It’s been forever since I joined a photo challenge, but now that we’re a bit more settled with the house and everything, I want to get back into it again. Not only is it fun, but it forces me to use my camera more – which I need sometimes!
It’s been a very long time since I’ve participated in photo challenges. In fact, I don’t think I’ve done any in 2011 (or very few anyway).
I already had these photos taken a day or two before the themes were announced, so I figured, I may as well join up this week and share some of my more “artistic” photography!
This one is for Perceptive Perspective’s theme of “Window Light.” I’m not sure if this is what she meant by it, but I have actually been meaning to take this photo for a while and finally did last week! My sister’s cats love to sit in the front window, between the curtain and window, in the mornings, creating some really awesome light/shadow shots!
Next is a photo, I’ll be honest, that I’m not entirely thrilled with. I’m not sure if I screwed up the editing on it or what, but some of the colors look like they’re glowing (anyone want to help me figure out why, I’d really love to learn!). It’s for Faith’s Simplicity theme of “Colorful” (at least it fits well, right?).
This last one is my favorite one, by far! It’s one of the cute babies from our Bible study (there’s 5 of them now…hopefully more on the way soon!). I used one of the black and white actions from Mandy over at a sorta fairytale and I think this is my new favorite action to get awesome black and white images. I love high contrast images, and this particular action does it so well! I think I also used PW’s eye pop action (I’m to lazy to look up what it’s actually called). I’m linking up with Live Every Moment’s black and white theme.
I must say, it actually feels great to be doing this again! I have learned so much on the editing end that I feel like my images have improved a lot over the past few months! I’m excited to use these challenges to continue learning more!
I haven’t entered in any photo challenges in a rather long time – December was just a crazy month (I even tried to make it not crazy, which was unsuccessful)!
So, here are a couple of photos I’ve taken over the past week…which just happen to fit some of the challenges this week, as well!
This one is for Simplicity’s White on White theme. I must say that I am loving shooting in RAW. I feel like even if my exposure in camera is awful and my white balance is way off, I can have a decent shot at actually fixing it (though I admit I still have a lot to learn about white balance…it’s one of those thing that didn’t exist on film cameras, which is what I learned on when I was in high school!).
This is Mikayla. She’s the adorable almost 11-month-old daughter of one of my college roommates. Since realizing we live just 5 minutes away from each other, we’ve baby-sat Mikayla twice and she’s been so much fun! She’s probably one of the most laid-back, easy-going babies I have ever met! I’m not totally thrilled with this photo since I had to use the flash (there just wasn’t enough light inside), and shot it on full-auto, which meant no RAW image (BOOO!!!). At least her cute adorableness makes up for the poor technical qualities of the image! I’m entering it in a new-to-me challenge at Live Every Moment. The theme this week is anything!
The weekly scavenger hunted hosted by Ashley has been one of the most consistent photo challenges I’ve participated in and is definitely one I am going to continue. I like having 5 things over the course of the week and it’s fun to go through my photos at the end of the week to see how I can make the photos I’ve taken fit the categories (though I admit I sometimes fudge a little and take some photos from a few days before that week…shhh, don’t tell!).
So, here are my finds for this week!
So, that’s it for this week! For more Scavenger Hunt photos, check out Ramblings and Photos!
I never intended to be away from my blog for two weeks. Time just flew by as I spent some time evaluating what I want this blog to be and how blogging will fit into my life. It was actually kind of nice to not have to worry about sorting and editing photos, writing a blog post, uploading photos, linking to memes, etc. I was able to enjoy the craziness that December has been so far!
You see, for the past two weeks, almost every night, my hubby and I have had somewhere to be in the evening. Wednesdays are our small group Bible study. We started taking Early Childhood Education classes that meet for 3 hours once a week (but we’re taking two classes, so that’s two nights a week). We’ve had a Christmas party, a trip to Disneyland, and of course, church (in the new building!).
Oh, and don’t forget Christmas shopping (DONE! Just waiting on one more thing in the mail and I have 2 or 3 little things to make) and Christmas decorating (DONE!) and Christmas cards (not quite done…hopefully early this week!).
So, what I’ve pretty much decided while being away, is that I’m probably only going to be participating in 1 or 2 photo challenges a week. I didn’t like what my blog has become – post after post of photos that I took just to fulfill an “assignment.” I felt like my creativity was being compromised because I was always looking for something to fit into a particular theme. Photography wasn’t fun anymore. It became one more thing to check off my list. I still love taking photos (though I’m glad my 365 photo challenge is only 20 days from its conclusion), but I want to work more on photographing things because I see something, not because it will fit into a particular category. I’m not saying doing what I’ve been doing is wrong for anyone else, it’s just not right for me.
I want to share my life…all the fun and exciting things that have happened and will happen, as well as the mundane and normal…and my journey on my 101 in 1001 and Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight challenges. Our little family of two also likely has some big changes coming in 2011 and I want this blog to be a place to share and celebrate those changes (for those of you wondering, we’re planning to purchase our first home and are hoping to grow our family, too).
As for the photo challenge I started, Lens Art…it’s on hiatus indefinitely. I would love to continue the challenge, but I just don’t have the time or energy for it right now. I thank all of you who did participate and I loved seeing your photographic artwork!
So, with all that said, I do have a long list of blog posts to catch up on…mostly 101 in 1001 related, but there’s a lot that’s happened in the past month and a half or so that I haven’t posted here yet. I hope to see you all around still, even if it’s just to read about boring ol’ me.
Does it seem like the past week was really two weeks long to anyone else? It’s like we had two weekends almost – Thursday and then now the real weekend. I don’t know about you, but my days have been all mixed up! At least I’ve been productive – my goal was to be done with Christmas stuff this weekend so I could enjoy the season instead of rushing around – I’ve made some major progress, and the majority of it should be finished tomorrow with my very-likely-full-day shopping extravaganza, which is why I’m posting this now…
It is indeed (almost) Sunday, which means it’s time to reveal my finds for this week’s scavenger hunt.
So, I didn’t actually eat this on Thanksgiving, but believe it or not, I didn’t take a single photo of Thanksgiving this year. Yep, major fail. This recipe is actually a BBQ pork chop slow cooker recipe that’s super easy and very tasty!
Trees are historic right? Especially the big, tall ones? Yeah, a stretch, I know…but I like the shot.
I totally LOVE this photo. I want to play with it more…add some textures, play with different variations on the color/mood, stuff like that. I considered using this image for this week’s Scripture and a Snapshot, but I’m coming up way short on a verse that I feel really connects with this shot (though it seems to be screaming for one…I’m sure God will bring it to me at just the right time).
This was the finish line of the race I ran on Thanksgiving morning (a 5K for those of you who are new around here). These were some of the runners crossing the finish line of the race before mine. (More on my race in another post coming soon!)