The Fourth of July

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Family favorite: sparklers.

On the fourth of July…our family generally goes to a party for our church held at a friend’s house.

I ย don’t know about you…but for me the 4th isn’t the 4th. WHATT?? ๐Ÿ˜†

UNLESS…you have fireworks, that is ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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Taking selfies on the phone and then taking a picture of the selfie on my camera. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย Right-me Left– E.B

I have a lot of memories from previous 4th of July’s. One (not-so-great) memory that concerns the gal in the selfie with me…is also concerning fireworks. You see, we used to be allowed to bring fireworks to the party and shoot them off during. But people were being irresponsible and unsafe and my friend was at the bad receiving end. She got hit in the face with some of the flying debris of a rocket firework.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ย Don’t worry though…she was okay after a while.

Moral? Stay safe y’all. Always act responsibly. Your carelessness could hurt someone else.

That said I ย โค LOVE โค fireworks! Loud noises don’t bother me and I love taking pictures. This is the 1st 4th of July that I’ve had a dslr to mess with.

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So where do I watch fireworks if I don’t do it at the party? At home. Everyone else goes to a fireworks show. But that’s not something my family has ever done. Don’t know why. This year my sis wasn’t with us so we went back and did our own fireworks.

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A friend let me borrow a wide angle lens during the party. It gave neat perspectives.

For me the 4th of July is a time where I photography anything in my path (isn’t that everyday, Emma? Uh…yeah. I guess it is.ย ). Nature, fireworks, food, people, etc.

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Wide angle lenses ensure sharp focus generally. You will be able to see more in focus vs. less. In this picture I was trying to see if I could get any bokeh out of the lens. Turns out you can. A little bit.

 

I did notice that you can get much closer up with a wide angle lens. Just in case you were wondering…I DO know that wide angle lenses are mostly used in landscapes. But there weren’t many landscapes to talk of at the party so…yep.

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Okay, so I took ONE landscape with the wide angle. Just one. ๐Ÿ˜€
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OH, wait. Come to think of it—I took a sunset picture with the wide angle. ย ๐Ÿ™„

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Oh, and I made a fireworks GIF from one firework.

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Anyways I had a good 4th of July. I hope you did, too. I do think I haven’t gotten the hang of fireworks pictures. My ISO was too high for my taste and my shutter speed was too low. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

 

How was your fourth?

Did anyone say ‘may the 4th be with you’, to you? (I think it’s annoying!)

Did you take fireworks pictures?

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Vacation Photography, Part 4. {Finale!}

Here we are!

For the final post in this short series. This might end up being the longest…but I don’t know for sure. We were visiting some friends…this post has water, miniature ponies,ย azaleas, and swinging. Plus some more randomness.

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At this moment I am digging texture photos…remember the brick? ๐Ÿ˜€

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My bother got all wet in the creek and then wanted a photo with this miniature horse. My brother isn’t very tall, btw. ๐Ÿ˜€
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Aren’t they cute?
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I love this vertical shot!
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This cracks me up! A nice size comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Oh, and I forgot to mention the ducks!
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And they were all happy…until my brother chased them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€
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Bro and sis on the swing. BTW, they aren’t concerned. They were laughing right after this shot was taken.ย 

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I got mom to pose for a picture. Happy Mother’s Day, btw. My only regret is the cup she’s holding. I was so eager, I overlooked it ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I do like the diverse background though.ย 

Going home I shot pictures from the windows.

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That’s a wrap, folks.

I hope you enjoyed this little four-part series. I could have added tons more than I did…but my memory is really getting small now.

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Vacation Photography, Part 2.

Here’s part two!

We got to visit our dear childhood friends again on this day. I didn’t take many pictures that I liked here (because talking sometimes is more important than taking pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

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They had a hanging planter with these pretty pink flowers.ย 

And they had just gotten some chicks and baby ducklings. They were so cute! I photographed the ducklings.

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In this one it looks like the left one is laughing! I desaturated this one for a more subdued look. The green was more overwhelming in the original.

And then I took a nice rule-of-thirds photo of their fence.

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I love the f/1.8 selective focus of this one.

Then we went to my Aunt and Uncle’s house and I went for a moody photography feel. Pretty much all black and white. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And I know this is nothing like my normal shallow depth photos. I guess I’m trying to expand my horizons.ย 
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I love brick walls! #colornexttime

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My sweet little sis and our cousin, Emmett.ย 

And then some pine cones for a rustic look.

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And closer up.

And then I almost missed this special cousin-bonding moment. My brother and cousin Steven were playing by the playground. So I snuck up and framed them with a bush ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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And this is my Aunt and Uncle’s chihuahua–Chica. I like her a lot. She’s actually a nice dog.

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I used a filter that’s in the manual mode #manualisthebest .ย 

And that’s it for part two!

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p.s–Don’t forget to join me next time for part three! ๐Ÿ˜€

Vacation Photography, Part 1.

Hello, friends!

