Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

Best in Photos: Part I

January 6, 2010

A great year.
The Good. The Crazy.

Let me share some of it with you.
Thanks so much for being part of my GoodNCrazy world.

“A kiss is worth a thousand words.”
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“Laughter is the best Medicine.”
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“Family vacations are…”

Clark Griswald: Roy; can I call you Roy? Have you even driven cross-country?
Roy Walley: Oh, hell yes. Drove the whole family to Florida. Worst 2 weeks I ever spent in my life. The smell from the back seat was terrible.
Clark Griswald: Ooooh. Ooooh, I know that smell. Roy, could you imagine if you had driven all the way to Florida and it was closed?
Roy Walley: Closed? Uh, they don’t close Florida.

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“Allium and the Bee.” -name that movie.
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“Welcome.”
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“Mother Daughters”
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“Peony in Love.”
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“Lighthouse in shades of yellow at Yaquina Head.”

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A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~Eudora Welty

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. ~John Steinbeck

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Regal Rose

November 18, 2009

The Last Rose
It snowed a bit.
An early cold, gray day.
I wondered if my pictures would do them justice.
They looked lonely and sad
hanging there in the mid-morn drab.

Yet kind of regal.

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winter rose

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Photoshop Actions! How Fun….

November 7, 2009

I am an unrepentant Photoshop Elements fan.geek.user.
As in addicted.
I refuse to stop.
I am self taught.. if Youtube counts as self mastery…
Then whatever.

SOOC (My friend’s baby….)

After I boosted the levels and saturation and schtuff in Elements 6.

I aspire to big boy Adobe Photoshop CS. But on a blogger’s salary, (I know you’re laughing) $600 isn’t even a possibility. So. Instead I push my ugly-step-sister Elements 6 to the limit. (Yes I know 8 has already been released. Bite me.)

Things I’ve mastered in Photoshop Elements:
Layers… pretty much if you don’t get layers, you really can’t use the program.
Levels… I didn’t say I knew what it all meant, but I love playing with levels, the whole 256 light values and all that.
Hue/Saturation… The color stuff above.
The bandaid thingy… (no way am I leaving in all my zits!)
Burn/Dodge/Sponge… basically I use these when I think I’m creating ‘drama’ around the edges of the photos…

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I need you to understand. 2 years ago when I first brought home my baby Elements, I was glued to Youtube tutorials, wasted money on bought books, and basically stole whole library sections on digital photography to teach myself. In fact still, one of my favorite newsletters is from Sue Chastain from About.com, she shares her Adobe knowledge and her *free stuff* too! (PS @AdobeElements is on twitter if you want to tell them I’d love to ‘test-drive’ photoshop… I’d give it back…)

Early on I realized the one big limitation of Elements as opposed to Big Boy Photoshop… is the inability to run actions. Well fine. {I was a bit peeved.} Because do you know what ACTIONS can do?

ACTIONS make you look like the pros. Not just pretend (like me). Not just run the basics like levels and hue/saturation… oh no. My friends if you thought the image above looks great from the teeny tiny bit of photoshop lurve I can muster…

Wait til you see what professional actions can do. I just found out it was all a big fat lie. And the person who showed me the light… is Marcel Walker from MyPhotographica.com. She walked me through the process and made Action download magic with my Elements. Sexy huh?

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I give you: Honey Daze

Boom baby!
See what I mean?
Oh my freaking baby face beauty.

And Zoom Zoom:

I’m thinking this action will be awesome on a landscape, yes?

And Tea Time:

How absolutely amazing is that?
And PEOPLE this is a one. step. process. Numero UNO!
You heard me.
Beep boop bop.
Done.
Gorgeous.


Marcel Sells groupings of these professional style Action sets on her site: MyPhotographica.com
There are 24 actions for sale plus some great freebie stuff: actions, textures.. you’ll love it! And if you ask her real nice she’ll make sure you figure out how to run your actions too!

Enjoy!

I think I get to say that Marcel ‘traded’ me these action sets for some fun bloggy advice. Does that count as a disclosure?

I Heart Silly Faces (and cousins)

August 12, 2009

Here’s my official I Heart Faces submission.

My nephew. I didn’t even ask him… he’s just silly by nature! (please click to see my runner up photo below—I had the hardest time deciding which one to submit this week!)

My New Camera. My New View On Life.

