Focusing on the Little Things

architecture, photography, Tampa

Iron fence detailing by Kathy M. Winter for Kathy Captures Life

Sometimes, it’s just as nice to slow down and take a look at the wonderful details all around you..whether it’s a crack on a sidewalk or a bit of a well-worn iron fence.


Fix it Friday from I Heart Faces

children, photography

Each Friday on I Heart Faces, there is a fix-it exercise designed to help further editing skills. This is my first Fix it Friday entry. The top image is the original. In the second image, editing was done in Photoshop Bridge adjusted the temperature and boosted saturation with emphasis on blue, green and magenta. Then I cropped to get rid of some of the background clutter.

It is such a sweet image, that I felt it didn’t need a lot to make it stand out.

Fun with Lensbaby and Photoshop

photography, Tampa, Uncategorized
Lensbaby Still Life by Kathy M. Winter for Kathy Captures Life

Lensbaby Still Life

Lensbaby Still Life with Paint Daubs by Kathy M. Winter

Lensbaby Still Life with Paint Daubs

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with our local camera club at a lighting seminar. During the seminar we were able to put our hands on some Lensbaby Composers and a few filters.

I love Lensbaby (in the “about me” section of this blog you’ll notice it’s on my wish list).  Lensbaby is an optic system that allows photographers to be a little more creative in-camera, as opposed to creating effects in Photoshop or other software.  They’re just plain fun and addictive. There are several different optics to choose from and I want them all.

I chose to shoot a still life someone set up by a large window. In the first shot, it’s just the Composer with a soft focus filter. In the second shot, I did a little post-processing in Photoshop: first boosting saturation and vibrance, then I added the “Paint Daubs” filter. Click on each image for a larger view.

Just my idea of having some fun on a Saturday afternoon!

Capturing Light

photography, Uncategorized
Sunrise at St. Pete Pier, Florida

St. Pete Sunrise

This past weekend I did something completely different…I ventured out to St. Petersburg to capture sunrise images near Straub Park.

The golden hours of light, for photographic purposes, are the times around sunrise and just before sunset.  Neither time is particularly convenient for me, but I wanted to get the early light. I met members of the Tampa Photography Forum near Straub Park for our early morning shoot. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of action going on…and not just photographers. Lots of people getting in their morning exercise – either for themselves or their pets – before the real heat of the day kicks in. Don’t be fooled…it’s hot out at 6:30 a.m., too. And did I mention light changes fast?

See more photos from all of the sunrise participants here.

Tarpon Springs Photowalk

photography, Uncategorized, World Wide Photowalk

String of Sponges on a boat in Tarpon Springs, copyright 2010 Kathy M. Winter for Kathy Captures Life

String of Sponges

Canon 30D, f8, 47mm,  ISO 200

On July 24, 2010, more than 33,000 photography enthusiasts took to the streets worldwide for the 3rd Annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk. I was fortunate enough to snag one of 50 spots on the Tarpon Springs, Florida, walk hosted by Scott Kelby.

I had never ventured to Tarpon Springs before, so I was really looking forward to shooting in new territory. I was also looking forward to re-connecting with a photographer friend I met at last year’s walk.

The Tarpon Springs community is wonderful with lots of shops and boats and sponges. It’s a very colorful community…literally. Mostly blue. Photographers will also want to check out the daily sponge diving tours. I ran out of time that day, but plan to go again.

But, as shown below, I managed to find something a little different. I photographed a mannequin during last year’s walk in Ybor City, too.

Copyright 2010 Kathy M. Winter for Kathy Captures Life

Open for Business

Canon 30D, f5.6, 1/125 sec, 105mm, ISO 200

Overall, I think it was a pretty good day. What could be better than trekking out into new territory with a group of photographers? I also learned a few things:

  • Meter for the sky when you’re taking these types of shots (I lost a few otherwise good photos to a blown out sky)
  • Bring a polarizing filter even when it’s overcast on your way to the shoot
  • Take several exposures (I lost a really great portrait b/c I was feeling rushed)
  • Don’t be shy in asking permission to take a photo.

We ended the day at Hella’s Greek Restaurant. Fabulous food and the staff was wonderful…I assume someone warned them at 50 photographers would be descending upon them around noon on a Saturday.

If you’d like to see the rest of the group’s photos, visit the Flickr page. There is also a page dedicated to all of the photowalks that day. Finally, you can see our group photo and Kelby’s take on the day on his blog. Be sure to check out the photo of us photographing a 10 ft Burmese python (that’s me in the dark shirt and khaki pants in front of the snake).