Monday, November 21, 2011

unThemed Tuesday

Usually I like to tie my pictures together somehow, but I've been doing such random shooting recently in an effort to practice using my new speedlight and absorb what I'm learning in my photography class.  Really it is good to expand my repertoire...really I have more in my life than Sunflower...but I do so like to match!  Hopefully the real artists that visit my site are a little more accepting of an eclectic mix.  Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility...some day I'll get it.
I know we are not the only family who entertains ourselves by taking things apart while Mommy takes pictures.  Many a pleasant afternoon is spent in such a manner.
Of course there is the ever fun Wii games...chewing boy not withstanding...I am the Queen of Mario Party (Okay, maybe Oak/Sunflower won.)
Now my favorite way to entertain myself is by taking pictures...even before reading big books...and Huckleberry spent a cold 20 minutes letting me practice with my new speedlight.  Now just to narrow the 30 or so remaining pictures to one or two since he was standing and smiling exactly the same in every one of them.  I guess I need to practice my posing instructions more, too.
Though telling Sunflower to pose is a useless waste of time.  I can still capture some sweet photos of her, though.  However, in the interest of full disclosure, I am lying down on the little slide with my feet up on the larger slide per Sunflower's instructions "This is your bed, Mama!"  Sunflower is standing at my feet leaning over me with the sun behind her.  I happen to have my camera on me because that is the deal...Mommy will go outside and play IF she can take pictures, too.

Scattered Horizons


Then, of course, I do love playing with photos!  I probably have enough photos to edit I could just stop taking pictures for the winter, but what would be the fun in that?  In the meantime, I did finally have a chance to play with textures because textures are fun!
This is Kim Klassen's Serious Magic, 100% screen.  This photo was taken on our photowalk early, early Saturday morning.  It really was as cold as it looks.
Kim Klassen's Stained Linen, Soft Light 100%, though I circled the bird and ran a Gaussian blur on him to remove the texture from him AND Magic Edges Screen 100%.  Birds don't take posing instructions well, either, but I think they were too cold to move.
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The birds did stay really still at times and let me get awfully close to them, making for a few sweet shots.
Do you see the little ripple in his neck feathers?  That was the wind.  We went to breakfast once the wind started picking up!
Sweet Shot Day
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25 comments:

Angie said...

Oh my goodness, Cedar! All of your images are just precious!! Really so beautiful and full of 'feeling', my favorite kind. Lovely use of texture/s on just absolutely striking images. :)

Teresa said...

Love your images and I love your birds but the one of your daughter is just so so beautiful . . .I'm experimenting as well and pushing the boundaries . . .fun but scary isn't it . . .Teresa x

Evelyn S. said...

Oh....Huckleberry is my favorite! You have such wonderful images!

Heidi said...

Cedar, I love this mix of photos! Such a pretty photo of Sunflower with sun behind her!

Stacia said...

It amazes me how birds can be stay warm in the winter. I think I need a coat of feathers! =>

Karen Dorcas, Artist said...

lovely sea bird image; texture is great and the DOF terrific - almost like a soft painted background. thank you, kareninkenai (TT)

Nadege, said...

Beautiful portrait shots of Sunflower and Huckleberry.
I love the work with the textures such beautiful views.

Seeing Each Day said...

The photo of your little girl has a very nostalgic feeling to it - it really is beautiful. Also love both your textured photos.

Leovi said...

Beautiful portrait, I love seeing them first so focused on work.

Light Trigger said...

love your second edit...gorgeous!
Light Trigger: OUR ENTRY

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Sounds so much like our house!

Love, love, love that shot of Sunflower.

johanna said...

i love the children pics as well as the bird shots... beautiful editing!

No Greater Love said...

Sunflower's pic is so beautiful. Instead of you posing her for the pic she posed you....it works well...you should use that method all the time. ;)

Pat said...

Lovely group of photos!

Pat said...

Your texture work is outstanding!

Sivinden said...

Great photos and beautiful texture work!

Rosie said...

Coming over from Texture Tuesday - I love your texture work! So beautiful!

Kathleen said...

Wow, your portraits are really well done! I really wish I had been as interested in photography when my kids were little as I am now. You are so lucky to have such great subjects -- the human ones, of course, but I also love your bird portraits!

Connie Smiley said...

You have a gorgeous family, and patient, it seems! Great shots!

Amarie said...

Beautiful kiddos! Stained Linen is one of my faves from Kim's collection. :-)

HeidiRose said...

Wonderful shot and texture work.
My late father and my husband were/are pigeon fanciers; pigeon photos catch my eye right away.
Yup, it sure looks cold.
Heidi M. via texture tuesday

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Oh my goodness- that up close one of your daughter is phenomenal!! Needs to be on a canvas!

Congrats on the speedlight- I have one on my list!

Sharon said...

The linen texture is especially beautiful! I love the texture on the water photo, too. Nice mix of people and places!

Emily said...

Such beautiful shots! I LOVE the one of your daughter with the light behind her. It is simply stunning! Thank you for sharing and for linking up with Tones on Tuesday!

Erika B said...

Great many diverse photos! Beautiful processing.

Erika B