Updates From My Photo Shoot on Saturday

So, I had a good time on my photo shoot.  We were on 1,000 acres of private land with models and photographers.  I have other photos to post but I’m waiting for release forms.  😦  You can also see my pictures on my Facebook Photography page.  The link is in the top right hand of your screen.  It was wonderful to finally get away from work, get to the country and get to shooting.  I like editing photos but they take up time that I don’t have a lot of.  I’ll just have to post as I do them.  Surprisingly, on the piece of land I shot, there weren’t many bluebonnets so I just found on and took a picture of it.  Next year, I’ll be one of those that stops and takes pictures in the field of bluebonnets.  I hope you like the pictures I have here!



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February 2012 Update

Well, there’s one month down in 2012 and I haven’t absorbed myself in photography like I’ve wanted to.  😦  The work I do that pays my bills requires a lot of travel so I tend to put photography on the back burner.  I did get an opportunity to hook up with a photography meetup group and took some pictures of models.  I haven’t done that in a year and it felt good to get at it again.  I’ve posted only 3 pictures from that so far on my Facebook  page.  You can click on the link to see them if you want!  Don’t forget to click the “Like” button on the right of this screen if you like it!

Couponing has gone well also but haven’t done much with it in the last few weeks because of work.  I have managed to combine sales with coupons and get a lot of stuff free.  I was happy because church members needed household items for refugees they were helping.  I was happy to give the extra away!

That’s it for now!  Will post again when I have something exciting in my life to share!

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My New Camera Lens!

I am super excited. I was going to purchase my first (non-kit) lens and was saving up for it. I wanted a 70-200mm f/2.8. I preferred to have one with image stabilization. The Sigma brand is cheaper than Canon and for a non-professional, the quality isn’t that different. I decided to get one without IS which I could find for around $750. I was saving for this and while searching on Craigslist, I found someone who was selling their used one for $550. I had that amount already saved up so I got it! Yippee!

So I immediately came home to try it out. I’m very excited to zoom in. I live in the country & I always see hawks and birds that my kit lens never got a good close up of. This worked great. Although I used a high shutter speed, the baby hawks in a nest still came out blurry. I then used a tripod which helped but it wasn’t as clear as I hoped for.

The jury is still out on wether or not I’ll regret the purchase & wished I had purchased the one with IS. We shall see. Tonight I plan to attempt to shoot the moon & stars.

If you want to see the picture of the adult hawk feeding the baby hawks, you can see it on my Facebook photography page. It’s amazing I found this.

FB page is Gayle Raines Photography.

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No motivation to work… So here’s a picture instead!

I was supposed to work today but I couldn’t get motivated.  I didn’t have any scheduled appointments so I was technically free to do what I wanted.  I sat around and caught up on TV shows until about 11am.  I ate lunch then decided to do some cleaning that had gone by the wayside since I had been spending a lot of my personal time working for my current job.  I swept, mopped and waxed the entire floor.  I’m dead tired  but the floors are nice and clean.  I need to do some cleaning of the countertops and such but will have to save that for another day.  Work is going to be picking up tomorrow and for the rest of the week.  Anyway, will blog again soon.  For some entertainment, attached is a photograph I took at a park of a young boy.  I thought it was nice and wanted to share it with anyone who’s watching.  I have a Facebook page if you want to see others, you can “Like” it for updates.  It’s under Gayle Raines Photography.

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More Pictures!

I updated a few pictures that I finally got around to editing.  Above is one I took of my grass.  See the little insect in the blade on the far right?  Anyway, I uploaded a few more to my Facebook page if you want to see them.  Go to this link and click like, you’ll get updates as they are posted.  I’d love to have your feedback.  I briefly experienced with night photography which you can see there also.  I know for a fact, I will improve on those.

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Catch Up

Hello everyone!  I have been so busy with work and haven’t had time to blog.  I love to take pictures with my SLR camera but haven’t had time to stop and snap a picture.  I hope to see some free time in the near future.  I will post more pictures soon also.

I did start a facebook page for my newest photography.  There isn’t a lot there right now but if you go to this link and click like, you’ll get updates as they are posted.  I hope to do more with that soon also.

With my job I’m doing a lot of traveling and there’s a lot of great pictures to take but I don’t take my camera because I’m too busy to stop and snap.

Anyway, stay tuned and I’ll update more often I promise.  (I’m assuming anyone out there is even reading this!)

