Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. - Ansel Adams

Saturday, October 25, 2008


My blog is temporarily under the weather as I change things around.

Please excuse the mess until I get everything added back.


From SOOC to Fully Edited

I'm really embarrassed to show this photo SOOC!! They're usually not this blah and ugly. I snapped it out the car window today (well, technically yesterday... I just havent been to bed and it's a new day) as we were driving by, and didnt have the time to adjust the settings in manual mode. Had I tried, I would have missed the opportunity to even get the photo at all. So, ya take what you can get.... riiiiiight?!!

I did not like this photo at all when I uploaded them onto my computer tonight. It just looked so... well, like I said before, blah and ugly! I could have scrapped the photo and not thought twice about it. But, I didnt! I thought it had some potential --just needed a little lovin' to make it look alright!


^Here is the SOOC;
only resized to 600px on the long side to share here.


^Here it is having only been edited in ACR;
& resized to 600px on the long side to share on here.


^Here is the photo with my normal editing done to it.
Some of the steps:
resized to 600px on the long side.
•Cloned out the house with the red roof.
•Original layer duplicated;
soft light on top layer,
lower opacity,
•Sponged the whole photo on saturate to bring out the colors.
•Messed with the hue/sat to pop the colors a little bit more.
•Sky was too light for my liking, so I burned it.
•Used the sponge/burn/dodge tools throughout photo;
helped to add extra highlights and shadows where I wanted.
•Defogged and sharpened the image.


^Here is the final editing I did to the image.
Sometimes, I like to do extra editing on images to just spruce them up a bit more. This was one of those photos that I thought would benefit from doing so.
Some of my steps (using the last image):
•I blurred the sky to give it a more soft appearance.
•I duplicated the image twice;
high pass sharpen, set to overlay, lowered opacity,
duplicated, set to linear light, lowered opacity,
•Duplicated layer;
added gaussian blur,
set to overlay,
duplicated layer,
set to soft light,
lowered opacity,

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Finally... Fall Colors!

A few from today; shot out the window of the car with my new Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 lens :-)






^my back yard

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Before and After

It stinks being sick. What stinks even more is being 38 weeks pregnant and sick at the same time!


So, I thought I'd pull out a shot from March 21st and see what kinda funky editing I could do with it in Photoshop.

Here's the results :-)



--Oh, and I just need to clarify... my shots are usually not that underexposed and just blah. Dont know what was up with my mind that day when I was taking the shots.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Just got a new layout on here and I have to say that I absolutely ♥love♥ it! There is now a HUGE area that I can share my photos in. I'm so excited {and I just cant hide it} ...ok, better go - I'm breaking out into song *lol*

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vote for the WORST Photo!!


Here's a fun contest that's going on over at Kylie's blog :-) <---- will take you directly to the post

Vote, vote, vote!

I have an entry, but I'm not saying which one b/c that wouldn't be fair. I think they're all great though *lol*

*Edit: Saturday, October 13th, 2008 2:33 a.m.*

The contest is now over so I will share that my entry was number 9 :-) Congratulations to the three winners!! & thanks to Kylie for the fun contest!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Figured out how to get the other template off of here (was having the hardest time with that & dont know WHY) and get this new pretty one on!

Just need to figure out if I can make this middle section wider to accomodate the sizing I have of my photos.

Also, need to go back and find ALL the links to the other blogs I read and add them back because it deleted my side bars.

I think I may even change the settings to where anybody can post & they dont have to have a blogger account - because I like comments and rarely get them :(

So, do you like?!
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