Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Prairie Colors....

there once was a girl who *adored* neutrals...

greys, browns, creams, and most recently warm whites...

anything stark and raw...

but her spirit is longing for some color right about now in this dismal january weather...

sky blues, golden wheat yellows, prairie grass greens...






just little rustic bits to bring {sunshine} and {cheer} into her home...

on a completely different note...

i starting shooting manual about a month ago...

i think i've starting getting the hang of it...

except indoors...ugh!!

so all you fellow photographers any suggestions?? the thing that is getting me is the right balance between a slower shutter and aperture...oh and white balance is killing me...

all i can say is {thank} goodness for photoshop!! :0)


29 comments:

Leah C said...

I'm longing for a bit of color too...the colors of spring! Your photos are so very lovely:) I haven't mastered manual mode yet, but I'm trying;)

AntiqueChase said...

All I cam say is thanks goodness for Auto Mode... No help here, sorry...

Your photos are stunning...

Rachel Noelle said...

Stunning photos!!;) You are so talented.sorry I dont have a nice camera yet so I cant help you out..hope your week is off to a great start~ Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Amy Kinser said...

Kristin, your photos are gorgeous! I would love to bottle up everything you do and bring it home with me.

slommler said...

Sorry! No help here either! White balance gets me too!
Your pictures are amazing and I love that stool! So vintage and chippy! Looooove it!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Blondie's Journal said...

I think your photos are lovely...I love the bits and pieces of color you have brought in and that stool is gorgeous!

XO,
Jane

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I learned my tricks from Traci Thorson...but there is a setting on your camera for white balance. What kind of camera do you have? Mine is under settings. And on manual, I know sometimes if I shoot on shady and then turn my iso to 3200 but my f number down it helps.

sissie said...

I'm in love with the rusty stool and the pop of color is good for the senses.

Beautiful photos and lovely post.

hugs
Sissie

paige said...

i think your indoor photos look wonderful girl!
but yes, i am still trying over & over ,depending on the time of day, with wb/iso/tv etc

beautiful colors & textures

traci said...

your photos are always gorgeous. i love that chippy stool.

go into your white balance settings and see if you have a setting for K - kelvin. this is all based on the temperatures of light. you set the number yourself. sounds scary, but if you just play with it, you will discover what setting works best for each situation. that's all i use now.

Robyn said...

Kristen, I think your practice makes perfect method is the best! You are doing great and I'm covetting that stool...I LOVE all your chippy stools! I'm SO VERY READY FOR SPRING! Stop by if you have a moment, I'm having a Scentsy give away!

Hana said...

Loving that old chippy stool! Beautiful! Another idea for photographing in low indoor light (when shooting stills) is to use a tripod. That way you can use a really slow shutter speed without having to worry about camera shake. These look great though! Happy wednesday!

Hana
MomTog Diaries

Abby said...

Great photos! Love your texture! I'm in WY and I agree with dull gray january. I need some color other than white. (:

Darcy at my 3 boybarians did a wonderful job helping me to understand manual. Here is a link to her 31 days to a better photo series.
http://my3boybarians.com/31-days-series/

Let me just say manual is all about practice in all situations. It will take some time, do not get frustrated. You will get better!

Do learn how to change your white balance in your camera, use a tripod for a slower shutter speed. You will need a very slow speed for most indoor shots.

Anne Marie... said...

no photography advice from this little fuji camera gal (lol)

but I totally can relate to your color 'need'.....it's been grey here for awhile now - and more days to come I'm sure.....

a beautiful snowfall is happening right now, but inside is getting a big transform today.....even some dusty pink into the living room (not me at all!)

xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

I'm feeling the need for little bits of color too. Sunshine would probably help me out though :) Your photos look so great. I love the texture.

Anna said...

Lovely! I'm so slow with my camera it's not even funny...your pictures always look great!!

A Cottage Muse said...

All the camera talk is so foreign to me. I think your photos are fabulous!

Farmgirl Paints said...

you need to link up with my thrive project girl. your photos are always stunning. if I knew what i was doing i wouldn't be taking a class. i'm not sure it will ever truly click!

Robin said...

I've been craving the colors of spring. So far I've resisted thinking by the time spring comes around I may be sick of the colors. Now I'm thinking I may add just a touch of spring.

Miss Sew & So said...

just beautiful kristin....
i totally understand the need for a little colour as our winter seems to be getting longer here in england!

shooting manual- brilliant!
have you ever thought of joining the photogr group
"10 on 10"?

if you have a moment take a look at the link on my sidebar.... ten on ten

it's a great way to enjoy your photography once a month and to really appretiate your day...
right up your alley...

Happy new year to you and yours on the prairie too sweetie...

melissa xxx

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Hello Kristin!
Just thought you'd like to know that you have helped inspire me to take a photography class! I am looking forward to finally being able to understand a few things about my camera. You photos are always so beautiful...these were no exception! I *love* that chippy stool!
Beth

Pattie said...

These pictures are just stunning, I am getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets White and grey it has taken me five months to make up my mind. I also wanted to say that I just love your blog and always look forward to your postings.

Morning T said...

Your photos are incredible- bravo!!
xo~
T

Heaven's Walk - said...

Kristin ~ your photos are always so beautiful! Photoshop or no, just beautiful!

xoxo laurie

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Kristin, first off your pictures are beautiful... I do know of a lady that could probably help you with this, she has just shown a book called understanding Exposure, and she is having a giveaway of this book, if you go to her blog and scroll down to .... I think her 2nd post you could even enter the giveaway for the book, she says the book is really easy to understand too!
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson! Her blog is called fionaandtwig.blogspot.com Good luck with it!!!
Blessings~~ Daphne

Farmgirl Chaos said...

I too am enjoying your pictures. Now if only I could find a class to take! That's the hardest part.
Oh, keep March 6 open on your calendar. Guess who will be in Des Moines, IA!!! Well, at least his website says that. But it's not listed on the venue's site yet. Oh well. Come visit!

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

A collection of absolute gorgeousness!!! Love the painting and the focus on of the dried flowers.
I am still in Love with my camera. I shoot in RAW and jpg all the time and have been shooting manual from the beginning.
My favorite shots are done with natural light. I am always working on trying to improve my indoor shots with low light and try to stay away from flash. I find a tripod helps greatly but practice makes perfect (as they say) and for that I am willing to keep up the work. :-) Have a great weekend ~ Rebecca

Kelly & Monte Tareski said...

When I have troubles with my photography, I refer to Ree's (Pioneer Woman) photography section... Helps me every time...

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

On the inside..your tripod is your BFF!
ox
lara

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