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Entries in Photowalk (2)

Thursday
May052011

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

 

Classic

 

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.

Tuesday
Mar312009

Photowalk

My friend Melissa convinced me to do a photowalk with her downtown last Friday. I only say convinced because although we approach April rapidly, temperatures were not terribly cooperative. I don't even know where my gloves are because it was 66 degrees some weeks ago. We decided to go shoot people downtown, which is always an adventure.



People are so curious about people with cameras.

"Are you students?" "Ah, no, but I'm glad I still pass for one :)"



"Are you professionals?" "Umm..."

This is a weird question for me. People pay me to take photographs. I don't sell "prints" but I get paid. I guess that makes me a professional... but wait, I don't make a living off it... so semi-pro? Freelance? Adjunct? Is "kinda" an appropriate answer? Whatever.



We got some good shots and it was great to go out and see another persons vantage point of the place and people.



From my lens:



I couldn't help but add some grain to this image and make it black and white. It reminds me of the stuff I shot in high school on HP-5 Film(for better or for worse)







Oh! I forgot to mention I rented the 85mm 1.8 lens for the day. I was hoping to rent the 1.4 but I didn't think to reserve it. It's still a great lens that's incredibly sharp and fast. It's on my list of "things to buy" in 2009.






























This guy thought my name was Karen. I said, nope, but can I take your picture? He said yes and this his how he posed. Bad ass.



























And Melissa's shots:






Melissa is a big architecture shooter... she just couldn't help herself!


















These two were super cute.




It was right around the time of this shot a security guard told us to stop shooting. I asked I we could get permission from mall management, so we went and laid on the charm. It totally worked! I've heard nothing but bad things about people trying to deal with the "mall management" when taking pictures, so this was a fun surprise.








This guy talked our ear off after she captured this shot.


















Ahh, quintessential downtown shot.