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Friday, January 21, 2011

How NOT to Take a Good Photo


 Happy Friday!

I'm super excited to announce that I am FINALLY finished 
editing the over 700 images I snapped
this past weekend at the wonderful Willow Nest photo shoot!
Thank you again  
Linda and Ludmil for your kindness and hospitality!

And now, an outtake.

I was thoroughly jazzed as I began to frame this shot in my viewfinder...
a fabulous centerpiece on their fabulous dining table.
So, uhhh, should be fabulous , right?!

You'd think.

And now, from the do as I say, not as I do files....


Looks pretty okay on first glance, right?
Mmmm hmmm, now look closer....


Recognize the idjit reflected in the shiny pink balls?
Thought so.

:-)

Moving on, I've been so immersed in photo editing this past week,
that I forgot to give a shout out to my girl Maria at Dreamy Whites!

She just opened her completely dreamy online shop, and if you haven't paid her a visit,
you really owe it to yourself to hurry on over.
Just look at some of what Maria is offering...




Gorgeous!

And the winner of my Understanding Exposure book giveaway?


Enjoy, Kathryn!
Go forth and take great pictures!
Just watch out for the shiny pink balls.  ;-)

Happy Weekend!




50 comments:

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Ha that is funny!
Although I would have never seen your reflection!
.........And that's why you're the professional!!

Already checked out Maria, don't you just love her!

Debra@Common Ground said...

so then how do I keep my personal idgit out of the shiny things...? it's so hard to hide!
Yahoo on the finished editing!
XOXO,
D

Jemsmom said...

Yippppeeeeeeee!!!!! I am so excited!!!!! Thank you so much for offering such a great giveaway! I promise to take great pictures from here on out after reading!!!

BTW, I think you look lovely in shiny pink ornaments!

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

I still love the ornaments even with your reflection. You might want to keep that for yourself , kinda cool! judy

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Tee Hee - If only you could have made it look like you were trapped in the ball.

Drawn to The Sea said...

But, dear Anne... for a personal photo, it's perfect. You're like a little fairy there... caught in the act. :-)

Raised In Cotton said...

Um at least you were fully clothed:)) xoxox Carol

Alice said...

Oh yeah, I could see myself doing this! In fact when I first started photographing my jewelry there were some that had my shadow in the shiny beads.

Congratulations, Kathryn, on winning this awesome book!

Libbie said...

I was sitting there looking at the first pic thinking...looks great to me!!! So I had to laugh when I saw what happened! That is sooo totally something I would do! I still like the balls :)

cityfarmer said...

I just got my uber laugh for the weekend, and then some ...
girl, you should be a stand up as your night job.

Pam said...

Now you have to tell us how to avoid catching ourselves in the images. I don't know how many times I see myself in a mirror and then I have to get creative in the cropping to get me out of there.

BTW, I bought that photography book for myself for Christmas. It is awesome. Thanks for the recommendation.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

But you looks so cute reflected in the pink ball! :) I did that the other day in a silver teapot. Someone asked me "Who's that blue person in the teapot?" Haha! Silly me!
Hugs,
Michelle

trash talk said...

I'm so ashamed of what my first thought was...my mind needs to washed out with a bar of soap!
Is this what is meant by "keeping your balls up in the air"? Sorry...couldn't help myself!
Congrats to the wiener!
Debbie

FILIGREE MOON said...

It takes a highly trained artiste to recognize her image amongst those fine balls! Guess I should study up! Verrrry pretty photos! ~ Angela

Megan Chamberlain said...

I love the photo, funny I wouldn't have noticed it at first. Now you are just the pink photo fairy. I still think the photo is wonderful.

Amy Kinser said...

So funny to see you standing there. I think things like that just have a way of keeping us humble... :)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Anne you are such a hoot! Isn't it funny how you take pictures and don't even think about the reflection until you see it in print. Sometimes I do see shadows when I am taking a picture and I have to lean back. :) Congrats on being a full fledged photo taker! Blessings for a wonderful weeekend. Tammy

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh i'm always catching my reflection when i take pictures of shimmery, shiny things. yours are still so gorgeous though!

Theresa said...

Well, been there! I have taken pictures of my fireplace and catch a glimpse of my mug reflecting on the marble:) Still pretty picture and I think you look gorgeous in pink balls, hehe! Have a blessed day, congrats to Kathryn! HUGS!

sweetpea said...

i have done that so many times anne! okay how to avoid that? maria's shop is full of gorgeous things for sure.

hugs,

shelley

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

That happens to me when I'm trying to take pictures of silver pieces, there really hard to take!!! It's still a gorgeous picture!
Daphne

Lululiz said...

Teeheee, I have done that so many times, taken a photo of something shiny with my reflection in it. You get some interesting self portraits that way ;-)

June said...

