This whole 'roll' was a disaster.  I shot this outside the front door of my friend Adam's house. Ad and his amazing wife Mrs. Adam had just remodeled their home, they decided to throw a celebratory party and I offered to shoot the unveiling.  I promptly got to work, barely ate and may or may not have had a glass of champagne on an empty stomach, the sugars may or may not have impaired my judgment and made me a little tipsy (I was so nervous, it was my first real shoot).  When I got home every photo was either underexposed or with a red or blue color cast.  I was horrified (no exaggeration).  Yes, I was looking at the LCD screen, but it was dark, I thought everything was 'ok'. I tried to attempt to edit on multiple occasions but looking at the images made my stomach butterfly up.  I mentioned earlier how I hate to fail (like there are people out there that love to?), well this was a big failure.  Just take a gander at my 'before', brace yourself.  I feel like coming back to this folder of photo's and even attempting to edit one was an accomplishment.  I sent Ad and his lovely wife the above image with the note, 'sorry it took me two years to get this to you...'.  The lesson I learned?  It's not a good idea to drink even the bittiest bit of champagne and shoot, but it is totally fine to have a glass of vino and edit, in fact I encourage it.

Misplaced Country Girl (January 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM)  

It's hard to believe that after shot came from the before shot. This after shot is super cool. Very retro.

Are you printing out all of these after shots or what are you doing with them? Please tell me they aren't destined to live a life on your computer. They deserve a more glamorous life than that!

Miss B. (January 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM)  

Hello Miss Toi! I am considering offering them as a free download, but thought that might be presumptuous so others can print and enjoy. I am considering making either the chandelier or animal ones and make a Mac book for myself. It seems like I have a plethora of those two types of subjects,which I don't know what that says about me?

Thank you for visiting sweet girl, I love to see you in my 'parlor', a complete delight.


Miss B.

Anonymous –  (January 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM)  

On the other hand, maybe it is subjectively most insightful that the Hollywood sign can't be seen in sharp focus...

Michelle P (January 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM)  

See? There's your magic wand again! This feels so cinematic, kind of gritty & hazy, & a little mysterious. I bet your friends love it!

Miss B. (January 19, 2011 at 3:21 PM)  

Ah Tricia Rose, now there's an angle;) So smart my dear. Thank you Miss Michelle, I love that you chose 'cinematic' to describe a photo of the Hollywood sign, that is so cool, not on purpose mind you...

Lindsey (January 19, 2011 at 11:12 PM)  

Great job on the editing! You really changed the photo dramatically.

Another tip (which you may or may not already know) is that your camera display does not = actual photo quality. It is annoying but with every camera you must learn its display. With my new camera for instance, the LCD is always darker than the photo. Once I download the images they always seem to be a stop brighter than on my screen. My other camera...the exact opposite. :-)

Great job Miss B! I'm loving following your editing and especially all the unearthed photos from days gone by.

Miss Lindsey

Lil Mama Stuart (January 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM)  

im amazed at how you make so much come out of these underexposed pics!

Miss B. (January 20, 2011 at 2:17 PM)  

Miss Lindsay! I actually learned that the hard way, AFTER this shoot. I don't trust my LCD it makes everything look good and then I come home and find out the photo's are blurry, underexposed or what have you. I am aching for a new camera.

Lil Mama Stuart, I am going to try real hard now to expose correctly when shooting because these photo's are really tough to edit, lol.

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