The “Fryday” Wedding |Trina Baker Photography

There was dancing, the guests were dressed to the nines and the bride and groom were lighting up the room on “Fryday”. It was a wonderful evening and I was honored to capture it all! Oh yeah, there were donuts. Lot’s of tasty donuts! 😍


Wedding party downtown Lawrence photographer Trina BakerBride and groom pose with wedding party in Kansas łBridal party posed for photos in Lawrence with Trina Baker Photographer Wedding party jumping for joy at Red Lyon Tavern In Lawrence Bride and groom toast at receptionGuests dancing at reception after wedding in Kansas

The Colors of #LFK |Trina Baker Photography

I popped into downtown Lawrence this afternoon to run a few quick errands and noticed the amazing colors that seemed to be everywhere. I shot these photos with my iPhone 8 Plus in portrait mode and edited with the VSCO app.

The iPhone 8 Plus uses two cameras in this mode. A 12mp wide angle lens and a 12mp telephoto lens. The telephoto lens is what actually captures the image. While it’s doing that, the wide-angle lens is busy capturing data about how far away the subject is, which it then uses to create a nine-layer depth map. You have five modes of light to choose from, natural, studio, contour, stage and stage mono. You can even edit the light mode after you take the shot. Cool, right?

I Love the shallow depth of field I get with this mode. The specs say it’s an f1.8 equivalent. Even though you have to shoot in the standard 4:3 format, you can always crop square. It has definitely become my go to mode.

A Lensbaby Night Out In LFK!

Those of you who have visited my blog before know my love of my Lensbaby lenses. I am obsessed with the blur, bokeh and how creatively I can bend the perspective. Last night I took it to work with me and took some night shots with my Nikon D300s. Using the Sweet 50 optic I looked for the street lights and neons and tried to find distinct angles to showcase the night. I want to showcase a different Lensbaby optic each week so watch this space.

Do you have a favorite Lensbaby optic or lens? I love them all but would love to know your favorite.


Downtown Tulips 108/365 Project

I took this photo this morning, when I was heading off to the post office, with the Shakeit Photo app for the iPhone.  It simulates a Polaroid complete with the noise and you even get to shake the phone to make the photo develop.  I LOVE it.   I got my new PX600 Polaroid film yesterday, but it has been quite stormy here so no photos yet.  I will post as soon as I take the first pick.  For those of you who shoot Polaroid don’t forget about ‘Roid Week 2010’.  I have 4 packs of film to shoot. Whee!


Mobile Blogging

Trying out mobile blogging platforms. Will review later.

Update: After about 30 minutes of trying two different mobile blogging platforms I have settled on the WordPress  app.  It doesn’t have all of the bells & whistles of the online dashboard but it is adequate for what I want to do.  You can add photos, write tags, add categories and even take photos from within the app.  There isn’t a spell check ,  you can’t add links  and the photo is always at the bottom of the post.  I think I can live with these minor problems.  My feeling is that I will use it mainly to upload photos on the fly.  I may actually  do more photo essays in the future. This image is of a local Jazz man who is downtown most Saturday nights playing some lovely alto sax.  Hope you had a lovely weekend.


Downtown 353/365

Downtown 340/365, originally uploaded by Gallery32/Chocolata.

Just a simple photo of downtown Lawrence.  I like the long afternoon shadows on the sidewalk.  The town is buzzing with Obama inauguration talk. I can’t wait. I plan on taking a photo of the moment on my TV since I will not be in attendance. So excited!



Through the Screen 340/365


Through the Screen, originally uploaded by Gallery32/Chocolata.

I was having lunch downtown yesterday and through the window shade I could just make out this scene. I like how mysterious and ominous it feels.



Dowtown Umbrellas Diptych 202/365

I went downtown for a walk today looking to be inspired for today’s photo. I took about 25 photos, had lunch, came home and downloaded from my camera. After browsing though them I decide to play around with these two images in PS elements to see what I could come up with. The colors in these photos were substantially different in thier original state. I ran an action called ‘300 effect’  to even out the tone and neutralize some of the saturation of color. I think it makes the shapes in the photos stand out and the color feels like summer to me.

Happy Friday!


Hotel President 50/365

We went to the Big VII Basketball Tournament today. I forget how many great classic buildings are in and around downtown Kansas City. We have tickets for the next 3 days so I think I am going to make a series of these. Apparently, it has been recently renovated. Here is a brief history of the glorious building, The Hotel President.

Following a $45 million renovation, the 213-room hotel is scheduled to host its first guests Jan. 11. The hotel’s famed Drum Room nightclub, which once hosted performers like Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Harry Houdini, will offer live Kansas City-style jazz and blues and other musical entertainment.The President opened in 1926 and was the site of the 1928 Republican National Convention. It closed in 1980, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and remained vacant for years amid proposals to tear it down and protests to preserve it. Terrazzo floors and marble from the original building were restored as part of the renovation.



Snowy Street 31/365

Snowy Street 31/365, originally uploaded by Gallery32/Chocolata.

I was downtown last night and captured this snowy street scene. Although the snow did not stick, it was kinda pretty to look at. I am quite ready for spring to be sprung 🙂


BW Power lines 18/365

BW Power lines, originally uploaded by Gallery32/Chocolata.

This photo was taken with my Nikon D80 in a downtown Lawrence alley. Originally a color photo then post processed in Photoshop to black and white. I tried a few color alterations and then sepia before I decided upon the black and white. It just seemed to fit the subject perfectly. Since I have started this project, I have tried to enhance the photos with the right treatment. This makes for more interesting and unpredictable photos. IMHO )