Remember back in July when I went to Las Vegas to see my new niece? Well you might not, because I totally dropped the ball on uploading photos from our trip. This is a common occurrence in my life, especially when they are family photos. I take too many, get overwhelmed by all the editing work, and uploading to flickr ahead of me and then forget about them. When I was gathering photos of our last year for my end of the year post I remembered that I never shared anything from our trip. These photos have been on my laptop quietly awaiting seeing the light of day.
We went to the Grand Canyon on our way to Vegas. I was so very excited about all the photo opportunities I would have there. I even rented a wide angle lens just for the occasion. And then it rained the entire time we were there. It was really cold and windy too. In July! All of these reasons made me a really awful person that day. I was grouchy and pouty because my plans didn't go as expected. I took a lot of photos of the canyon, but they were all flat looking on my camera. It was really cloudy and foggy and did I mention rainy?
* I just had to edit this to add this photo. It perfectly documents my feelings at the time. Cold and Unhappy.
My photos just didn't have the color in them that I wanted them to have. Sheldon was really patient with me as I was grousing about how sucky the day was. He and his brother were having the time of their lives and he didn't understand why I was so upset. "Those photos might look crappy right now, but once you get them on the computer and can edit them a little they'll look great. Besides, everyone can get good photos here when it's nice out, these photos will be different because it's so cloudy."
So I uploaded them all to flickr last night. All 5000 of them from our entire trip. I'll weed through them on there, my computer tends to be slow when dealing with a lot of photos in findr. And I ran a few through picnik (these are a little more edited than I would normally do but I like them). The colors started coming out and the clouds really do look pretty good (before and after below). My husband was right. (He'll love that when he reads this haha... You were right Sheldon.) They still aren't what I envisioned but they capture the day and I guess that's all that matters.
I don't think of myself as a photographer at all. I'm just a blogger with a camera, but I'm glad that these photos are starting to look better and show me that my grumpy attitude was really unfounded. So one of my projects for the next few weeks is to go through all these photos edit them and make them pretty. They deserve that. I also have photos of us with Charlotte that need some work too. I'm not going to blog them (probably) but I'll make a flickr set and direct you all there when they're ready for some browsing.
I hope to get an eye-fi card for my camera for my birthday. That way all photos go directly to flickr and I might be more likely to work with them right away. Do any of you have an eye-fi? What do you think of it?