Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to get on here and wish everyone who follows me, as well as everyone who stumbles upon my blog, a very happy and healthy new year.

As for new year resolutions……I’ve got nothing. 🙂 Any suggestions?

I haven’t posted anything in a few months (I apologize for that), I had a very busy autumn and holiday season. Now that it’s all over, I’m hoping to get my groove back! (Maybe that can be my resolution!) I’m hoping to have the time again to go out and shoot some photos. I find myself in the middle just at the beginning a dreary winter here again, so I’ll have to get creative. Sometimes you can only photograph snow so much….

I did manage to do a couple of shoots – one of my brand new neice, and one of my sister with her boyfriend. I don’t have much experience at all doing portraits, but I am proud of some of these!

My sister Laura and her boyfriend Derek

This one is fun

And here’s a few of my new niece, Elizabeth. Who doesn’t love pictures of a beautiful baby??

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My dogs

My husband and I have 2 dogs, Maya – a lab and Tinker – a cockapoo (we think). Here are a few of my favorite shots of them. It’s hard to get a good photo of Tinker because she’s small and therefore energetic. But the first picture I took with my new camera turned out to be the best one of her.

Tinker

A couple shots of Maya:

Maya

Maya

In this one, they are looking out the front door and watching the squirrels. They will do this for hours on end….kind of funny.

Maya & Tinker

My husband

This is my husband, soulmate, and best friend, Jeremey.

B&W, High Contrast

Handsome, isn’t he? 🙂 At first, he didn’t really get why I spent so much money on a SLR camera, but now he’s very supportive of my new hobby. Everyone has their toys that they spend some money on! He drives me around sometimes so I can try to get some good shots, and helps me brainstorm other places we can go when it gets warmer. When we went hiking a couple weeks ago, he went down by a stream and took some photos. Here’s the best one, I think it’s a great shot! I jazzed it up a little on Photoshop, of course, but even without the jazzing, it was a good photo.

This was taken by Jeremey:

Saturated Slide Film effect, Softened focus

 I didn’t do anything to the water, but it’s so pretty it almost looks fake. Great picture Jeremey!

And for kicks (get it?), just wanted to add one more. We saw these in Upland I think. You don’t see this very often any more…I like it.  Are those Nikes?!

Lomo Effect

More Trees Continued

Not sure why, but only half of the last post was published.

Here is another shot of my favorite tree. 🙂

Graphic Pen effect.

One looking upwards…

Made sky bluer, then Lomo effect.

Here’s a shot of the sky through branches…

Adjusted colors, then Fresco effect.

 And last but not least….I loved the way this tree looked when the sun was shining behind it….beautiful!

Made B&W, adjusted exposure, used Inner Ridge Border.

Don’t let Mother Nature fool you, it’s still winter.

It reached 60 degrees today in northern Indiana. People drove with their windows down, I took an hour long walk, the foot of snow melted, and I’m sure some were out there with shorts on…but we just got spoiled for a day or 2. Don’t be fooled, winter will come back. And it will overstay its welcome even when spring officially arrives…so why not make the best of it?? I’ll admit, snow is beautiful, but there comes a time when you’re just ready for the temp to rise and the flowers to bloom!  But for now, here’s some more winter pictures. I think the last one is my favorite of these.

Overlooking a river

 

Old tree with Lomo effect

 

"Conte Crayon" effect

 

Blizzard, another Lomo effect

Trees!

Trees have so much detail to them, and the are all so different, which is why they are great to photograph! (In my opinion…) Here’s some snowy trees with different effects done to them.

This one looks like a 60’s print…

Accented Edges

Plastic wrap makes it look like ice on the tree.

Plastic wrap feature

Stamp feature

Twirl

I'm a fan of Lomo camera