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, azaleas, and swinging. Plus some more randomness.

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At this moment I am digging texture photos…remember the brick? 😀

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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. 😀
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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. 😉
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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. 😉 😀
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Bro and sis on the swing. BTW, they aren’t concerned. They were laughing right after this shot was taken. 

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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 😉 . I do like the diverse background though. 

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 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 stuff…lifestyle is always on the Misty Mountain (except for right now as I’m on break there due to time 🙂 ).

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. 🙂

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She looks like Belle (or beauty!). 

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. 😀

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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. 😀

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Thankfully, brightening a picture can be done easily in post processing. 
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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!

Aliquotiens Adventure #3.

Sometimes the ‘adventure’ is right on your property.

Sometimes you’ll have to walk a ways.

Sometimes you won’t have to.

Today was one of those ‘won’t have to’ days. There was a lovely puddle, and the green grass was wet and crisp- instead of soggy. 😀 And I was barefoot. Now, I wasn’t born a country-girl. But maybe we can say I’m adopted? The city isn’t for me.

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We have a huge puddle in our gravel driveway.
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And that cardinal inside it’s complementary color!
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I love this one!
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And the hydrangea plant I keep on taking pictures of.
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And some underexposed daffodils. It WAS raining. 
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Raindrops! Well not drops exactly…

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p.s. I try not to use my big zoom lens (300mm) too often because the pictures seem to be less high quality than when I use my 50mm. But all of these were 300mm except the water drops. Wouldn’t want to disturb God’s creation! 😛

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This was taken with my 50mm too. See the difference? This is unedited. 
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And here’s my lil sis with a toad…unedited. 

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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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5 Springy Things

…Hello!

I am enjoying Spring, although I was disappointed at the lack of snow to practice portraits in last year. But here we are. A brand new year. Easier to mange golden hours, and soft spring lighting.

(*So. You may be wondering why I haven’t posted any of the newborn pictures yet. The answer is…the shoot has been rescheduled for sometime THIS week.)

And so today is a springy post.

1. Floral Dresses~

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Especially this one that looks like a dress from the 1960’s. Vintage ❤ .

 

2. Flowers~

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These adorable little grape hyacinths are all over our grass!
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And there are little violets everywhere.

3. Red buds ~

Those lovely tress with pink flowers on them…

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4. Dead winter leaves go away~

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Photo taken at twilight on a recent night.

 

5. More predictable golden hours~

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What are y’all looking forward to this spring?

What is one photo on your bucket list for this spring? (a newborn session is on mine 😛 😉 ❤ ) 

Do you like to swim? (Random, I know. But my family just got a YMCA membership and I’ve                                         gone swimming twice!)

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Conference Photos

Here are some quick photos that I took while @ the conference.

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I’m doing pretty good with this limit thing. These are literally very random snippets from the conference I just got back from. Hope you enjoyed them anyway.

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p.s. Guess what guys? I am going to be doing a newborn session sometime this weekend! I am so excited and impatient to give newborn photography a try. I am frantically pinning ideas on a special pinterest board here.  So I guess we’ll see if I actually use any of these! 😉

More Snow?

I am not at all kidding. More snow. At first I was excited…because we only got one small snowfall. But then, it turned out to be rather lame. Not much snow at all. Only around an inch. I still managed to get a few little photos from the snow, however. 😉

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Recognize this plant?

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And my very favorite is of a hyacinth…

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Did y’all get any ‘strange’ snow?

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