Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reverse Infrared

Infrared (IR) photography is a passion of mine. Today I tried something new. I am experimenting with taking an IR photograph and the inverting it and editing in Photoshop. It is a very different look. I still have a lot more experimenting to do but here is one of my first tries.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mr and Mrs Woodduck

Yesterday we went to Ashland, OR to the woodcrafters show and while there I took some photos in Lithia Park. I was thrilled to find wood ducks in the pond there. They are so pretty and colorful.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Old Train Trestle

This another Painter painting done with a self made brush. It was finished in Photoshop.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Foggy Days

We have had lots of early morning fog lately. I decided to try to capture this fog bank over the barn but to make it more exciting I used HDR taking 3 images +/-2 so that the image would be more exciting and more colorful. So here it is!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Ride

We went for a short ride this afternoon. I saw this old red barn and just had to photograph it. I love old barns and I liked the few yellow leaves remaining on the maple tree. I hope you enjoy it too.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A New Class

Today the new classes started at I am taking the Open Studio Holiday class. This week we are making our own brush and then painting with it. My brush was based on a maple leaf shape. This is my first homework image.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Photographing Sunrises and Sunsets

Photographing Sunrises and Sunsets

Think Ahead - While sometimes wonderful sunrise and sunset shots can be taken spontaneously without any forethought it’s often the case that the best ones come out of planning. Scope out places that might be good for sunsets in the day or two before your shoot. Look for interesting places where you might not only be able to see the sun track all the way down but where there will be opportunities for shots that include foreground elements and silhouettes. Sunsets only take half an hour or so so you want to think about these elements before they start or you might miss the shots you’re after.

Find out when the sun will set or rise and get there at least half an hour before hand as it’s often in the lead up to and the time after the sun appears or disappears that the real magic happens. is the best site for this.

Keep an eye on the weather also. Usally the times where there is cloud around that the real action happens! Be aware of days when there is dust or smoke in the air as they can produce amazing results also.

Consider ahead of time what equipment you might need. Include a tripod, lenses that will give you a range of focal lengths, extra batteries etc.

Shoot at a variety of focal lengths - wide angle can create sweeping landscape shots but if you want the sun itself to be a feature of the shot you’ll want to be able to zoom right in.

Keep in mind that the sun is just half a degree across so when you shoot with a wide lens it will only be taking up a reasonably small part of the photo. If you want it to be a feature of your shot you’ll need to zoom in on it using anything from a 200mm lens upwards. This will increase your need for a tripod!

Be aware that when you look at the sun at the best of times it can be dangerous but when you look through a magnifying lens it can be quite dangerous is the sun is still too high in the sky.

Silhouettes as focal points - As with all photos, sunsets need a point of interest and one of the best ways to add one to a picture is to try to incorporate some sort of Silhouette into the shot. This could be a mountain range, a palm tree or a pier or a person.

Rule of thirds - While you can always break the rule it’s often a good idea to place elements like the horizon, sun, silhouettes etc off centre.

Shoot at a variety of exposures - if you let your camera decide what shutter length to shoot at you’re likely to get a shot that doesn’t really capture the beauty of the light. Quite often the shot will be under exposed because the sky is still reasonably light.

Switch your camera into aperture or shutter priority mode and to take a variety of shots at different exposures.

Bracketing - Another technique to try to get the right exposure is ‘bracketing’. If one of the images doesn't please you, then with bracketing you can use High Dynamic Range to combine 3 or more images to make a correct exposure .

If possible shoot in Raw Mode for more control.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Brother's Home

I am so happy to report today that my brother's home in Santa Barbara was saved. The fire was very close but the wind took it in another direction. This is a photo of the Santa Barbara jetty I took last June when I was visiting him.


Friday, November 14, 2008


We have been busy with visitors during the last week. We did lots of touring around from the coast to the wine country. I finally have one of the images ready to post.

This is a small candle shop on the road to the coast. It was nestled among several shops. I thought it was a charming little building and there were no cars in front of it. How lucky!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Need Inspiration?

Sometimes it helps to see the work of others. This link is to a blog which covers the works of expert Photshopers. I enjoyed viewing it and hope you do too

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Graphic Contests

Do you like entering contests? Here is a site which has all sorts of graphic contest links.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Can't Believe it is November 3 Already!

Where does the time go? I have been studying Photoshop CS 4 and Lightroom 2 for several days. This focus has kept me from doing other normal things. Plus the weather here has changed drastically. It is not a good time for photography as the rain has been relentless for 3 days and is forecasted to last for the forseeable future. We have company arriving this week and unfortunately it will be a very soggy visit. It really puts a cramp in touristy things.

I haven't painted anything new recently so I will share an autumn color photo from last year.