Autumn is Approaching

It has been pretty chilly around here recently – it almost feels like November instead of September.  Summer seems to have come to a screeching halt, and fall is knocking on the door already.  This is actually my favorite time of year, for so many reasons (including photography), so I hope it sticks around for a while before winter shows up!

My younger son was gracious enough (and extremely patient) to help me with a project on Saturday.  He mentioned yesterday that he now wants a camera of his own – I would LOVE to take him out shooting and see what he comes up with!!  :)
Autumn Is Approaching

 

I really enjoyed putting this together, and I love the result – so I may be doing more images like this in the near future!  ;)

Feel free to post any questions or comments, and thanks for stopping by!

- Holly

365/365 {The End}

Of course, I had to use a photo of my boys for my last photo in my 365!   It’s not easy to get a decent shot of the two of them together, so I’ll take any that I can get!  ;)

What have I learned from doing a 365?  Well, after one year…. and eight months….. I have learned to shoot from the heart.  I would love to choose a specific area of photography to go into, but I’m always finding an excuse to photograph just about anything!    I do love photographing people, there is so much emotion to capture, and every image tells an amazing story.  I do hope to get into photographing people more someday… not necessarily just portraits, it could be anything from portraits, to candid shots, to art images.  I have learned that there is still so much left to learn.   The field of photography is endless… infinite possibilities, infinite learning potential.  Everyone can learn something from someone else.  Don’t try to compete, share what you know, and let others teach you something.  Everyone has their own vision.  I really have to thank these two little guys for helping me out so much with my project.  They have both been so patient, willing to help, and even coming up with some ideas for me!  I would also like to thank my husband, who has supported me from the beginning, and has always believed in me.  ♥

Thank you to everyone who has followed along on this journey that I started in January of last year, and thank you to everyone who has found me along the way.  I hope you stick around!  I really don’t think I’ll take on another project for a while…. at least, not one that requires such a huge commitment!
365/365 {The End}

Nature Abstracts

One technique that I really like is to use a long shutter speed to create an abstract.  Here are two images that I created recently using that technique:
GrowthFor this photo, I moved the camera up while the shutter was open (tall grass at the edge of a pond).

 

CurrentFor this photo, I held the camera still, and let the rushing water do the work.

 

What are some of your favorite photography techniques to play around with?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

- Holly

www.hollystanley.com

Looking For The Rabbit Hole

Looking For The Rabbit Hole

“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

361/365 {“Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.”}

361/365 {"Silence is true wisdom's best reply."}

I convert most of my images to black and white, even if I don’t keep them or post them, just to see how it would look.  To me, this one works better in black and white because of the wispy stems, lines, shapes, and shadows.  I don’t have just one way of converting an image, sometimes I go with a PS action (I usually tweak it a bit to fit the image), and sometimes I start from scratch.  When I load an image into PS, I never choose Image>Adjustments>Desaturate.  Why?  Because I need more control than that.  I usually either go with black/white gradient map, and then adjust the levels from there, or I create a black and white adjustment layer and adjust the background colors separately.  Basically, I have no set “formula” for conversion, every image is unique, every image is trial and error until I see something that I like.  In the case of this particular image, I used a Photoshop plugin, called Perfect Effects 8, and then added a texture layer on top to lighten the background a bit (so it wasn’t just solid black).  I did do some spot burning to give the petals a little bit more depth and definition.  I never dodge or burn an image directly, I add a new layer over the image, change blend mode to “overlay”, fill with 50% gray, and do my dodging and burning on that layer (that way, I can always delete the layer and start over if I don’t like it).

Do you have a favorite conversion method for creating your black and white images?

If you click on the image above, you can see a color version in the comments section.  What do you think?  Color or black and white?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

- Holly