Here's another edition of linklove, a collections of some of the more interesting photography related reading on the interwebs:
Found Film: all about film left over in cameras, found and developed by others.
Your favorite photography compliments that aren't like "Your photos are awesome. What camera do you use?!" and nine more:
13 Things Your Camera Wishes You Knew:
A photographer I'm digging on. Please share with me some of your favorites!
Oh and if you don't follow MamaOwl's family photography blog, check it out here. It is always super enjoyable!
In case you missed this over in Mortal Muses...
They work like gradients in photoshop, but with somewhat different tools and application. Each time you apply one, you can adjust several qualities within the range of space you've set up for the filter, and it will apply at a graduated intensity from the direction you first 'pulled on' the filter. The qualities you can adjust are: exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, clarity, sharpness, and you can also apply a color. So if you want to bring in some more color in a sky, or take out some perhaps distracting colors in the bottom of your frame, or perhaps you didn't quite get the exposure right but not necessarily for the entire shot. Or maybe you just want to play, be creative, make a filmy light leak effect or some fun color gradients to create some magic...graduated filters are your friend! Here are a few screen shots to give you some idea, but the best way to learn is to play with it yourself, so get to it!
In the two screen shots below, the filter I am working with is indicated by the black dot with the white circle around it and the lines coming out from it. I am applying a creamy yellow graduated filter from the bottom up, at a slight angle. It is also adding more contrast to that area. In the second screen shot you can see the difference as I increase the sharpness to the area. This is my favorite use of filters besides the color, the ability to add a selective and gradual sharpness. There is another way to do this in LR, the adjustment brush is the 5th icon, right next to the graduated filter icon, but I find it more cumbersome and less easy to apply evenly. I'm just not as skilled with that tool, but it is also very useful!
The screen shot below shows how to add a color graduated filter. If you click the little rectangle you can select any color from that palette, at any saturation level in the entire spectrum. As you can see below that, I eventually chose a green to give some more blues and greens from the top down. You can see how simple and intuitive lightroom makes this process. Just try it out with extreme values and you'll catch on quickly to how it works!
In this screen shot below, I'm adding a pink color as well as increasing general saturation in the area on the right, moving left across the photo. Therefore, the saturation of colors in the image is at the highest on the right, and gradually becomes less moving to the left.
I tagged along with friends Jennilyn and Marie and their furry friends Zoey and Rose for today's Dogtoberfest. I had big plans of photographing lots of dogs, but I was so overwhelmed and it was so crowded that I ended up just busy watching all the different dogs go by, and then the camera came out mostly just for Zoey and Rose. There was so much to see and do for people and pooches alike! Zoey got a new leash, met a puppy version of herself, and only wanted to play frisbee. I got some action shots:
Rose entered the "Best Tail Wag" competition and won! She is such a sweetheart who totally won me over with her sweet face and disposition. And she's gorgeous...check it out!
I'm super impressed with the Minolta on this one. It is very sharp and well exposed for an inside shot. I guess I should give myself some extra credit since it was all manual. I probably just got lucky. But I already knew that. I mean, look at the love in those eyes!
presets used: golden oolong, simple details and vignette, jack less filmy
Yes, you read that right. And I was there, with a big group of friends, and we had a blast. Last week on a hot summer night, a group of about ten of us set off for Kansas City indulging a recently developed obsession of one of our friends. He grew up a Yankees fan but has been following the Royals all summer and hitting up many of their games. I don't think any of us expected the Yankees to lose so when it came down to a dramatic last inning, most of us agreed it was one of the most exciting baseball games we'd ever seen!
Here are some highlights below. I really, really dig these shots; they are near and dear to my heart. I'm really excited about how they came out and how it all looks together. I'll say it again...I love being able to capture my time with friends and family like this! And I especially like the guy selling the beer, and the action shot of the batter hitting the ball and the pitcher still in motion from the pitch!
So I had this idea months ago, even looked to see if someone else was already selling it, but came up with nothing. So, may I present to you..."I click therefore I am" a play on the good old Descartes quote, "I think therefore I am"
My friend manages the local ACME t-shirt shop and we whipped this up together on Friday. I imagine that many of my friends will want one too, and so the more orders I get, the cheaper they can be. If I can get 20+ orders, I can sell them for around $20 including shipping. Fewer orders means more like $25 a pop. If I only get one or two, it will be a sad $30 so please place your orders soon! :)
They come in all sizes and lots of colors, from the American Apparel brand, and are super soft and cozycomfy! You know you want one!! You know someone else who wants one! So let me know!