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Jumping For Joy!

I thought I’d play with my shutter speed and increase it so that when my daughter jumped in the air, it wouldn’t be blurred.  I think I was successful.  She was reluctant to jump for the camera but I think she looks cute and happy.  This picture of her makes me smile!

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My Valentine Rose

I’ve been absent for a while.  I don’t have a lot of followers.  Actually maybe only one but either way, I like that others can see my posts if they want to!  I took a picture of one of my roses that was given to me by my husband.  I hope you like it!

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I went to the Cockerell Butterfly Museum in Houston, TX to practice my photography.  This isn’t as clear as I’d like but I thought I’d share this one.  I’m learning about the different creative modes and aperture is what I was trying to work with.  I found that in a lot of them, the wings were clear but the body was blurry.  I know that had to do with my focal point but I’d like to get better at determining if I’m focused on the right point or not.

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My Cat & a Duck

I took two pictures recently that I wanted to show.  I’m still experiencing with my new camera.  Here is my cat Chloe.

And here is a duck I saw at a local park.

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Day 3 – Helicopter Photo

This is my day 3 photo of my 365 day journal.  I have a little remote control helicopter.  I had my daughter fly it so I could take a shot of it.  The device is new so we had a hard time keeping it in the air.  We have to learn to pilot it first I guess.  I did manage to get some shots of it and found this is probably the best one.  I also took this one below of my cat but it’s not considered my photo of the day.

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Day 2 Photo at Park

I started a photo log for 1 year.  I plan to do this every day for the next year.  This is day 2.  I was at a park taking pictures and this ended up being my best shot.  I went to the park just to take photographs but the waterfalls were shut down and all the flowers were gone as it’s winter now.  Anyway, this is all I got!

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Self Portrait

With my new camera, I went outside yesterday afternoon to take photographs during the “magic hour” or what I thought was the magic hour.  I couldn’t get my daughter to pose for me so I brought my tri-pod with me and setup.  I was the subject.  I used manual mode all the way and tried to adjust the settings but I think the white balance was off some because it seemed a bit washed out.  Perhaps I should have chosen a different shirt?

After I took a gazillion photos, I picked one of them and used an online tool to get rid of some smeared makeup, smoothed out my under eye darkness/wrinkles, I brightened my hair some then softened it.  My eyes are blue but I made them a little more blue then made it transparent so it wasn’t so obvious if you blew up the picture.  I added color to my lips which is obvious when you blow up the picture and I took a blemish off of my nose (I scratched it when putting on my makeup).  There were some other things done to the picture to brighten the green and darken the tree and my arm.  As mentioned, there wasn’t much on the auto correction done but to me it seemed washed out so I did some things to enhance it.  Anyway, it’s not completely untouched but it is the closest I could do.  Now here at the bottom is the comparison of the un-touched photo to the edited one.  Below that image is another picture where the was less editing but I thought the lighting was better on it from the start.  Hope you like it!

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My Raindrop Photo

For Christmas, I was given a Canon Rebel T1i DSLR.  It takes great pictures of course!  There are so many automatic modes that if I were to use those only then I end up with a very expensive point and click camera.  I’m learning the creative modes on adjusting the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, etc. 

It was pouring rain the other day so I thought it would be an opportunity for me to test the movement of water and how I can make it silky but also how I can capture the clarity of the rain as it dropped in the puddle of water that was made by the rain.  After a lot of shots, I only found one that I thought was good enough.  This wasn’t filmed in a studio so you can see the water itself has brown grass underneath.  Anyway, I just wanted to post this on my blog as I am well pleased with it!

I’ll appreciate any feedback/suggestions on the photo.  I can take constructive criticism well.  Also, if you want to comment with some photography tips, I welcome those too!

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Photo Editing Experience… Good or Bad?

I’m dabbling with a photo editor to enhance pictures.  They can be of people or things but I find it’s fun to manipulate them.  They have a sense of reality but an obvious editing to them.  I’d love your input.  If you have a photo you’d like me to play with for you, let me know.  I’d like to try changing it up a bit.  The before and after shots of people are obvious, but meant to be that way.  Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy it!


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My Eiffel Tower Photo

I just commented on someone’s photo.  It inspired me to post one of my personal favorites.  I took this picture when I was in Paris a couple of years ago.  I get a lot of compliments on it.  I hope you like it too!

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