The clouds in Nebraska take on a life of their own and offer a landscape panorama that takes your breath away
Prom season kicks off early at Elmwood-Murdock high school and my daughter did what all teenage girls do before prom, searched for her dress (bought it online), had her nails done, her hair done and then have their Mom take way too many pictures.
Elmwood-Murdock does prom a little different than the bigger schools where kids rent limos which takes them to dinner and prom. The school prom committee raises money throughout their high school years and rents coach buses which picks the kids up at the school, where everyone rides together to a dinner, dance, and then takes them to the after prom party. This years prom was held at Dave and Busters in Omaha.
Students walk out of the school on a red carpet while parents get a chance to take pictures paparazzi style. Really a lot of fun, at least from the Mom perspective. Enjoy the images of the Elmwood-Murdock 2012 Prom.
By the way, all these images were edited in Lightroom 4 (still in the 30 day trial period) starting with the RAW files. I seriously miscalculated the exposure and almost all the images were over exposed. I am now soooo super impressed with Lightroom capabilities.
Related Prom Season Articles
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- The prom wear is free, no questions asked, at nonprofit’s new shop in Raritan Township (nj.com)
- Prom (ctmercantile.wordpress.com)
Oops, did I really say that? Flower porn? Oh, I said it again. I’m really into Flower porn (not human kind so stop there if you are and just leave), which is very close up shots of naked reproductive parts of flowers, the stamen and pistils or macro photography. I just can’t help it, I have to not only look but point my camera at those intimate detailed parts.
Some of my favorite flowers to expose are Irises, check out my shots from last year.
The secret to good macro photography is plenty of light and a fast shutter speed. With flower photography wind is your enemy and some days you may just need to bring the blooms inside. Expose for the petals to get the texture and details. Try different angles, different lighting, back-lit sun streaming through the petals. Get on the ground and shoot up against the sky. Break out of the boring and stereotypical flower photos.
Use an open aperture under 5.0 and focus on the itty bitty flower sexual parts, you know the ones, deep inside the flower that few people look dare peek when no one is looking.
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I don’t ever remember wearing shorts in March, not in Nebraska anyway. But when the temperature reaches into the 80’s the winter not only do the white legs come out, but the trees start blooming.
A photographer client told me last week he had just returned from the Smokie Mountains where the cherry blossoms were already at their peak. Six weeks early. By the time the Cherry Blossom Festival arrives there won’t be any flowers.
Not sure what species of tree this is, but it was pretty, and in honor of spring it’s my photo of the week.
Yes, I admit it, I love Pinterest and this Baked Onion Ring recipe was one of the first to get me hooked. Maybe because I’m such a visual person. Half the time I search Google by Google images, so why didn’t I think of Pinterest? I have a Favorite Foods (surprised, not) board that I’m going to have to divide into sub categories pretty soon.
Below is my rendition of the Low Fat Baked Onion Rings. I had my doubts that oven backed rings would be crunchy. Not only did I like them, but so did every one else. They were soooooo good. Thanks to Skinnytaste.com for posting them originally
Since I adapted the recipe a little (don’t I always) I posted my own picture, but if you want to check out the original visit my Favorite Food board
- 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
- 2 1/4 cups milk + 1 TBSP vinegar (original called for buttermilk, which I never have)
- 2 cups finely crushed bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup crushed corn flake crumbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parsley, garlic powder, seasonings to taste and preference
- olive oil baking spray