My best friend leaves today

Today is a very sad day for my family and me. My best friend, Jen Rinaldi, leaves to go back home to New Jersey today. I have never had so much fun in my life. Even an accident on an icy road didn’t ruin our fun, we were/are sore….but we still had fun.

I met Jen through a photography forum 2 years ago in April. It started off through there, then one day I sent her a private message through that forum and that turned into conversations through e-mail and Instant Messages on AIM. Then, on December 22 last year on her birthday I made the first phone call to wish her Happy Birthday. I was so afraid to call because I was afraid that we wouldn’t have anything to talk about……..btw……we can talk up to 3 hours and never run out of things to say. Then, almost a year after our first “live’ conversation, she visits Indiana. How cool is that? I believe that God had His hands in all this. I just  love this lady…she is everything that she seems. She has a big heart that is pure gold. I was afraid that when she came here that she would be bored, or that she would think that I was different from what she expected. I never once felt uncomfortable having her here. My sisters thought I was really getting out of my comfort zone, because I really am a homebody and I dislike disruption to my schedule. I never once felt like I was out of my comfort zone. Jen truly just fit it with our life that it is going to be so odd not to have her here.

I will be sharing some out takes from last night that are truly hysterical. I thought my sides were going to split as Jen and I were looking at them last night. For now, here are some from our photogs in the milo field. LOL

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HDR and tonemapping

I never knew what HDR or tonemapping was until I became a member of photoforum. My best friend, whose link is on my blog, showed us what can be achieved through it. I really like the richness of the colors that this technique brings out. The pictures below, with the exception of the last one, are examples of tonemapping only. I didn’t have a decent tripod when the sunrise was taken, so multiple exposures were out of the question. In the last photograph, however, I did attempt to take multiple exposures. It is obvious that there is movement. I was merely practicing though. I googled a good site for HDR photography and software and I included the link here: http://www.hdrsoft.com/

I can see how easy it would be to use HDR for almost every landscape. It is so amazing the look that is achieved through this.

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