Here is one photograph of my daughter that I absolutely love. The lighting was extraordinary and her expression is pricless. When I took this picture I didn't know that it would turn out this good. It was just one of those accidental jems. The photo on the bottom I have edited focal black and white. I haven't bought a good picture editing program yet. The only one I have right now is that free one you can download from the web: Picasa. The focal black and white feature on Picasa only gives you a circular area to select with. Eventually I'd like to get a program that lets you draw around edges and also lets you select more than one area to keep color. Right now I can't do eyes, unless the photo is a person's side view, because I would need to be able to select two areas. If anyone knows of a free program, for now, that does these things please leave a comment on this entry letting me know where to find it. I would really appreciate it. Anyway, for now, this is the best I can do...just blur the edges of my selection...so it's harder to see that I can't select around the specific shape of the flower. If I had a better program, I would have probably left her lips in color as well.
I took these with my parent-in-laws' camra. They have the date feature set on their camra which I was unaware of until after I took the pictures and now there's no way I can remove the date. But I loved how they turned out.
This blog is actually my second on Blogger. I decided to create it for the sole purpose of journal-ing my picture taking. I wanted to make a seperate place for pictures so I don't just stockpile a bunch of them on my other blog "With All my Love, Mommy", which is really more about the writing and updates on the children. But there are so many more pictures that I would love to share, so I thought a second blog would be the perfect way to pursue that.
I have developed an interest in picture taking that goes a little beyond snapshots on a disposable. I am no expert, believe me. I have a lot to learn and I don't have the proper equiptment to be a professional. That, I am not! But I hope to be someday, LORD willing.
This blog will be a little web album of my progress...mostly for my benefit, but also for the reason of sharing with family and friends.
On that subject, I'd like to take a moment to mention a few people...
Aunt Diane, who is a phenomonal Nature Photographer and who has encouraged me and given me advice.
Pat Fidler, a good friend who is very talented, and has worked her way to being an absolutely awesome Family Life Photographer. See her @ patfidler.com.
And my dear friend and sister, Christie, (I love and miss you a lot), who takes georgeous pictures of her children in the yard and such...and who gets questioned at the Walmart Photocenter beacause they think, surely she must be trying to illegaly reprint "Proffessional Shoot" pictures. The fact is, she is just really good. So as annoying as it must be to be questioned, it's actually somewhat of a compliment, I'd say!
To all of you, I hope to someday follow in your very talented footsteps.
I would also like to take a moment to thank my father-in-law and my precious husband, who have a great deal of faith in me, and who have prodded me to use my ability on a proffessional level. I love you both. Dad, the first picture (large black and white at the top) is for you. I know it is your favorite.
And last, but not at all least, my Savior, who graciously bestowed on me any talent I poses, to whom I give due praise for the ability to use it, and who is the one solely responsible for anything of worth on this page.
Thank you everyone for taking time to view my photography!