Sunday, April 26, 2009

I Heart Faces


I've finally been bitten by the I Heart Faces bug. This week's theme is "Reflections." In our master bathroom, we have two, large mirrors on opposite walls that create multiple, double reflections. (Click to enlarge to see what I mean about double reflections.)

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I did more post-processing than normal with this photo. I wanted the mirror images to stand out and not compete with the actual beige wall color (Mia's skin tone would have blended in), so I used a whitewash preset in Lightroom (Matt's Bleach Bypass - More Color) and then increased the saturation of Mia and her outfit back to normal levels. I also edited out all of the electric outlets and their reflections. (I can't stand outlets in my photos!) I originally wanted Mia facing the mirror, but ended up liking the reflections of her facing me better. That way all of the reflections are not of her backside.

The challenging part was trying to get as many reflections as possible without getting myself in the picture. Oh, and trying not to trip over the all that counter "stuff" that I placed on the floor. You didn't think my counters were always this clean and clutter-free, did you? LOL

35 comments:

Love Letters To China said...

Love the photo...

Abby said...

I love it!

Mommy said...

I love how creative everyone is being. Beautiful picture.

Kelly Green said...

Hi Michelle...what a cute pic. I opened up and did a double take...she's wearing an outfit I just got for Maddie! It's such a colorful outfit for Spring/Summer! Hope all is well...you two must be getting rapidly ready for adventure part 3 :) Take care!
Kelly

Donna said...

You are sooooo clever! And too funny about decluttering (and removing outlets). I do that all the time!

Donna
Our blog: Double Happiness!

QzakGirl said...

Awesome shot!!

Jen h said...

That is absolutely awesome!!!
Jen H

projectnihao said...

Great picture!

Marla said...

Ooooooh, very cool shot!!! Love it!!!

Gibbs said...

So cute! Great job!

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

I think this one is one of my favorites! I love the mulitple reflections! Wow what a GREAT picture!

April said...

Wowza...you definitely have the reflections thing going on! Great job...she's a cutie!

EL at Through My Own Lens said...

That is TOO cool! I love all of the multiple images - way to go!!!

Dawn said...

Absolutely LOVE it!!!

Taylor said...

Wow, I love all the reflections, so great!

Becca said...

This is amazing! My eyes glazed over a bit with all the technical stuff - but I dont have a clue about any of that - and i am definitely impressed :-) this is one of my favorite shots -- so so cool! (and I was impressed about your clean countertops too!)

Lori Lynn said...

Super cute! You should frame it.

Lori

Colleen said...

How adorable! What a great photo and I love the colors!
Thanks for visiting my blog. Your family is beautiful!

Ashley said...

Pretty awesome - I just want a wee bit o' that photo talent you have :)

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Ashley

Emily said...

I love this shot. I did a similar one for my adult entry but how in the world did you end up with so many multiple reflections. I am impressed and I think you just put mine to shame. Love the vivid colors on the outfit too. She is adorable.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

This is incredible Michelle....Great Shot....and Mia is just too cute up there on the counter:)

Lisa

Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful, beautiful little girl! Dazzling picture : ).

Catherine said...

Oh Michelle ~ I love this shot! She is adorable and what a perfect photo for the reflection theme. Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. It really means a lot!

JinXiu said...

what a fantastic photo

mommy24treasures said...

great job~

Stephanie said...

That is the BEST I have seen so far!!!! Awesome and your daughter is beautiful!

Annette said...

I love all the reflections. Very cool. What ... your counters are not perfectly clean all the time??? I'm chuckling that you edit out all the electrical outlets, that's funny.

Herb of Grace said...

Very awesome! I tried this shot myself, but couldn't get my mirrors angled correctly. Or get a cooperative model...

Thanks for sharing the edits. I love to learn new ways to play with my pics! :)

Felicia said...

Fantastic entry and great idea on your part! Love it!!

Rina said...

Michelle, I'm just now getting to look at all the entries, and I had the same idea you did! Great minds think alike?

ellie said...

Beautiful photo! The post processing sounds so complicated . . . I'm not sure I am ever going to figure all this stuff out! Great work :)

DawnS said...

Beautiful photo!!! I love the processing that you did too and your girls are just gorgeous! I just have to come back and spend some time reading your story! And you are going to China again this summer - I just have to tag along :)

Joe and Jane said...

Love the creativity! Has Mia tried to count how many times she's in the picture? What fun!

Mandi said...

I love the infinity look. Great picture!

Ivy said...

Michelle,
She's darling. Love the post processing and the composition. Just a pretty pretty photo!