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Posted 28 January, 2009 by Carol | No comments

Snow Days

Rebekah playing in the snow, originally uploaded by calligraphycarol.

The first snow of 2009! We had a few inches of snow on Tuesday, so the kids went out and shoveled the driveway and built snow forts and a snowman. I didn’t have a chance to take many pictures, but the girls were compliant and let me take their picture.

Posted 23 January, 2009 by Carol | No comments

Obamiconme

Thanks to a flickr friend for the link to this website: obamiconme.pastemagazine.com. You can do your own poster! :) If you visit, add mine as a favorite! :) This is my daughter, Rebekah…she was a very willing model.

You can make your own Obamicon, too!

You can make your own Obamicon, too!

Posted 10 September, 2008 by Carol | No comments

“The Coolest Place for Digital Photography Hobbyists”

That title is the tag line for http://www.dumpr.net/
It IS a pretty cool place to go if you want to make an interesting avatar. You can have your face on a museum wall, or made into a puzzle or Rubik’s cube, or be the center of attention for the paparazzi.
Try it yourself, it’s fun!

Posted 4 September, 2008 by Carol | No comments

2008 Worldwide Photowalk Winners!!

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk 2008

Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby made his unenviable decision about the winner(s) of his Worldwide Photo Walk! He posted the Grand Prize Winner and ten runner ups, which are all amazing photographs. I found a link on NAAP that has all the winners from each city, too.
My heartfelt congratulations go to Suhaimi and all of the other winners. I want to thank Scott Kelby for organizing this amazing opportunity to share our passion of photography with other enthusiasts. I appreciate him taking the time to share his insight on why he chose the winners, too. It was inspiring to behold them through his eyes and get a different perspective on how they spoke to him.
I was an humbled and honored to have my photo chosen for Jeff Revell’s evening group in DC. My sincere gratitude to all the leaders around the world who volunteered to host a Photo Walk in their city. It is inspiring to behold the different submissions from all over the world, and it made me feel like for one brief moment, the whole world was united in purpose…to show the beauty in everyday life. It brought true meaning to the saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and feels as though the world is just a little bit closer.

Posted 28 August, 2008 by Carol | No comments

A Dream Come True

Winning Photo of the DC evening group on the Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk

Still Waters, Winning Photo of the DC evening group on the Scott Kelby

I WON!!

Jeff Revell chose my photograph, Still Waters, as the winner of the DC evening group during Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk! What an honor!

Last Saturday, Bill and I, and our son, Caleb, were privileged to be a part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk, with the evening DC group. It is slated to be a yearly event since it was so well received: over 7,000 participants all over the world, not to mention those who did their own personal photo walk because their city wasn’t a host.

Jeff Revell was the host of not one, but TWO, photo walks for the metro area since there was such a huge response from people wanting to join in. So he had the difficult task of choosing just one winner for each group out of over 1100 submitted photos. After seeing the submitted photos, I did not envy him.  They were all great!

Since he chose one of my photographs as a winner, I will get a free copy of Scott Kelby’s newest book about the Lightroom 2 software!! I used LR2 to process all the pictures I took on the Photowalk, and I’m already a big fan! I can’t wait to get his book and find out how to use all its features!

This also means my photo will go to the next round and be judged along with over 200 other city winners by Scott Kelby for the HUGE grand prize package!!

Hmm…can you tell I’m excited? Lots of exclamation points! I just want to thank everyone at Photoshop User magazine, http://www.scottkelby.com Scott Kelby and his staff, and Jeff Revell for having such an enjoyable opportunity to get to know other photography enthusiasts. Can’t wait for the next one!

Posted 22 August, 2008 by Carol | No comments

He loves me!

Our wedding day

Our wedding day

Bill and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary this August. If you want to get a good laugh, check out our wedding photo from 1982. Yes, Bill had an afro! I must admit the afro was MY idea…I talked him into getting a perm, because I loved the natural, soft curls he had when his hair was wet.

I can still remember the look on his Dad’s face when I was perming his hair to get those soft curls I thought were so handsome. As I was putting in the curlers, his Dad was in the room reading the paper. He pulled the newspaper aside to peer over his glasses to look at his 6’3″ submarine sailor son wearing curlers, shook his head and went back to reading the paper. LOL! I guess he was prepared for anything by then…Bill was the one who enlisted in the navy at 18 and told his parents after it was official, and it was his idea to get his ear pierced and wear an earring before it was the popular thing to do. Bill didn’t mind having such an easy hair style back then…he called it his “wake and shake” hair. :)

We had a relaxing and fun day together on the day after our anniversary; sleeping in, shopping, shooting pictures, eating out and going to a movie. Sleeping in is a luxury we don’t have any more with the current work and school schedules. Speaking of luxuries, Bill went overboard and bought me a new camera lens that we’ve been wanting for taking pictures of ballet. I am now the proud owner of a Tamron 70-200mm, F2.8 lens! It’s AWESOME! The only drawback is that it is as heavy as a small child! It even comes with its own tripod mount! We went to take pictures of the beautiful landscapes and some barns that Bill passes everyday on his commute, and ended up meeting a man who owns a horse ranch and he invited us to take pictures of his wife teaching his grandkids to ride. It was such a pleasant surprise. The new lens performed beautifully. I’ll soon try and put up some photos that I took with it.

