White Berries

I have been busy all week editing over 80 photos from my very first official portrait photo shoot (that is, outside of the unofficial ones I have done of my own daughters.) I shot my friend’s son’s senior pictures and loved every minute of it. Since I almost exclusively shoot nature, doing the portraits was a nice change of pace. I was glad to have gotten the opportunity to branch out of my comfort zone.

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I am not sure what this plant is called or if these are even “berries,” but they look like berries to me. 🙂

f/13, 1/50, ISO 800

Before and After Portrait in Capture One

I mentioned the other day that I was using a new post-processing program called Capture One Pro 9 and loving it. Since I mostly shoot nature photography, yesterday, I practiced taking some portraits of my lovely daughter, Caitlin. In this one she is backlit by the bright afternoon sun.

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(f/1.8, 1/4000, ISO 200)

I complained about not having a reflector to chase the shadows away from her face. (Husband later went out and got me a 5-in-1 reflector kit. Love him; can’t wait to use it!) Yet, even without the reflector I was able to adjust for under-exposed Caitlin (AND the over-exposed sky) in Capture One.

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What do you think?  So, I’m a little excited because I have never worked with a RAW converter before.  Thanks for bearing with me. 🙂

Monochrome Madness Free Fall

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This is my husband’s teenage cousin rock wall climbing (or falling) when he and his brother were in town visiting us this summer. They had a blast with my girls, all of them, climbing as high as they could.

Posting this photo for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness theme of “Movement.”

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not words.
Trust movement. ~ Alfred Adler

Monochrome Madness at the Zoo

This is my first participation in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.  I went to the zoo yesterday with my daughter and her friend, and snapped these photos with my phone.  We got to “pet” and feed the stingrays, which was exciting.  The penguins were sleepy, but the birds were active in their sanctuary. It was a fun day!

April One Photo Focus

Stacy Fischer hosts One Photo Focus each month where a photographer provides a photo for us to edit as we wish. This month Cee Neuner provided the following photograph, and what follows that is my transformation of her original work.

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I thought Cee took a lovely photo of a beautiful old barn, however, I wanted to get rid of those distracting power lines, so I did! Then I thought the sky could use a little drama, so I used one of my own photos to bring some dark clouds in, making the scene ominous which is typical during Midwestern USA tornado season. Finally, I felt like the photo needed a breathing element to it, so I found and added a stock photo of a horse. He kind of seems to be looking at the barn like, “Hey, get me in there. A storm’s a brewin’!”

I hope you enjoyed this before and after photo transformation. Thanks to Stacy for hosting and to Cee for the use of her photo.