Reflections 2010

Ashley Sisk (the photography goddess) is organizing Memories, Dreams, and Reflections 2010: Your Favorite Moments from 2010. Here is Ashley's explanation:

2010 is quickly coming to an end, so I thought we could celebrate the new year by remembering and reflecting on days past...and dreaming of of the future through photography. With that said, Shannie sent me a list of prompts a few weeks ago that you may have seen floating around Facebook. I have modified that list and posted below. I hope you will be inspired to take a walk down memory lane with us and share your favorites moments from 2010. Feel free to write as much or as little about each photo.

And here is the list:

1. Me! - picture of yourself (you don't have to show your face). What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2010?
2. I Love You - picture of your husband, boyfriend, children, pets, etc.
3. Still Laughing... - a moment you're still laughing about now...tell us a story.
4. Winter Wonderland - a picture that reflects Winter.
5. Birthday - share a birthday picture (your own or someone you love).
6. Friends - a picture with friends (this could be your friends or your children with their friends).
7. I Was Inspired... - could be a picture of your inspiration (person or thing), or inspired by...
8. Spring Fever - a picture that reflects Spring.
9. Travel or Vacation - a picture taken on vacation or on a recent travel experience, OR of a place you'd like to travel.
10. Summer Days - a picture that reflects Summer.
11. A Day In My Life - a picture of a typical day in your life.
12. All Smiles - a picture that makes you smile or of smiling faces.
13. Autumn Harvest - a picture that reflects Autumn/Fall.
14. Family - a picture of your family or a picture that represents family for you.
15. Celebrate! - a picture that reflects a celebration.
16. Let's Do It Again... - a picture of something you'd like to do again soon.
17. I Miss You - a picture of someone or something you really miss.
18. Beautiful - a picture of someone or something you find beautiful.
19. Dress Up - this might be a picture from Halloween or not...but someone who is all dressed up!
20. Macro - share your favorite macro image.
21. Holidays - a picture from the Holiday of your choice.
22. My Favorite - share your favorite picture or memory from 2010.
23. Don't Ever Change - something you love about yourself, someone, or something that you never want to change.
24. Just Because...So There! - share any picture(s) that you really want to share, but doesn't fit in any other category.
25. Hopes and Dreams - share what you hope to come or dream for 2011. Feel free to share an image of your choice.

I am super-excited about this! I shoot/process/edit so many photos that don't get uploaded to my blog. This is a good chance to show some of them off and get some feedback.

Click the button to go to Ashley's blog and sign up.


Hugs from Henry

For all my photographer friends:

Faith from Simplicity is spearheading this project called
Hugs From Henry - Love Lucas.

This project is being organized to raise money for a little boy named Lucas who has Down's. He needs physical therapy in order to learn how to walk, and to develop his motor skills.

I know all about family struggles with disabled children, and I know how costly therapy can be. My own younger brother received speech, oral motor, physical, occupational, and vision therapy as a child, and he is still entitled to these services.

Those services have pretty hefty price tags, and not everything is covered by insurance (even though it should be, but let's not go there).

So, Faith is forming a collaboration of photographers to volunteer to take photos of Lucas' sock monkey, Henry, as he travels around the world. Once all of the photos have been gathered, Faith will create a book of these photos, and all proceeds from book sales will then go to Lucas' family to help defray the cost of his physical therapy.

This whole story is very close to my heart, as are all those that involve children with special needs. I strongly encourage all of my photographer friends to go look at Faith's blog post about this project, and consider joining in.


Show Your Skills 11.15.10

Show your Skills at Everyday Elements

This photo is copyrighted by Amanda Padgett.
All I did was edit it in pse8.

This is her SOOC shot:

This is my first edit with an action from AMP.
(lots of tweaking, as is my style)

This is my second edit using a texture from Shadowhouse Creations.

The Window to the Soul Photography Contest

a few weeks ago, i posted a photo of my best friend Caitlin on my main blog and entered it into a photography contest hosted by Allie and Amy. the contest was The Window to The Soul and the theme was Eyes....

i got 2nd place!!

i am going to be guest posting on Allie's blog (http://alliereid.blogspot.com/) soon, so stay tuned!



after my disaster last month involving deleted photos, I spent some time researching undelete programs.

there are several out there that can cost $10, $20 or $60, but there is no reason to pay for this type of program!

when you delete a file from an sd card, or even from a folder on your computer, it is not actually erased. it's moved aside to make room for new files. all you need is a command to bring that file back to its original spot in the folder or the sd card.

the free program that i downloaded is called FreeUndelete. it's free, and all it does is undelete your files. you simply click on the drive, select your files, and click the undelete button*. done! there is no spyware, no mailing list, no fee!

if you have ever had the unfortunate event of losing photos or documents due to accidentally deleting files, you should go download this program to prevent it from happening again.

*files cannot be undeleted after you format an sd card.


november 2010 photo hunt

rather than doing a full hunt with 20 themes in december, it was decided that we would all do a half hunt with 10 themes in november and another half hunt with 10 themes in december.

that makes it much easier to find all of the themes!

here are the theme for the november 2010 photo hunt:

1. Home Sweet Home

2. Thankful

3. Family

4. I Ate This- Thanksgiving Edition (if you don’t live in U.S then pick something you ate in November)

5. A Turkey

6. Something Hand-Made

7. Something Hot

8. Something Cold

9. Something Orange

10. Anything Goes (Any photo you take in November!)



tilt-shift photos

in learning how to do tilt-shift photos and experimenting with photoscape for the october 2010 photo hunt, i now have a little collection of tilt-shift photos.

here is one that kinda looks cool:

click here to see all of the october 2010 photo hunt entrants.


october 2010 photo hunt

october 2010 photo hunt challenge

1. in disguise

2. crisp

3. fall colors
every football fan has their own fall colors

4. jack-o-lantern

5. shot from the ground

6. landscape

7. fall tradition

8. books

9. dining

10. child

11. faces found in nature

12. tilt-shift
this was fun!

13. selective color

14. bokeh

15. my best photo from october 23

16. kitchen

17. something vintage

18. something creepy
*this is archived from 2007*

19. something golden

20. self-portrait

my photos have been picked as favorites for: crisp, bokeh, vintage, selective color, shot from the ground.