A Year in the Life - Dailies 2009-2010Photo diary project in which I would ideally take one photo a day as a sort of 'image diary' of life. However, we all know that I'm not going to take a photo a day, although we can all die of shock if I do find the time to do that. I'd love to have stunning images all, but the main point is to document life through one photo per day. Please also visit my art in photography zazzle store at http://www.zazzle.com/artinphotography?rf=238874973767831732 for tons of my unique photo products! Great gifts!
May 19, 2010
This is one shot I just love that I took during a session last Friday evening. The family was so much fun to work with and I got a lot of great shots of them, which I am still feverishly (and obsessively) working on. I just couldn't wait to share this!
As for the CS5 - I'm liking it! It is not as difficult to work the basics as I had feared and has much in common with Corel's PSP X2 that I am used to. I find that I am working on images in both programs, pulling what I am familiar with from PSP and then trying out new things in CS5. But I am surprised to find that it is as similar to PSP as it is in many ways.
Sorry to have been absent from commenting on your dailies for so long, but I am trying to finish this family's gallery - can't wait to share it with them!
EDITOR'S PICK, betterphoto.com, June 2010
May 13, 2010
And now let the experiments begin! I have never used photoshop before. I tried to once but I never could figure it out - didn't seem very user friendly and I gave up after several days. So I am both dreading and looking forward to installing CS5. I saw the youtube videos on the capabilities and thought I'd give photoshop another try.
As far as the pool comments - thank you very much everyone for your thoughtful comments and help! I am leaning toward entering the shot that is not as highly processed after reading your comments and thinking about it. Your comments really helped me to think about the images.
May 12, 2010
Or this one? Which do you prefer - yesterday's or today's?
I like the processing on yesterday's but it may be a bit overdone for some tastes. I also like the glow of the sun on this one, which is missing with yesterday's processing. Which do you prefer?
EDITOR'S PICK, betterphoto.com, May 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Went to the NC Museum of Art opening festivities with a friend and had a fantastic time. They have just renovated/expanded and it is amazing. And.... 3 of my photos are on this outdoor display of NC Faces and Places! I didn't know they were chosen until I got to the museum. Very exciting.
April 24, 2010
This guy was in a grass strip at the edge of the parking lot early Saturday morning when I took my dogs out. Surprise! It was BIG. Like 18" long and weighed a pound or two. Called animal control to come get it, then looked it up - apparently it is a Colombian black and white tegu. Must have been an escapee or unwanted pet. It was very impressive and an eye opener early in the morning!
Feb. 23, 2010
This stripe of in-focus area is driving me nuts. Seems like I have tried all the settings and combination of settings I know and I still can't get the whole darn thing in focus using macro.
George - not sure if your comment on my last daily was an invitation to speak further on the star ratings here as you and I have done. As I explained to you, personally, I'd much prefer a more meaningful use of the star ratings instead of getting and giving blanket 5 stars.
I'd learn more and grow more as a photographer if say, 2 stars were the fine, normal cool shot standard, and 4 shots the "Wow! Great shot - I love it!" standard. I'd save 5 stars for once in a blue moon when something REALLY hugely bowls me over. Just me, but I'd rather have that. But I know that some people (you, George!) would get ticked off if people started giving 2 and 3 star ratings for good shots. So I've been sticking to 4 stars and pretty much reserving 5 stars for the bowl-me-over type shots. Or for ones that evoke a strong emotion (like going to eat ice cream! :)
As far as the exif issues, I think I have it solved, thanks. Wrote pages about it and got help from folks on the challenges forum. Consensus is it is a bug in the Corel PSP X3 'upgrade' software.
Thanks for your comments and support! I am so enjoying being back and seeing everyone's amazing work!
Feb. 21, 2010
Cruddy photo today - sorry! Still trying to figure out my missing exif info mystery and trying to solve that more than concentrating on taking good shots. I think I may have it figured out though!
Sorry for the bad lighting, contrast, shadow, color tones in this one! If anyone gives me 5 stars, I'll know you aren't really paying attention and rating these things! :)
And yes, I ate it. What - it was melting!
This was chocolate lava cake and it seems I ate it before even thinking of getting the camera out.
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. In getting back into this after several months' absence, I'm having a few issues that are driving me nuts. Losing my exif info is one of them, and I'm still trying to track that down.
Focus in macros is another. I used to be able to do this! The reason you couldn't tell if my last image was mango or a flower is the poor focus! Having real difficulty getting all in focus when using my macro lens. grrrrrr.
Anyway, thanks for the support and for bearing with me!
Original to other shot. Was having trouble uploading with exif, so I needed a place to upload this - please excuse!
I think I got it fixed now, so that is good. And I took the opportunity to also fix that crazy sloppy white line that is around the shadow on the edited version (previous day's entry) - so also a silver lining. :)
Feb. 12, 2010
Let Them Lie
They were sleeping at my feet night before last while I worked. I looked down and the puppy (black one) had pushed up almost onto the golden retriever and had laid his head directly on top of Samson's head. They were both fast asleep. Samson is very tolerant!
And yes, I shared the popcorn with Samson the other night - look at that trusting face! How could I not?