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My favorite downtown view

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When thinking about where I live, I have a few spots that visually really bring me peace. The church on Market with the huge stain glass flower, the view of the sunset from my backyard or of the moonrise from the marina. This one is also one of my favorites. It’s the view from the bridge nearest the yummy Corner Bakery.

My favorite downtown view

My favorite downtown view

We go this way when we take Noah to work, or when we are driving to visit Scott at the Wharf. It’s a lovely little spot to stop and take a snap. I’ve shared it here before but I felt this shot got a clearer image than the last one. Do you see why it’s easy to be at peace living here? I love it, and would love to stay for the rest of my life and to stop being a “come here” and start being a “stay here”. We will see, only time will tell.

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Things aren’t always as they appear

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My camera was refusing to let the light in, but I love how these turned out.

My camera was refusing to let the light in, but I love how these turned out.

Scott and the boys watching as the crazy sun goes down.

Scott and the boys watching as the crazy sun goes down.

This is the last one I took before my camera finally started responding to my bossy commands.

This is the last one I took before my camera finally started responding to my bossy commands.

 

These pictures are a prime example of why shooting in manual can be challenging, and they’re also a prime example of how things aren’t always as they appear. It was NOT a dark day, and these pictures really should have been MUCH brighter, yet here they are, coming off my sd card and into your eyeballs just like that.

Visuals can be deceiving. That lady with the tattoos is really- really nice, and the teen girl with the purple mohawk has a toddler that she takes for a walk around the neighborhood every single night right out of pure love. That really  smelly and tired looking man just pulled a LONG shift at the local poultry place, so he could take care of his “five head o’ young’un” including one that’s heading off to college in the fall.  Everyone has a story, but can you hear it? Everyone, EVERYONE needs your grace, your compassion and your mercy.

Something I’ve been praying and singing a lot lately, “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on me” and I change it up “Lord have mercy on her, and him, and them.” Lord have mercy.

When you don’t know how to pray, you can always pray for mercy.

trying something new

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On my quest to get a good black and white using only what I already have (because I’m cheap just like my cheap camera!) I’m going to try getting shots with my in camera option of black and white. Here’s what I’ve shot so far today.

Me right out of the shower. Not sure why the pout face, I feel dumb smiling when it's just me taking the picture.

Today’s goal is to get a few portraits of my kids and some friends coming over. What is your creative goal for the day?

I need help! I have NO IDEA how to do a “good” black and white image.

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my baby brother

 

my dad

 

my husband

 

my mom

 

Okay, I really wanted these in black and white but I’m NOT happy with how they turned out. What can I do? I don’t have photoshop or lightroom so those are out. I use my microsoft editing OR picnik to edit the pictures. I never like the plain black and white action, so I usually just de-saturate as much as possible. What can I do? Help!!

 

 

Before and After

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Below you’ll see the picture I posted last week followed by a fairly dramatic edit. The original is not SOOC, I did boost the color a bit. For the second one I used my membership at picnik.com  and first ran the HDR action, then the black and white action and then the contrast level to increase the blacks. I was inspired by an article on DPS here.

Shelter, before and after

 

So what do you think? I don’t usually do a lot to my pictures, maybe an exposure adjustment or a color boost but I’m not one for tricks like adding flare or softening a picture or even much touch ups on pimply faces. What about you? What’s your post process style? What tricks have you got up your sleeves to make your pictures unique to you? Where you get inspiration to try something new? Have you checked out DPS yet?

P.S. I like the second one, but I really prefer the first one better. I love the misty background and the color of the earth and leaves. It really gives a sense of life but also season. The black and white version looks more lonely and cold to me. Which one do you prefer and why?