“The Way I View”, A Clickin Moms 12-Month Challenge: January ~ New Beginnings

I’m participating in a fun 12-month challenge at Clickin Moms called “The Way I View”. Each month a group of 12 CM photographers interpret that month’s theme through photographs, then link to each other’s blogs. It should be a lot of fun! I’m super excited about my group… we have some wickedly talented photogs!

January’s theme is The Way I View: New Beginnings. I wish I knew some pregnant women, that would be a perfect photo, wouldn’t it? But I don’t, so I had to come up with something. I’ve used this month to study, study, study. I’ve been practicing OCF, panning, and lots of other stuff. The sun rises behind our house and I wanted to try my hand at a DIY HDR effect. For this shot, I used 3 exposures at one stop under, one stop over, then one at proper exposure to try to capture the highlights, midtones, and shadows of the sunrise. Then I merged them together in Photoshop for an HDR-like effect. I know it’s terribly amateurish but I’m sharing it to show my starting point. We all start somewhere whether it’s learning your camera or new skills with your camera!

Since I’ve had my macro lens on my camera 90% of the time this month, I decided to focus on flowers for the majority of this month’s photos. There is something about the promise of spring right around the corner that inspires me to take a deep breath and get energized. Seeing flowers getting ready to bloom or ones that have just bloomed makes my heart happy. So here are my New Beginnings buds! (And yes, I know I’m super lucky to live in Austin. This time of year is why it’s worth it!)

Thanks for looking! Now go check out Rachel’s blog!

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  • Claire Lane - Goodness those macros are to die for Holly!! Particularly the first one, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie Quinn - All I can say is WOW!!!!!! So beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • angela king - that last macro shot is fantastic! i love all of your flower shots. i think your hdr is awesome. i wouldn’t know where to start. you did a great job. 🙂

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  • heidi - I love love love these flower macros!!! Very nice.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Lane - Oh Holly, These are gorgeous, I love the composition on the 2nd one and the last one is so beautiful with the colors and composition.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - Gorgeous work, and yay to learning new skills!ReplyCancel

  • valerie - i love the first shot! the light on the deck is my favorite part for some reason. kuddos for trying something new 🙂

    the last two are my fav flower shots. and the berries are really fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle DeMoss - Ohhhh, macro fun! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Nomi Creative - These macro shots of the roses are incredible Holly. Great work 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Heather T. - Gah! I want a macro lens… Gorgeous, dreamy photos, and a very cool DIY HDR result!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Bravo to you on the hdr! It’s not something I think I’d ever try (but then I said that about red lipstick too), but I love looking at it. And I just adore your macro shots. Adore them. I am seriously thinking about a 100mm lens for my next purchase. I need you to come and talk me on or off the ledge!ReplyCancel

  • jessica - Holly I love the macro shots of the flowers, these are so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Oh Holly these are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Spencer - You just know I love those photos of yours that show me a little of where you live so thanks for the first one! And those macro’s are as stunning as ever, although I am very jealous that spring is already on its way in Austin. Send a little sun over to England please! xReplyCancel

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