Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why I love Photoshop...

I took this picture last weekend of my niece.


Obviously, it's ridiculously overexposed. We had been sitting in the shade and then moved to full sunlight and I wasn't paying attention to my settings (*sigh*). But when I saw this on the computer, I fell in love with it. I mean, just look at those eyes! Photoshop to the rescue!

I adjusted the levels, boosted the contrast very slightly and brought down the brightness, then applied an Unsharp Mask to the whole image and, voila!


I'm so happy I was able to save this one!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Snowed In Together

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing a few of my friends share their talents on stage at The House Cafe in DeKalb. Kyle, Greg, and Kim put together an evening full of music and storytelling that they titled "Snowed In Together." I laughed, I (almost) cried, I took pictures. It was a great night! Here are a few of my favorite images.

Not only is Kyle an awesome writer, he's a great storyteller. I had never heard any of his stories before, but I was so glad that I had the opportunity to hear them, even if most of them centered on his love of Wisconsin. :)



When it comes to guitar, Greg is A-Maz-Ing. If you've never heard his music before, I seriously recommend you check it out (you can also hear some of Kim's stuff and read an excerpt from one of Kyle's stories). You will not be disappointed.



Kimo is one of my closest friends. She's a kind and loving person, and that is reflected in the music she writes. Her songs bring tears to my eyes!


I really love this picture. For those of you who don't know her, Kimo is an amazing artist. Her main passion is pottery, so she uses her hands a lot. I love the position of her hands here, and the light in the background. She has such beautiful hands, don't you think?


I took this last one because I just really liked the lights. They were so pretty.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rye and Ellie

Spent last weekend in Iowa (surprise, surprise!). My Sis-in-Law, Mariah, and her daughter, Ellie, were watching Kory (daddy) outside. The lighting was just right, so I whipped out the camera.









Aren't they too cute?

Monday, March 09, 2009

It's a Small World...

I had to go to a convention in Chicago for work at the end of February, and let me tell you, there is nothing more exciting than spending 4 days with 30,000+ dentists (Really, I'm serious.). How, you ask, does one survive an extended weekend cooped up with every single dentist, hygienist, and assistant known to man? I'll tell you how. By taking as many non-dental related classes as possible, loading one's iPod with rockin' tunes, and making sure they don't leave the hotel room without their camera. Here are my favorites from the weekend.

These first three were taken outside of McCormick Place, which is where the conference was held. It was freezing cold, super windy, and I couldn't feel my hands by the time I got back inside, but the waves on Lake Michigan were pretty amazing, so I sucked it up.




Here's a night shot from my hotel room at the Hyatt in McCormick Place.

For these last two, I wanted to try out a technique I saw in a magazine. Normally, you would use a Tilt Shift lens to create this effect. I, unfortunately, lack the funds, and I'm not sure that I would use it all that much anyways. Perhaps when I win the lottery (ha!). Anyways, the purpose of Tilt Shift in this particular situation is create a "miniature" look (hence the title of today's post). And since I was in the City, I thought, why not give it a go? Because it was my first time trying it out, I'm not sure how well I pulled it off, but I always have fun learning new things in photography.


Again from my hotel room.