October 10: Childhood Memory
Dance was a big part of my life for a long time. This is my first pair of pointé shoes. You can tell by the lack of wear that I spent a lot more time at the barre than on the floor! For this photo, I ran a black and white action and boosted the contrast to get the really dark darks and light lights.
October 11: Something Blue
This is the lifeguard stand near our house on the beach. I was fascinated by these when I first moved out here – the east coast beaches I’m used to just have chairs on stilts. I didn’t do much editing on this shot, just a little bit of sharpening.
October 12: Sunset
I have to admit, the sunset was nowhere near this pretty in real life. It was a very hazy night and you couldn’t even see the sun as it set. So I boosted the color a bit and bumped the contrast to make the foreground and pier darker. I like how I caught that surfer on the bottom right – so California!
October 13: Yourself with 13 Things
If my house was on fire, these are the thirteen things I would take with me.
October 14: Eyes
I figured people might be getting sick of cat photos so I decided to try to take one of my own eyes for this prompt. After many, many self-timer shots, I just couldn’t get the sharp focus I wanted. So Marcus took this one for me. There are a couple weird bokeh that formed in front of my nose, maybe from dust floating by (we had a fan on in the room). I tried to crop them out but didn’t like the composition that resulted, so whatever, they stayed.
Marcus’ dad gave me a quick lesson on layer masks last weekend so I tried it out today. I used Pioneer Woman’s “Bring Out the Eyes” action applied to only the eyes, and “Sharpen This” applied to the eyes, eyebrows and freckles. Definitely a cool technique that I look forward to learning more about and using in the future!
October 15: Silhouette
I feel pretty meh about this photo. I wasn’t crazy about the composition of any of the photos I took so I cropped the crap out of one and came up with this. I should’ve waited til sunset to get a more interesting background, but whatever.
October 16: Long Exposure
Marcus and I had fun playing with his laser pointer on the beach! We tried writing words but it was really difficult to get the lines to look smooth. I love that the bright lights turned into stars! I didn’t do any editing to this photo. I would definitely like to try taking more photos with a long exposure in the future.
Which day’s photo is your favorite?