August 11, 2009

Nikon: Luv At First Shot, First Snap, First Zoom… You get the picture…!


You know how a digital camera if used pretty heavily (like mine is) kind of poops out at about the 2 year mark? Well my Kodak Point and Shoot is well over 4 years old. But how well loved is this camera?! How I have pushed it to it’s limit! How it’s battery runs out so quickly!
A Kodak Z7590:

5megapixels (more than enough for a point and shoot)
Plenty of custom modes: like flower, fireworks, nighttime portrait to name a few of my favorites
Fabulous Optical Zoom (although the digital “extra” zoom was useless)
Easy control of flash: off, fill-flash, red-eye, auto
Video Camera: great for catching those hard to catch moments

Bottom line, I’ll be keeping my Kodak: it’s big enough to do the job and small enough to fit in my purse and not worry too much about it. (Plus the hubster says he might try figuring it out a bit more.. so there!)

The Nikon Love Story Unfolds….

I’ve been researching Digital SLR cameras for a long time now. (2 years!) The ability to press the shutter and have it TAKE the picture right then! I don’t think I can say enough about how much I’ve been ready for that! Yes I want more megapixels.. who doesn’t! But even more, I’m ready for a camera that I can control the zoom and focus point. I’m all about using the macro (little flower icon) mode lately, and choosing to focus on a blade of grass or my niece’s face is where it’s at!

My Dad got a Nikon D60 for Christmas, and when he was in town I played and played with it. I’m no expert and figuring out how to set all the manual settings proved to be too much for me.. I don’t have the patience to set the F-stop and the shutter speed and all that?? I still need some serious help there… plus it has no video camera, and you can’t use the LCD screen to take pictures, and there were only a couple built in camera modes, but it did have the macro mode? And oh my joy it takes the most beautiful pictures!

Every time I saw a friend with either a Canon or a Nikon I’d beg them to let me shoot with it. And I’m afraid I was suffering from the sin of ‘I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT THAT’.

Over Mother’s Day we marched into a Costco while on vacation in Phoenix. We had every intent to buy the Nikon D60. But… we decided 1) the box was huge and we had to fly home with it and 2) there is no sales tax in Oregon saving us over $50 buying at our own Costco.

Only.. the next time we got to Costco, THEY didn’t have it?? What?? I’m THIS close and they DON’T have it!? I looked online. Nope. No Nikon Luv for me. And worse? It was decided that my daughter needed her first installment in the orthodontic breakthebank/we-have-no-ortho insurance/palate expander. The exact same cost as the camera. Que the sad music. It’s a very nice metal piece in her mouth, but not really satifying to take pictures with, maybe as a radio antenna?

Fast forward a few months. We are at the family reunion. My dad has a Nikon. My sister has a Nikon, even my BIL has NIKON! I picked up my sister’s camera and after talking to her realized she knows absolutely nothing about the thing!? HUH? She’s so not worthy of it’s majesty. I took some shots with it, and then some more, and… then I filled her whole memory card! Babies, cousins, grandma’s flowers, 4wheelin’, river raftin’ (no not ON the river with it! give me some credit!). And I was getting pretty good with it. The main thing I couldn’t figure out was how to turn the fill flash on so it will fire regardless of light?

Anyway… this longer than we’ve ever been on a family vacation, was about 2/3rds over. And the mom and the dad left the kids with the grandparents (oh how grateful we were to them!) to fly off to Seattle and celebrate their 15th anniversary, (yes we’re THAT happy together!). How cute is this? We spent our honeymoon in Seattle, so this was like our reunion tour… except.. this time we could afford to stay in a nicer hotel, one that didn’t have a pocket door for a bathroom, didn’t have bugs and didn’t smell. Why am I telling you all this?

Because there was a package waiting for us at the hotel upon check-in?? Huh? You’re kidding me, the hubby had his office ship out some of his documents and such so he could work on them while on our Second Honeymoon?! Well, no. Turns out, he made ME open the box. And in it.. was a wrapped gift. With an anniversary card on it. And.. it was wrapped a second time. With a Mother’s day card on it. And… it was wrapped a THIRD time! With a birthday card on it…

You already know don’t you?

THIS was inside.

A Nikon!
A Nikon D5000.
Huh? Haven’t I been blubbering over the D60?

