I recently was on vacation in the Outer Banks in North Carolina, USA. I have been there before, and have taken lots of photos. I didn't do so much this time, but I did get some great shots of my adventures. Here's my absolute favorite on the week.
I think all of the photos I got that week were special. I would like to think I got some more unusual shots rather than the standard ones that I always seem to come away with.
Dodging and burning refers to the the ways back in the days of film when photographers would manually do this to their exposures. Now, we have programs that do this for us, through layers and paints brushes, and actions.
How I did this, was have a 50 percent opacity gray layer where I used a
white brush for burning and a black brush for dodging ( I think I have
that right. Correct me if I'm wrong, please.), and I colored each over
the areas I wanted the proper effect from. Not to hard! Ah, I should mention that I am using Photoshop Elements 12.
I should really post the original here for comparison. I do like this photo.
Edit: Here is the original for comparison. I can see the difference!
I'm not sure if I had some camera shake (I was using a tripod and remote trigger) or if I actually have some light trails. The "dotted line" is a passing plane. I love how you can see the Milky Way in this photo.
For this one I put the camera on the ground, pointing straight up at the sky. Again, I used use a remote trigger for the shutter.
Have you ever tried astrophotography? It's actually easier than you think if you have a good, clear sky and a camera that can be set with manual settings. I was happy with my results!
If you are ever in Lititz, PA, you MUST visit the Wolf Sanctuary of PA to see the majestic creatures that they care for. I had the privilege of going there a second time earlier this month and got some more photos of wolves. Keep in mind, there is usually a double-layer of fencing, so I could focus through one, but not the other. Please enjoy these beautiful animals!
I had the pleasure of photographing my sister's family on Sunday, and the photos turned out great! I did formal shots of the family, but also took a few candid shots of my sister, husband, and little girl, like this one.
I adore this picture. Allie, their daughter and my niece, is starting to pull herself up and wants to walk. She'll be one on July 16. Here's a video of what I mean.
I was recently at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. I hadn't been there since I was eight years old.
I remember going there and having my little blue Fisher-Price camera and snapping photos all over the place. This is the only one that remains, I believe. It is of the Conservatory. It was my favorite photo from the roll at the time and it remains one of favorite shots I took as a child.
I remember walking into the conservatory and taking the shot. I was so proud of myself. I knew I had a good pictures, at least in the mind of an eight-year-old.
When I went back, I was really looking forward to going to the Conservatory. My goal? See how much it had changed and if I could get a similar shot. Granted, the building has changed, but the effect is similar.
Cameras have come a long way, and so my has eye for photos. Sometimes, though, I wish I had some of that fearlessness in photography that I had when I was a kid. I hope to recapture that one day.
On May 11, 2014 I was at the Ephrata Cloister for a photographer meetup with my photo group. I had been there before, but since the Cloister is close to my home, I went. I also decided that rather focus on the buildings, I was going to concentrate my photos on smaller details of this historic site. Here are a few shots from this outing.
The birds there must be used to people, because, even though my lens is decent for zooming, I was able to get pretty close to this critter, too.
PicMonkey is a free online photo editing service. When I say free, I mean that most of the features are free, otherwise you can purchase a Royale subscription for additional features and graphics control. Since I use PicMonkey a lot for graphics for my other blog, I did sign up for Royale. I hadn't used it for regular photo editing, yet. Until today.
Here's a picture I took of my niece, Allie. She's nine months old and is adorable. Yes? Yes.
I decided to give PicMonkey's photo editing features a whirl. And came up with this.
Since they are so small, it's hard to see the color differences. The biggest change I did was the crop. PicMonkey allows you do a lot of fancy effects with your photos, such as a cross-processing one. You can add bokeh shapes, and put hats and lips on people. What PicMonkey has basically done has put some of the more complex Photoshop procedures into an easy to use interface. I like it.
What it doesn't have is a way to process RAW files, and that's what I really do want. Still, for a more basic needs, a good JPG editor will work, such as PicMonkey.
I like creating fun graphic with PicMonkey, too, such as the one below that I used on another blog.
With a little creativity and know how, you can come up with some pretty neat graphics. Not only do you have access to PicMonkey's built-in stock, you can upload your own images and and clip art, too.
This is a good program, especially if you want something easy to use, that's fast, and gives you a good quality product, even if you don't pay for the extra features. PicMonkey is an asset for bloggers who want to create cool graphics and photographers who want to start to play with their images more.
Some of the neighbors held an Easter egg hunt for the area children in the park next to my house. I felt strange being the only solo person there, and holding a camera, at that. I wanted to get out and see what the excitement was about, really. The kids looked like they had a great time! I got a few shots. Here's one of my favorites.
On Saturday I was out with my photography group in West Reading, PA for a photo walk. My friend Joan came along, too. It was a gorgeous day and I got some interesting shots. I even did a composite of two that turned out pretty nice, as well.
The flower photos was taken on the grounds of the Reading Museum, which is actually pretty cool if you are ever in the area. The other photo is an antenna from the West Reading Borough Hall with an overlay of some cool peeling paint texture that I found.
I was flipping through the photo on my phone recently, and found a photo that I forgot I had taken and should have posted. Taken in the fall, this picture may not look like much, but take a closer look.
In the weeds, there is a hidden gem: a pray mantis.
I was outside at my in-laws and saw this gal hiding in the weeds. I took her photo with my film SLR, and grabbed my phone to take her photo for instant gratification. I was so glad I was observing the weeds to find this big bug.
My point? We all have cool photos that we forget about at times. Every now and then, take the time to see what you did. You may be reminded of something neat you forgot about.