Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Creative Captures

This is week three, of my four week course online with clickin moms.  I am having so much fun and learning so much. This week really taught me to step out of my comfort zone!!!  

This week was all about being creative!  Silhouettes, starbursts, shadows, and night shots!  In the beginning of the week I didn't know really how to start this assignment.  All the techniques, to achieve these shots, were all new to me.  As soon as I started, I knew it was going to be a fun week!

Rock Your Camera 201: Lesson Three

My assignment: 


For this week, I want to see creativity with your use of light. Look beyond catchlights and traditional portraits. 
  • Shoot in RAW
  • Process only in Lr or ACR
  • Share your post processing steps or panels
  1. Silhouette
  2. Shadow or reflection
  3. Exterior night shot

Here is what I turned in, my SOOC (straight out of camera) and my edited picture!  


Denver at night! 
This one was taken from the rooftop of Erik's 49 story building.  The shutter speed was set very low in order to capture the headlights like that!  In the edit I increased the exposure and added some brightness.  This shot made me really appreciate my 70-200mm lens!! I was a little bummed that it turned out soft, the wind was not helping me much, but I still love it!!

20.0sec, f/32, 200mm, iso 100



Erik looking out over Denver

20.0 sec, f/13, 75mm, iso200

Another rooftop shot!
It was very windy on this side of the building so the picture is not as crisp as I would like it. I added a little red to take some pink out of the light. I cloned out his white t-shirt on his back and cropped it a little.  Added a little brightness to enhance the city lights. Again, the picture is soft from the wind, I was using a tripod and remote, but still had camera shake!




I had a lot of fun with the shadows and so did the kids.  They were fun because I just snapped away while they played. 

Dancing Abby

1/750 sec, f/4.0, 50mm, iso 200

I cropped it, added some contrast to brighten the red skirt and added exposure. I also upped the blacks to bring out the shadow more.



Mommy on a ladder

1/180 sec, f/5.6, 50mm, iso200

I am so thankful for such a supportive husband, who helps me with my vision! 
"Can you please load up the ladder in the truck honey?"
"Sure", no other explanation needed!!

I increased exposure, cropped, added contrast and blacks. I also used the graduated filter on the top of the picture and the bottom, this really help boost the color and bring out our shadows!!



Playing in the street

1/250 sec, f/5.6, 50mm, iso 200

This is my favorite of the shadow pictures!  I cropped, took out the ladder and stop sign, added exposure, and blacks. Added contrast and used the graduated filter on the top and bottom.  I also added a tiny vignette. 



All four together

1/180 sec, f/5.6, 50mm, iso 200

I cropped, added exposure and contrast. Bumped up the blacks.  Also used the adjustment brush in lightroom to expose the dirt/shadows apart from them.  




Sky in the window

1/90 sec, f/16, 50mm, iso 100

This wasn't the greatest reflection, but I did think it was cool how you could see the beautiful sky in the window.  This was taken of our deck about 6:45 in the morning. It was really fun to play with the sky colors. 




Swinging with Daddy

1/30 sec, f/16, 50mm, iso 100

I really loved learning how to do silhouettes!  
On this one, cropped, lightened, and used the graduated filter to bring out the blue sky and yellow sunset.

I love Matty's little profile and how he is watching Erik pushing them. Being such a tough guy, he doesn't like the swings!


1/30, f/16, 50mm, iso 100

I really love how this one turned out!  Little Abby praying!
I think I might put this one on canvas!!

I upped the yellows, to change the background, sharpened it, added some brightness and cropped it a bit.




I did not turn this picture in, but had to post it here.  Erik and I had fun one night trying to paint with light.  We used his green laser light and left the shutter opened, while we traced each other! We spent 45 minutes playing around, good times!!! 

I had huge boost of confidence this week, with some amazing feedback from my online teacher!  Opened up an email from her first thing Tuesday morning, what a perfect way to start my day!!

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  1. These are awesome. Love your silhouettes. I want to learn how to do those. Great job!!

  2. Oh i just love the dancing and the tutus...the shadow ones too..and the praying one. So cool.

  3. I am not sure why I am weeping like this after looking at your photos but they are moving my heart to tears. So beautriful,so meaningful. Lilly I feel as if I am there watching the same thing you see through your lens. It is also that I soooooooooo miss the subjects in your photos and that the photos were so real to me I felt as if I could hear their voices. Your insight is a blessing . Love you sweetheart. Keep up the good work.

  4. Holy moly. Great work girl. Those last silouettes edited gave me goosebumps.

  5. Love the shadow pictures and silhouettes are a favorite of mine to do also. I completely adore the praying picture, that is just plain precious.

  6. wow I love the praying photo!!! All of these are great pictures, you are very talented!!!

    friend from BF

  7. Awesome shots! Love the silhouettes. I think I'm gonna invest in a Clickin' Moms membership too.

  8. Is there anything any better than little girls in tutus? All of the photos were great!

  9. Editing and other tweaks can really make a difference. Back when I was non-digital I'd use cropping and simple hand burning and such to achieve cool effects. At first I thought it was cheating to use PhotoShop, but I do employ it now judiciously to improve or correct shots.

    I'll def need to stop by for any wordless Wednesdays you post. I love your photography. My wife took that komodo dragon picture, so I can take no credit. I'm actually (as an amateur) not a bad photog, but have little time for it these days.

    Concerning your comment about my post about reminders to get home early, I was really happy to see that wallpaper was one of the most downloaded items from my website. So I guess some other dad's may be using it too, which makes me feel good. Enjoy your weekend.

  10. I am so glad I found your blog! You left a comment on one of the Blog Frog posts about dogs and I just hopped on over to meet you. Your pictures are absolutely STUNNING! It's the kind of thing I imagine my daughter doing one of these days as she is such a talented artist. Keep up the good work!

  11. Great photos. The shadow shots are very nice. Love your silhouettes too.