Sunday, November 13, 2011


I ran across this blog piece titled Advice,whose intended audience is aspiring photographers but I do find it useful for creative people of all endeavors. A few of the authors thoughts which struck accord with me are:
-- Style is a voice, not a prop or an action. If you can buy it, borrow it, download it, or steal it, it is not a style. Don’t look outward for your style; look inward.
-- Never apologize for your own sense of beauty. Nobody can tell you what you should love. Do what you do brazenly and unapologetically. You cannot build your sense of aesthetics on a consensus. 
-- Never compare your journey with someone elses. It’s a marathon with no finish line. Someone else may start out faster than you, may seem to progress more quickly than you, but every runner has his own pace. Your journey is your journey, not a competition. You will never “arrive”. No one ever does.
-- Embrace frustration. It pushes you to learn and grow, broadens your horizons, and lights a fire under you when your work has gone cold. Nothing is more dangerous to an artist than complacency.

I share this photo of mine, taken at Council Crest Park, of a statue sculpted by Frederic Littmann. It is a mother and child and shows the joy of it all...

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Canon Beach haystacks

I have not known anyone to not be totally amazed at the beauty of the haystacks when first viewed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Home Grown

Nothing like the taste of a home grown tomato...
My crop has been amazing this year.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's Clouds Illusions

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all
--Joni Mitchell

I love to capture photographs of clouds. Here are a few.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Good Finds

I popped on my macro lens and was so focused on the texture of the flower center that I failed to notice, in the moment, the lacy winged insect that was also center focused. What a happy capture!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I'm Just Mad About Saffron...

In honor of the sunny day on Friday, I took a walk with camera in hand. I strapped on a 50mm, 2.5 macro lens and decided to focus on things yellow. As can be expected, there are an amazing number of flowers. This compositions is quite interesting and I thought I would show you how you can change the mood with a variety of post processing results.


a slight color boost and sharpen

 soft and faded

A vintage look

Isn't this totally fascinating?
Leave a comment and let me know which of these you most prefer?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Understanding White Space

It doesn't have to be white, LOL.
It only needs to give you pause...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hey Look It's Raining, Imagine That!

Crazy little Pukaki bird, Australia's version of a roadrunner, looking out the window at the rain. We are both totally sick of it and wanna go outside to play. LOL

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shooting the Moon

Recently , there was a full moon that was going to be closer to the earth than it would be for another up-t-ump (love that word?) years. The internet held many instructions for how to best shoot the moon. I tried several using my best telephoto lens and a tripod. For my effort, I like this result the best.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Photography Websites Shared

I like to look at photography websites. Many offer free tutorials and always a lot of eye candy.

Two of my favorites are:
Digital Photography School which offers a weekly newsletter which provides photog tips for the weekend. They are always relevant to the season. I have also picked up some nice e-books here.
Stuck In Customs is the website of Trey Ratcliff who does some outstanding HDR photography.

Two new ones that have caught my attention are:
Capture Your 365 is produced by Katrina Kennedy. She has the ability to teach camera capability very easily. Her portrait work is very cool. She offers classes which are always worth the money. Check her out.
Great Photos Plus is a fairly new web site that offers tutorials for a variety of things photographic. Liz Ness is currently offering a free class on organizing your photos. If nothing else, you will find plenty of eye candy. 

 Waiting for Spring

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Excuse me...

While I kiss the sky."  Jimi Hendrix

That is today's photo inspiration lead. I wanna lay in this one.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stark Raving Magnificent

The prompt for Day 19, this is the desert sunset. OMG!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Picture Winter: Day 15

Half way through with this online class and here is today's post. I love this bird.
She is metal art in my garden.and sits on top the clematis vine in the summer.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Picture Winter

I am taking a photo class during January at Big Pictures Classes.

Our task is to take a photo each day based on a prompt from the teacher, Tracy Clark. She has a blog called Shutter Sisters and they have written a really contemporary photography book called Expressive Photography.

I have opened a new page on this blog to show my work. See the page right next to the Home page called,  Picture Winter. I figure if I can take images in the winter, I can take them almost any time.

Have a look and feel free to comment. Comments are free and are appreciated.