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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Photo Challenges #26 - #30 Close-up, Something Blue, Eyes, Bad Habit, Self-Portrat & and Edit Me Challenge

Hello friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday.  Mine's going well so far--the weatherman says it will get up in the mid-60s today which is awesome!

Well, as promised last week, I'm ending my photo challenge with a *bang* today!  Today, I present to you photos from my last 5 challenges.

 Here is my close-up photo.  It's from one of the plants in our home. 
Photo Challenge #26: Close-Up

 I really wanted to take a picture of my husbands eyes because I think they're amazing!  Unfortunately, he was away for training when I was going through this round of challenges so I just snapped a shot of my own.
Photo Challenge #27: Eyes

'Tis the season for Girl Scout cookies.  I was a Girl Scout for a few years when I was younger and, to this day, I still wonder if the reason I signed up for the program was because of the delicious cookies they sell.  Kidding, of course, but Girl Scout cookies are some of my favorite cookies--especially samoas!  Anyway, since both of our men were away for Valentine's Day celebrations yesterday, I had a friend over for dinner.  She brought a bottle of wine and a box of samoas.  And the worst part is, she left the whole box with me!  I avoid Girl Scout cookies like they're the plague because it's so hard for me to stop eating them.  I seriously feel like I turned into a cookie monster last night.  I didn't finish them in one night, but I feel like could've.  All of that to say, eating Girl Scout cookies is a bad habit.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Please, nobody buy me those cookies--for my own health!
Photo Challenge #28: A Bad Habit
 My Something Blue photo is what I pull out to combat the bad habit I shared above.  My kettlebell!  Well, one of the kettlebells is mine and one is my husband's--can you guess which is which?  Mine is just quite a few pounds lighter than Scott's.  What can I say?  I married a stud!
Photo Challenge #29:  Something Blue

 And my last photo for the challenge is me, Kirsten, AKA The Foreign Domestic.   It's been fun to look back at the different pictures.  It's almost like a photo diary of sorts.  Thanks for joining me on this challenge!
Photo Challenge #30: Self-Portrait
 Edit Me Challenge: 

This week's Edit Me Challenge came from judge, and supplier of this really cool castle picture, Rosie from Leavesnbloom Studio.

Here's the picture Before:


After:

Here's what I did: 
  • I cropped the picture so the focus wouldn't be on the grass, but the focus would be on the castle--and the sheep!
  • I increased the temperature a bit but decreased the tint a little more.
  • I maintained the same exposure but as I increased the recovery and blacks, I decreased the fill light. 
  • In brightened the picture up a bit and added a little more definition with the contrast. 
  • I increased the clarity and vibrance but decreased the saturation quite a bit.
  • I set my hue at 56 and  split toning saturation at 35

What do you think?  What would you have done differently?

Special News:  I'll be joining forces with my friend Marilyn at The Artsy Girl Connection to host a photo challenge of our own!  We'll be sharing more information about the challenge on Sunday--so stay tuned!

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23 comments:

  1. Oh! Oh! do you see the innocence and also the knowingness in your body with those cookies. Super super super subtle and yet, very present.

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  2. beautiful photos!! i love how you had the bad habit photo and then after that the kettle balls, gotta work off tat bad habit somehow ;-)

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  3. The the whole look of the castle edit! Perfect for the castle's setting.

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  4. This is a great series. I will agree that the Girl Scout Cookies are dangerous!

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  5. I love the castle edit. Not B&W but not Sepia either. You've managed to keep the coldness of the image but yet warm it a tad if that makes sense.
    Love it.

    Linda
    http://coachhousecraftingonabudget.blogspot.com/2012/02/editme-challenge-wk7.html

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  6. Excited to hear about your new photo challenge!!! Love your castle edit (feels a little creepy--perfect for a castle) and we share the same bad habit. Evil girlscouts! ;)

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  7. I avoid "the cookies" too! When the girlscouts showed up at our house, we decided to donate boxes to the troops instead! In love with your outfits. I spy a few pieces of jewelry that I'm in love with too! Thanks for sharing:D

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  8. Great shots. Love that first one and your selfie. Great edit on your edit me.

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  9. GREAT SHOTS.. You are SUCH a doll.. Super cute edit.. Ahhh cookies.. SMH.. lollol. I am just as guilty... Stopping in to say hello.. Wishing you a great evening.. : )) M

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  10. Wow -- these are all terrific shots. Loved especially the first one...I love up close shots like that!! :)

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  11. i LOVE all your pics...they are faboulous!you have beautiful eyes.. they're perfect for the shot!...the castle shot looks way better after the editing.

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  12. Love that shot of your beautiful eyes. And that editing on the castle is wonderful, those cool tones really add to the wintry feel.

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  13. I am REALLY excited to join forces with YOU.. Yaaaye.. Very exciting..

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  14. First of all you are gorgeous! :) As far as your edit for the Edit Me Challenge? WOW! I reallly love it! It is simple in its beauty and really tells a story!

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  15. You did a great edit - I really like the 'aged' look the castle now has.

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  16. I love your edit - stark, yet still so beautiful! Your other photos are wonderful, too - thank you for sharing! :)

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  17. Kirsten, I really like your edit on this! Also love your big smile in the photo of you. Really a great portrait

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  18. I like your last photo very much.
    Excellent post-processing.

    Regards and best wishes

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