Today I was SLAMMED with work. It was almost as if they wanted to stress. Instead, I let it pile up as they intended, told them it will get done when it gets done, and focused on tasks at hand. I had my phone interview after work. I don’t think I will move on in the process due to my lack of skill being used where I’m at now but I’m ok with that. Tonight, I was super happy with the playful photo of the lost kitty toy. Unfortunately, the ice, snow, and windchill temps are making driving difficult. Tomorrow is going to be super busy but let us start with tonight’s photo.
The color palette I chose is obviously a custom one but how wonderfully summer-ish bright the colors are!
Between getting off work and picking up the kids from school I have 15 minutes to get to the coffee shop. I promised that I would buy myself an iced coffee after work and in order for me to get one I had to call ahead. I took this quick and thought, ‘why not?’ I like the style of lights that our local shop has. I wish I was brave enough to take more lifestyle images and I feel kind of exposed without one of my toys or action figures.
Ugh, the snow…and snow…AND MORE SNOW! Ran errands, took the kid to work and shoveled the walks. I was happy to make an image with this cute little guy wearing oversized glasses. He’s literally 1/2″ tall and I had the most difficult time getting my cell phone to focus on him. I’ve learned where I take photos here at the kitchen table the lights cause yellowing in the photos. Even though I edit a lot of that out I need to really devote some time to figuring out lighting tricks and extras. The custom color palette is listed below from left to right. Happy Wednesday!
Wow! Day 50 leaving 315 days left. I would like to say that I’m improving but I’m also biased and to close to the project (any feedback from fellow cell phone photographers would be greatly appreciated). So, we have another snow system moving in tomorrow and then another one over the weekend so that would make it snow storm #455ninerWTF! I’m trying to get used to finding obsolete objects or figure to photograph with not being able to drive around and scout a location.
Tonight I chose the VW van toy car and took it outside while the snow and ice melted in certain areas of the driveway. The image SCREAMED for me to use a grainy retro filter and I think it’s the cutest thing ever! I wish I had thought to grab my micro lens but I had a difficult time getting my cell phone camera to focus on the car by itself. I know if I had a lens there was no way I could have gotten a decent focus.
My daughter had a really good idea after I lit a candle and I wish I had worked more with the angle of the cell phone. It was a tight squeeze with the candle, incense burner, and the shadow. I wanted to try my hand at another dramatically edited image and this was a great opportunity. I’m REALLY happy with the final image.
Let me set the situation stage here. My stomach HATES me right now, two older kids visiting friends, and I don’t feel like cooking breakfast. My husband takes us all out to iHop and the only thing I needed to do was get myself ready. We get there and my son surprises me with a ‘Joker in Disguise’ toy figure. ‘Mom, you can use this one today.’ The family is really starting to get into helping me find something to photograph and especially the toy macro photos.
My son sat next to me and we were trying to figure out the best pose and place for Joker to have his photo taken. We were placing him on syrup and looking at the menu and my husband suggested how about Joker with a fork. Y’all, we were having so much fun when I heard, ‘She’s got an extra lens on her phone trying to capture her 5 minutes of fame.’ Then some other comments about being one of the Instagram idiots and so on. I immediately started to put everything away when my little knight in shining armor blurts out, ‘What is hurting you for my mom to do this? Nothing. Ignorance isn’t an excuse to judge others.’ After which my husband turned and said, ‘Other people can hear you’re a judgemental person including my 9-year old that has more couth than you.’ They quickly left afterward with my son mean-mugging them the whole way.
A proud mommy moment when that phrase, ‘Ignorance isn’t an excuse to judge others,’ was understood by my son. Goodness knows I’ve told him that several times but it’s a lesson he has learned and demonstrated a great opportunity to teach someone the same lesson. My husband, on the other hand, surprised me. Usually, he would rise to the occasion of heated arguments but I think with our son doing what he did kind of put things into perspective for him.
This image has a lot of meaning. I know it’s supposed to tell a story by itself but there was so much more happening behind the scenes. I have more confidence in public to take photos thanks to my son, more patient thanks to my husband, and a little proud that I’m doing something right as a parent.
As for the photo I practiced framing the shot using the rule of thirds and wanted it to have a dramatic effect. The color palette I’m calling custom because I was able to pull out the classic Joke and Batman colors.
#C423D9, #48BF11, #FEFFF7, #EABB30, #15121D
Other photo shenanigans unedited from this breakfast outing:
I started out strong this morning. Took it easy and rested until I remembered that I needed to get the groceries and guess who didn’t place an order online. Yup, this gal. So my husband went with me to help when my son chimed in, ‘Mom, I’ve got the birthday parties today.’ Oh damn…I forgot. Ok, not a problem. Groceries are done, gifts bought, home, wrap and rest. Wrong and wrong. He didn’t have one, not two, but three birthday parties today. The husband helped as much as possible and I made an appearance, gave my birthday hugs, and my husband helped me with an Irish exit so I can come home to shoot this photo quick and I have to lay down. I don’t want to but I may need to draw my comic tomorrow. My ulcer is reminding me who’s boss and I realized my son has a busier social calendar than I do.
But here it is the photo is Gato in the tulip. I can’t tell if his expression is inquisitive or mischevious. What do you think? I got a girly warm color palette out of the photo. Off to bed and happy Saturday Y’all!
So I thought that I would try another action figure for today’s photo. None of my dogs wanted to cooperate and look like they were trying to eat the toy. Instead, it looks like the Fortnite figure, Ragnarok (I just learned the name) is sneaking up on Dublin (yup actual doggy name). Now I think the name of the character is fitting. This made my day just that much better and the atmosphere from work disappear. I need more figures and ideas. Hit the coffee button so I can get more figures and gear for photos this year. I have the T Rex and the VW van so ideas would be greatly appreciated too. I need to look into easy mobile lighting gear for on the go with the cell to better light some of my shots. Hex codes for a semi-complimentary color palette are listed below from left to right. Happy Wednesday Y’all.
I didn’t want to do my photo for today. When I got home I had a meltdown explaining to my husband everything that happened. And forget about driving around tonight scouting for a place due to polar bear conditions. I just wanted to climb in bed and hide for a week. But I introduce Gato’s first appearance in my 365 Day Project. This was taken without a macro filter but I think next time I’ll try it. The background was supposed to be a goldfish wallpaper but unfortunately, my phone would let me focus on both Gato and the background. I don’t think this turned out so bad after all. What do you think?
I like the complementary color palette I was able to get out of this photo. Hex codes are #1730BF, #1F3A8C, #11D9D9, #D9BE36, E3DC7B