365 Project: My birthday cake with Christmas tree lights in bokeh

Per my birthday wish, my hubby ordered this delicious carrot cake from Nourish Sequim, an all gluten-free restaurant. It’s easy to feel forgotten when your birthday lands smack in the middle of the holidays but, my hubby was determined to make my birthday (birthday week actually!) special and memorable! 🙂

bday-cake

Gluten-free carrot cake with fresh whipped cream, topped with sweet shredded organic carrots…YUM!

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365 Project – 298: Overexposing maple leaves to get a watercolor effect (October 25, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/320, Aperture: F/5.6, ISO: 400

I intentionally overexposed this photo to achieve almost a watercolor effect. It has a handmade paper effect to me. Just use a white/cloudy background to get this look. 🙂

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365 Project – 230: Another home away from home ;) (August 23, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/640, Aperture: F/162.8, ISO: 200 – MONOCHROME (MC) setting

Shutter Speed: 1/640, Aperture: F/2.8, ISO: 200 – Standard (SD) setting

We are tagging along with my hubby on another business trip and rather than capturing another sightseeing pic I thought a photo of our hotel room would capture a slice of our lives on the road. I loved the look of this messy bed with the soft light filtering through the sheer blind.  I shot the black and white using the Monochrome (MC) setting and the color pic with the Standard (SD) setting. Awww…home sweet home. LOL

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365 Project – 229: Sun burst and Seattle Waterfront Whimsea sculpture (August 22, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/1250, Aperture: F/16, ISO: 400

Just walking distance from the Seattle ferry terminal, the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, and retail shopping in downtown Seattle, is Seattle’s waterfront park.  The latest addition is the new ferris wheel, along with vendors sprinkled amongst whimsical sculptures and impressive fountains.   One of the sculptures my daughter, and other kids, found fascinating was this Waterfront Whimsea sculpture.  “Commissioned by the Metropolitan Improvement District’s (MID) Waterfront Neighborhood Marketing Committee and crafted by artisans at Seattle’s Iron Design Center, the sculpture was designed to act as a nautical-themed centerpiece for visitors, residents and workers who make their way past the piers. The sculpture is one of the MID’s efforts to activate and beautify Downtown Seattle’s public spaces.” Here’s more info about the Waterfront Whimsea sculpture.
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365 Project – 228: Using MCP Actions Lightroom Mini Quick Clicks™ Presets – available free for download (August 21, 2012)

I love this photo of these siblings, back home from college, taken during a morning family photo shoot at Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, WA, with Hurricane Ridge (Olympic National Park) in the background. The first photo is the original, straight out of the camera photo. I had my flash on as a fill flash since it was so bright out, at 8:30am. The second photo was edited using a new MCP Actions Lightroom Mini Quick Clicks™ Presets which you can download for free. Using this lightroom preset was a super-easy post-processing step, and in this case I think it helps the photo pop a bit more. It may just be a matter of preference. The original “cooler” photo, or the edited “warmer” photo? What do you think?

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Shutter Speed: 1/200, Aperture: F/9.0, ISO: 200, FLASH – original

Edited in Lightroom using MCP Preset “Light Bright Colors + Decrease Exposure 1/2 stop”

365 Project – 225: The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (New York City) (August 18, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/160, Aperture: F/2, ISO: 1600 – original shot with AUTO white balance

Shutter Speed: 1/160, Aperture: F/2, ISO: 1600 – edited original in Lightroom, warmed up white balance +15

I think the original photo, shot using the AUTO white balance setting is too blue. I added warmth by sliding the white balance setting to the right (more yellow) +15. I like the second, edited photo better. What do you think?

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365 Project – 223: Beneath the Empire State Building (New York City) (August 16, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/60, Aperture: F/11, ISO: 200 – FLASH

Shutter Speed: 1/200, Aperture: F/6.3, ISO: 200 – FLASH

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