A Beautiful Wedding

All of the work and worry came to beautiful fruition Sunday, when my son and the girl of his dreams were wed. Congratulations, Luke and Ellie! Thank you for letting your family and friends be a part of one of the most important days of your life.
First Dance as Man and Wife
Two become one.
I shot this with a nice compact 50mm 1.8 lens, no flash. I had my ISO cranked, which makes for some grainyness, but I didn't want to carry a big flash and camera in my purse. And carrying my 'jurassic bag' wasn't an option with my mother-of-the-groom formalware on. I'm still recovering from my bling shoes! LOL You can see the 'real' photographer crouched on the other side of the happy couple getting the mirror image of the same pose. She is an amazing person who we called on very short notice because the first photographer we hired got the stomach flu. The very morning of the wedding the maid of honor gave Denaje a panicked call and she flew to our rescue. She's our hero! You can find the DPB Photography page on facebook by clicking here. Thank you again, Denaje. 🙂 I also want to give a shout out to The Marysville Opera House, the gorgeous venue the bride's family found. It's a truly lovely historic building with a wonderful ambiance. What did I learn from being inside a wedding? Hmmm. Wear waterproof makeup, that's a given. Stuff will go wrong, but it's ok. Friends and famly are the most important decorations in the room, and their loving support made the beauty of that day possible. And it's over before you know it, so be sure to stop and appreciate the moment. I will cherish these memories forever. Thank you all so much. Much love, Cheryl

Barrel Distortion

Barrel distortion is what you call what happens when straight lines aren't so straight anymore. Here's a simple shot of my kitchen window in which there are several problems right up front, including various sources of colors of light, the fact that the sun is shining brightly outside while inside it's dark, and I'm standing to one side of the window shooting with a wide angle lens. Notice that the window just looks 'off'. It's not rectangular. In Photoshop Elements when you open the 'filters' drop down it says 'Correct Camera Distortion'. That's what we're going to use here. You'll find some variation of this correction on most software. In Elements it gives a series of sliders and dials (that are entirely too stinking touchy, by the way) that you pretty much play with until you think it looks better. Better because it probably won't be perfect when you're done, but it will be better. People see what they think they see, so they probably won't notice the small distortions left. At least most people won't. I only adjusted my photo by -6% vertically and +4% horizontally, and then changed the angle from 0 degrees to 360 degrees to tip it just a little to try and cope with the distortion at the right hand lower corner. They were relatively small adjustments, but made a difference. I also chose to go black and white by using the hue and saturation layer and desaturating the photo myself instead of using gray scale. If you notice there's still a little cyan in there, so it's not quite black and white, but more of a duotone. Desaturating your photos yourself rather than just punching 'monochrome' or 'grayscale' makes for a nicer photo, and you can really change it by changing what colors you desaturate. What could I have done to prevent this in the first place? Use a different lens. I used a wide angle rather than a zoom of 80mm or more to flatten the shot. I could have also stood right in front of the window instead of to one side, and then any distortion would have been easier to correct, even with a wide angle, because the picture would have been balanced. Think first. Then snap. 🙂
A little straighter
BTW, nice valance, huh? 🙂