Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Challenge 5

Challenge 5 was to have a macro shot, time photo, and personal space photos. Well I combined my time photo with some my macro shots. My husband brought me flowers so I used them. This first one is not the time shots. But I really like the way it came out. The time photos are okay not exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted to do something in PSE6, but didn't have the opportunity to sit and play. Anyway this flower came home partially opened and I took a photo of it every morning at 10 am for 4 days. Unfortunately the one when it was barely opened didn't come out at all, and the third day was barely changed. So here is time passing in a flower on day 2 and day 4.
Next is personal space. This one I think I'll turn into a scrap page. This is my laptop and where I spend most of my computer time. My laptop is all about my scrapping, photography, and blogging stuff. I also read books, my Bible in this spot, help Brinn with her homework even the occasional TV show. (Being sick lately I'm limited in activity so this has been my little world.) Here is the same spot from a distance. I love that part of my couch reclines. Recliners may not be popular for interior designers, but they are comfy. And as Brinn says this one is girl size.

Here is the tour of my scrap/craft room. This is my computer station, has my printers, and I bring my laptop in to do any work I may need to print. Or use my wireless mouse with.
This is my creative space. My 2 Ikea tables put together in an L shape. This room is suppose to be a dinning room. But we eat in the kitchen. Formal dinning is over rated.
As you've figured out by now my room is purple and green, my 2 favorite colors. I actually got the color inspiration from a pair of underwear I saw at Target. I bought them and showed hubby these are the colors I want for my room. He laughed and said ok but you can't bring the underwear to Home Depot to match the paint. We'll go pick up samples and you can match them at home.
This is my storage center. Yes I repainted it and modified it. A friend of mine gave it to me when she sold her house. That along with the cabinet on my desk which use to be a bathroom storage cabinet, and the other hutch which was part of an old desk, took me 8 days to paint, and 3 trips to the chiropractor. I'm still working on the organizing of that monster. It takes up a full wall.
The picture above and below are just closer views of my work space. I'm not sure why Yoda is in my pass through to the living room. He's usually on a speaker in the movie room. Oh well he does match.
And to answer the big question, No it's not always this neat. Maybe that's another challenge show us what your workspace "really" looks like.

Thanks for stopping by. I don't have any tips. Except maybe to make sure you have an idea how to use a program before you plan a challenge around it.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Portraits Challenge 4

I didn't get to go out and take to many new portraits or classic type portraits, with my health condition this past month. So I went through and picked out some photos I love. There aren't many because most of my pictures are of my daughter, husband, and daughter's friends, and I wasn't so sure about posting her friends pictures. So the first picture is my husband Brett at my daughters school fun fest with the green monkey she won him at the fun fest

Then my group shot, my daughter and her friend, entertaining the youngest cousin in our family. The baby is my cousins granddaughter. Isn't she precious.
This picture is Brinn and her new hair cut I took it Saturday we all had our haircut that morning. Brinn went with the stylish bob for her new 4th grade look.

Okay here is my one and only semi decent attempt at a self portrait. I have my new haircut, which is really short. I was feeling brave, and wanted all the old crackling dry hair cut off. It's bit blurry but not so bad with out a tripod.

This beautiful woman is my mom on her 80th birthday. I love this picture of my mom, she looks so happy. Mom had a stroke 4 years ago, and is doing amazing. She lives independent, and even though she has trouble with her ability to speak, and she is no longer allowed to drive, she's managed to adjust and enjoy her life as it is now.

Last but not least is Violet. Violet is Brinns oldest and dearest friend. Violet has been to the emergency room for stitches twice and earaches, she's also been to the dentist for 2 extractions, and on almost every vacation and overnight. Thankfully she's washable.

Oddly enough Violet's portrait, I think actually was the only one I was able to get the blurred background effect I wanted. Oh well.

As for a tip. I would say a tripod is essential, and when your are photographing a portrait pay close attention to what's in the background. Most of my photo's backgrounds are very distracting, but Violet is sharp compared to whats behind her. Bonus I even caught the light in her little plastic blue eye.