Small Girl, Big Ideas

The Quaking Leaves

Every now and then I remember that I can do a lot more with my camera than stand in front of it and stare at. I got the bright idea to play with my bokeh kit and actually get all manual with my outfit photos - which means these were a challenge to take because they are manually exposed and manually focused. Lots of me standing in one spot, taking the photo, marking that spot with a leaf, and zooming in to see if I was in focus or not. I find this kind of thing relaxing, honestly  trying to get the shot right and all the little bokeh birds swimming around me. These are minorly edited for contrast and brightening, but I uploaded a few straight out of camera shots for you curious ones over here. Immediately after this I had to go grocery shopping which is the stressful part of Sundays because I can never remember what side of the road the store by me is on.

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sweater :: loft 
dress :: modcloth harvest season dress remixed 
flats :: seychelles remixed 
belt :: from a dress remixed 
bag :: valhalla brooklyn remixed 
necklace :: modcloth remixed 
headband :: target
rings :: modcloth remixed

40 comments:

  1. Oh, that sweater is so cute and so are your nails! Do you get tired of me telling you that all the time by the way?! Maybe you should just assume it, so I don't have to say the same thing all the time! Hee hee! -I do not yet know\understand how to zoom in with my camera remote or if my camera is even capable of doing that! Oh, and I do believe that the DH and I will be visiting Ohio in December\January! -Jess L

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  2. I have been meaning to learn how to use my camera forever now. I only have a little Canon XS (or something like that . . .) but I am confident that it can do more than I use it for. Your pics are always so amazing, you are inspiring me to figure it out! I love your sweater Katherine!

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  3. I loooveee the bokeh!! Definitely worth the extra time :)
    xx mili

    callmemaeby.blogspot.com/

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  4. I think you did a great job and the background is very romantic. I'm totally inept at taking pictures.
    xx Coco

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  5. I'm sure my camera can do way more than I actually know about. That background is so cool, I always love your pictures. The details on the sweater are so darn cute, too.

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  6. Your sweater is adorable.

    I've been trying to fool around a bit with my old camera as well. Unfortunately that meant loads and loads of blurry photos. I can't give up though because I love your backgrounds here.

    Bisous
    Suzanne
    http://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

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  7. Your adorable dress matches the leaves perfectly! And you did a fantastic job with the manual settings!

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  8. Your nails are the BEST!!! I love the dress with the striped blazer, the perfect colour combination. It is relaxing to spend some time and take outfit picture manually, it's a learning experience and can be so fun (as long as it's not -10 out...)
    xJennaD

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  9. Cute ^^ love the necklace!
    xx

    Johanna, Sweden/Norway
    ART FASHION

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  10. I think you did a great job using manual settings on your camera! I never use any other setting on my camera other than manual, and I remember when I never used it (about 4 years ago) because I was scared I would ruin every shot! Every now and then it's a miss, but usually 80% of the time it's a hit ;). It's so freeing and makes it so much more personal!
    xoxox
    lyndsey of hellolyndsey

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  11. Awesome job with the bokeh! I can't wait to get a DSLR and then learn how to do all kinds of awesome things with it.

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  12. I just started using my tripod and remote thanks to all the Flock Together outfits I have to shoot and the limited access I have to my fiance/natural light. It's really hard to get it looking perfect like yours! I guess practice makes perfect :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  13. oh goodness that would drive me nuts! It drives me nuts againt hat I can't get the multi photo timer thing to work adn have to set the timer for just one shot and then run back and forth. but you did an AMAZING job! that little path is a dream & I esp love the one where you're turned and laughing, so cute! great shots w/ the diff angles of your accessories too.
    http://dusanabotswana.com

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  14. Those nails! That sweater! In love with both...

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  15. Love the cute lapel details on this and the pocket-watch necklace.

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  16. Love the bokeh!
    And you look absolutely adorable! I love the jacket!

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  17. I really like your sweater, it's so lovely! I would wear it too! and I adore your photos..

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  18. I'm loving this jacket, and I seriously can't get over those fox nails!!!

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  19. I love your dress and all of those pretty rings. And I think it's awesome that you can actually shoot manual haha. And that can create such awesome bokeh birds.

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  20. This maroon looks so beautiful on you. I applaud those who take their own photos. It's been so long since I have done that and I know it's a challenge to make photos perfect with someone else taking them.

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  21. These photos are gorgeous, I really need to put more effort into getting to know my DSLR. That rust dress looks gorgeous on you, and I love the details on your cardigan xo

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  22. Your sweater is super cute, I totally want it! Also I love your nail art! So fun. These colors look beautiful on you and I really love your hair.
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  23. love this outfit!! i love the color of this dress its absolutely beautiful! Also that cardigan is so awesome :)

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  24. What lovely photos! It's nice to stop and just enjoy the process of photography, and I can really see that in these pictures. Lovely lovely!

    Julia

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  25. I love that stripe sweater and the dress! The bokeh birds are super cool too, i've always wanted to try it except with stars :) And woah your nails look amazing, I love all the cool animal rings too!

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  26. I love that sweater! I almost bought it a few weeks ago and should have.

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  27. Such a great outfit! I really like the colors you used and what a beautiful manicure! :)

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  28. Really beautiful photos, you've done such a great job. I'm in the process of saving for an SLR and these are very motivating! You look lovely, the necklace is such a statement xx Lizz

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  29. so pretty!

    xo
    Jamie
    www.candystilettos.com

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  30. Oh wow, your sweater makes me swoon! It has just the most perfect details to it. Love it with the rusty color too :)

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  31. I always find your photo taking so charming Katherine. You really pay attention to details which I admire. Love your dress and jacket in these pics. Also loving the necklace. I love a photoshoot with leaves. So much fun!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  32. oh the little birds are adorable! it's always fun to remember you can do a lot more with something you're so used to using the same way. also the colors in this outfit are awesome. cutie.

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  33. you are so sweet and I like your style! :) kiss from:

    http://luxuryterno.blogspot.com.es/

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  34. Great photos! You look so pretty.

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  35. How gorgeous!!!! Your nails are so cute!
    +Victoria+

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  36. I just love this sweater and your nails! The colors in this outfit are so perfectly "fall". Your necklace is amazing too.

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