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June 08, 2010

Black & White Wednesday: Early birthday celebration

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First of all, it's not their birthday.  But their Kindergarten class celebrates birthdays for all of the kids -- even those who were born in the summer months.  Nice, huh!

Maddy and Gwen were excited about their "not my birthday" celebration and picked out some fun animal print clothes for the special occasion.  Just before jumping into the car and heading to school, I asked them to pose for some quick photos. 

Aren't they cute!

I'm trying to become a better photographer so I'm paying attention to the background of my photos as well as the composition.  Black and white photos actually require a bit more attention because you really need to be mindful of background clutter since you don't have the benefit of color to help you identify the subject of the photo.  I usually pick calm (boring?) patterns and backgrounds so faces stand out more.  But today I specifically decided to use this photo for my black and white conversion because of the crazy patterns on the girls' clothing.

I'm also trying to be more interesting when it comes to rotating and cropping.  Not in my comfort zone at all because I'm really very mechanical about "art" and tilting a perfectly straight photo is almost painful for me!  But I LOVE it when other people do it so I decided to give it a try.   

So much to learn but I'm loving the journey!

Here's the color version:

Gwen and maddy front yard fixed memory warm


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