A Glimpse of Gather | The Table


This past weekend Gather took place out in East Texas.  Gather is a creative women's retreat that I, along with two friends, have been planning for the last few months.  In short, the weekend was amazing--all that I had dreamed it would be and more.  In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing many posts about the weekend.  But, because it will take me a bit of time to go through all of the images I took {which was a lot more than I normally do}, and because I need to nap today while my kiddos nap, I just wanted to share one for the time being.

The picture above was our Saturday evening meal/collaboration project we called "The Table".  Beautiful setting, beautiful women, and delicious food enjoyed under a setting sun--that's the things dreams are made of, the kind of thing you see in movies.  But this was real life.  It was bliss.

After the Rain | Eisley and her boots

A few days ago after a rain-filled morning, Eisley strapped on her rainboots and we went for a walk.  Our adventure started out simply.  I let her play in a puddle, which is usually a no-no.  She enjoyed herself right up until her foot slipped into a hole in the neighbor's flower bed and she landed thigh-high in water.  Here's a taste of our outing before it met its unfortunate, water-soaked end...

A Quick Before and After | 2012 Yearbook Project | Life at Home

I want to share a quick before and after of an image I took of Eisley a few days ago.  The first image seen below is the SOOC {straight out of camera} image with no adjustments made.  I had my camera set to JPEG, though I typically shoot in RAW, so my camera made some slight adjustments to the image for me in-camera.  I may talk more about that in an upcoming post, but for now let's keep it simple.

I didn't really need my ISO set so high because I had ample window light in the room, but I was a bit too excited about my new room arrangement so I didn't really look at my ISO before I started shooting.  Anyway, here is my SOOC image; camera settings were: ISO 1250, 50mm 1.2, 1/5000.

I started by using the spot healing brush in Photoshop to remove the scratch on Eisley's nose.  My general rule in editing is to remove or alter only non-permanent blemishes, unless for some reason that's a part of the character of the image.  Since Eisley doesn't always have a scratch on her face and because I don't want that to be distracting, I went ahead and removed it.  I then ran two different actions in Photoshop, the first is a film-like shift and the second is a Black and White conversion.  An "action" is simply a series of recorded steps in Photoshop that can be repeated on any given image.  There are several talented PS Action creators out there and if you'd like more information about the actions I used here, simply leave a comment below or send me an email.

So, here are my two finished images:


And if you're wondering what some of the photography jargon used in this post means, you might consider attending one of my upcoming CLICK: Photography Basics Classes.  Email me for more info!