2.25.2009

Cheeky

I was recently intoduced to Beth's blog, I Should Be Folding Laundry, via Twitter. (Have I mentioned I maybe kind of like Twitter?) This week she is starting something new. A weekly photo challenge.

I have never participated in anything like this before, but this one sounded fun and right up my alley. I've had a Canon Digital Rebel XT (it was the cheapest DSLR you could get at the time) for almost two years. I bought it without knowing the first thing about SLRs besides oh you know, the pictures look better. Over time I have figured about 50% of it out. Just enough to be comfortable, but I don't know really know any special tricks (read: I don't really know what I'm doing.) I also have a copy of Photoshop Elements on my laptop that I know very little about. My husband uses it for work. I want to use it too.

Participating in the photo challenge will force me to make time to work on this stuff. And by make time, I mean stay up until 1:30am while everyone else is sleeping. (Hi! Here I am. In the dark. Clicking on stuff.)

Sooo, anyway.

This week's challenge was take a picture of something you love.

I did not plan to take a photo of my children. It's not like me to pick the obvious easy thing. In fact, it is much more like me to pick something ridiculous like, oh, I don't know, say homemade bread, and then attempt to make the food and stage it in vintage dishes and end up with bad lighting because it is nighttime by the time the food is finally finished and then I would get grouchy because the perfect photo that existed in my imagination was never taken and end up not turning anything in at all.  Yes. That sounds very much like vintage Erin.  But this is new Erin. New Erin has two kids.  New Erin can't even pretend to do plan A.

That's how I ended up with... (ta da)
alice-edited

Which started like this:
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I know at least one professional photographer reads this blog.  So to her and anyone else who knows what they are doing, please do not look at my crazy photoshopping.  Just kinda squint.  And admire Alice's cheeks.  

22 comments:

  1. wowowow...the edit makes it so much better than the orginal.

    baby is beautiful in both pictures! very cool, happy first week!

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  2. Awesome! I love your edited version!! The background looks like a canvas. I think you've got some pretty mad skillz and you just don't realize it!!

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  3. hey, do you mind that i linked you to my blog, with a picture? i used your logo (which i love as is), but had to do a little cropping to fit into the box i use on my sidebar. do you mind? please don't hesitate to say no, i will certainly change it or take it down, understandably. check it out, and let me know.

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  4. I never would have guessed that it was edited. Great job!!

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  5. Great job with the edit

    Such a cuttie pie!

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  6. I want to squish those cheeks!
    And I love that your name is Erin and your husband's name is Luke. Too funny!

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  7. Very nicely done. Can't really go wrong with that subject, though.

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  8. I admire those cheeks every time I see them. :) Lovely picture, I look forward to seeing your weekly entries!

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  9. I LOVE these both. I have to add that Beth's blog is not only one of my very favorites, but she is also one of my best friends. She is the real deal. I hope you'll do this every week because I already love your photos anyway! I can't get enough!

    Steph

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  10. I LOVE these both. I have to add that Beth's blog is not only one of my very favorites, but she is also one of my best friends. She is the real deal. I hope you'll do this every week because I already love your photos anyway! I can't get enough!

    Steph

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  11. Oh my gosh, those eyes and those cheeks! Simply perfect! Wonderful shot!

    I'm so glad you are participating, I'm looking forward to next week!

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  12. Holy cheeks! What a great shot! I love the POV.

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  13. What precious, soft and chubby cheeks! How wonderful they must be to kiss at least a hundred times a day!! Great photo(s)!

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  14. I'm glad new Erin won. I love this picture :)

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  15. Now I want photoshop! Love it. Alice does have the juiciest cheeks!

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  16. great shot! what a cutie!
    rosellafan (Paula)

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  17. are you kidding? this is a great shot, i love it. Do more, do more!

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  18. This is fun. I can't wait to see new pictures each week. And that Alice is just kissable. Give her one from me.

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  19. haha I love it - and think your editing is great! :-) those cheeks are amazing -- so so cute! :)

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  20. I love the cheeks, just want to squeeze them!
    Thanks for the comment on my moon photos. Here's the settings I used:
    Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
    Aperture: f/4.8
    ISO Speed: 64

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