The D5000 has a live view screen!
The D5000 has a video camera!
The D5000 has 12(freakin’)MEGApixels!
The D5000 has EXTRA shooting modes!
The D5000 has…

a really large price tag…!

Ahhhhh, now I get it. This gift.. ?
Is my birthday/mother’s day/anniversary present for the next 15 years!

I say. It’s a deal! Worth my new view on life! Thanks to my husband of 15 years. For all the fun, worth taking pictures. For all the crazy, DEFINITELY worth taking pictures. For all the Luv, and all that’s still to come.

Here’s to 15 more!

(Vancouver Stanley Park.. is this amazing.. taken from a trolley bus!)

Dress Up Time

July 7, 2009
It’s The Simple Things Huh?!


Please forgive this shot.. had my camera set to Macro, hence the blurry dress up shot.. let’s just say it was artistic and on purpose yes??

They have been putting on plays and skits and even dressing up just for fun! This was one of those afternoons.. I totally love how they include the little brother! See his big belly? Not sure who they are supposed to be.. I don’t think they know!

Didn’t get any great shots from the 4th.. here’s one I liked a lot though.. watching the Flag Ceremony down at the church, the boy scouts were in charge… I think TK was totally mesmerized the whole time!

"Allium and the Bee"

June 1, 2009

Allium and the Bee

My kids were certain I was going to get stung when I was getting in good n close to take this picture.. I was trying hard to use the macro setting to get just what I wanted… I took probably 30 photos and still I didn’t quite get it..

What do you think?

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Ma Ma Ma MY Sedona!

May 16, 2009
Can You Say Slide Rock!!

The second installment from our recent family vacation to Arizona. And once again, thanks goes to Uncle Tony who took the photos!

Can you say Cathedral Rock?


Can you say slide down WHAT on my bare WHAT??
Can you say that is FREAKIN’ COLD dude!


Can you say ‘Let’s do it again Dad!’

And now.
As a special favor could you please help this blogger out? Let’s just say for a second… hypothetically speaking… not like I’d really do it or anything… but what if…?

If you had to choose between these pictures for a family Christmas Card Greeting… What would you choose?


{I know you don’t want to,
but could you click this photo to really see the charm that is my family, you won’t regret it…}

Yes I’ll post pictures of myself in a bathing suit to the internet, but in a Holiday Salutation? I don’t think so…

This last one is in front of Montezuma’s Castle, an ancient indian ruin built right into the cliff-side. The group used ladders to hike up there!? There is no sign of the tribe and it’s assumed they died off or were killed off or joined another tribe. I think it’s obvious?? They got tired of all that climbing and LEFT!

{PS. please say hi to Aunt Connie! She begged me to include a shot of her in her swimsuit scraping her butt on slide rock, sorry I didn’t give in.. she’s on the far left in this shot tho!}

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I Heart Faces: Laughter is the Best Medicine!

May 10, 2009

Talk about perfect timing!
The I Heart Faces Photo Contest this week is Laughter! So I hurried up and entered my Laughing Kids… Do you have a laughing photo? Hurry Join In! The hardest part was choosing the best one from the mother’s day post last week! Which picture would you have chosen?

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Stuck In The Camera Card

April 17, 2009

The ones that didn’t make it.

I think I’ll make this a regular installment, every 3 months or so… drag through the poor pictures on the card that didn’t get a chance to shine…

Do you have poor lost soul photos too?

From my super uber yummy Thanksgiving Soup. (see recipe link on this post)

red peppers and onions

Was going to be an awesome Christmas present for a friend… but…
I kept these WildTree oils for myself —tres awesome to cook with!

WildTree grapeseed oil

Sassy’s Birthday Cake. Yes that’s an igloo cake. What? Her birthday is Christmas Eve for crying out loud, what else do you want me to make??

Sassy Birthday Igloo Cake

If you pimp yourself long enough dreams really do come true. Thanks to Wal-mart and Rockfish, I finally got a Flip. Flip yeah!

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It has come to my attention that peeps don’t know what the awesome-ness of a Flip is:
PLEASE CLICK to see for yourself!!
$80

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There sure are a lot of food pictures on that dang card.
Can you tell what these are??

Sweet Potato and Red Beet fries

The kids were NOT impressed. I ate them all myself thankyouverymuch.

Join me on PhotoStory Friday with the Great CecilyR, you won’t be sorry.

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And the Sits Girls are holding a gigantamus auction all day Friday!
Have a look!

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