Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rosy Cheeks and Rosy Sunset

This photo is tied to the pink seen in Jay'me's post. I first noticed the pink hats, followed by the pink boots, gloves, scarves, and snow pants. I considered something snow related but decided I could use a technique I've read about which has you picking a background with color to shoot out of focus. Tonight it was a sunset. The foreground is a window in our family room with blown seals allowing condensation to form on the inside of the pane of glass. I was further inspired by some of the reading I've done recently concerning texture. I like the results and already have ideas for what I want to try the next time I try this technique.

Canon 30D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8
Shutter 1/125
Aperture f/4.5
Exposure Compensation -1.0
Natural Light

I used a stop less on my metering due to shooting directly at the bright sky. I feel it really allowed for better contrast, color, and overall exposure. After messing with saturation and contrast I sharpened a bit and converted to JPEG from RAW and poof, here ya go!

I should also mention that I used an aperture less than wide open to increase the DOF just a touch. Sometimes I get carried away using wide open apertures and there is no recovering after the fact. What is something you do that might qualify as a bad habit? For me, it's without question using too wide an aperture.

Tomorrow we'll have Dan with us once more as the most recent "winner" from Wordless Wednesday. Can't wait to see what you do Dan!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Faces Friday with Jay'me

Cannon Rebel XT
no flash
ISO 400

All this snow... We have to enjoy it.
So, I had tons of ideas and I got to play with a very sexy camera today (New Cannon 50 D). But As it turns out I have my faithful model (Maddie) here with her bestest friend (Delaney) enjoying the snow just as they should.
I wanted to give you the frosty morning breath from my husband or or kids as they waited for the bus... You would think for as cold as it was this morning you could see our breath -NOT! I wanted to give you snow melting on someones tongue. Well, neither happened today. I'll keep on shooting for the stars and enjoy my little stars as I go. SNOW DAYS ROCK but I'm ready for normalcy and a nap.
Keep on enjoying the winter wonderland I know we will.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ripples in the snow

National Geographic talent I do not have. It's very frustrating actually, because they are normal people like me, nothing special, but yet they have it, I don't. I'm sure they could have captured the ripples in the snow that God's hand has made and with their talent shown something fabulous. Unfortunately you are stuck with my somewhat mediocre talent, so here is my best shot.

Nikon D90
Lens 18-70mm at 55mm
Aperture F/13
Shutter 1/250 sec.
Exposure -0.3
No Flash, Natural Lighting

I went out at high noon today to water the dogs and just fell in love with the wind patterns on the snow, just like with Brandi's shot. The patterns are all unique looking and just beautiful. Normally high noon is not a very good time to take pictures, but it was great for the play of light and shadows I was trying to capture. Part of the reason why I went black and white is to enhance those shadows, which black and white does far better then color.

I also had turned my exposure down some because when shooting in wintery, snowy conditions your sensor gets a little messed up reading the snow (reads it as much brighter then it actually is) so you turn down your exposure to help compensate for some of that. I turned the picture to black and white in Photoshop and bumped up my blacks a tad to give it a slightly more dramatic look. 3C1D had two adorable baby pictures recently, one in low light, almost black and white looking and one in full beautiful color. Brandi had her shot done in full color for our most recent Wordless Wednesday, so I changed mine to black and white to continue the theme. Anybody else wishing they had National Geographic talent??? Or am I the only one??


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowmaggedon 2011 a Wordless Wednesday Adventure

You know the drill... It's Wordless Wendsday on 3C1D. Lets Play.

The poster (that's me) will post a picture and its settings. No other verbiage is allowed. The commenter's (that's you) will guess in the comments section below how my picture associates with yesterdays (Tuesday's) picture. It can be a setting. It can be a play on words. It can be a theme. In every photo there are numerous ties, thus creating no right or wrong answer. Just make a comment below and you will be entered into our drawing to be our next guest photographer.

