April 28, 2009

I ♥ Faces - reflection part 2

I wasn't sure if I had an image for the adult category, but as I was going through some of the images I still need to process, I came across this one which fit this weeks category - reflection.
So here is my adult entry...

Reflection-adult01

April 27, 2009

I ♥ Faces - Reflection

The theme at I ♥ Faces this week is reflection.
Here is my entry for the kids category.

Reflection

April 26, 2009

Baseball

I finally took the camera to the ball field.
My favorite pictures though are not the ones of them actually playing ball.
They are the the ones that tell me a story.
The ones that evoke emotion in me.

T-ball

baseball

April 18, 2009

I ♥ Faces Fix It Friday


I just got this book, which I am really excited about.
I decided to join in on the Fix-It Friday fun, to try out some of the new things I've learned.
I made all adjustments using Photoshop CS4.

Here is the original image...

Here are a few fixes that I did...

For the above image, I started by running a couple of actions: TRA Boutwell's Magic Glasses (free), and then TRA select-o-sharp on just the boy.
Next I cropped in closer.
Then I adjusted the red using the TAT (Targeted Adjustment Tool) in the Hue/Saturation panel. (This is my favorite new tool that I've learned about from my new book.) The boys face seemed to be glowing red before making this step.
Flatten layers.
Blur background a little more using a layer mask with lens blur.
Run free MCP action touch of light/touch of dark and darken the background with my brush at 30%.
Use TAT again in the Hue/Saturation panel to make the pants a true red and take away the fuzziness.
Add a border.
Flatten and save.
I made 2 different black & white versions, starting from my fixed version of the image.

If you have Photoshop and feel limited in your knowledge and ability to use the program, I HIGHLY recommend getting Scott Kelby's book for the version of Photoshop (or Lightroom) that you have.

April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

life & death

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)
Ephesians 2:4-5 NLT

April 8, 2009

Aaarrrgghhh!!!

Molly, what does a pirate say?

Aarrrgh!!!

April 5, 2009

Photoblog

Many of you have asked when Bruce and I would start a photo blog. Well I'm finally doing it. I'm not sure how often I will have something to post here, but this is the start.
And I can't start a photoblog without a picture. So here it is...

boys-in-tree1

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Why photography with an eternal purpose?

In 2008 I read a book by Francis Chan called Crazy Love. While reading that book, I was challenged in the way I gave back to God. Tithing couldn't be enough anymore, but our family lived to the end of our means - without any margin for God to use. So I prayed about how that could change. This venture is one of the ways I have responded to the answer to that prayer. A photography business where God gets the majority of the earnings to use for His purposes.
I'm not sure what that fully looks like yet, but I'm excited for the potential of what God is going to do.
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