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Photography for fun

It's not often these days that I get to take pictures just because I want to.  Sure, I did that when we vacationed in Mexico, but taking the time to edit and color correct all of those pictures always seems like a daunting task when I have PLENTY of other pictures to sort though for, you know, pay.  When I was invited to a photo walk with my friend Erin and her co-worker, I decided it might be a nice time to take a handful of pictures that I could quickly and easily sort through.  Quick and easy was right, I only took around 30 pictures, and I like about half of them (amazing!). 


Since I was taking time for me, I gave each image two looks.  Some of them I like both, some only one, and a couple I did so quickly that they just look over processed, but this is for FUN so, who cares.*



Doesn't the color of the river just make you want to grab some lunch?


That's better




I seriously could not get this image to do what I wanted and what I was left with reminded me of a business card. Voila!


I couldn't really get the composition on this one the way that I wanted because of a hard sun behind me casting a shadow on the dandelion field. 



This is definitely my favorite of the day.  I like the 2nd version a tiny bit better, even though it's amost exactly the same. 


I added a layer to create a bit more softness on this one, an I think it makes the water/lines/bokeh a little more magical. <Swoon>


Oh, I do like this one a lot too.  I have to admit I blew out the sky in post and got rid of some clouds, but it was pretty close to this to begin with


I might make a print out of this one.  I love adding a light pink hue to otherwise industrial or manly things.  It adds just a touch of romance (because I'm such a gushing romantic)


I am happy to admit I totally went overboard in post on this one.  But if I spent time on making this look perfect, the blog post would never happen, and then Erin would be mad at me.



I like the B&W version of this SO much more


I was kind of sad Annie didn't have her hair in Pigtails today, but her adorable shirt and cardigan combo totally made up for it.  I would wear this outfit in a heartbeat.

Another one that feels SO different in color and B&W.  I like them both, but the B&W reminds me of my days in the dark room. 

The only reason I like this one is the vantage point.  Usually you just see the stone arch bridge with downtown in the background.  This way you see a modern boring office building!


One of my biggest challenges as a wedding photographer is taking pictures in well known Twin Cities locations and getting those pictures to look different from everyone elses.  Certainly we all have our own aesthetic, use different settings, lighting and poses, but the stone arch bridge is always going to the Stone Arch Bridge.  I tried to approach our walk with the same mentality. How'd I do? 


Many thanks to Janelle for organizing the walk!  It was great to finally meet you and be the subject of your portrait lesson :)

*Since I wanted to get all of this up on the internet, I did all of my post work on my laptop which I would NEVER do for paying clients. My apologies for muddy and inconsistent colors.

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Reader Comments (4)

Nice photos! The wide gold medal and north star ones are beautiful!

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicki

I just love these. I keep coming back to look at them again and again, and not just because my kid is in one :) If you're getting yourself a print of the north star photo, pick up one for me too :)

I actually LOVE the color photo of the rusted whatchamathing - something about rusted metal in color gets me every time. And that B&W skyline/river view is beautiful. Definitely makes me nostalgic for the darkroom days.

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I came across your blog while looking at Outstanding in the Field. Looking at your pictures, it made me think of this photo contest.
You should enter!

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikoline

Kate, this looks like fun-- and I'm glad that you could just take some pictures or fun!
I can't wait to hire you to take our pictures again,
best to you and K,

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie O-R

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