Here’s another photo of the gerbera daisies, taken at the same time as Saturday’s shot- and with a different edit (desaturated, split toned with purple shadows).
For the last few weeks, I’ve spotted this little hummingbird at the feeder- and in the trees watching the feeder. Yesterday he buzzed me a few times after I refilled the feeder, but, when I took my camera outside yesterday, he patiently watched me from a tree until I went inside. The only time he ventured near the feeder was to chase another hummingbird out of the yard (at least that was my interpretation of what was happening). But as soon as I went inside, back to the feeder he would go.
I took these shots after dinner last night- through the screen door. I was way too far away- and had to use ISO’s ranging from 900-1250 to get usable shots. I think I should have gone higher, because all were underexposed- and lack clarity. These are cropped- I hope to get a lot closer next time.
We were challenged to edit a photo three different ways- experimenting with the tone curve, split toning, presets, whatever. I had just bought some gerbera daisies last night, so the choice of the subject was easy.
The first photo is my basic clean edit shot with a little cloning/healing in Lightroom 5 (love the updated tool!). You can see my walls are yellow.
The second is desaturated quite a bit- I really like the tones in this.
The third I took into Topaz Simplify- to give it a bit of a painted look.
And the last I edited with Kim’s kk_anne and kk_1301 textures.
I did several other versions as well, but these are probably my favorites.
My children went in together on a birthday gift this year- one to always remind me of Benicia, since we are getting ready to relocate.
Isn’t it beautiful? Benicia is known for its glass studios, so this gorgeous red vase will always remind me of my 26 (and counting) years in this wonderful little town (and of my two grown up children collaborating on a gift!) as we prepare for our next big adventure.
My whole family left today, and I’m alone in a very empty house- which will go on the market soon. Endings and beginnings.
I’m strangely un-busy and am using the time to edit and organize the 1700 PLUS photos taken over the last two weeks during my daughter’s family’s visit, as well as catch up on my blog and last week’s assignment for Beyond Beyond.
One of our Beyond Beyond assignments was to use a beach photo taken by Kim Klassen and edit it however we wished after watching a video on using the tone curve to bring out different tones in the image. I decided to use one of MY recent beach photos, which is similar to hers except for having my grandson and son-in-law in it. I attempted to make a cold day at Bodega look sunny and warm by adding magenta and yellow with the tone curve, as well as some split toning.
Another part of the lesson was using layer styles in Photoshop. I added a sepia layer (at reduced opacity) to this photo of Henry and then added type with a metallic style added to echo the metallic background. The photo reminded me of an illustration in a children’s board book, so I used a primary looking font.
The main part of the assignment was to create a photo using your own style. I thought the above photo showed my background as a first grade teacher; however, clean editing (often in black and white) is really my style for my family photos. So I decided to go with a family photo for the assignment.
My daughter was at a conference all day Friday, and my husband was working- so I had the kids from the time they woke up until bedtime. We did laundry, worked a bit in the yard, blew bubbles, and then it was time for lunch- a PIGGY PICNIC in the backyard!
My daughter bought some special bubble blowers so that I would have something fun to do with the boys when I was to take care of them the next day. In the morning, Henry woke up demanding a hair dryer; we kept asking him why, but he was so insistant. Finally, we realized he wanted the BUBBLE BLOWER, which looked to him like a hair dryer. He was so adamant about needing his hair dryer, that we ended up letting the boys play first thing in the morning- still in their jammies.
. . . I picked these for you for your birthday!
My birthday was yesterday, and we celebrated it last night with barbecued hamburgers, french fries, potato salad- YUM! My daughter made the most delicious homemade chocolate cake any of us have ever tasted; she is an amazing baker! It was my first birthday in 7 years where my whole family was together, and, since that time, we have added two adorable little boys to the family. It was a wonderful day!
We spent just about 24 hours in Monterey this week to take our daughter’s family to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Hundreds of photos were taken; here is one of just a few of sea creatures- the gorgeous jelly fish. Truthfully, I took just as nice shots with my point and shoot camera on my last visit. I think they are almost impossible not to photograph well in their beautifully lit tank. This one I edited with a texture, so that I would have something to post for this week’s Texture Tuesday (a couple days late). I used Kim Klassen’s teatime texture.
Kim presented a mixed bag of Lightroom and Photoshop tips, as well as some iPhoneography tricks.
Here is my grandmother’s sewing basket (decluttered!) and with some of her mother’s buttons in the foreground- and her darning egg. I desaturated the image and then added the kk_desert texture, which did a great job of masking the scratches on my old dining room table by adding new ones from the texture.
I don’t usually do much with my iPhone photos. I use the camera when I don’t have my regular camera, and I do edit them in Snapseed and PicTapGo- but then they tend to stay on my phone or go straight to Facebook. I decided that I would use an iPhone image for this blog post, so took a shot of flowers by my doctor’s office. I loved the tip Kim gave us about adding a black and white filter in PicTapGo and then fading the adjustment to just slightly desaturate the image. However, I went with a punchier edit, because it was the bright colors that attracted me to the flowers in the first place. I cropped in Snapseed and played with the Bright adjustment in the Drama filter- but ended up just leaving that alone. In PicTapGo, I warmed up the image a bit, added some “crispity-ness”, and then went full strength with color burn. And here we are!