Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cottonwood sculpture

 One of the metal sculptures that line our main drag in Cottonwood. I call him "Cal"; don't know if he has another name. There are some "dogies" and a little dog, too. My photography class is going out on an early a.m. shoot on Saturday which I am looking forward to but a little nervous about.

Monday, April 16, 2012

foto fun @ the creek

Yesterday I went to nearby Cottonwood Creek to practice shooting water.  So nice to have a couple of days of good weather; this spring has been rainy, gray and dreary. Reminded me of my childhood days to go play by the creek; but now I have a good camera to go with ;>)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I used a new online picture editor called to process this ordinary photo of tulips into something different.  Heard about this site thru which is soon closing.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

teehee it's me

I set the timer and went around in front of the lens; focus was incorrect but once processed looks ok. Got the free version of Perfect Effects and used framing and toning from their presets. Too much fun!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Blended photos

Found some great instructions at to blend photos in myriad ways. The site owner is a photog teacher in nyc who gives well-detailed instructions for ps elements. My kind of fun!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Rain in the hills around Lake California

Yes, I love the dimensional feeling you can get when adding vignetting; tho I have learned in photography class that this is a fault of shadow from the lens hood or similar. As an effect to bring the center forward it works well from an artistic standpoint imho. This photo is of a recent stormy day here in Lake California; I was shooting from the east side of the air strip.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Clouds in Lake California

I love to see those wonderful big puffy clouds; this scene was shot near the airstrip in Lake California where big sky views are possible. The Canon t3i is quite enjoyable to use!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Crabapple blossoms with the new Canon t3i

I bought a new camera, a Canon t3i, my first dslr! And I'm taking a 6 week photography class @ the Red Bluff community center to help me learn to use it. This week the assignment is to learn how to set the TV and AV modes. Yay! I get it! [Pats self on head]
Here is a shot of our crabapple tree in bloom; thankfully the rain took a break today so I went out to shoot a bit.