Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Black and White Wednesday - "Bethlehem, PA, Photo Workshop"

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If I had to choose just one word to describe our Bethlehem, PA Photo Workshop with 16 amazing bloggers, led by the incomparable Lisa from The Long Road to China - it would be....


What a week-end!

(I'm in the throws of editing some of the over 700 RAW shots I took and will post more in a while. Meanwhile - check out some of the other entries here and get ready to be blown away.)

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This was the defining moment for me. We shot the whole day in manuel after 2 hours of instruction. There are a lot of things to consider with each shot and my first attempt at this beautiful blue sky came out completely blown out. White....pure white. But Lisa was standing beside me and showed me her version of the sky and it was blue. My shutter speed was at about 1/160 of a second (too slow) so there was way too much light...thus...blown-out. Lisa said "try 1/3200" which I did and this is the result. Quelle difference!!!!

That was my biggest a-ha moment. ( I heart Lisa.)

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We had some amazing models that day.
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I'm hooked, smitten and want to sleep with my camera now. And I'm doing some pretty heavy flirting with Photoshop too. (Lightroom and I have been tight for months now.)

Thanks Lisa, Marla, Darling Dita and all you amazing gals who made this week-end such a blast!

Can't wait for Part 2!


Audrey @ said...

I love the B&W shot and the first one of the little girl. they are beautiful.

Raymonde said...

Those are amazing. What a great workshop and you are a fast learner.

Take care. xxx

Anonymous said...

Great Photos, I really LOVE that first one with the feet! SOunds like you ladies had a Awesome weekend!

fleur de lis cottage said...

Wanda, these are some great, great images. And, I have the same problem....doing way too much flirting with Photoshop right now ;-)

Look forward to seeing you at the reunion!!

Love Letters To China said...

I have to admit... I bumped a few of Lisa's links to get to yours this morning. ;-)

These photos look amazing! I'm so happy you were able to attend and had that "a-ha" moment. I still have them on a daily basis with my camera. From the look of these, you will need to have a serious talk with your hubby to tell him about your new love... :-)

Maybe next time we will finally get to meet!


Denise said...

Great pics Wanda! Love the ones of the bride and groom. Yes, PS and I are getting very close...I think LR is pretty jealous right now! So glad to have met you~

Anonymous said...

I love your photos. I love the angles, the composition and your processing. I wish I was there with you ladies. I am so glad to read about your wonderful experience.

Gail said...

It is pretty wonderful when you have that 'a-ha' moment isn't it?! LOVE all of these Wanda, they are stunning. Beautifully composed and I love your processing. The subjects are gorgeous too of course!!!

Have a great rest of your week!


Susan said...

Great job, Wanda!

Leah said...

Beautiful shots Wanda, wish I could have made the workshop :(

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pictues, Wanda!! I had so many A-Ha moments, but this one definitely made the list! It's amazing how a few clicks of the dial can make the difference between a good picture and a GREAT one! It was so nice meeting you! I'm sure we'll meet again down the road :)

JinXiu said...

wow what great photos. i love the first one of the feet. it sounds like you all had a wonderful time.

Mama Hen said...

Absolutley amazing Wanda! What a great experience! These pictures on an angle are beautiful! You are such a super photographer! I gave you an award! Come and get it! :)

Mama Hen

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

It sounds like you had a great time. That was wonderful you got to travel down for this fun-filled weekend of learning and laughter.

Great job!


Ellie said...

I LOVE all these! GREAT work! Thanks for sharing the tip about the sky blowing out - I never understood how all that works! I'm so glad you had a great time, I sure hope there is another weekend like this someday!

Life with Kaishon said...

Wanda, you are the sweetest most beautiful girl. Really. Just pure loveliness! Now, of course I knew that from the moment I first visited this blog, but meeting you in person I was able to see it even more clearly.

You did a wonderful job and you learned so much. You are outstanding. Wishing you all the best as you go about your photography journey.

