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Monday, February 23, 2009

I ♥ Faces - Black and White

I am so excited about placing 4th in the kids contest last week. Thanks!! This week the theme at I ♥ Faces is black and white. This is my first time to enter the adult contest. I have a lot of black and white pictures but choosing was not hard for me this week. I immediately thought of both of these pictures. Be sure and check out the other awesome entries for this week's competition at I ♥ Faces!! I will work on a post about how I convert photos to black and white for this week since several people have asked lately. I stopped converting pictures all together for a while because I couldn't get any images looking the way that I wanted them to. But I have found a system that I like for now. I will say though, it is not going to be very helpful at all if you don't have Lightroom because I do about 95% of my editing in LR 2.0.

This is a woman from Hanoi on our trip to adopt Annie. She said that I could take her picture if I paid her $1. I would have paid her a lot more than that to take her picture. Doesn't she have an incredible face? I was and still am captivated by her.
I ♥ Faces - B&W

And this is my precious Lucy Goose. This is a picture from just last week. She was dead on for our daily picture. I didn't even have to bribe her or ask her to pose. My girl knows how to work it. Doesn't she?
I ♥ Faces - B&W

42 comments:

alison said...

The old and the young--you captured them both beautifully!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the dichotomy of the old Vietnamese woman and your beautiful, youthful Lucy!

Michelle Leigh said...

Beautiful pictures. Your daughter is a beauty!

Kristin said...

She is just adorable! Great picture!

Marci's World said...

Have you felt bamboo. It is so smooth and cool to the touch. Contrasted with the wrinkles and lines on the woman's face - nice job.

Kate said...

I really struggle with B&W photos. Mostly because I'm still learning how to use PS. I've been considering LR for awhile, if for anything, to store and organize my photos. Maybe I'll check it out tonight.

Love the old lady. Her face seems to tell a story.

Rosa said...

Great shots. The woman reminds me of my grandmother; all wrinkly and sweet!

Lightroom is a great option (especially financially) for post processing. It is definitely a great option if Photoshop CS4 is out of the budget.

koehmstedt said...

I love both of your shots! Great choices.

Kate said...

Great shots as always!! I just the love them both!!

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

You are right about the captivation. I can hardly take my eyes off of either photo. Fantastic job!
ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Nicki said...

I saw that you got fourth last week! Congrats!! This week's pictures, though, have totally outdone past entries! They are soo fantastic. My favorites!

metaphase said...

Love them both. Folks like you are the reason I'm waiting to enter the "newbie" category! :)

Mandey said...

so gorgeous! both of them!

Margaret S. said...

Great selections!!! I think you should win!!!

Melinda said...

Wow! You picked some amazing photos this week. The one of the older woman is truly captivating.

Dawn said...

I love this photo of the woman...you;re right, worth more than a dollar :) AND Lucy...well priceless.

Kelli said...

Both pictures are amazing!

MKH said...

amazing face-absolutely. I really hope you place again this week! congrats on the 4th place from last week!

lee said...

kell i forgot to say congrats on 4th! and of course, you know you have two of my faves here. :D
xo

life with the wisners said...

dude. seen these before. but i LOVE them so much. SO MUCH.

you are so freaking talented.

Mireille said...

Love the contrast between young and old!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

Life with Kaishon said...

Congratulations on being one of the winners last week! That is SO fantastic! Your pictures are magnificent. I would say that was definitely a dollar well spent. WOW! I wonder how old she is.

Gayla said...

Both pictures are just so beautiful!

Laurie said...

I LOVE that picture too Kelly - actually, I love both of them too!

Sharon said...

I love both of these. I love the detail in your adult picture...and then compare that to the smooth creamy face of your child photo... just beautiful! :)

Phatchik said...

As always, your photos are incredible and incredibly inspirational.

I love the photo you chose for your adult entry. I think you've posted it before because I remember being enamored with it - I could be wrong though. Maybe it was just a similar shot. Either way, I love both choices. You go girl!

mimi lam said...

You can capture what life is all about, by looking at both pictures,the old one experienced all of life joy, sorrow, endurance, and the young one, shows the wonders, the happiness and the innocent of lie, in the child 's eyes. Exceptional pictures, the old lady remind me so, so much of my grandmother, a strong resemblance.

Janice said...

Incredible entries! I love the texture of the lady's face - it's the perfect black and white image.

And can I just say Lucy Goose is total sweetness!!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wow, I love the lighting in both of these. The woman's face has such depth and character. What stories she must have to tell! Your daughter is an angel!

Christina said...

I fully expect that incredible image of the woman from Hanoi to take first place. So incredible.

I still haven't gotten comfortable in LR...I use it for WB and exposure adjustments, but then I switch to PS.

Kristi said...

I am positive your photo of the woman in Hanoi will place. The kid's category is so hard. You should be proud of last week's first place.

When you first posted the photo of the woman it made me wish so much I'd asked some Chinese adults to take their photos. I would have happily given them a dollar. I guess the next time we're in China!

kathy Martin said...

Awesome photos! The lines in the elderly women's face tell such stories!

Mom said...

I guess I'm with the crowd in that I love both of these. I too wish I knew some of the stories from the Vietnamese woman--I think she could tell us all some fantastic tales. I also wonder how old she is. Possibly younger than one would think. As for the Goose, I'd love to hug her right now! Hugs and kisses, Lee Lee

Megan Renae said...

there is something about a person with lots of wrinkles - I LOVE it. I think their face tells a story!

The little girl is beautiful too!
Very nice

Dawn said...

Beautiful pictures!!

Pineapple Princess said...

You are an AMAZING photographer! Your daughter is gorgeous, too! :)

Phatchik said...

You did it again! You placed! You're an awesome photographer!!

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

Congratulations!!!

3rd Place. Wow!
I was so happy to see that I had viewed this photo... before
[I Heart Faces]
made it a winner.

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Lolli said...

What wonderful shots! Congrats on your top 10!!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW!! I can't get any more intelligent than that! The photo of the woman just BLEW me away! Breathtaking! I loved it! CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is definitely an award winning photo!

Of course, I'm awfully fond of that Lucy as well. She is just beautiful! I wanna adopt one too!

Puna said...

Congratulations! Both your photos captured me. Your little girl is beautiful. She's a lucky girl to have you and you and same!

Becca said...

What BEAUTIFUL pictures!! i love them both but the adult one is especially amazing! It cracks me up she made you pay her a dollar. I have been to Hanoi and love it for some reason :-) congrats on top 10!