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Erika Thornes
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My very first article is up on Photofocus today. I wrote about how I light portraits underwater. I'd love for you to check it out, and leave a little love here, or there. I'd also love to field any questions you have!
Editor's Note: Please welcome new Photofocus contributor Erika Thornes.  She is a San Diego based photographer who loves to make lasting memories for families.  Please leave her comment below this ...
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So, this past week I went to Photoshop World in Vegas, hosted by +KelbyTraining.com. I got to meet the +Photofocus®  team, and I invited one of their authors, Lisa, into the pool at Mandalay Bay Hotel. The wave pool was far better than I could have ever imagined to shoot in. Truly incredible. I can't wait to dig through the photos and find even more fun images. I thought I'd share this one in the meantime. So beautiful, and so much fun.
 
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The other day, I posted this image here on Google+. Today, while playing around, I accidentally deleted it. Opps. We all make mistakes. But.... I love it. I really love it, and I wanted to make sure to share it with you again. So, please forgive my double post. shot it with my Sony a6000 with an underwater case out here in Del Mar, CA. It was about 30 minutes until sunset, to the light was a little low, enough to give a depth to the water color, without being too dark. This was the color I saw when I was out there. It was an amazing night. It makes me want to get out IN the water more, instead of staying on the shore. For some reason, the image gives them anxiety. Worried about what is beneath. For me, it brings a sense of calmness. Almost meditative. A perfect place for me to relax and reflect... Then there is that bubble. Oh, I want to pop that bubble. 
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Back to Shooting...

It feels like it has been a while since I've been doing what I love. I have been growing my Canon lens collection for quite some time, and I'm afraid, that instead of enhancing my creativity, it has been holding it back, too much weight, too big, so I would just leave it at home. 

Yesterday, I got myself a new camera for me to take with me. Something smaller than my big beast, something I could stick in my purse, and have fun with. I went down to the beach last night with my new Sony a6000, and had a bit of fun playing with long exposure. I loved the glistening of the rocks, but knew they needed more. Tonality Pro was great in bringing out the details in the rocks.

I'm so happy to have the #sony     #sonyalpha   #a6000  It really is a great refreshing change for me. #sandiego    #sunest   #ndfilter   #blog   #macphun   #tonalityPro  
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I LOVE the a6000. It is so tiny. It is so capable. Join the a6000 group on FB, they will be able to tell you the cheapest lenses for that body. I'd rather go Canon than Nikon for the low end DSLR market, as you can get full frame Canon glass (glass that can fit on their higher end cameras) and it will auto-focus on the cheaper bodies. Nikon has a funny split system (I believe, but my info could be old). I'm straddling two worlds with the Canon and the Sony... But, any of them would be good options. Not much help, eh? Look for a lens around 50mm with a 1.8 that is a good starter lens with good bokeh. 
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I had the best time with +Eleanor Preger. I really treasured our time together, and can't wait to watch her grow in her photography. Please check out her page and all the wonderful work she's been doing! 
 
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Spent a day shooting & processing in LR & Photoshop w/ the talented +Erika Thornes  learning her process & tricks
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oh wow and it's cool but lol and it's awesome but i'm still laughing
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Today, I was going through portraits I shot underwater using different lighting techniques, and I came across this one. I totally forgot about it, as I don't have it in the files or galleries I see very often. So exciting to see images I haven't looked at in two years. What a fun hidden gem! using Joel Olives textures.http://www.joelolives.com/
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I love everything about this image.. Well done Erika!. 
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As most people know I've been shooting with the Pentax system since I started photography when I was shooting film using a Pentax ME-Super and K1000 bodies which I still have in some cupboard somewhere. I never considered switching systems as the Pentax system was always adequate for what I was ...
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I loved working with +Jan Kabili on +This Week in Photo (TWiP). It was great to show her how I shoot and process my silhouettes! If you haven't been on TWIP, please, please, click through. There are so many incredible resources there presented in such a dynamic way. So great! 
 
Learn to shoot and process silhouette photos with photographer Erika Thornes, and download a FREE collection of Lightroom presets for silhouettes.
Learn to shoot and process silhouette photos with photographer Erika Thornes, and download a FREE collection of Lightroom presets for silhouettes.
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Sometimes, I arrange photo sessions with people I know well. With family friends. When that happens, I get the opportunity to have one of my children come and assist on the shoot. Izzy asked to come along, as she loves the family I took photos of, and was excited to meet them at the beach. She asked if she could bring her hula hoop. Of course. Yes, of course, she could. I got a few photos of her playing with the hoop in the sand that were adorable before we started, and she asked me to shoot her hooping after our session was over. She was a great help getting the baby, to pay attention, and I'm so glad to have been able to spend the time with her. Of course, this image, wasn't too bad either. It is just great to get out and spend time on the beach with our families. They seem to come alive when we are at the beach. 
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Shot with my new Sony a6000 Mirrorless camera. Love how easy it is to take with me. Even the kit lens is good. 1/200, F/8, ISO 200 Lightroom and Macphun Intensify Pro #sonyalpha   #a6000   #blog  
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beautiful..
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Fantastic Video! I'm telling all my friends to subscribe! Great work! 
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Hola erika que tengas buenas noches bonit
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Photographer who lives and works in San Diego, CA. Loves to dive on in, and just have fun. 
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