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
Yup, trying to get creative again and seeing something interesting in everyday things that aren’t that interesting. I looked around the house because we’re under another wind chill warning with temps dipping into ‘I’m expecting penguins to come through the door and ask me what’s for dinner degrees’ and seen this. My boring brown curtains with a diamond pattern and the colors that were coming through was unexpected. Between the ice, snow, light, and reflection I caught a rainbow of colors. Hex codes are below. Happy Friday Y’all.
Today’s subject isn’t all that interesting but I enjoyed playing with perspective and composition in this image. I kept the rule of thirds in mind and tried to get the bus to lead the eye towards the doors. I edited the image for a little more dramatic flair and was pleased with what I was able to achieve and all with a smartphone. The hex codes for the complementary color palette are listed below from left to right as always. Have a great evening, guys.
Today’s project was an early shot. This past week the temps with windchills were in the -60°s but this weekend however we are at 40°. This caused some awesome fog effects giving it almost a dream-like feel. The only sound I could hear were crows in the distance and a slight breeze. It was a calming experience. The color palette is ALMOST monochromatic…I think. Super happy with how this image turned out. Happy Sunday Y’all!
Day 32 but February 1st. I almost put that it was the first day because it’s the first month. I’m tired and exhausted. I really shot this ‘from the hip’. My husband was driving us to dinner and I demanded that he stopped the car. I thought where we were sitting it was framed nicely and the beautiful colors were a breath of fresh air after almost an entire week of Polar Vortex colors. Color palette (custom as I wanted to catch as many beautiful colors as I could) hex codes are listed left to right. Have a great night everyone. Now I’m going to overthink my comic for tomorrow.
This morning I completed my doodle comic for week 4 and it turned out better than I expected. I just hope that I get inspiration for my next comic. After that was done, it was time to run my Saturday errands IN the -°22F weather. It was awful. On the way home I saw these trees. Even though humans mutilated the branches so electric can run to houses it looked like it stood defiantly and grew wings. Oh, I also got a chance to use my 2x zoom lens on my phone. I need the EXTRA zoom lens. Ugh, it is what it is.
I have to say after an emotionally draining day there was a place of zen editing the photo for today’s project. I’m running out of lights and night in the local store windows. This means I need to come up with a plan B for photo subjects. Tomorrow is going to be a little more difficult with the snow storm coming in.
I was letting the dog out this morning or rather watching my husband-I just wanted to see how much snow we got when I thought I had a perfect shot. Playing with composition and lighting and adding my usual editing taps I was happy with the final image. Again, I managed a complementary color palette and the hex codes are listed below. Happy Saturday everyone. I was super productive creatively today.
I can’t begin to say how proud of myself that I am with the first week of the year. Unfortunately, I may not be able to keep to the schedule today due to outside obligations. This morning, I got up early and read the book that the kindred is covering for the book club meeting. Heroes of Asgard is a short book and easy read because I’ve heard these stories and variations from different sources. The Kindred is also supporting each other in their healthy choice of lifestyle. I’ve already been working with Weight Watchers and decided to participate to help lose the pesky 20lbs that just can’t be dropped. For this week I’ve participated in and accomplished the necessary goals with the kindred and learning journey not to mention my own personal (not daily) study of the Havamal. Oh, I even did my time on the treadmill.
The 365-Day project has been awesome and shitty all at the same time. I can take an awesome picture one minute and WTH was that photo the next. The Skillshare class helped a great deal and I have a couple more that I want to watch. The best part is that they are all short and cut right to the chase so I can learn, try, and grow through a swift transition. Trying to remember all the tips and tricks is what I need to try harder at. Maybe making my own notes or flashcards to carry will help like little-reminding nods. I think my favorite photo is from day 4. The puddle experiment was scary to try but I’m glad I did. I’m glad I stepped out of the car. I have a horrible feeling that today’s photo won’t be all that great because of the events I have happening today.
The short story that I wrote made me feel good. It was great to write something other than the journal entries, weighing-in, or Havamal study. I already have an idea for the next one and hope that I can keep it short.
My comic…Oh my! All I can say is that the app I found took longer for me to draw with than doing it by hand. My goal was a simple stick figure comic to bring a little chuckle but it was lacking. I can either watch the tutorials or go balls deep and do it by hand. If I’m going to do that I need to stop by the store and either get a small sketchbook or a grid composition. I did find my Wacom tablet and pen in the garage so I’ll try my next one with that.
How did your first week of working towards goals pan out for you? I’m going to work damn hard on making sure I get a photo for my 365-Day project. Happy Sunday everyone.