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Wide Angle where it probably shouldn’t be used…. :)

So… there is something really cute about using a wide angle lens for a portrait. I can’t stop thinking of those cutesy photos of animals with big heads and little bodies (usually sugar-sweet puppies to boot, naturally) but I think it is a classic photo just because it is how most parents see their kids so much of the time. Anyways, I am called to do photos of the kids looking up and think it is darling, usually. Using a wide angle lens just took it to the next level, though!

I doubt that this will become a normal portrait style of mine, but it was fun to explore and perhaps some parents may like it… I will put it in my poses list just for giggles. Enjoy this, and if you want to see my more conventional images, check out www.kelleybard.com.


Delicate Flower Focus and new pics coming from new wide angle lens!!

This was a flower I photographed in my studio, checking the lighting and playing with the depth of field. I really like how the shallow depth of field softened this lily… it came out well I thought! Anyways, another for my flower gallery- www.kelleybard.com/flowers is the direct line, I believe…

This weekend I went on a photo journey. As with most of my explorations these days, it was a multi-task deal- I had a workshop I was attending in Boulder, CO so I brought my camera and shot photos like a madman in between! Lots of images that will be posted in the next months will be from this trip… fun fun fun! I also got a new wide angle lens after some serious thought (planned to purchase it later, but with the tsunami and subsequent product slowdowns from Japan, it seemed prudent. Or that was my excuse). I LOVE IT. Expect many horrible and hopefully some not so horrible photos in the future as I grow in understanding with this… it’s damn fun, though. And I’ll try to keep the horrible ones in the trashcan where they belong.

See more of my work from the links to the right… website, facebook, flickr, buzztown… I’m all over this thing!

Fern Curliques

I held onto this photo for a while, knowing how I wanted it to look but just not getting around to it. The original background was a lit black sheet, so dark greyish, which I wanted to darken. The colors weren’t so dramatic and the purple wasn’t as noticeable (and the bright orange not nearly that color!). So I hit Photoshop and edited and played until the colors got right. Other than that I only had to do a bit of cloning.

This one, and others that are popular or that I like end up on my website, at www.kelleybard.com. Your comments here, on facebook, on flickr, buzztown or retweets on twitter help me to know what you like. So don’t be shy and comment away! See my links to the right if you want to follow me in another web venue.

I’m off to go to my first solo art show! Wish me luck at the “LifeScapes” show at The Red Tent Women’s Center in Durango, CO tonight!

Home Photo Studio Almost Ready! Candid White Background Test Photo

It is very exciting to have my home photo studio almost finished! I’ve converted a spare room to a space with several backgrounds set up, along with some props and a great lighting set up! I’ll be hosting my clients in that room for our future photo sessions. I’m very excited to move into this stage of my business. I’ve also been in a great learning space, studying several different techniques and ideas in studio work… looking forward to using this knowledge!

I’ll be opening up once I get a few more ordered backgrounds. I’ll also move towards adding outdoors areas, of which I already have several sites. So this is going to be a good space for my photo studio for a while.

For my first few in-studio clients, I’ll be offering a deal for your business. Contact me at kelleybard@yahoo.com or 970-779-0981 if you are interested in trying out the brand new set-up!

I’ve been doing outside location shots and in home shoots for the past year so this is an exciting step forwards! I will also still be offering the other options, but for studio quality pictures, I’m proud to offer top-notch images.

The above image was a candid trial of my new white vinyl background and lights. I was enjoying the shoot!

I’m open to doing any type of shoots. I hope to fill the local need for affordable, quality child photography, as well as maternity photos and family. I’ll be offering some exciting plans for families and infant photography in the next few months, keep your eyes open!

See my work at www.kelleybard.com, and on flickr, buzztown and facebook (where you also get offered special fan deals).

And come by to see the studio!

Boulderado Hotel Reading Area

I absolutely love Boulder, CO. It has great shops, fun places to explore, beautiful landscapes… everything wonderful. It also has this hotel, the Boulderado- one of the best in the city, if not in the whole state. I had never been inside before, and wandered in one evening that I was visiting. I found this reading area on the 2nd or 3rd floor, tucked into a corner. I thought it was beautiful and strove to make it warmer and bring out the interesting textures in the wood, fabrics and marble with HDR. I have sat down and worked on this multiple times since November of last year, and always had one problem or two that I couldn’t fix with my current knowledge level. So I would move on, sighing… eventually I would pick up the necessary knowledge or photoshop trick and I could come back and finish that issue. Now, I think, it is how I envisioned it in my head.

HDR from 3 exposures, processed in Photomatix Pro 4 and Photoshop CS4. I don’t think I used any other programs, but it’s been sooooo long… oh, of course, Lightroom. Right.

Posted to the places and landscapes gallery at www.kelleybard.com, as well as flickr and facebook.


Vader Focusing

Just a fun one for the weekend. I took this to try out my lighting on a human (yes, Darth Vader WAS a human, we proved that in episodes 1-3 and the end of 6. Jeezsh.)

I lit this one with a side light on her left and low and high lights on her right. Not sure it that worked as well as I hoped, but it was fun!

I will be doing more portraits now that my studio is set up completely. Probably a deal coming about that soon, too!

More portraits at http://www.kelleybard.com.

Wet Flower Bud

I have wanted to finish this one for a while, but just didn’t know which route to take in processing it. I finally went fairly simply, and added a little glow and a little diffusion courtesy of OnOne PhotoTools… I didn’t even have to mask anything in the end, I just let the image speak for itself.

Some more fun photos on the way, varied (as always).

If you want to see my work NOW, check my website at http://www.kelleybard.com, or my flickr or facebook pages.