Here are some more highlights from RockyGrass, mostly of the performers we watched. Anything Mike Marshall or Darol Anger touch turns to gold in my book, so we loved their performances with all of their different groups, including Psychograss, and Republic of Strings. Del McCoury Band is always an absolute favorite for me; a traditional, charming, and tight performance is always guaranteed. And when David Grisman got up there with them it just sealed the deal. I spent some time spying on a dobro player down by the river. Hot Rize's pals Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers showed up again! Always entertaining in their goofy charm...And, by the way, did YOU know that Steve Martin played banjo? :) Check this out if you didn't catch it already: Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers perform a song for atheists...
Now that I'm one of the muses, I'm so excited to let you know that we are doing a giveaway!!
Check this out! We just want to see you link to your interpretation of the theme "two" so we can share and build our community! Hope to see your links over there!!
It was soo much fun spending time with my friends from Albuquerque too, The Squash Blossom Boys. Get their album! You won't be disappointed! And what location could be more perfect than the amazing Lyons, CO? Perfect sunny days, cool starry nights, and a river to tube from the venue back to our campsite when we got too hot. This was our first year (of the three) running our own tarp too...we had the "K.U." in tie dye pink duct tape tarp! Andy thought the lines for numbers and to run was ridiculous; I found it oddly exhilarating, a comical version of the land runs our ancestors made perhaps. You can find more of these photos in my facebook album if you are interested...
Winfield is up next!!
That's not a pizza food baby, she's really pregnant... remember? Besides, those two only split a piece, whereas Andy and I polished off 3 pieces between the two of us! We had a lovely Sunday afternoon lunch downtown at Papa Keno's with two of our friends (who are expecting a baby in October). Papa Keno's is the best and closest to NY slice you can get in Lawrence.
|all images fujifilm pro800z, minolta x-370.|
Well! Have I been saving up some good stuff for you all! In case you missed any of these while wandering the interwebs for intriguing photography related stories, never fear!!
-Amazing GIGAPIXEL photography! A gigapixel image has one billion pixels...can you even fathom that? If not, or even if so, the photos should help to give you an idea! The Yosemite example might be the coolest, because it allows you to click and see the nearly hidden hikers, giving the best sense of scale.
-Some great tips on black and white photography! Basic, useful, insightful, and great reminders if you already know the stuff, too.
-A really well illustrated explanation of how focal length affects depth of field, and images in general.
-A crazy story about a stolen photo! If you've ever had one of yours stolen, you'll be especially interested I bet!
-A really interesting criticism/article about nostalgia in our culture and in photography. Discusses Vivian Maier, records, and our return to film: "What if all that talk about analog photography being more real is just a form of nostalgia? Nostalgia for the good old days when men were still men, and photographs showed you the truth?" What do you think, guys? What are your thoughts?
presets used: san fran vintage, alfredo, suki, all in the new "San Fran" presets set.
...And we were there. My close friend from grade school was in town from New Jersey to visit her sister who lives in KC, and there just happened to be a food truck festival that day! Lucky us! We indulged in all the expected delicacies you see below, plus tamales, sausage, enchiladas, and the like, and then headed over to Kelly's for a few rounds of drinks and some good conversation. The men bought the rounds, little sister bought the jello shots...thanks again for your generosity. Oh, and make sure you say "Albondigas" out loud. Its like the most fun thing to say, ever. 'Al-bone-dee-gahs' i think! That's the fun way anyway! ha!
We took the long ride out to the Pacific Ocean while I was in San Francisco. Being a girl born by the sea, I always feel its pull on me, and it was wonderful to have some quiet time out there, just the ocean and me. I'd only seen the Pacific once before and so of course I had some fun snapping photos. Below you'll see some digital and some film (the really blue ones).
The berries and bread on the bottom are Melly's homeless people food. You run into so many of them in San Fran, and when Melly found some really cheap prices she decided to arm herself for the next homeless person asking for handouts. Of course, once she did find him, he showed her all the food he already had with him, and refused her food, asking only for money. She walked around with it the rest of the day and never was able to give it away!
The digital were processed with late day sun and San Fran Vintage (new!) presets.
Chillin' with Suki and her doggy pals Zuko and Taro was pretty much the coolest thing I could have done in San Fran. Here's the rest of my shots from the visit, film (bottom) and digital (top). Jonathan was shooting all three dogs and I got to watch the shoot in action! How many people does it take to get 3 dogs to look in the same direction? You can see below...What a patient group! Jonathan even took the time to take a few really great shots of me and the flickr star, Suki...what a fun morning.
Greetings! I'm just back from a super visit home to New Jersey, and yet I'm still catching up with my California shots!
Soon I'll have time to do a photo dump on this visit, but here's a little teaser...
A lil preview for mom and dad from my first maternity shoot. I might be spoiling it, since these were some of the best shots, but they are getting me excited to work on the rest!
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