Random Photography

This is a pretty popular idea as far as posting. And it’s attractive too…I can put anything I want in a random photography post. ๐Ÿ™‚

So there are several things I want to show you. There are a few pictures from vacation in Texas I will show you. So here we go…

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One of our Texas friends’ cats.
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Black and white version.ย 
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I took this today.ย 

 

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Our Texas friedns also have an adorable scotch collie puppy named Lord Peter Wimsey (or ‘Laddie’) who had this habit of tackling the cats. I felt a little sorry for the cats but it WAS pretty funny.ย 
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Caption—-“Summer” —and there’s Hank!
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And a picture I took of Ellie who helped me take senior photos. She held the reflector, and other stuff.ย 

 

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And the other Texas cat.ย 

Breaking News!! Oh okay, not that breaking. My new favorite aperture is f/2.0 . How’s that for news?

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And here’s a sample from project warmth. I feel like editing it the warm way removed a lot of the blue color casts. I’m loving project warmth. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And here’s a picture in all its unedited glory.ย 
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And another one I took today. ย I love this type of flower.ย 
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And one I took on my birthday. So this is pretty much a flower post ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย 

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I Was Doing it Wrong!

So…this post is making me blush (๐Ÿ˜Š) just a little. Because what I was doing wrong…should have been pretty obvious. Confused? You should be. In Texas this week I learned two lovely things that will stick with me always.

 

1. I WAS FOCUSING WRONG.

I literally have been having the hardest time getting my camera to focus where I want it to. I see other people who have similar trouble. But their trouble is generally just getting pin-sharp focus.

My problem was I could not get my focus points to adjust on MY VIEWFINDER. Isn’t that sad?๐Ÿ˜‚ It cracks me up now to think of it. But when Sarah (a lovely photographer friend… go follow her new blog here.) told me that her camera does indeed select points while looking in the viewfinder–I knew it was time to look it up. This picture sums up what I figured out…

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Pretty much you just press the magnifier button while looking in your viewfinder and the focus point will light up. Then you use the dial to find the focus point you want. It’s so fast…and it makes me happy. My life is changed ๐Ÿ™‚ . But here is the article I got this tip from for Canon users. Notice when you click it how it’s a dummies article ๐Ÿ˜€ . That always makes me feel pretty stupid! lol.

And now an experiment showing you the difference between my old (LOOOOONNNGGGG) way of focusing on the live view screen vs. the new way.

 

These are unedited. The first photo is the new method. I was able to quickly and easily focus on the last screw (which is what I wanted to do). In the second photo the focus is all over the place and it’s a little hard to tell WHAT I was focusing on. Was it a screw in the middle? Or the bigger tool? Or maybe the little screw off to the right?….see what I mean? Both these photos were taken on the same manual settings which you can view if you click on the collage.

 

2. I WAS EDITING LAMELY.ย 

With the editor I am now privileged to have I could do the basic edits much better than I was doing. My friend from Texas (Sarah again!) has Lightroom as her editor. I have an editor less pristine…but it does some of the same things. My problem was mainly flat images. Here’s an example (I used my reflector for this image).

 

Thanks to the reflector the light was pretty even in the photo. But my friend from Texas does something which is very simple and never even crossed my mind. She increasesย temperature! Literally temperature increase is my new favorite thing. I’m pretty sure I did about 0 changes on the second image except temp increase. And just look at the difference. Temp difference corresponds with white balance, btw. Here’s another one of a cat…

For this image I just cropped it…and increased the temperature. I love how it came out. Here’s a tripod timie of me. All that was done here was temperature increase, cropping, and a quick exposure fix.

My thoughts on temperature increase on the whole: I love it! It seems to just really provide a pop. And it seems to make sunlight look more like…sunlight ๐Ÿ˜€ .ย 

 

 

And that’s what I learned in Texas! It was so lovely to spend time with my bestie and rub off eachother in the photography realm. There’s so much to learn. Also Sarah took my senior photos while we were there…and I love em! Here is a sneak peek of one of them that I love.

 

I couldn’t decide if I liked the color or the black and white one better yet. So I just put both. Click on the collage for full size and resolution.

And a sneak peek of the shoot I did of Sarah while we were in Texas. We edited them using Lightroom.

And again…couldn’t decide which I liked better ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ .
And a sneak peek from the senior shoot I just did of my friend! Editing is coming along splendidly. I don’t know if I’ll be sharing those photos or not. We’ll see. This is a more creative shot and one she wanted to do. Nice idea, btw. โค
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What do you think of temperature increase?
Do you as a rule like color or black and white better?
Have you ever had focusing trouble?
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Vacation Photography, Part 3.

On this day…we celebrated my birthday (way) early.

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Here’s Ellie with the delicious cake. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Here’s part of grandma’s rose garden. I love it all, except that unit. ๐Ÿ˜€
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A peony more fully opened in the vase of water.ย 
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Josiah and I went fishing in the freezing rain. It was literally FREEZING.ย 
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The lake.ย 
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And some drama. (most of this lighting was done on camera. I did some super contrast in the landscape picture style on manual mode)
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We decided to throw rocks and logs into the water.ย 
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And the last photo.ย 

Guess what? I am doing my first actual senior shoot sometime soon. I will be attempting to do a dear friend’s photos for her (she follows this blog). I don’t know if I’ll be posting any of them or not. I hope so…but if nothing else—good practice ๐Ÿ˜€ .

We will gallivant all over creation. And have a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tune in to Part Four soon! It’s the ‘finale’ (but don’t expect TOO much, people!) so that will be it.

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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˜€

Snow Portraits

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”

~J. B. Priestley

I have been waiting so impatiently for the first fall of snow here. No, it wasn’t much–but OH! It was enough. Ever since watching the newer version of Narnia (I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this?)–I can’t wait to crunch around in the snow and eat turkish delight. I haven’t ever had it before, but it looks so good ๐Ÿ™‚ . And now the snow has come.

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from Lucillian Photography!

We have so many blessings that we often take for granted. This holiday season is a time where we should recall the steadfast love of our Lord–particularly His kindness in the sending of His Son into the world. In Christ’s death and resurrection.

Let’s start there.

But one gift that I am buckets thankful for is my new camera! It’s amazing to me that I even have one. I kept telling myself I wouldn’t ever get one–because I didn’t have enough money. But God continues to shower blessings on me despite my ungrateful heart.

One beautiful thing that I love during the Christmas season is giving. Sadly it too has been perverted. You see it all over the place. Little kids upset when they don’t get what they wanted. One movie that I remember showing that is Babe. It’s about a pig ๐Ÿ™‚ . But there’s one scene with Farmer Hogget’s grandkids where the little girl screams and cries when she gets something other than what she wanted.

I wish I could say I’m immune to this behavior. But I often complain (though maybe silently) when things in life don’t go the way I wanted them to. ย So during this season as you give gifts–remember the basis for your gifts. God’d gifts to you are way better and also perfect. He is the only giver who gives gifts that maintains pure motives throughout. Give without expecting return. Give from a full heart–aware and thankful for the many gifts you have.

“For to us a child is born,
ย ย ย ย to us a son is given;
and the government shall be uponhis shoulder,
ย ย ย ย and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
ย ย ย ย Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
ย Of the increase of his government and of peace
ย ย ย ย there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
ย ย ย ย to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
ย ย ย ย from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

~Isaiah 9:6-7

 

Praise be to God!

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