Who can resist a well worn saddle? I really wish I lived on a farm so I’d have an excuse to own a horse.
The bowl of Biringer Berries is one of my favorites because I can almost taste them! Sometimes, when I need a little inspiration, I’ll browse Flikr. I saw a bowl of berries, with the green grass in the background, and decided to try to do something similar on my own.
The watercolor paint picture was one of my first attempts at understanding what the whole F-stop thing is. I was so thrilled with myself when I figured out how to blur out the background and still keep the color and brightness in the photo.
Nothin’ better than a home grown tomato! That’s all I need to say about that one.
I can’t tell you how long I sat, in the circle in Seaside, waiting for the perfect moment to snap this photo. I love the way the sun in centered but the people walking are off center. Something about this one just feels right.
As I was going through photos of our annual Seaside trip today, I noticed that I had taken about 900 pictures of our five days at the beach. No wonder it’s taken me four months to go through them all! This one is from two years ago, but I still love it. I just printed it to put in my daughter’s room. I used an action from Paint the Moon to give it that soft, pastel, feel.
I kind of thought that sharing some of my favorite photos would help with my photography funk, but now I just want to go on vacation, eat berries, and buy a horse.
Happy picture taking!
I’ve had my “big girl camera” for several years now. We bought it because we wanted to be able to zoom in on our kids during sports and because I wanted that cool looking blur in the background when I take pictures. I didn’t know much about fancy cameras (and I’m still constantly learning), but we thought it was something we could put to good use. Well, we were right! I use my camera just about every single day of my life. I don’t even bother putting it away in the case because it’s not easy to grab when it’s zipped away. I’ve taken several classes online and in person, and I think I’ve grown as a photographer. (I’m not sure I can classify myself as a photographer, but I’ll use the term loosely.)
When we go on vacations, I’m constantly on the lookout for great picture spots.
I’ll scout out good locations while everyone is still getting ready. I’ve been taking family photos with my hubby’s side of the family for several years when we travel down to Seaside. They all complain when they have to put up with me for an hour or so, but they’re always pleased when they can frame a picture to display in the living room! A few years ago, when I saw that my sister in law had framed a picture I took of her family in Seaside, I remember thinking to myself, “Hey, that’s actually pretty decent! And I took it!”
For the Senior Portraits, we also used a few other areas of the park. We found nice little grassy areas.
This winter, when we have a snowy day, I really want to take someone’s family photo at the park, by my new favorite fence. Any takers??? You have to have a really cute family and wear jeans, reds, navys, and browns. And you’ll have to throw a few scarves and hats on to complete the look. Let me know, neighbors, if you’re up for it. Oh, and you’ll need to start shopping for clothes now because I’m serious about the color palate. I really want to have it look similar to this.
I have a hard time deciding if I prefer taking pictures at the beach or the farm. Lucky for me, I get to visit both each year. I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the farm.
I’ve been having fun with Instagram, taking a few pictures with my phone, and playing around with different filters. My son loves to point out that he has more followers on Instagram than I do. I’m Homeiswheremystorybegins if you’d like to follow along.
We love the beach on a sunny day. Waking up to blue sky is a rarity at our beaches.
My most recent photography endeavor is an online course from Big Picture. This week my focus is on color. I’m not just talking about color, but we’re talking vibrant color. The instructor asked us to jump out of our color comfort zone and add even more. I’d love to show you pictures of my kids wearing bright clothes, holding swirly lollipops or bright flowers. Friends, it’s just not happening right now. I tried to find some bright color in my yard and the only color I found was green. I tried using my shed as a background and was disgusted by the fact that I could see the mess inside the shed through the window. I attempted to wrap a bright pink quilt around my little girl and do a mini photo shoot, but I just got the “I’m totally bored with this” look from her. No, I’m not quitting. I still love photography, but I’m just not feeling this assignment. It just feels like a struggle.
I decided to go through a few old photos and find examples of pictures where I did actually use bright colors. I love the look of colorful photos and these pictures make me happy.
Here’s a quilt I made and a few of my favorite summer fabrics.
Not quite as bright, but still colorful, here are a few more fabrics.
There is just nothing more colorful than a rainbow cake! I also loved the blue wall in the background. Talk about color!!
I love a few great garden pictures. My garden is just in the beginning stages right now, so there’s not much to take pictures of.
Berries are probably my absolute favorite thing to take pictures of (aside from my kids). There is nothing more beautiful than fresh local berries. Their color is so much more vibrant than anything that can be bought in a store.
It would be great to take pictures of fresh berries, but they aren’t in season yet. So, you see, I really do love color. I use it in my photography, but right now, I’m just struggling. Everything just feels dark and gray right now. (Welcome to Seattle.)
His assignment had to do with nature and landscape photography. Perfect! Eastern Washington is full of great opportunities for landscape pictures. We went up to the cemetery because it’s the highest point in town and had the best views of the wide open spaces. (Please don’t tell me I’m the only one with Dixie Chicks running through my head now. Who doesn’t know what I’m talking about?)
Here are a few of my favorites from our little photoshoot.
I offered to go with him to class on Monday morning so I could explain why we took the photos we did. He didn’t think that was such a good idea. Typical. I can’t wait to find out what “our” next assignment is!
Well, looks can be deceiving.
Sadly, these pumpkin pie bars were HORRIBLE! I found the recipe on Pinterest. (I won’t tell you where, because I don’t want to embarrass the author of the original recipe.) It sounded good. Anything made with brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin can’t be all that bad, right? Here’s the honest truth; my kids and hubby took a bite and actually spit it out. It was that bad. The whole 9×13 pan went into the garbage.
So, friends, we making
lemons into lemonade pumpkins into pumpkin pie. Instead of focusing on the horrible dessert, we’re going to focus on the food photography.
The picture on the left is straight out of the camera. The picture on the right shows what it looks like after a pit of editing.
Here’s what I did:
I increased the fill light, highlights, and shadows. Then (because I still can’t figure out the whole “white balance” thing, when it comes to food photography) I cooled down the photo by taking some of the yellow out. Yellow food never looks appetizing, so by taking out some of the yellow, it gives it a more true color. One of these days I’ll figure out which white balance setting works best for indoor food photography. I also cropped the picture to get a little closer in. When I cropped, I tried to keep the rule of thirds in mind, but by putting it into a photo collage, like the one above, it kind of cropped more off and doesn’t look quite the same.
So, there you have it. It was a pumpkin pie bar fail, but a fun food photo shoot.