6.02.2010

warm and fuzzy

Week # 22
of our 52-week photography/photoshop projects

The white balance setting of your camera can determine the success of your photography outings.  I learned this the hard way.  I took a couple of shots indoors using the indoor setting, left the house to shoot outdoors and forgot to reset the white balance on my camera.  The result was about 200 or so "almost perfect shots."  The subjects were perfect.  Except that the photos ended up a bit on the blue side.

From then on, I always make sure to check the settings for each photography outing.  Lately, I have been brave enough to actually set my own white balance instead of using the presets on our camera.  Depending on your camera, this typically involves taking a shot of a "white" object such as a wall, and setting that shot as the "white" standard (which is activated when you select/set the "custom white balance" setting on your camera).

As you will see from the shots featured here, I am partial to the vintage/seventies/faded look.  I wanted to try and capture images that had this effect without post production care of Photoshop.  So, I chose an off-white (almost beige) wall as my "white" and set it as the "custom" white balance.

Here are a few pictures from the Maui countryside. 



This is the road to Hana.  I just love that, beyond the vast expanse of land, you see water.




From our day trip to a lavender farm.   They had everything from lavender flavored scones and brownies, earl grey/lavender tea, to toiletries and even products for our four-legged friends.



The roads in Maui were narrow.  Trees like this one made the long trips interesting.  Come to think of it, everything was interesting.  The pace was slow and mellow.  Smellow.




These shots (which are my favorites) capture the essence of a vacation - warm, soft focused, not a lot of visual noise.

Luv,
Lease

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