Jun 18, 2009

new purpose of the blog

Okay, so I've been trying to figure out how I want to use this blog now that I don't have a photography business. I am not enough of a domestic diva to have a 'mom' type blog where I talk about how frugal I am, share recipes, and keep my kids entertained.

I am not a decorating queen and need help! Kendele, why do you have to be so far away?!?

I was thinking of trying to use the blog for some kind of online ministry but I'm just not feeling that either because I'm not sure where my gifts are.

So, what I am going to attempt to do is what I've always done. Photography. And teaching. I've decided that the RRPD of Rebecca Redman Photography and Design will now stand for RRPD meaning Rebecca Redman Photographic Diary or maybe even Photographic Diagram. Here's my thought. The blog will just be little photographic snippets into my life which should keep family and friends updated on the goings on of the Redmans in New York. And in the process, I'll try to explain how I arrived at said picture. What camera did I use. What lens. What other shots were taken in attempt to get "the" shot.

So, I'll try to poast 2-3 times a week and keep it interesting. I really enjoy reading comments so please, don't email me ... just post them here. If you have a question, just ask. And if I find the time, I'll answer.

So, let's give it a go with The Peony.

I'm realizing I'll need to do a post to introduce the two cameras I have but for now, let's just let you know that these were taken with my Fuji P&S (that's point and shoot for all not familiar with the photo lingo!)

First, the peonies were really looking beautiful so I ran out to snap a few pics before the kids showed up home from the bus:

Not bad, but closer is better so I zoomed in:

Then I remembered hearing about how photographers would place a piece of white posterboard behind flowers in the garden so I ran back in and grabbed a white piece of paper. Realizing this would be too flimsy, I grabbed the cardboard photo paper box, too. Ran back out and held it behind the flower.

Noticed that I was having a hard time getting rid of the green foliage on both sides of the peony, I zoomed in to photograph the peony off centered with just the white background. This turned out to be my favorite composition. All I did for post processing (I use Adobe Photoshop) was to clone out the line you see (that's from where the paper did not cover the cardboard box completely) and bump up the curves a bit.

Ta da. Didn't even need to crop this baby. This is an in-camera crop and I am digging it. Digging it so much I even incorporated it into my new blog header!


Debbie said...

Hmm... I wonder if we're sister. I took this picture two years ago, at my old house. http://phuzzylogic.smugmug.com/gallery/5316799_S33Fd#324645527_b78Rp - You need the password "monkey" to access my photo site.

- Debbie

Rebecca said...

Hey, great minds think alike!

Ruth said...

Sweet idea w/the white board behind it! :)

Rebecca said...

Makes it look all fancy, doesn't it, Ruth!