Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Girls & Photography Talk

Just thought I'd share a few portrait-type shots of my girls that I took a few weeks ago. I edited all these in Lightroom and put a couple through to Photoshop to add a little texture.

For this first one, I only applied Lightroom's high contrast preset....that's it. That black and white conversion is quickly becoming a favorite of mine :)

my girl

For this one of Claire, I only did a slight white balance adjustment in Lightroom, then a slight texture around the edges in Photoshop. I love when I'm able to catch her green eyes in the right light....they mesmerize me every time.


I used the aged photo preset for this shot of Emma, then added a slight texture in Photoshop. A texture adds a lot when there's a soft focus in the photo like this one. Honestly, though, I'm loving textures more and more.

“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”    ~Morrie Schwartz

Another shot of Claire, this time using the low contrast preset. This shot had a soft focus, too and the black and white just made it feel so dreamy.

Are you a princess? I said & she said I'm much more than a princess, but you don't have a name for it yet here on earth.

This shot of Emma was edited again with the aged photo preset, but this time not with a texture, and the muted colors just give the photo a completely different feel.


The final one of the two of them together was also edited in Lightroom. I bumped up the saturation a bit and sharpened a little before adding a slight texture. So far, I'm really loving what Lightroom can do. The workflow in Lightroom makes everything sooo easy and the before-and-after feature doesn't let you get carried away with editing. I'm thinking of buying the permanent version once my trial period is over. If you've been wondering about Lightroom like I have for so long, try it - if only the trial version....I think you'll be happy with it.


So there's my little plug for Lightroom, lol! I honestly have to say that the Adobe editing system is by far the best. I've tried others, but none compare to it. It makes the whole photography experience so much better :)


Okay, enough photography chit onto our task of the day. The time has come for our Cornish hens. If you've been following my blog for any time, you'll know what I mean. My boys and hubby, of course, are totally excited and me....well, I'm hoping that none of what goes on this morning will have any permanent effect on me, lol! No, really.....I'm using this as a learning experience for my kids (and me, too) and we're all looking forward to experiencing where our food really comes from. I'm going out this morning with an open mind and my camera, lol. I'm not so sure that I'll post the photos to my flickr account publicly, that would send my contacts over the edge! But, I may get a post together for my little blog here ;) Swithcing gears from photography talk to chickens is pretty funny, huh? I guess you can tell that I'm pretty much up for anything, lol! Be back soon :D

Monday, July 27, 2009

bench monday

bench monday miniature golf style!

Hope your Monday is a great one!

Monday, July 13, 2009

monday, monday

bench monday!

It's Bench Monday!

It's also shopping Monday
and banking Monday
and library Monday
and run-around-town-Monday
and come-home-and-put-it-all-away-Monday
and catch-up-on-laundry-Monday (not nearly as backed up as before)
and finish-editing-photos-Monday

I wonder if I can skip all of the above and just get right to the photo editing part?
Hmmm.....probably not if we intend on eating this week ;D

So, what's on your list for Monday? Mine is always the busiest day of the week. Always.
And, speaking of which, I had better get in motion!

Happy Monday to you!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


In summer, the song sings itself.

~William Carlos Williams

I wanted to share a little sweetness of the season.......


In summer, the song sings itself.  ~William Carlos Williams