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Little Annie

The little gal in this week’s “fix-it” picture reminded me of the Bobby Darin song about “Little Annie” making artificial flowers. Don’t know why, that’s just what came to mind. 🙂 She’s a cutie for sure!! This is the original picture. Because of the above mentioned song, I was going for more of the vintage-y look with my edits. So I actually wanted this photo to look a little over exposed. The flawless complexion of “Little Annie” worked perfectly for me. 🙂 Using Aperture, I adjusted the brightness and then bumped up the contrast just a wee bit. I muted the colors a lot by bringing down the saturation. I also warmed up the colors by adjusting the temperature toward the yellow end. This next one, I’m not really sure why, but I decided to do a purpleish color monochrome with this edit. Rose colored glasses? Ha ha! anyway, I added a vignette, took the saturation way down on the red, and then added a bit of the “real” color back in. Jury is still out, but I think this might be my favorite edit for today. Have you seen that movie, “The Illusionist”? Well, the coloration and heavy vignette with this one kind of reminds me of the coloration they used in that film. Guess everything is reminding me of some kind of media today. 😉 Ha ha!! I enjoyed editing the photo today. The sweet expression on the subject’s face was great. I like the angle of the photo a lot. There’s probably a zillion things you could do with this one experimenting with different textures and backgrounds that would be fun. These are just what I had the time and inclination for this morning. You can check out other edits, if you so choose, by clicking here.... read more


The photo challenge at this week is “Smirk” ha! What a fun one!! I’m quite sure with all of the random and multitudinous pictures that I’ve taken of my monkeys over the years that I have plenty of smirks! Oh and hubby is pretty good at smirking for pictures too, just so ya know! BUT as I was looking for a photo that yelled SMIRK at me, I kept thinking of some of the expressions I got from my niece Helen when I was doing her 15 month portraits this summer. She’s got to be the cutest smirker around so for this week’s challenge I’m going to high light one of the sweetest smirks in the world. 🙂 Enjoy! You can look at other’s idea of a smirk by clicking the button on the bottom. Happy... read more

Joy Ride

I haven’t entered an iheartfaces contest in awhile, but thought I’d give it a go this week. 🙂 Their theme is vehicles, and faces of course! I had a few I was batting around entering. Most of them had toy cars in them since that is what my lil lads are obsessed with. BUT I finally settled on this one. Bubba and I were waiting on Daddy to pay for lunch and had a diaper change then decided to go for a ride! 😉 Just kidding, but he did adjust the rearview mirror and the A/C vents just like a good driver should! Ha ha!! You can see more entries, if you like, by clicking on the button on bottom. Happy... read more

My Friday Fix

So, it’s actually Thursday night… but I was bored and didn’t want to do any of the responsible things that are around here clamoring to be done. 🙂 Hey, my children aren’t the only ones with selective hearing!! Ha ha! Anyway, the little pixie faced doll in this week’s fix-it photo was SOOOOOO stinkin’ cute! I had a great time with this one! Here is the original, which wasn’t bad at all I thought. A tad on the bright side on sweetie’s face, and a teeeeny bit out of focus. Arg! I hate it when that happens!!! And it happens frequently to me unfortunately. My first fix: I’m using the Aperture program for all of these edits. I tried to talk myself into using pixelmator tonight, but I didn’t wanna! 😉 What I did was make it a color monochrome to kind of even out a bit of the brightness. I bumped UP the saturation in yellow, blue and red to bring a bit more color into her face then I knocked back the monochrome just a squeeze so that the colors came through a bit. I like it. Next: On this one you can see I straightened it out a bit. Nothing against the angle of the first, I just wanted something different. Doing that however REALLY augmented the fact that her eyes were a touch on the fuzzy side, so I used the dodge and burn tool to sharpen her eyes, mouth and nose a little bit. I think it worked well this time around. I don’t always find it a success on some of my photos. 🙂 I also saturated her lips slightly and added a vignette. On this and the next one I brought up the levels on the highlights and recovery bars which seemed to even out her skin a little bit more and make up for it being too bright. I think this is my favorite fix for this week. Last one: Monochrome of course. 🙂 I used a blue filter on it. Again I sharpened the eyes/mouth a little bit. Bumped up the contrast and added a pretty heavy vignette. It’s different, but I think I like it.... read more

The fix

This week’s fix-it photo was a little disappointing to me because it seemed almost like a duplicate of last week’s. I’m not wild about the pose either, but there’s nothing that can be done about that! So… I didn’t have as MUCH fun trying to edit it, but it was still good practice. I really should do more with layers but I’m 9 months pregnant, and lazy! 😉 That’s my story! Anyway, here is the original photo. As you can see, it’s pretty blown out and the subjects are a little on the dark side. “Luke, I am your Father!” Bwah, ha ha ha! 😉 My first fix. I cropped all of them rather than try to deal with the over exposed sky in the background. But anyway, I adjusted the colors somewhat and uh… don’t really remember what else I did to it. Ha ha! Oh well. This one isn’t my favorite. Second fix. I like this one better. The crop helped with the sky issue, and of course the colors that I’m “famous” for muting. 😉 And one more go. Cropped it closer, added an exposure vignette, and uh… bumped the contrast somewhat too. Anyway, next Friday hopefully we’ll have a different sort of picture to work with. However it will be my b-day so I may not get around to it. 😉 And if I have MY way there will be a new baby in this house by then too, so we shall see. But if you want to see more fixes you can click on this link. I still can’t get the button to work. Oh well! Note: Apparently some of the comments I made at the beginning were misconstrued as overly negative. If you know me, which most of you do or you wouldn’t be reading this, you know my “sarcastic style” and understand that I’m not trying to attack the photo or the photographer. I appreciate the photographer’s courage in submitting a photo to be pulled apart and critiqued by others. In no way do I want to reflect poorly on someone else’s hard work. Everyone is different in their opinions of what will make a good photo, and I’m sure that people have plenty to say on photos I take as well, as I know that many of them are lacking in a lot of ways. I will continue to work on “fix-it” photos and put my own opinions out there... read more

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