Picture the Holidays!

on 28.11.10

This is a really fun opportunity to take pictures, and capture memories! You will be sent daily prompts and you get to interpret it with your camera and share. No need for fancy equipment, any camera will do.   If you click on the picture below, it will take you to the site and you can read more about it.  The cost is $30.  Any takers........

Big Picture Classes

Cure for boredom....

on 27.11.10

This is what I do for boredom, TAKE pictures! shock..... We were waiting for our take out pizza, so I thought I better not let an opportunity pass me by.  Taking pics of vehicles on 8th st is not the most exciting subject, so I practiced panning.


This picture in color is actually pretty cool.  This boat of a car is a green color and lends itself to retro processing well!

So the lack of focus here might make one think this is an epic fail, but I rather like it.  Victoria had to drive around the block twice so I could take the picture, but traffic would not allow us to slow down enough.  That guy probably thought we were a little strange,  wouldn't be the first time  =/

Owl ~ Free Calendar

on 26.11.10

Owl Lover 2011 Calendar
Click owl and it will direct you to the website to customize and download your own calendar.


on 22.11.10

Is it still street photography if you know the person.............

Everyday Elements: Show your skills

on 21.11.10

This is a SOOC photo taken by Amanda Padgett.  Below it is my edited versions of it using PSE 7.


I started off by cleaning up the picture with EE In a hurry, and quick finish.  I brightened the catch lights in her eyes and removed a little of the dark circles.
Then I ran PW boost for a little extra punch and contrast and then I ran message in a bottle.  I did not intentially do any selective color, but I lowered on of the masks, and it left a slight color in her sweater, and I thought well, ok, maybe. Oh ya, and I cropped it.

I started with my clean edit (see above), then I ran CS Spendor B/W and played with the sliders.  I like b/w that has a touch of other tones.

Started with my clean edit (see above) then I did CS bittersweet vintage.

This one I did the same as above picture but I finished it off with PW seventies and lowered the opacity.  I think my favorite one is the last one!

Show your Skills at Everyday Elements


I am so thankful my husband is a willing recipent of my many passions.  He was about to go to bed when I convinced him to let me try out an idea I had of taking pictures of him in the dark with a flashlight.  It wasn't a complete success, but it wasn't a failure either. 

Food photography, here I come......or not.

on 17.11.10

Ok, so I am not ready to work for Martha Stewart Living just yet =/  Taking pictures of food isn't as easy as one might think.  I mean you want it look as good as it tastes, right?  I'm not sure if I achieved that.  Anyways this is Chicken Pasta Primavera and it was delicious.  I have included the recipe at the bottom.

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1 inch
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with
green chile peppers 1 pound angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
halves - cut into bite size pieces
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In addition, I also add 1 can of tomato sauce, zucchini, and season the chicken.

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook red, yellow and green bell peppers in 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic until just tender. Stir in diced tomatoes and diced tomatoes with chiles, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove to a serving bowl.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
3. While pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons oil and butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook chicken in butter mixture until juices run clear, 5 to 10 minutes. Place cooked chicken over tomato sauce and sprinkle with basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder and Parmesan. Serve with cooked pasta.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 11/17/2010

Dancing Queens

on 14.11.10

Victoria and Alyssa on Dinosaur Hill.  I posted this for the I heart faces silhouette challenge.

Show your skills!

This is Amanda's photo, SOOC (straight out of the camera)


This is my edited version, with a little retro flair.  My favorite!  I forgot to keep track of the different things I did, what I do remember is running CS Pink Glow, 
PW seventies, and texture. 

Same goes for this one, don't remember all that I did, but I did run EE Maine used the BW, did some dodge and burn, and texture.  Next time I will try and remember to write down my steps : /

Show your Skills at Everyday Elements

It's not always black and white....

on 13.11.10

I am not sure which one I like better, the black and white or the one in color.  So I included them both.


Same goes with this one but I do like how in the black and white, the shadows become more of a focus.  Both of these were taken when we went to Pactola in October.  I was using long exposures hoping to make the water look foggy, instead I turned Bramm into a ghost.  I love it when pictures surprise you!


Grave matters......

on 8.11.10

This is a grave yard in New Underwood.  I was experimenting with tilt and shift.

Black and white from the past....

on 7.11.10

This was taken during Hills Alive.  This boy caught my attention because his fedora made him look like an old soul, unless you saw his tennis shoes.

I took this picture for a photo challenge.  Making the mundane interesting.

I took this about 6 years ago while we were in Denver.  I was using a cheapo point and shoot.  We turned the corner and the visual just struck me.

During family camp, our tent was parked right next to the fish pond.  This scene reminded me of Opey.


Bramm had a football game in Newell.  When we pulled into town (if you can call it that) this church really stood out.  The sky was very blue and there was trees with bright yellow leaves, but in the end I liked it b/w with some texture.

November ~ Black and White

on 5.11.10

This month I am embarking on a very exciting assignment ~ black and white photography! Just when I thought this might be an easy assignment, I learned otherwise.  Black and white photography requires a lot more skill than you might realize.  Ansel Adams didn't just take photos with black and white film, not even close.  Not only did he learn to see tonally (you can learn this with practice), but with the technology of his time, like filters, and hours of manipulating film in the darkroom with chemicals and such,  he created beautiful captures in time.  Fast forward to modern photography, and we still use many of the same techniques in post processing just not with film (at least not as often). Here are a few things I have learned that might be helpful to you as well.

1.  Never, never, never use your b/w setting on your camera. (The exception is if you have the ability to shoot in RAW.)

2.  Low contrast situations can be ideal for b/w, don't let overcast or dark days keep you inside. (This seems a little backwards when you read the next one.)

3.  Contrast is important, it is what defines in the absence of color, although not always the goal. (think minimalism)

I will be posting most of my photos on this blog including the ones that might not fit the assignment.  My favorite ones will also be posted on my photo blog http://www.22limes.aminus3.com/.  I welcome your comments and constructive criticisms. 

October in pictures ~

on 1.11.10


Did I mention I love photo collages?  I

love seeing images that relate to each other in some

way.   This is my October in pictures.  Some were

previous posts, others are photos I just didn't get

around to posting.  Together they represent autumn,

 the past, and lots of memories.  

For example the tree in

the top left corner was taken when we took my

nephew to Sioux Park, the mini pumpkin sign on one

of our many trips to Jolly Lane, the oak leaf  when

Dean and I went to parade of homes, the fire 

was from a camping trip, the aspen leaves are from

when we went to lunch in Spearfish Canyon, the

cookies, well those are our favorite fall cookie,

pumpkin drops and the tree near the bottom was

taken at Robinsdale Park while Victoria and I waited

for Bramm during football practice. I love just seeing

it all together.