Urban Oasis

This summer I went on an interesting hike with my son and daughter-in-law. My plan was to stroll through Ferndell Nature Trail which is basically flat, covered by shade trees, and brimming with plants from all over the world. I guess you could call it an urban oasis. I shot this Elephant Ear there, and…

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It’s a Beautiful Day

It’s been about 2 months since I’ve been online here in the blog world and I wanted to check in and say HELLO you beautiful people!  I miss you all, and hope to browse around this weekend and see what all of you have been up to. School is AWESOME! Keeps me super busy but…

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Neighbors Part Two

It might be overkill, but I have been using the parrot shots to get in practice with more paint effects. I found some cool online tutorials, but they have no talking… just music. It’s fun to watch them but it can be hard to follow along and actually learn! Anyway, I zoom in on some…

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Noisy Neighbors

Well, I am killing two birds with one stone today… …no pun intended! 😉 This colorful creature has woken me up at the crack of dawn two days in a row now. He (or she) sits up in the next door neighbors walnut tree and yells out what I can only imagine is some sort…

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Pieces of Peace

Well, like it or not this was a blast to create. My summer school final is next week, and then I’ll be out taking more photographs. In the meantime, I wanted to add something to my series- even though I don’t have any good reflections, doorways or windows. So… I improvised. Anyway, as the title…

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All Aboard!

If your train of thought is going nowhere, switch tracks. This is the next image in my series featuring dual effects with windows, doors, reflections or views. I’m happy with how this turned out. I shot the image some years ago while on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. I like…

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New Reflections

After working on my last image The View, I got an idea for a new series I want to try. And I’m going to try and stick to my guns this time! I’m going to focus on images that have views or reflections within the photograph, similar to when I set out to do that…

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A Ton of Bricks

Devote yourself to an idea. Go make it happen. Struggle on it. Overcome your fears. Don’t you forget: this is your dream. Read, read, read… I’ve been doing that a lot to learn new techniques in Photoshop. And I’m back to my sketchy images. The featured image is Bricktown, Oklahoma City. I took this during…

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In a Haze

Sois belle à ta façon “Be beautiful in your own way.” I thought this french quote was a beautiful pick for today’s image. I believe I’ve shared the photograph before, but I did something different with it today. I’m usually determined to darken contrasts or shadows, and to increase saturation and vibrancy in my photographs…

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Nature Therapy

The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir This one actually IS a photograph that I took, back when I lived in Colorado. I read a tutorial this weekend about various ways you can make a photo look more like a vivid painting, and I remembered this image that’s been sitting in my…

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Photography Fun

You don’t take a photograph. You make it. Ansel Adams I’ve been going through some of the images I shot Saturday, trying to see how to make them look artsy, or more unique. I’m still teaching myself how to use Photoshop and Lightroom, so it’s always fun to see what you can do in the programs.…

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Cool Shades

Sometimes you just have to bite your upper lip and put sunglasses on. Bob Dylan  

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Breaking Out

I’m still here. Waiting on someone to arrive and had to do one more. This was a shadow on the back wall this morning, and I tweaked the effects and hues until it sang to me. I wasn’t sure what the colors were tying to tell me, but then I realized it’s a call to break…

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Think Pink

Keep calm and pink on. I had to do something light before I left because I’m really wanting to shoot for subtle lately. Not sure it’s exactly subtle, but it’s definitely pink! It’s actually flowers from our backyard, taken today, with a background layer of snow and sky. I think it was a cool blend! Almost…

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Shattered Dreams

“And when he finished speakin’ He turned back toward the window. Crushed out his cigarette And faded off to sleep…” -The Gambler, Don Schlitz Well this was certainly random. 😉 I’m trying to figure out ways to create unique collages. The main image (the casino town) and the cigar sign (taken off the side of a…

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