While strolling around downtown Ft. Worth, close by our hotel, I found this wonderful gem. I knew this could set up to be a warm photograph that only brought pleasant memories and thoughts to the mind. Nearly everyone loves a quaint little café to relax with a cup of coffee or tea and waste the evening away on a book or movie. While taking this photo, I found myself thinking of the time I could spend just doing nothing for fun!
When I had it in my editing control, I wanted that warm feeling I got when I was looking at the café. I’ve been getting better about playing with the temperature in Lightroom, something I haven’t been able to do before. So, I noticed that when a vintage photo preset was added, the yellow temperature was raised. I applied that method here, and it added a nice warm glow to the photo. I also made sure the contrast and shadows were up so that I could get the reflection off the glass that I wanted.
Too bad I don’t live in Ft. Worth, or else I would probably find myself here quite often!
When I look at this photograph, I’m harshly reminded that sometimes, caring is overrated. At that moment, I would’ve cared if I had gotten wet. I would’ve cared that my clothes were soaked and I probably didn’t have an extra pair to change into. I would’ve cared that people were watching me. I would’ve cared what they thought about me.
But guess what?
Those kids don’t. They are throwing their hands up in the air, laughing and screaming at the immense amount of jubilation they are experiencing! Don’t misunderstand me. There are too many people in this world who just don’t care. I can’t stand it when the situation calls for an appropriate attitude or response and it isn’t exercised because “I don’t care.” However, in this situation, it is equally appropriate to NOT care. Because we need opportunities like this to only think about ourselves and the fun we are having.
Again, I went with the Black & White picture. That style is really growing on me. I love how it captures the attitude of the children rather than the distraction of what’s going on around them. I can now see why it’s such a popular edit. I knew these posts would help me grow! :)
Anyway, I find great pleasure looking at this photo because I had to grow up at a young age. When I was a child, I was particularly mature for my age. I don’t mean to brag, it’s just the way it was. I didn’t get into trouble because I thought it foolish to do the things my classmates were doing. I obeyed my teachers and parents flawlessly. And then, before I had a chance to let loose a little, circumstance took that away from me. Someday, I may share my story, but not today. To sum it up, I didn’t have much free time in my thoughts to think of letting loose and not caring about the world because my world was falling down around me.
This photograph is a promise and a hope that there are children in this world who have a joy that allows an attitude of reckless freedom.
Also close to Sundance Square in Ft. Worth Texas, was an older AMC movie theater called Palace. I could tell this place was probably the hot spot in its day. It was actually quite popular while I went by it that day. It truly makes me happy when older, historical pieces of our world are still used with such enthusiasm as they would have in their day. It means that we’re cherishing our past as much as our present, and hopefully the same, if not more, in our future.
Because of the look and feel of the theater, I gave it an aged look. Lightroom has recently added some presets. I have had the wonderful pleasure of added them, and then seeing what the manual controls look like once the presets have been placed. That way, someday, I can copy the same look on my own, and become a natural editor eventually.
I just took a trip to Ft. Worth, Texas for the Texas FFA Convention. The FFA used to stand for Future Farmers of America, but because of its broad scope, it’s now just called the FFA. The organization is really cool, and if you want more information on it, just ask! But you didn’t come to this post to hear about the FFA, I know. Sorry! I just like to share a little bit of my world with everyone else because I know my agricultural kind of world is not common to the average tumblr photographer. Ha!
Anyway, because of this trip, you’ll probably be seeing numerous photos for a while from the Ft. Worth area. This picture was taken at Sundance Square. Just a few blocks from the hotel we stayed at. I love the architectural contrast in this picture, along with the historical aspect. The lowest building, is of course, much older than the two sky scrapers with glass windows and modern design. However, I find it intriguing that they both look wonderful! Despite the sharp contrast, I loved looking at these buildings. Plus, with the older clock standing in perspective to the lower building, it makes me think of how time has passed between the architectural thought process on the two types of buildings.
For this reason, I decided to do a black and white photograph. Normally, I’m one to lean toward a colorful photo. But I’ve realized the more that I do B&W, the more I like it. B&W changes the tone of the photo. For this particular photograph, I think it looks like time has frozen. Time has passed greatly in the design of the buildings, but with the clock and everything, I just love how it all feels connected somehow. B&W really captured what I was seeing, and I felt that was the best way to present this photograph.
I took this picture the day I returned home after my month spent in NYC at Pratt Institute. It was a beautiful West Texas day. The sun was giving a wonderful glow, we had just received a much needed heavy rain, and everything was perking up for perfect pictures.
Of course, when I got home, I began to see things to take pictures of that I hadn’t before. After NY, my whole perspective changed on how to take a picture. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun. I took a couple hundred just around my home. This picture has to be one of my favorite from that early evening. That fence had been there before I was even born, but now, it was a wonderful centerpiece to a landscape photo.
In Lightroom, I brought out the highlights and warmth, and darkened the shadows just a bit so that a layered effect of the photo could take place. I can tell that the sun is setting and that its warm outside. I can tell that the rain has brought life to the pasture lands around my home. In editing, I did add some saturation to the picture. The yellows and greens wouldn’t be so prevalent if I hadn’t done so. However, if I did not add the saturation, I don’t think the photo would’ve done the scene justice. What I see in this picture, is what I saw that day. It just needed to be adjusted accordingly.
I thought I was done taking firework pictures, but on July 6th, our church has a Sunday school party with volleyball and fireworks. I had just learned on the 4th how to do long exposure in Manual, so for the first time, I was going to try it by myself. I’m really happy with how it came out. I did not think it was going to do that well.