Love. Love. LOVE you : )

Marla said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pics, Wanda!! I so enjoyed meeting you, like so many have said, you are as precious in person as you appear on your blog. Can't wait to see you again!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

wanda, so good to meet you on Sunday. I love your shots...but, the Moravian Church is my favorite! it is a cornerstone of our little town, and the second you get to Main Street, its the first thing you see. I absolutely love the angle, the colors, everything!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Oh...your photos are amazing!!! Soooo happy you had a wonderful time! I am learning that a good camera means nothing if you don't know how to program it. It's crazy how a simple setting can change the sky to blue! :)

I look forward to more gorgeous photography!!!

Love and blessings,

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Hi Wanda!! I am so glad that you were able to make the trip.....It just would not have been the same without you!!! Your pictures are FABULOUS....and you don't know how thrilling it was too see you and the other ladies having those "ah ha" moments. SO gratifying!!

There will definitely be a part two......or maybe just a fun girls weekend!! NYC or bust:)

Thank you for that special handmade gift. It is so beautiful and knowing that it was made by you just touches my heart. You are truly one of a kind.



Lisa said...

What a wondrous weekend of fellowship, learning, celebrating and just fun!

Your photos are amazing and I loved hearing the story behind the steeple & sky! I've always admired your photography, so now I will have more love on!

You absolutely deserved this weekend ~ I'm tickled for ya!!

CM said...

How fun! Beautiful shots!

Mary Lou said...

I'm in tears wishing I'd been there to learn it all. I don't know about lightroom but want to find out..
Beautiful photos. Can't wait to see more.
Thanks for commenting on my dress form today.

a Tonggu Momma said...

These are gorgeous! (And I am totally green with envy. I wish things had worked out so that I could visit. Ugh.)

Mama Hen said...

I just love these pictures Wanda! Stopped by to say hi! I hope you are having a great week!

Mama Hen

Julie said...

Wanda...these are gorgeous!! Isn't manual fun!!

Casey said...

It was so nice to finally meet you!! I had the best time. These photos are STUNNING!!

Buckeroomama said...

These are wonderful pics, Wanda! I esp. love the one of the first little girl (directly after the sky picture); there's something about the angle and the girl's expression that caught my eye. :)

And hey, you got to meet Becky at the workshop. :) I heart Becky, even though we've never met. Isn't she one of the nicest people ever?

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Those are beautiful photos! I wish my photos can turn out half as good as yours! Glad you had a great time. It's nice just going out with girls. :D

Briana's Mom said...

These are GORGEOUS Wanda! Simply amazing!

Teresa said...

You are so talented! Beautiful photos (notice I didn't say "snapshots" ;-).

Nice to see your beautiful daughters. Milana is growing up so fast! Wasn't it just last week you brought her home?

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Someday, I would love to make it to your area and visit!

Valerie said...

Wanda, I've been catching up. The girls are stunning and lovely to look at (just like their mama).

I'm so glad to see your pictures from the workshop, amazing stuff. I wish I wasn't so camera depleted.

I also love the beautiful painted boxes you made, amazing!!!!!

I love the city trimmed your trees for you - don't you love it when you don't have to fight city hall?

Keep the pictures coming.

Love Valerie

Grossesse Made in China said...

Wow c'est très beau !! J'aimerais bien faire de la photo !! C'est dans mes plans prochainement ! Dis moi, comment tu fais pour donner cet effet aux photos ? Un filtre photoshop ?

Bientôt un an de gotcha day !! :)
Manon et Dali

Jo said...

The photos are amazing!

Sounds like all of you had such a great time ~ I'm so envious :) If only I were in your league, I'd love to have joined all of you.

The box you painted for Lisa is so absolutely beautiful! Your talents are endless.

Have a great week~

Dita said...

Good GAWD, how could I have missed this POST? Where have I been (where haven't I been...I'll tell ya...HERE!)
These are really fantastic...but I must say, they make me a little sad..sad that we aren't there still and propped up on our beds chattin' sleepover style!

Miss you lots,
Dita Darling

June said...

Can't believe you were in Bethlehem. My in-laws live in Allentown. Wish I'd known, haven't been keeping up with blogs or blogging lately.

You just missed MusicFest, although i am sure you saw signs for it.

Recently, I took some photos of my daughter, and noticed more than a slight resemblance to Dahlia, maybe just an expression or a certain sideways glance, but I definitely noticed it. will have to find those photos.

Glad you enjoyed your trip to PA!