354/365 {Splash pad}

I realize I’m probably a little late “discovering” Vsco Cam, but I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with it! It has some great editing tools, and I have been checking out “the grid” online. You can check out my Vsco grid here, and follow me if you like. Make sure you leave your link in the comments if you use it as well!

354/365 {Splash pad}

353/365 {Protest}

Something a little bit different for me.  I don’t usually do street photography, but I approached a protest downtown a few days ago, and captured some shots on my phone.

There are actually two protest groups here – BAMN (in the front), and the group in the back is protesting illegal immigrants.  Quite a number of people in the back group had side arms.  Not very comfortable around that, but they were friendly (at least the ones who spoke to me and a fellow member of the photography club).

353/365 {Protest}

350/365 {Curiosity}

350/365 {Curiosity}

I decided to let my “pro” Flickr account go (since there basically is no “pro” account anymore). I discovered that you pretty much have all the same benefits with a free account (so I have to look at ads, so what??), and they raised the price to $49/year if I want to continue paying for it! No thanks!!

I am approaching the end of my 365 project, it’s only taken me a year and a half (OK, a little more than that)!  ;)  I’m not sure if I will continue posting to this blog or not.  I will keep my Facebook page, Flickr account, and my own website going.

Cooling Off

Not part of my 365 project, I just wanted to finish this image!  ;)

I took this photo with the following settings:

f/29
Shutter speed 1/5 of a second
70mm
ISO 100
3 stop neutral density filter
Cooling Off

I wanted to do something a little different, so I added a couple of texture layers on top of the image.  The textures came from a set of 100 free texture images that came free with a Photoshop magazine that I purchased a while back (of course, I can’t remember the name of it now).

Thanks for stopping by!

- Holly

347/365 {Watching}

I want to welcome my new followers, thank you for joining me here!  Over 500 of you have joined me here at Photo By Holly – not bad for someone who just started learning about photography 4 years ago!

347/365 {Watching}
If you would like to follow me on Facebook, you can find me HERE, and make sure you stop by my official website, www.hollystanley.com.

Little Runner

Are you getting tired of baseball photos yet??  ;)

I have really been enjoying photographing the practices these past 2 weeks, and tonight is the first real game against another team.

I originally edited this photo in b&w:

Little Runner

But… after a poll on Facebook, the clear winner seemed to be the color version:

Little Runner {color version}I don’t disagree with any of the comments made on my FB page, there is a lot to be said for the details in a color image.  I have been trying to use textures more in my images, I love the depth and “painterly” look they add.

What do you think?  Color or black and white?

Do you follow Holly Stanley Photography on Facebook – stop on by, say hi!  :)

345/365 {Waiting}

345/365 {Waiting}

This kid loves baseball more than just about anything else…. TMNT is pretty close, but I think he gets more excited about playing baseball! ;)

 

Just for fun, here are a few more photos from recent practices….
At bat

On Deck

Outfielder

Happy first day of Summer!!  :)

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.”

"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."

Another slow shutter image.  This is actually a wind sock (we had good, fairly strong wind on Sunday), I took this photo using these settings:

Shutter speed: 1/4
f 36
85mm
ISO 100
-1 EV
3 stop neutral density filter

I also added a couple of texture layers in Photoshop, blend mode was “overlay”, and reduced the opacity to about 50% for each one.

I love creating images like this one, the movement captured in a slow shutter speed image always reminds me of gentle waves against the shore, rushing over the sand, and running back again.

This photo isn’t really meant to be part of my 365, I just wanted to do something with it!  ;)