About three weeks ago I ran across several blogs who were doing #reverb10. It’s a blog challenge of sorts where there are set topics to prompt the writer each day. The reverb was designed to take an in-depth look at the past year as well as look at the year to come. I’d never really seen blog challenges before and I thought it was super cool idea. However, it was already mid-month, and to be honest, I wasn’t really up for contemplating the past year. But it did get me researching different challenges in which bloggers have participated. After looking through several Mark mentioned that if I did a photo challenge, he would do it with me! So we’ve decided to do a series of themed month long photo-a-day challenges. Read more…
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So my poor husband spent this morning realizing what an immense challenge he’s taken on by encouraging me to do this photo challenge with him. You see, I really don’t know how to use lightroom or photoshop, both of which I’d love to learn. So we thought this would be a fun way to get started! But apparently I have a knack for trying to do ‘ridiculous’ things.
I started out by trying to find something orange to photograph. As it turns out, there’s not a lot of orange anything in our house. But, after wandering around aimlessly for a little while, I remembered that I have several quilts that have at least some orange fabric. I had this idea of folding them so that the orange squares were exposed and ‘artistically’ stacking them on the bed to photograph. So I dug out the quilts, folded, stacked, photoed, re-folded, re-stacked, photoed, un-folded, rumpled, photoed..nothing looked even remotely good. Then I decided to try and take a photo of one of the orange stripes, sort of like a road going toward the horizon. I tried all sorts of perspectives. And it looked mostly like crap. At this point Mark is sitting in a nearby chair, half buried by discarded orange items, offering encouraging words and suggestions, but also laughing rather hysterically at my attempts to take a picture of something orange. He pointed out that I shouldn’t judge the photos simply by the display on the back of the camera, that once we put them on the big screen they might look better. I took a few more shots of various orange parts of the quilt and then decided maybe he was right – I should give the picture taking a rest and see if I might have anything useful with which to work.
As it turns out, my initial thought that most of my photos were crap was incredibly accurate. I did like one of the ones I’d snapped right at the end – a close up of a tiny part of the fabric. However, I’d basically taken a picture of a picture, which was pretty dull. But lightroom has all sorts of fun develop settings and I figured this was as good an excuse to play as any. After about twenty minutes of playing with various exposure/color/saturation/hue sliders I was still not satisfied that I’d created anything worth ever looking at again, and figured I needed to go look for new subject matter. But as I was about to close lightroom I moved the mouse over some unknown button, the picture changed, and I loved the effect! However, I had no idea what I’d just done. Time to find the husband! Dear Mark, I did something cool, I like it, what did I do? How do I save it?. At this point I got the look. The same look I got when I asked him if he could make my blog move side to side, instead of up and down. Seemed like a simple enough request to me. What, you can’t just do that? Anyway, apparently I’d gotten the cool effect on my photo by hovering over a little button that highlights where the photo is underexposed. It’s meant as a tool, not a post process effect. But I figure, if I can see it on the screen, there must be some way to save it! And with much grumbling at my ridiculous-self – ‘This is lightroom for the criminally insane!’ – my brilliant husband did just that. And I’m very pleased with my electric orange butterfly!