Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The End of a Beautiful Month

October has been spectacular this year in southwestern Oregon. It has been dry and the color has lasted. This is going to end this weekend with rain and wind in the forecast. So today I went out shooting with friends to try to capture the last of the fall colors. Today's image is the best we found.
This is taken from the Applegate Bridge in the late afternoon. I hope you like it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Beautiful Day

Today was such a pretty day. We went to brunch with friends and then for a little drive to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather. The sky was blue as a saphire and clear as could be with not a cloud in sight. The temperature was perfect. It was nature's art as it's best.

This photo was taken at the driveway of a fantastic apple orchard estate. There are two of these unique gates which have always fascinated me.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Yipee! My Photoshop CS4 Finally Arrived!

It installed without a hitch and I am a happy camper! Before installing I updated my graphic card driver which may have saved some problems. I'll be letting you know how I like it as I have time to explore all the new features. Today I am installing filters. Stay tuned for more!

Today's photo was taken in June at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween is Coming!

Many parents just take a straight photos of their little goblins in costume. Why not make your photos spooky and fitting for the season?

Lighting: Hold a flashlight under the face or hold you camera (with flash on) upside down so that the glow comes from below.

Color: Change color by taping cellophane over your flash. Bracket shots or shoot in RAW so that the white balance can be corrected with the color change.

Angles: Try unusual angles, don't keep everything straight.

Fog Effect: Use dry ice

For more hints look here:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

55 Best Photoshop Tutorials for Photographers

From the Blog of Emma Alvarez, 55 Best Photoshop Tutorials for Photographers:

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Today we went for a Sunday ride especially to take photos of fall colors. The fall colors were not so great, I guess they have not peaked yet. There were lots of golds but I like it when there are reds mixed in with the golds and greens of the firs. So when we saw this Sharp-Shinned Hawk settle on the top of a light standard in a parking lot, I grabbed this great new lens and shot this photo. I was so amazed when I saw how good it was. He was so far up that I couldn't believe I could get such a great shot of him. Of course, it was cropped to bring him in closer.

I must say I am thrilled with this new lens, the Canon 300mm F4 L IS. To see a larger version go to

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My New Lens Arrived

UPS came yesterday afternoon with my new Canon 300mm F4 L IS lens! I couldn't wait to try it. This is one of the first images I took with it and the 1.4 extender. I am pleased with the lens. I think I will enjoy using it very much.

Friday, October 17, 2008

While you Paint...

Do you like to have quiet or music playing? Does music help your creative juices flow? Or maybe you just hear the music in your mind as you paint. Sort of like some days, when your brush just seems to have a mind of it's own... At times like this is it as Joan Miro says "The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later".

Today's image is a fractal called "Summer Wind Storm"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Do You have Lens Envy?

I do. I find myself wanting too many lenses. They are expensive. I just ordered the Canon 300mmL F4 IS which will be delivered on Friday. I also find myself wanting the Canon 24-105L. I really should stop. I am not a professional photographer. I should be happy with what I have. You don't need all L lenses! I have taken some very good photos with relatively inexpensive lenses. Earlier this year I bought the 70-200mm L f2.8 IS lens that is a dream but I really haven't used it much. I find myself shooting with my Sigma 18-200mm OS lens most often. It has the ability to shoot a wide angle as well as some telephoto. It is a great all purpose lens.

Today's Image is taken from Yreka, California and is of Mt Shasta.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10 Ways toTell if You’re a Photographer

1. One gigabyte of memory lasts most people a month but barely lasts you the afternoon.

2. You know what aperture-priority means.

3. You delete more photos in a week than most people make all year.

4. You need just one more lens.

5. You've crawled on the ground to get a shot of something rusty.

6. Your camera equipment is worth more than your car.

7. No one else brings a camera to an event if they know you’re coming.

8. Your family doesn’t recognize you without a camera covering your face.

9. You have thousands of pictures and you’re not in any of them.

10. You’ve been up before dawn or out in the freezing cold or even done something semi-dangerous… all for a photograph.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Today's Painting

Continuing on with my love of Painter and digital art, and constantly exploring new vistas for digital art, this is today's painting. I call it "Life is just a Bowl of Cherries.... uuuh Grapes".

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Homework

I take Painter classes at the Digital Art Academy. There is an ongoing group called Open Studio where we have 4 week sessions several times a year. This week's lesson is taught by one of my favorite artists, Barb Hartsook.

This is today's homework.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lightroom Blogs

I have found that there are so many good blogs for Lightroom that I am learning more from them than the Scott Kelby book on LR2. Of course, I need to find time to actually read the book!

Today I added presets to my effects menu in the adjustment brush. I would never have known about it without these blogs.

Today's photos is a covered bridge near my home taken with the Canon 350XT ir only camera.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I did it!

I placed a pre-order for Photoshop CS4 today. There are lots of new improvements that I am looking forward to using. Among them are new non-destructive dodge and burn tools, content aware scaling, the adjustment panel as well as the mask panel and the clone preview. One thing I have wished for in Photoshop has finally been added. That is the ability to rotate the canvas that has been so useful in Painter for a long time.

No, it won't make me a better photographer or artist, but it will make many editing chores easier.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Say Hello to Sammy

It is still raining and quite muddy. Sammy came in all covered so it was bath time. After he was clean and brushed it was photo time. So, here is Sammy, who rules our house.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Hooray! We had our first rain in months today! It reminded me of a trip to China where it rained all the time. The vendors crowd around the tour buses hawking their wares. Haggling is a way of life for these folks. Rain or shine, there they are.