Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

I took this photo on a cold cloudy November day. It is a combination of 3 shots combined in Photomatix and edited in Photoshop CS4.

Cape Blanco is a spur that stretches one and a half miles off the Oregon Coast. At the end of it, Cape Blanco's lighthouse sits majestically on a 200 foot cliff. It is no wonder this lighthouse was among the first built along this coastline. Heavy wind and rain are common to this area, and the rocky terrain below is very sharp and dangerous.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Top 100 Photography Blogs

I love reading photography blogs. This morning I found this list. It is enough to keep us all busy through 2009~


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Snowed In

This is the first time in my life I have had snow on Christmas Day and before and after. This is a shot from the sliding doors over our back deck. Now I am ready for the thaw! Enough is enough.

If you look really hard you can see the apples still on the apple tree!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Here is my Christmas card from my home to yours.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Outside My Window

This morning the wind was blowing and the snow was flying around. I looked out the window and there in the apple tree was a bird who was a stranger to our yard. I quickly ran to get the Oregon Bird Book to find what it was. Sure enough there it was, a varied thresh. According to the book it was in our area during this time of year and was a fruit eater! I quickly ran for the camera and through a none too clean window and snowflakes, was able to capture this shot.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Street Photography

Blue Paper Made from Scratch in Painter X

I have never done much in the way of street photography but I think I should push myself to try it. This is a list of 20 tips from the Digital Photography School site.

Less is More - don’t take too much equipment and travel light. It’ll make you less obtrusive and you will be able to move around for the best shot quickly.
# Off the Beaten Track - don’t just go to all the touristy shots - try to get ‘behind the scenes’ and ‘real life’ scenes.
# Stolen Moments - anticipate moments between people before they happen.
# True Colors - black and white is often where it’s at with street photography but at times colorful situations arise and can really make a shot - be on the look out for these.
# In the Background - what’s going on behind your subject can actually ‘make’ the shot. Billboards, signs, graffiti and other visual elements can really make a statement in a shot.
# Dare to Go Diagonal - don’t just hold your camera horizontally - experiment with angles. Street photography is a less formal medium - make the most of it.
# Opposites Attract - shots which challenge the ‘norm’ in terms of composition and story/subject matter can be powerful. Look out for ’surprising’ subject matter and composition.
# What a Performance - street performers, parades and other street entertainment can be great subject matter on the street.
# Off the Streets - other places where people gather in number can lead to great shots in this genre - zoos, fairs, shows, parks, sporting events etc all can be worth trying.
# New Angle - find ways to get up high or down low - these new perspectives on subjects that are familiar can lead to eye catching shots.
# Practice makes Perfect - over time and with practice your photography will improve. You’ll not only get better at technique but also spotting the things to focus upon on the street.
# Fortune Favors the Brave - sometimes the best thing you can do is to get close to your subject - this can be a little confronting but will produce powerful images
# Fun in the Sun - often we try to avoid shooting into the sun and the shadows that direct sunlight can produce - in street photography breaking these ‘rules’ can lead to great shots.
# Ready to Pounce - have your camera out and ready to shoot at all times. Things can move quickly on the street so if you’re not ready you’ll miss lots of opportunities.
# Revise the Revisit - street photography is not all about spontaneity - if you see a scene with potential don’t be afraid to keep coming back to it until you get the shot.
# Frozen Motion - the street is a place of movement - to capture it and still get sharp shots make sure your shutter speed is fast enough. 1/125 or more with an ISO of 400 is what this article recommended as a base. I also think it can be fun to experiment with slower shutter speeds on the street - capture the movement as blur.
# Street Wallpaper - blend in with the scene - shoot unobtrusively and unnoticed.
# Life Through a Lens - ‘exaggerating perspective will help set your subject in context and provide a more forgiving depth of field’ - use a wide angle lens (or even a fish eye).
# Expect the Expected - people can be suspicious of street photographers so shoot in places where people expect to see people doing photography. Smile, be polite and be willing to delete images if people protest.
# Location, Location, Location - really this is what it is all about. Choose places where people interact with one another and times when they are present.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Kiddie Fun

Yesterday my Husband and I stopped by the Winter Wonderland Christmas Open House sponsored by our bank. We were very late arriving just before they closed so we had the place to ourselves! We had fun doing all the kiddie things. Here we are in the polar bear sleigh!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Snow Day

This morning we awoke to a winter wonderland of snow. This photo, taken through the front door, was taken with my Canon XT IR converted camera. Brrr, it is cold outside!

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's a Busy Season

I haven't been able to keep up with my blog lately but tonight I edited a photo that I took when a friend and I went to Jacksonville, OR for the day. We had a wonderful lunch and a great time photographing in the quaint old town. I was taken with the name of this little boutique. I loved their sign too.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Playing with Painter Nozzles

This Christmas wreath was made using nozzles and more of the symmetry lesson.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Symmetry in Corel Painter

We are learning amazing ways to create symmetry in Corel Painter this week and last. It is actually quite addicting because it is so much fun.

Here is one of mine. I call it "The Golden Owl".