Archive for March 2011

Before and After

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 · Posted in , ,

I am taking a photography e-course and this week's assignment was to take pictures of our feet in some of our favorite places.  Just to clarify this isn't a technical photography course but more of a "find yourself" kind of course.  

I love taking photos on railway lines.  Something about the long lines, the rustic wood and the inevitable weeks and flowers growing up among them so I thought this would be a good place to photography my feet. Unfortunately as you an see the photo came out way too dark.  Since I heard the train coming in the distance, and since I know you can be fined $10,000 for being on the tracks, I decided it was time to go.  It wasn't until I got home I realized how dark the photo was.  Thankfully Photoshop Elements came to the rescue.  I was able to adjust the levels and brightness and end up with an image that while maybe isn't technically perfect works perfectly for my course presentation. 

Texture Tuesday at "The Cafe"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 · Posted in , ,

Today over at Kim Klassen's Cafe she is having a Texture Tuesday.  The idea is to post your favorite photo using one of Kim's textures.  I encourage anyone who loves adding texture to their photos to go over and check her site out.  She has some amazing textures.  Here is the before and after photo I have chosen.  I loved the initial photo but I think the texture adds some darkness to it that really appeals to me, it adds almost a tropical feel to the photo.  For this photo I used Kim's simple things texture in two layers with the first layer on linear burn and the second on soft light. 



San Francisco Edits

Sunday, March 27, 2011 · Posted in ,

I have a bunch of photos from our honeymoon in San Francisco almost three years ago.  As I mentioned before when I posted a few of these photos the quality is not that great.  I have upgraded my camera twice since these photos were taken but they still mean a lot to me, so when I have time I have been editing them using Photoshop Elements 9 or Picnik just to slightly improve the images.  I really like how simple it is to add texture to your photos using Picnik.  Below are a few that I was working on this afternoon, they are still far from perfect some more than others but they still hold great personal memories for me.  

Heart broken

Friday, March 25, 2011 · Posted in ,

The photo below is one of my favorite shots from over the winter.  I love they symmetry of it, the almost monochrome color and I have been looking forward to going back and shooting it again this spring when it is full of blossoms. 

So image how horrified I was to come across this the other day...

Now I do realize this was an old fashioned orchard.  The new way of orcharding is to plant the trees much closer together so they stay smaller but produce more fruit.  It is also more environmentally friendly because it allows for drip irrigation as opposed to spray irrigation and that is what will replace this.  But still, couldn't they have waited one more season to rip it out just so I could get my spring shot!

At least I was able to find this nice little shot just down the road.

I'm Unravelling

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 · Posted in , ,

You may see some unusual, at least for me, photos on my blog over the next few weeks.  I am taking 
Susannah Conway's Unravelling course.  Click on the button on my sidebar if you are interested in checking it out, I highly recommend it.  So be prepared for photos that may seem quite random.

I love these shoes, their bright colors and their comfort.  I obviously must love them I own six pairs of them!  I wear a couple of these pairs every week, with the yellow being my favorite.  I think they speak somewhat to my personality which is simple and classic yet with a touch of fun.

Critique This

Monday, March 21, 2011 · Posted in ,

Again I am participating in Pixel Perfect's "Critique This" Blog Hop.  I really value the opportunity to get feedback from others on my photos even if it is constructive criticsm I really feel it is truly a great opportunity to learn.  According to the blog hop definitions I would be a beginner. 

I really like photos taken close to objects that show their detail and texture but honestly I am not sure a lot of other people do.  I really liked this photo but when I showed it to my husband he was kind of ambivalent.  So I am asking your opinion.  I do realize that in a lot of cases photography is in the eye of the beholder so if I like this type of photo I should just keep taking them but I am interested in appealing to others as well.  Here are the before and after photos.

I didn't actually do much editing on this photo.  I simply added an levels adjustment to bring out a bit more of the detail in the back ground and then added a warming filter to warm the entire image up. 


I would love to thank everyone for their comments, the overwhelming interest is to see me up the black in the exposure and turn the photo to black and white.  Honestly I didn't think it would do it justice but you know when I do these changes it brings out almost a whole different photo.  Any thoughts on this?

Bright sunshinny day

Sunday, March 20, 2011 · Posted in ,

I was out for a drive today and the lake was just a beautiful aqua green color.  I tired to capture the color but it really didn't come through in most of the pictures.  It's funny where it is the most noticeable is in the photos that aren't really focused on the lake where it is just background.  I also found a few new little willow buds!! Yay! Signs of spring on the first day of spring.

A little walk

Sunday, March 13, 2011 · Posted in ,

I have noticed in looking at my photos that there appeared to be a certain sameness (I'm not even sure if that is a word) about them.  So today I went for a short walk to take a few photos and I decided to try to get a different perspective on them.  So I got down on my knees to take some, backed up when I normally would have gotten closer and even fought my way through the branches to take a photo leaning right on the trunk of a tree.  I am not sure they are the best photos I have ever taken but I think it was a good creative exercise.  Here are a few results.

Critique This

Monday, March 7, 2011 · Posted in ,

Today I am participating in Pixel Perfect's blog hop "Critique This".  Below is my photo for consideration.  I welcome all constructive criticism.

Based on the descriptions on Pixel Perfect I would be a beginner.  I edited this photo using Elements 9.  I slightly adjusted the levels and added a warming filter, that was all. 


In the comments Tiffany wondered what the photo would look like in black and white so I quickly edited it and added a B & W version.  I would have to play with it a bit more if I was going with a black and white because the rushes in the middle kind of get lost but I just did a quick edit. 

Railway Crossing

Sunday, March 6, 2011 · Posted in ,

I love railway photos, I'm really not sure what it is about them that appeals to me but I love to look at them and to take them.  I also like photos of industrial sites as well but that is foder for another day.  These are a few photos I took this weekend.  Everytime he sees my railway photos my husband reminds me that it can be a $10,000 fine for trespassing on the rail lines but I keep doing it, I just can't help it. 

My husband doesn't really like this one, he thinks the telephone pole detracts from the photo but I kind of the like the way the tree on one side and the pole on the other frame the car with all the graffiti.  I was tempted to crop some of the top off of this photo but I kind of like how the tree branches fill it in.  What do you think, crop or no crop and does the pole detract?

A Beautiful Surprise

Saturday, March 5, 2011 · Posted in ,

Today was a beautiful day.  Well above freezing, the sun was shinning and the snow was melting.  There was, perhaps, a hint of spring in the air.  As luck would have it I also found the most beautiful little spot to take photos, it is a little paradise right in the middle of town.  I stopped to photograph the trees along the road but then I noticed the grasses and rushes and so I found the path and wandered in to find a lovely treed area with a creek, a small bridge and hundreds of things to photograph.  I only stopped because my memory card was full.  I can see myself going back there often especially as spring hits.  I have a lot of shots to share but here are just a few, I will put more up later this week.  There were so many I loved.

We will start with the trees that drew me in the first place, all winter long I have admired how their yellow branches add such a nice pop of color to the dullness of winter.

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