These were taken in 2013 and recently reworked.
Yesterday, my sister and her fiance had an engagement party. It was more of a Hmong “traditional” well-wishing-string-tying-ceremony but it would be considered an engagement in the western world. I took over 200 photos, and hope to go through all of them soon, but for now there was this one photo that really stood out. It’s of my daughter with her pouty expression. She had wanted me to get her a Pepsi from a cooler just outside the door and I asked her to get it herself. She refused yet begged me to get it for her so I said, “How about we trade? I get you the Pepsi and you stay there (by the door), so I can get a photo of you?” Siblings and friends who were listening to us laughed and that got her upset. She said, “No. I want the Pepsi,” but when I gave her the Pepsi, she actually stood there for a few seconds for me to take the photo. I think I see a little smile in that pout.
EXIF: Nikon D90, 50mm, 1/1600 sec, f/1.8, ISO 500, Aperture priority, Matrix Metering, no flash.
Here is the RAW file as is and when I edited in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). The photo above was then edited in Photoshop CS6.
Daughter and I had a day of water coloring. She was done after one piece but I decided to practice a little more. When it comes to painting, I’m horrible at it. I struggle so much with it but I try anyway because I really want to get the hang of it. I find that I struggle painting in Photoshop too…so I need a lot of practice there as well.
Just a random piece. No pre-sketching. I saw this beautiful sunset earlier this week and tried to duplicate it. I’ve also been fascinated by air balloons.
This piece isn’t done yet of the buildings. I haven’t decided what color to make the sky. It’s daughter’s favorite piece so maybe I’ll ask her for recommendations.
Here she is painting along…