It's just pretty little ol' you...what's so wrong with that?!LOL! It is so hard to get shots of shiny items. I gave up trying at Christmas, so there I am, in nearly everyone.
Maria's shop is so terrific!
hugs

sissie said...

Oh, I hate it when that happens!!! I have spoiled a few photos with my image where it shouldn't be. It's not easy shooting reflective pieces but the photo is still wonderful.

Congrats to the winner.

hugs
Sissie

judi said...

anne..you made me laugh (i really needed that today) with the "idjit" remark. we watched "leap year" yet a.gain the other night.

and regarding the reflection, here's some irish advice "jist trow it in da wosh...it'll be grande"

congrats on moving up in the photog world!
judi

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

I think the shots are beautiful even with the reflections! Face it girl, you CANNOT take a bad picture...

always impressed...

Karen

ShirleyC said...

I love the idjit pic! That made my day! You do take great photos.

Rosemary said...

They are still great photos. I did that same thing with a mirror.
Have a great weekend,
XO,
Rosemary

Nita Jo said...

Congrats to Kathryn! I love the pictures, and I'm so happy you shared that funny moment with us! I needed something to smile about today. Now I'm off to check out Maria's stuff!

MosaicMagpie said...

You could play "Where's Anne" like "Where's Waldo" with that photo!
Deb

Lili said...

Would that every shiny object could possess such a cute little idjit!! xoxo ~Lili

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Don't you hate when that happens. Most often I try to step to the side in cases when mirror anything is involved. Happy weekend. And did you say 700 photos?

Sarah said...

Anne, that's happened to me more than once when I've tried to photograph silver objects. Any words of wisdom here?
Congratulations on finishing up the edit. 700 photos is amazing! ~ Sarah

Michele said...

I think your images are wonderful, even if you feel like you are still learning. 700 images...Wowza! Do you ever stop and wonder what we ever did before digital cameras? I remember it used to take me forever to finish a 24 roll of film. Now I take 24 photos in like 2 minutes. Have a great weekend!

Farmgirl Paints said...

What a teaser those few little photos were. They looked fabulous!

Jamie Thompson said...

Oh I have so found myself in that very same predicament! On more then one occasion! Oh the horrors! LOL Congratulations on all the photography happenings going on for you! So exciting!
And Maria is fabulous! The shop? Divine!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Love Maria's shop, I took a peek at it earlier today. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

pamq said...

And so the question continues....

How do we solve the Problem of the Pink Balls??

Help me! Please!

Congrats to Kathryn!

cityfarmer said...

... so how DOES one photo chick avoid this?
we all do it, or have done it ... it is pretty cute, tho, cuz you're cute

Dorthe said...

Oh Anne,
I think that happens when we are all exited about what we are doing,-then we -sometimes -forget to think!!--and then something charming like this happens---BUT -I KNOW it is not what you wanted from an else fantastic shoot.
Happy week-end anyway, sweet.
Dorthe

Miss Sandy said...

Anne,

Too funny, or not so much depending on your perspective, but I did the same thing last week! There I was big as Dallas bad hair day and all shining on the side of a silver sugar scuttle! Now I ask you, how do you get the shot you want without capturing your own image? Congrats to the book winner! I ordered one for myself and one for my daughter can't wait to get my hands on it. Have a happy Saturday!

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Anne,
Sooo...do you have a secret for how not to catch your reflection in the object that you are shooting? This happens to me when I take photos of our wine bottle necklaces for my Etsy shop. I can sometimes see myself in the bottle...

Congratulations to the winner of your book. And, thanks for the link to Maria's shop...I'm heading there next. Happy Weekend. ~Natalie

Privet and Holly said...

Congrats to Kathryn ~
I just love her! And
you, for your generous
heart.....Fun to see
so many of YOU in one
post...hee hee....just
kidding, your pics are
always FAB!
xx Suzanne

Carole said...

I catch myself all the time in ornaments or mercury glass candlesticks. If I'm not feeling too lazy I use the heeling tool on PS.

Congrats to the winner!
xx
Carole

Diane said...

That was cute, Anne. We'll have to find you a lace drape or something to pull over yourself when you're taking pictures of shiny, reflective things. You can peek out a hole in it! ;-)
Hugs, Diane

Dear Lillie said...

Haha! That happened to me too when I was shooting my Christmas decorations this year! All of the ones from this one spot I took had my reflection in them so I couldn't use any and I never went back and reshot them! Love Maria's new shop!

Dear Lillie said...

Oh and I can't wait to see the rest of the shots!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I'm always in my shots :)
I hope your having a wonderful Sunday, can't wait to see the pictures!
XO

Linda said...

LOL! I am always doing this, too!

traci said...

that's too funny. you will be surprised at all the places your reflection pops up. have a great day.

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