When I edited the picture, I was initially considering making the background totally black and having the focal point the firework. However, once I lightened the shadows, I saw the nice angle of the volleyball court. The firework is obviously going to be the first thing everyone sees, but I thought it would be cool to show something else in the background for the eyes to explore.
Combined with the colorful sparks and the idea of a fun time (because you can see the background), the photo just brings a smile to my face. I love my church family and the way they’ve always been family to me. That night we had a really fun time! This photograph will always remind me of that. Isn’t that what photography is initially for? Bringing emotions or memories rushing to us? I think that if a photograph and evoke some kind of feeling, it’s done its job.
Gun shots on the “Private Property Do Not Enter” sign is priceless. I took this shot while I was walking in the woods in Indiana. I was having somewhat of a senior trip with some of my classmates for a competition.
I don’t think I did the best editing job though. I was looking for how to make the picture “the best it could be” like saturation and sharpness, etc. Rather, I should’ve looked for filters or textures to add in order to make the picture more powerful and the focus more prevalent. I think the trees are almost more focused than the sign, and that’s something I’ll learn for the future.
I took this picture before I had my Nikon D610. I was trying different angles, and because the sun was already setting on the horizon, I figured I would get even with the sun. I had no idea I would get the silhouettes that I did.
I made sure to darken the shadows and brighten the highlights. I really wanted the sun shining on the concrete and tips of the grass. If you haven’t noticed already, I do live in the country. I like the truck in the photo because it gives it that feel of home to me. It gets a bit grainy in the sky, but I was willing to sacrifice a bit of the grain for the effect I got for the rest of the picture, and partially because I didn’t know how to reduce grain in Lightroom yet!
I took this picture at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. I found the situation interesting because, in all honesty, the creature on display is not all that scary. However, once the light was applied, it now made for an eerie photo.
Sometimes people will see a minuscule problem and decide that it means a lot more than it really does. It seems like that happens everyday now. A stupid little problem is taken seriously by someone who has nothing better to do, and all of a sudden people are taking sides and an all-out war has erupted. When, really, it should’ve just been acknowledged and moved past. We usually distort the what it really is. We take a lego and turn it into the Empire State Building! The shadow does not constitute what the object really is. We make the shadow appear and change it whatever we would like it to be.
Likewise, by shedding lights on some subjects that seem all too familiar, we can see them for what they truly are. This thing could seem harmless, but with the light, it shows how menacing it actually is. However, not all lights are good. When the sun sets and casts my shadow, I look much taller than I actually am. Only one light reveals what is true and what isn’t.
I know I got a bit deep here, but I felt like this photo called for that. I like to find the profound matters in simple photographs. It allows me to broaden my scope of thinking.
This is a night photo of Pratt Institute in New York City. This school is where I learned to become a better photographer with only a Nikon Coolpix. I had just figured out how to adjust the ISO so that the picture would look less grainy and be visible with less light.
I love the blue hues in the wood seats. It gives the night such a rich color. I also light the reflection of the lamp posts on the trees, sidewalk, and benches. The best photography, I believe, is at night. This is why I have such a desire to get the equipment and knowledge on how to take astrophotography. Until then, I will attempt to take photos like these.
In editing, of course I probably made the vibrance and saturation turned up some, but if I hadn’t, would I not get these wonderful blues and yellows, complemented by the green grass and other blue lights?
I sure do miss NYC. Until then, this Texas girl is just gonna have to make the best of it! See how I’m doing that on my blog abbienellphotography.tumblr.com!!!
I was at the San Antonio stock show (the same place the Indian headdress was photographed at) and saw this boy checking out the hats. I have had little to no experience in people photography. I’ve done a couple of posed shoots, but no spontaneous “people photography”. I knew this needed to change. So when I saw this adorable boy in his stark blue jeans and bowl cowboy hat, it wasn’t an opportunity I was going to miss.
I do appreciate the background of hats in the background. Coming from an agricultural background of farmers and cowboys, it sort of feels comfortable to see them behind the boy. The scene just fits!
I’ve just come to the realization that this is, in fact, a blog. And if it is a blog, I feel I should do more writing than just posting pictures. I do love to write. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often.
Anyway, I figured my blog could be about how I came upon, took, and editing the picture to look the way it does. I am a beginner after all, and if I write down what I’ve been doing, it will help me learn to become a better photographer!
So, for this picture, this is in the streets of old San Antonio; real close to the Alamo. I was there for a FFA ag mechanics competition. We were allowed to go shopping in the Riverwalk mall for a while and then had to meet back at the suburban at a certain time to go to the hotel.
I’ve been learning that in photographs geometry is a huge part. I saw the lines of the light posts and how they go on forever, complemented by the stairs and columns. I knew it would make a perfect “stretch your eye” kind of photo. I love how the lights outside this photograph make shadows and light patterns along the columns and stairs.
I edited this photo to make the walkway the center as if you could see yourself walking down San Antonio at night enjoying the cool, humid air. And then, if you look far enough, there are people actually walking up ahead and for me, it just helps that illusion of walking there myself.
This is my cat, Spitfire. Nice name, I know. Anyway, I was just walking around the house and caught him sitting in the grass of our pasture. I though it looked picturesque, so I took a few shots. Many of them are him looking back at me. But once he got bored with me, he turned and just stared at the house, even though there was nothing to look at.
His solidarity and isolated presence kind of gave me chills once I looked back at the picture. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but to me, its so chilling and intriguing at the same time.
When I edited it, I knew his coat made the easy choice of making the picture black and white. However, I do think it adds to the feeling that I was describing above. Isolated, alone, independent, etc.