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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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.… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More