Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Well hello there, stranger.

I know I've been SUCH a slacker on updating my blog. I'm soo sorry. I promise to be better at it this year. Probably. Hopefully. ;-) I won't make any promises but I'm going to try to post at least once a week and post at least one photo weekly. That's do-able, right? I'm addicted to instagram and I'm constantly taking photos with my iPhone (which has a pretty darn good camera, I might say) so it shouldn't be that much harder to pull out the DSLR. I have my own computer now so no excuses that Carlos was being a computer hog.

Anyway, for my first post of the year I'm going to post a few pictures of what we've been up to since the last time I posted:

A little heavier on the edit than what I normally do but I had just downloaded a trial of Alien Skin's Exposure 3 and had lots of fun playing:

Carlitos started school. Carlos took this picture. Here's his first day:

My new car. Carlos took this one too but I love how it looks like a toy car:

Experimenting with different editing styles:

Get together in the museum district with some fellow Clickin' Moms:

More fun with editing:

Christmas time! Playing with Twinkle lights:

Some of my favorites of the season:

On The Polar Express train ride in Palestine:

(A little secret about the photo above, I faked the clouds in :) I think I did a great job, does not look faked at all.)

This one Carlos took of the kids. I edited it and used his watermark stamp to give him credit:

I think I'll end on that note. There are still many pictures I need to edit from Christmas up until New Year's Day. Hopefully it doesn't take me much longer. I should put this insomnia I've been having lately to good use, huh? LOL!! Thanks for looking. I look forward to posting many, many pictures in this new year.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Film Share 2

So I got around to playing with my second roll of film, Kodak Portra 400. I am still so-so about the pictures. The low quality scans from Walgreens aren't helping but I want to get my exposure down before I spend more money on better scanning. The pictures in print look really good, however. I was satisfied with these but not too, too happy. I can see where I still need a LOT of work... getting exposure right. Hopefully when I get an external light meter that will improve my exposure, right now I have just been relying on the in-camera meter and that is not really recommended. I have a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 left so I'll play with that before I order some more film. I want to go to Downtown to photograph some buildings with the next roll so we'll see how that works out for me. For now, here are the pictures from my second roll of FILM:

This one is one of my FAVORITES!!:

This one too. Joe is SUCH a good model:

My Mille:

That's it for now (even though the roll was 36 exposures... I won't bore you with all that LOL). (Disclaimer: there was light editing on some of these... like SUPER light, mostly removing some grain, but I still wanted to point that out. The one of Joe and the first one of Mena did have a little more work done, I might post the SOOC in another post for comparison.) Thanks for reading!

Film share 1

I bought a film SLR camera last week (a Nikon F100) and it came in the mail yesterday. I was soo excited to try it out and to make sure it even worked since I bought it used. It was in "E+" condition per Adorama. It arrived perfectly, with the manual, all caps, plastic bags and everything. The only thing I needed to buy was some film. I still need to buy a strap for it too since it didn't come with one.

It uses all my current lenses and even auto focuses with them all since the motor is built in!! That's awesome! I also got some Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Film Velvia 50 (the numbers are the ISO) in 36 exposures just to play around with different brands of professional film. I was too eager to see if it even worked so I also bought some Kodak 400 film at the store in 12 exposure and that film was more expensive than the 36 exp!!! guess I'll stick to the "good kind" from now on :P. I got the film developed developed at Walgreens and their film scanner is definitely not the best so the images on the CD were pretty small and they look super grainy. I also got prints and they don't look this bad in print.

Anyway, here are the pictures. No editing on these. They are no where near perfect but this is my first time shooting manual mode on film. I need a lot more practice.

I love the bright blue sky. Aren't the colors just gorgeous! Manual Mode, Matrix metering, 1/800, f/8. Kodak Ultra Max ISO 400:

I swear they're not this grainy in print!! Manual mode, matrix metering, 1/320, f/8, Kodak Ultra Max ISO 400:

P-mode, 1/400, f/10, ISO 400:

Manual Mode, 1/200, f/8 ISO 400:

Manual Mode, 1/1000, f/8 ISO 400:

Thanks for reading! More film shares to come as I play more with the camera.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunny Grass

I love how beautifully the sun was streaking through these photos. Who knew a blade of grass could look so pretty just sitting in the sun?

A little "helping hand" came along while mommy was taking a photo of the grass so I had to move on to other "subjects":

Carlos said the sun looks like that in the photos because my lens (filter) was dirty. That may be true, but I think it still looks awesome. I got attacked by the ants after this one :-( :

One of my favorites of the day:

Thanks for reading :-)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Random Photos

Since it's been a WHILE since I updated my blog... here's a few random shares from this weekend:

Mena wanted me to take a picture of her "double stack":

This is how she likes her cookies:

The face I get when I ask her for a smile *sigh*:

A serious look:

Hmm.... maybe I like it better in B&W:

A fake smile:

UGH! This girl seriously makes me need a drink... this is MY type of drink ;-) :

I swear I took photos of Litos too. Maybe next post will be a "Litos" post. Be on the lookout, hopefully it won't take me forever to share those, lol!

Thanks for reading :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fun with Apps

A little too much fun I would say. :-)

Okay, I admit it... I was always too cheap to pay for an app. Yes, $0.99 and $1.99 was too much money for a little square on my phone. There are plenty of fun apps out there for free...right? Well, one day I got an email about "the best photography apps" of this year I was intrigued. They interviewed a few different people (/photo enthusiasts) and some of the same recommendations would come up. "Hipstamatic, really hmm?" I thought to myself. So I bought it to give it a try.

I am in love, LOVE!! I've had so much fun taking pictures of the same random things over and over again just so I could use a different "lens" and a different "film." I wanted to play with all the possible combinations. Yes, I bought all the different lenses and films they had available. My $1.99 app has cost me well over $5 now but I don't regret it. This app is just too much fun! Here are a few of my latest photos:

Those were so much fun, right? I love this app and I highly recommend it. Thanks for reading :-)