30DPC|Day 18|Shadow|+DIY

Day 18-Shadow

Aaannnddd…*awkwardly realizes negligence ….

I know. I’m terrible. I’m awful. Not fit for challenges (actually…that’s true 😛 ) .

But here’s day eighteen’s image anyways…

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It’s super simple. Here’s it’s unedited twin. 😀

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That’s a literal shadow, right?

 

What You’ll Need

  • a table
  • a lamp
  • an object
  • your camera
  • a wall

 

Here’s the setup. I used picture style to get maximum contrast.

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I used flash to make the armor ‘shiny’. I don’t like flash much…but used it for this.

I set my camera to manual and underexposed then used flash. It came out okay. I could’ve done better if I would have had someone to hold the lamp. 😦

I almost like the setup picture best. 😀

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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 😀 ).

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They had a hanging planter with these pretty pink flowers. 

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. 😉

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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. 
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I love brick walls! #colornexttime

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My sweet little sis and our cousin, Emmett. 

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 😀 .

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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 . 

And that’s it for part two!

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p.s–Don’t forget to join me next time for part three! 😀

Moody Feel+ An Explanation

Hello!

I have been gone from this blog for a week. This needs an explanation, right? Well maybe it doesn’t need one. But I’ll give you one anyway. The update comes in the form of three key things.

  1. I am now using a really nice computer with a high resolution monitor. It’s so nice, and photos look amazing on it. 😀
  2. The old photo editor was deleted off the old computer. So I am learning to use Photo Director 3 (which comes free on windows). Photo Director 3 reminds me a lot of Lightroom. It’s WAY nicer than Picasa 3, and any of the other free things I’ve used. But because it’s more complicated, it’s taking longer to get the hang of.
  3. I am getting more and more restrictions. I now have way less time to post.

Due to these things…expect less posting. It might only end up being once a week or less.

That stuff said…I have been experimenting with Black and White photography. None of the following images received much (or for most of them, none) editing. I was going for a moody feeling in these images. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them.

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This is really my crown jewel selfie. I took this way late at night, with a bright lamp and no other lights. I underexposed to get the image dark. I also used high contrast in my manual picture style setting. The monochrome setting was used direct (I didn’t add it later). I had taken about three pictures when I realized that 1) My eyelashes looked WAY too light with the light directly on them. 2) I would have to remove a little of some poison ivy I had on the light side of my face.

So I put on some mascara and lipstick, then afterward used the retouch tool to remove an ittsy bit of poison ivy. I have had poison ivy for a little over a week now. But it’s mostly gone.

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This is unedited.
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This one is too. 😀
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My camera’s kit lens.
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Then my sis Ellie jumped in for one. But she’s smiling. Happy’s a mood too, guys!
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And in this one, I let some of the poison ivy stay because it looks even more like the style This was this morning as well as the one of my sis. The hat 😀 . 
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Serious is a thing, people!

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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. 😀

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?). 
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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 🙂 .

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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. 

 

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’. 😀

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

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Window Silhouettes

“That’s what I’ll be. A silhouette, rarely seen, and yet believed in.”

~Ellen Hopkins (I like the quote, but know nothing about the author of it.)
One thing I have been enjoying is taking photos of silhouettes. I started with taking them when there was snow on the ground. Then the snow left, so I just took normal window silhouettes. For those of you interested–window light is amazing. I cherish it because there are only a few windows that give pretty lighting in our house. I love windows.

 

Note: There are a few repeats. Sorry!

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