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Some Random Stuff…

Well…I’ve been a long-standing advocate for photo editing software that is NOT produced by Adobe.  My entire photographic “career”, I have avoided purchasing the likes of Photoshop, Photoshop elements, or any of the Adobe Creative Suites.  Sure, they are fantastic programs with fantastically deep levels of manipulation and control.  However, I have never had a need for so much depth and power.  And the cost has always been preventative.

Well, a good friend of mine upgraded from CS2 to CS4 last week.  So he gave me his copy of CS2.  So I figured I would learn how to finally use my camera to it’s fullest potential, shoot in RAW format, and use a powerful program for processing.  I still find I don’t need all the extras and depth, and I find myself wondering when I will ever use the heavy manipulation processes.  But I’m a wannabe geek, so it’s fun to play around…

Itty-Bitty Feeding Frenzy

Water Cascade

My Girl, Nina

Caught in the Act

I don’t know.  I don’t think the program is that much better than the Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro series.  Sure, it has more power.  But will I ever use it?  I don’t know.  But it sure is fun to play around…

Thanks for stopping by!

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Couple More Water Abstracts

Ok, see…I had a plan.  I haven’t been able to get out for a day of just shooting in over a month.  I’ve been hiking, surveying for frogs, poutting up fences, planting flower gardens, and playing with the kids.  But I haven’t just taken a day to go out and shoot.  Today was supposed to be that day.

My plan was to get up before sunrise, get some landscapes at dawn, survey for frogs and shoot macros in the early day, go out to a friend’s to shoot albino rattlesnakes in the afternoon, sunset shots with my daughter, then off to bed.  But that didn’t happen.  I ended up babysitting my girlfriend’s daughter today.  It’s fine.  She is a fantastic girlfriend and a great little kid, so I really don’t mind.

But I gotta take some pictures or I’m gonna go mad…

And who would have ever dreamed that a kitchen sink would make a good photo subject?

 

Thanks for taking the time to look!  I can’t wait to get out for some real shooting soon, though…


Back to the Artesian…

I told you there was a couple other things I wanted to try at the Artesian Well this morning.  There isn’t a ton you can do with this small pool, but if you get the light right, it does everything for you…

Before the good color came up, I managed to get several nice B&W shots.  This one was the best…

B&W Sunset

When I took this one, the clouds were really quite grey with some muddy areas, and not a lot of color but for some pale blue over the Sierras.  So I flipped to monotone with a yellow contrast filter, and the tones and dynamics were fantastic for B&W.

And once the sun dipped below the ridgeline of the Sierras…those dramatic clouds came to life…

Artesian Sunset

I simply love living in this area…

Thanks for taking the time to look!


Autumn Reflections

Autumn is a time when many of us find ourselves reflecting back on the summer’s activities with fondness and, sometimes, a little bit of sadness.  But you know damn well that this is not about that…

We had a really long rainstorm come through yesterday afternoon and it rained clear through until this morning.  It dumped close to 2 inches of rain on us.  Of course…this means puddles.  Lots of puddles…

Cottonwood Reflections

Cottonwood Reflections

Ripple Effect 1

Ripple Effect 1

Ripple Effect 2

Ripple Effect 2

When I went outside for a smoke, I noticed that we had a newly built swimming pool where my driveway used to be.  I also noticed that the angle of the sun behind me was causing some spectacular reflections of the trees across the way and the cars in the lot.  So…I grabbed my camera, squatted down to maximize the reflections, tossed in a pebble or two, and started shooting.  I kinda like the way they look, so I thought I would share.

Hope you enjoyed them!