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A picture is worth … (Part 1)

August 29, 2011

After going through our wedding pictures MANY times (have I mentioned how happy they make me?), there were several I knew couldn’t simply stay tucked away on the DVDs.

Well, okay, there were more than several, but I picked my top four and kindly asked Amberlee to watermark them. All are also black and white. Imagine that. Ha!

I guess you could say I’m creating my own Moment Junkie-like posts.

Today is the first of the four-part series. 🙂

Bridal Feet

(Amberlee Christey Photography)

I love this picture because it’s unique to me. Of all the wedding pictures I looked at while planning ours, I never remember seeing one of the bride’s feet as she put on her dress.

Oh, I’m sure they exist. But I’m not going to go looking for them because it’ll ruin my fun. 😉

I also love it – and the entire series of me getting dressed – because I don’t remember sitting in the chair. I don’t clearly remember getting into my dress. I don’t even remember pictures being taken. Let me tell you what I do remember …

Wiggling into a Spanx inside a tiny room with just my mom there … Opening the door to find the photographers, bridesmaids and flower girls anxiously waiting to help me into my dress.

Annnnnnd … That’s it.

Several days after the wedding I even remember thinking to myself, “I wonder if they even got pictures of me getting dressed?”

It was a silly and ridiculous thought, but completely natural when you don’t even remember getting dressed up.

What lessons did I learn?

  •  Believe anyone who tells you the day will be a blur.
  • Amberlee borrows Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak for weddings. 😛

😀

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Linky linkies

August 27, 2011

Howdy ho, dear readers!

It’s Saturday!! I hope you all are as excited about that as I am. It’s been a crazy week and I’ve enjoyed doing nothing today. 😀

As some of you already know, my photography class wasn’t what I anticipated so I dropped it. It was one of those situations where I just “knew” it wasn’t going to get better. Given I was spending time away from the office – and an obscene amount of money even WITH a tuition waiver – I opted to walk away.

I was mad. I was sad. I was annoyed.

Thankfully, I have some amazing friends who lifted my spirits. Amberlee offered to let me shoot some pictures with her. Heidi found some great (and reasonably priced) online courses for me. Countless others offered condolences. I’m definitely a lucky woman!

I went to bed Thursday night on a high note – vowing to teach myself.

I’m currently reading Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson:

This book is great because the author explains the technicalities of exposure without tons of big words. He uses easy-to-understand examples (like describing ISO as worker bees). He also offers exercises periodically that allow you to implement what you’ve been reading.

I’ve also been exploring several websites:

31 Days to a Better Photo Series – My 3 Boybarians

~Self-explanatory. Addresses different aspects of photography each day.

I Heart Faces

~A source for weekly challenges, tutorials, templates, etc. Also gave a great example of getting bokeh with your kit lens. I knew from first snap I wasn’t going to be able to open the aperture (to get the great shallow depth of field) as wide as I wanted with the lens that came with my camera, so this was a good confidence booster.

Photography with Jessica – Shabby Blogs

~Along the same lines of the book with user-friendly answers for all kinds of photography questions. By far my favorite entry is the one about lighting.

Pioneer Woman Photography

~Haven’t really had time to dig too deep into this one, but I’ve read rave reviews about it.

And here’s the class I plan on taking this fall:

Superhero Photo

Join my friend Paula and I if you want! We can swap pictures. 😀

***Just so you don’t think I’ve completely abandoned the wedding goodies, there are possibly two (maybe three) exciting things on the horizon this week. Stay tuned! 😀

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Hello, Morgantown!

August 11, 2011

I love my little city.

Even though I’m not originally from Morgantown, I’ve been here long enough to claim it as mine. After all, I remember when the Hotel Morgan was “Hot Organ”. 😉 My friends and I actually still call it that. Yeah.

Anyway …

I’ve always wanted to take a picture of Motown from a point high above. I want to look at the picture and be able to identify all of the landmarks. If some day we ever leave home, I want to have a visible reminder of where we came from.

Tuesday evening while I was out chasing clouds, Randy drove behind WalMart in the University Town Centre. I looked to my right and realized the picture I’d always wanted to take was right in front of me. Randy stopped the car; I jumped out and over the guardrail, and captured my favorite picture of this week:

😀

In the runner-up spot, “Goodnight, Moon”:

I took this last night standing in the parking lot behind my house. I wanted to use my tripod (that I’ve never used for my video camera), but I didn’t have the patience to figure it out in the dark. So … this was captured with a 70-200 mm lens and me standing as still as possible.

Just in case I don’t blog again until late next week … I’m off to the WV State Fair Mon. – Thurs. for work. I’m sure I’ll find all kinds of people and animals to photograph, but I’m on a mission to get the ferris wheel at night. Weeee!

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Cakes and sunsets make me happy

August 9, 2011

I’m very much in love with my new camera.

Everywhere I went last week, it went. Well, except to the bars on Saturday night. I don’t quite trust myself enough to carry it while partaking in alcoholic beverages. It would have been fun to have, though. 😉

This is probably my favorite picture of the Last Week Lot:

Mmm … Cake!

Randy and I went to Apple Annie’s, a down home restaurant in Point Marion, Pa., to celebrate his birthday. While the food is good, the place is best-known for its larger-than-life desserts. I just had to take a picture of them. Of course, given the sign in the background, it would have been fitting to have pieces of PIE sitting on the counter. 🙂

This week’s conquests are sunlight and sunsets.

I walked outside last night and saw lots and lots of fluffy clouds covering the sky. I knew immediately the sunset would be fantastic! Every time I’m at the University Town Centre, I always try to scope out places to take pictures of the sky. The soon-to-be car lot across from WalMart was almost perfect last night. I write almost because it was a muddy mess, so I couldn’t climb on top of the mound of dirt like I wanted. In hindsight, I should have switched to a longer lens; however, I’m satisfied for a first attempt.

I’m proud to say all of these photos were taken in Manual. While I definitely prefer Aperture Priority (right now), I don’t want to limit myself. I figure the only way to learn is to start tinkering. All pictures (except for the car) are deliberately underexposed since I’m a fan of silhouettes. But, I obviously didn’t pay close enough attention to my light meter (and where I was metering). That’s why I used Photoshop to give them some more color.  So you can see the difference, I’ve put the Before (left) and After (right) side-by-side:

These two were taken in the parking lot behind the Fairfield Inn. It’s a toss-up for which is my favorite:

And this one was taken at the boat launch in Star City: