I’ve been very busy editing hundreds ofΒ images from high school events including senior pictures, volleyball games, a powder puff game and homecoming.Β  Here is one of my favorite candid shots of my daughter on homecoming night and a photo of her pretty corsage.




Not feeling these last few and can’t quite put my finger on it.Β  Macro is hard.

f/11, 1/15, ISO 400

purple-berries http://offshoots12.com

Like yesterday’s white berries, I am not sure if these are actually “berries,” or what this plant is called. I suppose I could research it, but…nah. πŸ˜‰

f/11, 1/40, ISO 1600

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.

white-berries http://offshoots12.com

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

f/13, 1/50, ISO 800

yellow http://offshoots12.com

I started using a new photo editing program a few weeks ago that I really like: Capture One Pro 9. For Sony users the price is very cheap. The reviews are great, the support is above par, and it has lived up to everything it’s promised so far. Now, to just keep improving my own technical skills. πŸ™‚

50mm prime
f/11, 1/20, ISO 800

As I stated yesterday, the photos in these posts are special because they are straight from the camera with no post-processing edits. They are the results of my deliberate manipulation of shutter speeds and positioning of the flowers near a brightly lit window. It was fun experimenting with exposures in this way.

All photos:
Exposure times vary between 1/8s to 1/100s

Linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

These and the rest of my daisy posts this week are straight from the camera – no post processing edits aside from some minor cropping on a couple. I had fun playing around with shutter speeds to over- or under-expose the photos, using the natural bright light coming in from a large window to assist me in creating various effects with my camera that I would normally achieve with photo editing software.

I slowed down the shutter speed on the shots below which over-exposed the them, and since I was holding the camera and not using a tripod there was some camera shake which cause the blurring. I think it gives the photos an impressionistic, oil-painted look. What do you think?

All photos:
Exposure time 1/4-1/5s

Linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

These aren’t mine, but they make me want to plant a garden of my own. Beautiful, aren’t they?

This is for A Photo a Week Challenge: Saturation. The first photo is before any edits were made. The second photo is after minor edits were made to the saturation levels of the colors, just to make them a bit more vibrant. The differences are subtle but noticeable, nonetheless.

before saturation offshoots12.com

after saturation offshoots12.com

Below are a few ways I use saturation to change the look of my photos. I increased the saturation of the red only in the first photo to alter the color of the roses.

increased red saturation offshoots12.com

In this last photo, I decreased the saturation of all the colors down to zero EXCEPT for the red. The red I left alone. This is one of my favorite ways to play around with color saturation levels. I love black and white photos with a pop of color.

pop of red offshoots12.com

Thanks for looking!

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