In the mean time, here’s a page I made about the new lens. I thought dh deserved a little shout out about it for being so thoughtful!

Posted 2 August, 2008 by Carol | No comments

WorldWide PhotoWalk

clipped from www.photoshopuser.com
We’re going to the Worldwide Photowalk! It’s a chance to mingle with fellow photographers and shoot pictures of DC. It should be a fun adventure!

blog it

Posted 28 July, 2008 by Carol | No comments

{PH}UN PHOTOGRAPHY LINKS

Today I was googling (yes, it’s an actual verb now) different photography sites, and came across a couple of links I would like to share with you.

I started drooling when I saw the Hallmark Institute of Photography’s 40-week long Photography School. I read about it on a blog that turned out to be their Mamiya Award of Excellence winner for 2008, Paul Nordmann. Check out the student galleries..they are so impressive!

I was discussing photography with a friend who said she wanted to learn how to use her camera, and I pointed her to Digital-Photography-School website as a great place to start. I love the bite-sized topics he has on his blog giving tips and “how-tos” for all kinds of different effects, as well as basic photography.

Scott Kelby, the founder of NAPP and Photoshop User magazine, and author of LOTS of photography books, has been hinting at a special event coming up on August 23rd, and he released information about it today! He is sponsoring a Worldwide Photowalk, an event where local photographers of all different skill levels get together and walk around shooting pictures for two hours, and then go and oogle over them at a restaurant nearby. I knew Bill would LOVE doing that (except for the heat), so I signed us up. It sounds like a lot of fun, and there are some really exciting prizes for the grand prize winner. More drooling.!

One more link I found recently has been sucking me in more often than I like to admit – the Wordle.net site. It is an AMAZING website where you can demonstrate the old saying, “A picture is worth 1000 words” literally! It takes any text you write (even from a website or blog) and makes a word cloud out of them, enlarging the words you repeat to emphasize them. Try it out for yourself!

Make your own \"wordle\" at wordle.net--free!

Posted 25 July, 2008 by Carol | No comments

Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!

Whenever I browse the portrait photography in Flickr or on other photography websites, I notice what makes the great ones stand out from the amateur ones is the sharpness of the eyes, and the bright, white, shiny “catch lights.” The key to a good portrait is having the focus be on the eyes; the rest of the photograph doesn’t have to be in focus, as long as the eyes are, and those catch lights make the eyes sparkle and give them dimension.

I have found that many photographers I admire use a 50mm prime lens for portraits, because it gives a great depth of field, where the background is out of focus, and the eyes are in sharp focus. Bill has a really nice 50mm lens that is a GREAT deal…only around $100.  I have been coveting this lens, but on my Nikon D40 it doesn’t have automatic focusing, and, unfortunately, my aging eyes make it difficult to focus on manual. I was determined to give it a try anyway, to see if I could get away with ordering one for myself, so the other day I was experimenting while visiting a friend. I found that if it was light enough outside, I was able to get it in focus some of the time. As sunset came closer, I couldn’t see well enough to focus on the eyes.

I took some pictures of my friend’s 3-month-old baby, and a couple of her other children, with awesome catch lights and sharp eyes. If you look closely, you can even see my shadow in his eyes! Infants’ eyes are always so beautiful–they’re HUGE and sparkle, and they tend to just stare right at the camera, while the older kids get bored so much more quickly! Here are some examples of the 50mm lens and those awesome catch lights! You can find some tips on how to get them from digital-photography-school.com, a great site for learning more about photography! Here’s the link: An Introduction to Catch Lights

Eyes That Sparkle

Eyes That Sparkle

Posted 12 June, 2008 by Carol | No comments

Putting On A New Face

Having a large family, we know how difficult it is to get even ONE good family picture where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. Thankfully, Photoshop can save the day, or portrait in this case. I was editing a group photo and couldn’t find any one photograph where everyone looked good, so I chose one that had the most people smiling, and replaced the silly looking faces with the same person’s smiling face from another shot, then rotated the replacement until it fit into the original photo. I erased the original face with a soft edged brush so that when the layers were merged, it looked picture perfect! I read a tutorial from the Digital Scrapbook Magazine that describes this process.