What if I am not good enough to be a guest photographer?
You are good enough. We love all kinds of photographers! That's what makes this so much fun. We believe that everybody has a unique view of this world and we want to see it through the lens of your camera. Any camera goes, camera phone, point and shoot, film camera that has its photos turned into jpgs., high end professional grade cameras, any and all of them! So make a guess and have some fun!

How does this all work?
The contest will go on until my (Brandi's) next post. I will use to choose the winner and post the story behind my picture and what the connection is, along with my photo for that day. All you have to do, as our chosen winner, is email us your picture before 10pm on your post day. Usually on a Sunday, but we are flexible. The photo has to be yours, has to tie into the picture from the day before, and 3C1D has to be authorized to use it. Just remember to keep checking back with us to make sure you get the post about who has won.

Only one guess per person. Have fun!


Nikon d40 kit lens
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/4000sec
aperture f/4.8

Hoping everyone is safe and warm tonight.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

More Dreaming

I had all kinds of intentions to do something awesome tonight. I'm not even going to tell you what I was going to do because I'm going to try again tomorrow. But owing to the fact that Armageddon is happening outside my 4 walls and snow is literally piling up in my attic, I've had to ditch the idea for the time being. As you can imagine, my attention is demanded elsewhere.

I LOVED Amanda's photo for so many reasons. There is the subject, who is of course breathtaking. Then there is the really different and creative perspective. And finally, she used low-key lighting, which is just fantastic. Amanda is either experienced enough to have done this on purpose, which is awesome, or she just has photographic instincts that kick ass, which is even awesomer (yes I said sue me!). So I must say once more, thank you Amanda. We are blessed with some pretty awesome contributors.

Amanda truly inspired me and I'm ticked off that I'm falling back on my archives once again. It's just unavoidable at this point so I'll just get over it. I chose this pic as a sort of connection and opposite. This is Brandon, my youngest son, at the tender age of 12 days. The light source is a window with defused sunlight. The blanket acted well enough as a reflector and white balance reference. I take no credit for the smile.

I see similarities in the light source and the subject matter. The differences include the background (white vs. black) and the perspective.

Canon 30D
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L (it's too bad Nikon doesn't have an "L" like catagory)
Iso 200
Shutter 1/125
Aperture f/5.0
Natural Light

One thing I'm thankful for when I dive into the archives is the chance to see some of the photos I've taken. After all, that's sort of the point. I find I don't do that often enough. What do you all do with the photos you've taken?

Good luck to the 100 million of you that are weathering this storm! And now to dig out more snow from my attic!!!

Hoping to be here tomorrow,


Monday, January 31, 2011

Sweet Dreams - welcome back Amanda

Evening all! A special night here. Our good friend Amanda is back as a guest. You might remember her previous visits This or this. We love some Amanda. She's a tried and true e-friend to 3C1D.

Before I have her wow you yet again. I need to announce the winner for last weeks slightly different Wordless Wednesday.

Big Dan, you the lucky man, says so. Well, first it said Scott was but I made it try again. :)
My thought in the tie in was love. Sere's hearts and Jay'me doing her labor of love. It was weak but I threw the post together in 5 minutes. Cut me some slack.

Now that that is out of the way. I'll allow you to enjoy what Amanda has to offer. You'll notice she has a new camera and she's really rocking it.

Hold your breath....

Taken with:
Canon Rebel 300D
35-80mm lens at 80mm
ISO 800
Edited With Photoshop CS3

I have always wondered what he dreams about. I watch him sleep and
wonder. It's pretty crazy to think he is almost 1 year old. I read
Seres' post and immediately thought of M sleeping. I thought I would
share my favorite thing to do. I have MILLIONS of pictures of him
sleeping, but this one might be my favorite. I love the lighting
though the focus could be better. Hope you enjoy looking at M as much
as I do and thanks again for sharing guys!

Oh my! I want to lose my senses and have another baby. So sweet, so innocent, so perfect.
Go check out Amanda's work on her blog

See you soon!