Well today is that day where you go, "OK winter. You suck, you're cold, ugly and rainy (west coast anyways) but BRING IT ON" I was taking some pics at Decades Coffee (for a post card coming out soon) and I walked outside and instead of heading back home, I said, "Forget it, I'm taking pictures" (This is part of that whole quit making excuses and just do it mentality).

I've got two pics. I played around a lot with my shutter speed and I think I'm going to go back and do this but with a wider lens and closer to the start of the evening, just to get more lights.

traffic f. 22 – 4" – ISO 100

I wanted to try a sky replacement with my second photo, but I ran into a couple issues. With all of the fine details in the leaves, wires and poles, it was really hard to key out the sky perfectly. I played around with it a bit, but I should have shot this shot in RAW (like the first one) and then I could have played more with my exposure and levels to help get rid of the white around the things you can see below.

clock f. 22 – 8" – ISO 100

I want to encourage you to push your limits. Get uncomfortable with what you're trying and don't be afraid to post what you came up with. There's some great feedback and inspiration going on and it's so cool we're getting new, creative people to connect with one another. 25 more days to go and I can't wait to see what we all come up with!

Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins

PS - I used what I'm learning from Nick Campbell's Tutorial Set to figure out the sky replacement and more.

Other people in the 30 Day Challenge:

Jordan Brennan

Kate Jarrett

Wesley Hawkins

Crazy Erin

Carter McNaught

Ryan Toyota

Shaun Young

Sarah Funk


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Carol Kerfoot