Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Feature: funny Valentine's Day cards

As many of you already know, I am always drawn to the funny cards when I'm searching for cards on Etsy to feature here. So I go with it. Enjoy.

(The inside of the card says "you're all I ever wanted.")

(You can also get one with a guy on the front.)

Do you give cards for Valentine's Day? Do you usually opt for funny cards or do you prefer more romantic cards?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

K is for Kenosha

Are you ready for another round of Alphabe Thursday? Let's go!

Kenosha is one of those places that I never would have expected to spend a lot of time. It's funny where life takes you. I've spent a good part of my life driving the highways along Lake Michigan from Wisconsin to Indiana. Kenosha has been one of the common stops along that route for many years now. As a result, it's also a place that I've taken a lot of pictures. Today I'm sharing a selection from a September excursion there. Enjoy.

Check out what the other Alphabe Thursday participants posted for the letter K this week right here!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

photo outtakes

Welcome to another round up of photo outtakes. I think that it's really important to discuss the fact that I take a ton of photos to get a few gems. Also, while I keep improving my skills, I still make a lot of mistakes.

 One of the inevitable auto focus fails that shows up in just about every single set. And for those of you wondering where I was shooting in January that was so green, no, I didn't take it this past month, just finally got around to editing the set.

One of those deliberately blurry shots that failed.

Blurry mess. The background blends into the leaves in the foreground too much, making for a distracting composition.

Another blurry mess with too many highlights. I could save a lot of the shot post-process, but it isn't worth the effort because the shot isn't very interesting.

I thought that the close up details here would be more interesting.

Dizzying angle.

When I exported this out of Lightroom and into my outtakes folder, I titled it "don't even know," which is about right. The subject isn't interesting, the angle doesn't work, and the fluorescent light distracts from anything interesting that is there (which really isn't much so it doesn't even matter).

Another focus fail. Thankfully I did have some shots in this little set that turned out much better.

This shot wasn't a kitty-moving-and-blurring-the-shot fail, it was a human-not-using-manual-focus-properly fail.

Poor washed out kitty. I did get a shot that wasn't nearly as washed out, although the back lighting is still pretty harsh.
Don't be afraid to share your outtakes every once in a while. It makes everyone feel better.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

special kitty photo share

Today I'm sharing a round up with kitty pictures that I've taken with the SLR over the past month or so. Just because. I've shared a few of them in previous posts, but I didn't think that anyone would mind seeing them again. Enjoy.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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