely a picture-moment.  Even though I wasn't really asleep, I pretended to be.  How cheesy is that?

Seattle loves the sun.

I only took 3 out of the 5 pictures this week. Oops.

Enjoy your weekend! 

Flowers on Saturday

Two pictures of the same daisies edited very differently.  I like them both and can't decide between them.

What do you think? Color or Black and White?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pink and Bokeh

This picture reminds me of my mom because it's just so pink (her favorite color).  

Have you noticed I've been in more of a visual mood lately? It's a combination of a couple of things that have happened recently.

 1. I'm obsessed with my camera and taking pictures.
 2. I have an almost-2 year old and a one-month old so I really don't have a lot of time to write.  

I plan on changing that soon and getting back into a writing mood, since it is such a very important part of who I am.  It's a part of me that has been neglected recently in pursuit of other things, like being a mom. 

But until then, I hope you enjoy the pictures.  And thank you for the comments.  They really do make my day. :)
Still Life Standouts
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rock The Shot: Silhouette

There's never a shortage of fishermen in the Puget Sound. I watched this particular fisherman chat with a friend on the shores before heading into the water right as the sun went down.  

Photo for Silhouette Challenge:
Rock the Shot
NapTime MomTog

and then, she {snapped}

and then, she {snapped}

Edit Me-Week 15

Here is my edit for Branson's "Edit Me" challenge.  The SOOC, by Jamie from Mommy's Camera, really didn't need much done to it.  It was so bright and colorful, as well as properly exposed.  It probably could have been left alone.  However, since this is an editing challenge, here is what I did.

-Opened in ACR.
-Increased the blacks and desaturated the image just a tad.  
-Opened in PSE9 and increased the contrast and selectively saturated the dress, socks, shoes, and grass. 
-Warmed the photo up to give it a summer-like feel to it.  I love Pioneer Woman's action "warmer." 

And that's it! Not much to it this week.  :)

Here is the original:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Trash or Treasure?

Do you ever come across something and leave wondering "what in the world is the story behind that?" Well, that happened this weekend.  Ryan found a cool park at the North end of Lake Washington that had a set of docks.  There were fishermen fishing, kids swimming, and jet skiers spinning donuts on the water. It was a pretty neat place to check out.  

At the end of the dock, there was this old rusted bike.  It looked like it hadn't been touched in ages.  What is the story behind that bike? Why has everyone left it alone instead of taking it to the trash at some point? 

On another section of the dock, there is a collection of old glass bottles.  Just like the rusted bike, they have obviously been sitting there in the Seattle rain and sun for a very long time.  Why? What some would consider trash, do others consider art? Or are people just too lazy to clean up after themselves?

I doubt I'll ever know the answer.  While I'm a bit baffled by the "trash," it does make for some pretty interesting pictures. :)

Trash or treasure?

Sweet Shot Day
By the way, Darcy is giving away a seat in one of Kent Weakley's photography courses (which I would love to win!). Go here to learn how to enter. :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Our New "Pet"

This little spider has conveniently taken up residence on the outside of our son's playroom window.  Nate has been running to it and saying, "Spidey!"  So for now, he'll just be our little pet until we decide the time is right to get a dog or until it rains and washes the web away.  Since we live in Seattle, I'm guessing that won't be too long from now.  :)


Scripture & a Snapshot


Quotography at {My}Perspective

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

When I took this picture, I was captivated by the reflection, but then I realized that all the triangles make it a perfect shot for this prompt. :)
I had to go out on a limb and add some texture to this image in order to have a picture that worked for the prompt, but I rather like the finished product. 
Hanging By a Thread: 
I shared this photo earlier in the week, but it fits the theme pretty well.  It seems that tightrope walking is becoming a trend around Seattle.  I saw two separate groups of people doing it just today.  Interesting hobby. 
It's all fun and games until he gets wet...
On The Dotted Line:
He still has many years to go before he's driving on the big road with the yellow dotted lines but for now, he's learning to ride his tricycle and I think it's pretty cute.

And I'm going to throw in an extra...this shot is for Allie's {A Photo Challenge}.  The theme is Something in the Distance. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!