First off, I have not permanently vanished. I am still alive and kicking/breathing. But I have a mountain of vacation photos to share. Today is part one of the vacation pictures. All of this is photography stuffโ€ฆlifestyle is always on the Misty Mountain (except for right now as Iโ€™m on break there due to time ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

First off this photo that I took of a sweet young lady holding a rose. I used the gold side of my new reflector (I got it!!!!)…and after fixing the white balance in Photo Director…it made it look rose gold. I love the lighting look honestly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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She looks like Belle (or beauty!).ย 

The first thing I photographed on vacation was this soft orangish blue sunset. I have been waiting to photograph a sunset like this.

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Oh, and here is the ‘after sunset’ photo for comparison. So much grain…but that’s okay. ๐Ÿ˜€

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And then I went to the peony flowers (one of my favorite flowers.)…and took photos of them. I had to up the light just a pinch because it was somewhat dark. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thankfully, brightening a picture can be done easily in post processing.ย 
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And some cure little peony buds!

Then to the rose bushes!

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And the day ended with a shot of the moon.

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Not overly impressive…but this is how it looked.

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p.s Don’t forget to tune in to Part 2!

New Editor= Image Changes

Guys…photo director 3 is #nice !

I love it.

There are more practical uses…like this photo:

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And more fun editing to do like in this photo:

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I mean, look at those eyes!

Then there are just nice settings to improve white balance and softening. Like in this image:IMG_7171.jpg

 

All in all…it’s been a ride.

I do acknowledge that this sort of editor COULD make one lazy. But I refuse to be that type of person when it comes to editing. I still prefer quality from my camera…I only like basic editing for my actual photography stuff.

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Day, Twilight, Golden Hour, Sunset, & Night~

Today I am sharing some of my recentest photography from five stages of a day.

Day, Golden Hour (2nd), Twilight, Sunset, and Night.

I am excited to be finally doing a ‘stages of the day’ post. So here we go.

p.s. This isn’t the kind of post I can keep to my ‘just 5 pictures’ rule. ๐Ÿ˜€

Day~

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FREELENSING!!!!

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Freelensing is nice because I don’t have either a close-up or a macro lens (next lens, anybody?).ย 
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Freelensing, too!

Back to the normal digital photos!

 

Golden Hour~

Just a few quick golden hour photos with my sis Ellie ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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Dogwood B&W during the golden hour.

Twilight~

So twilight sort of gives you a blueish lighting. It’s between golden hour and sunset. You’d be surprised at how fast it comes after golden hour and then how fast sunset runs on the heels of twilight!

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This is legit guys, not a white balance problem.

 

Sunset~

I have sunsets from two days. They are extremely different from one another. The first is fiery and cloudy (right after a tornado warning came for our area!), and the second is what I call “rainbow lighting”.

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These last two were the ‘rainbow lighting’ ones.ย 

 

Night~

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And that is a wrap!

But wait…

Don’t go yet…

I have a surprise for you…

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Haha! Gotcha’. ๐Ÿ˜€

That cute, furry little (gulp) guy was found in one of the bedrooms. He was so HUGE. And scary. And hairy…ew. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Sunset and Bokeh

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“There’s never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.”

~Carlos Santana

I am so very behind on posts. I have about three posts besides this waiting to go. I will catch up…sometime ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Right before I was going to post I came upon this quote:

“The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.”

~Catherine Opie

So I felt wonderful about myself for posting this lovely photography cliche ๐Ÿ™‚ . But really, sunsets (and sunrises) are so beautiful and a huge testimony to the creativity of our Creator. So I don’t feel bad posting this at all. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

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Sorry it’s so much of the same thing. But at least it’s pretty, right โค ?

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All the Stars

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

Finally *triumphant drumroll*…I actually managed to get okay star photos.

 

Just click on the individual images to see their fuller versions! The very last photo was taken at a random place a few months ago for y’alls comparison. I feel like I am starting to figure out the manual focus as it relates to stars. The bothersome thing is that you can only see a teensy little bit when it’s dark. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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“It’s just another night
And I’m staring at the moon
I saw a shooting star
And thought of you
I sang a lullaby
By the waterside and knew
If you were here,
I’d sing to you
You’re on the other side
As the skyline splits in two
I’m miles away from seeing you
I can see the stars
From America
I wonder, do you see them, too?”

~Ed Sheeran,ย All the Stars

 

Rain or Shine?

“Some people are never content with their lot, let what will happen. Clouds and darkness are over their heads, alike whether it rain or shine. To them every incident is an accident, and every accident a calamity.”

~Charles Spurgeon
No, I haven’t posted for a few days anything photography related. But- here I am with another post! I have decided to call itย Rain or Shine?ย because the past few days had been fairly rainy. Until the day before yesterday, that is. The rain pictures are from different days.

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Shine

 

My little sister got an adorable pink plaid driver’s cap and I thought it’d be cute to take a photo of her in it. And I was so happy when the rain cleared up!img_3192

The next two pictures were gotten because my grandparents’ car has a blue tint to it. So the first picture shows the blue tint, and the second emphasizes it in monochrome (black and white).

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