Wednesday, June 24, 2009


I'm having an immensely stressful day, and the promise of another one tomorrow. When things get really bad I tend to withdraw from human contact and look for something to occupy my brain while the rest of me goes on autopilot.

Tonight it was post-processing.
I screwed up the settings on a few photos from Maya's class trip yesterday (more on that to follow this weekend as this week's
Summer Stock post) and decided to play around a bit and see if I could salvage anything. It will still never be an award-winning shot, but it's at least now you can actually see her face.

From this:

To this:

And now I think it's time for a good long soak in the hot tub. Send a few good thoughts our way, would you? We got blindsided today and need a solution to a major problem. I won't rest until I've got the answer I demand, and that we are owed, but it's got the potential to get very stressful in the interim. Sorry to be cryptic, I just don't have the energy to get into it all again right now. I'll fill everyone in soon.


Thom said...

Well if this helps any Maya is a beautiful little girl and the pictures are fantastic. Keep a positive attitude about all things. They generally always work out and when you think in that way, all around you will be fine. Have a great soak. And smile always :) Aloha my friend :)

kaye said...

good thoughts from me to you, I could use some too as we hit a bump in our road today as well, I'm feeling quite out of sorts and quite frankly would love to express my mind in a socially unacceptable way :)

ellievellie said...

Good job! My camera is broken so I do it on every shot - that is why mine look so weird :) Miss Sunshine :) It was a good movie! How did you manage to put reflection on her iris?
She looks so sweet - totally worth saving. The best thing about post-pross is that you can shoot fast with the speed of life:)

Angelika said...

That's quite amazing ... did you use photoshop? I tend to use it when I need to salvage my pics, but I never manage to get it come out that well.

Great job!

Robin said...

I used a combination of my new HDR s/w and Photoshop Elements, and did a whole lot of tweaking :). (This is not an HDR image, but the software is good for lightening, etc. without getting all that extra noise.) I probably spent a whole lot more time than this particular image warrants, but like I said, I was trying to keep myself busy.

ellievellie said...

You managed to give her a Hollywood quality sparkling eyes! Kind of Jeniffer Aniston for magazine cover iris effect! Glad you liked the flower benches - my husband said they are uselessly made and those pointy edges do not comply with the safety standards! Men :)

Stephanie said...

i love your photography. I was wondering what type of camera you use? Your children are extremely gorgeous too! I love photography and anything you can tell me would be great!

Karen said...

Good thoughts... Hope everything turns out OK.

Daryl said...

Oh I feel you angst .. I played with the photo of mom that I posted on Tuesday, it took me forever to get the contrast right and eliminate the scratches and crap on the old photo..

The fix looks great .. such a punim!

Genny said...

Sending good thoughts your way. I truly hope your situation works out and that your problem gets resolved the way you want it to!

"Sunshine" said...

Aw, what a cutie :) I especially love that she's wearing my namesake's cap. I loved those Little Miss and Mr. Men books as a kid! Hope all turns out well for ya!

Robin said...

Thanks for all the good wishes everyone. No resolution yet, but hopefully soon. My mama bear claws are out and they're sharp, and I WILL get what my child needs and is rightfully entitled too.

Stephanie, I'm using a Nikon D40, which is an entry-level DSLR. This shot was taken with a 55-200 zoom lens, I've also got the 18-55 kit lens. An SLR, but a pretty basic one. I really like it, it's more than enough for me at this stage of the game.

anymommy said...

Hang in there, Robin. Sorry you're dealing with something large and unexpected.

Your little girl is gorgeous, as usual, and her new room is so cute.

Shannon said...

Lots of good thoughts and prayers coming at you. Hang in there and vent when you need to:)

Ms. Latina said...

Lots of well wishes going your way! Hope its much better now and FYI: You did an amazing job with the picture. Good night and will keep you in my prayers!