Dec 302010


ISO 80; f/8; 1/125; 7.7mm; 2:13PM (Canon Powershot SD950IS)

This Christmas Kitty has such soft fur!  And she thinks her “people” are fairly soft for dressing her up and biking around the park.

This photo was cropped way down… since I did a fairly bad job of zooming in on her.  I ran it through Topaz deJpeg and then used the Aperture to paint in definition (eyes, ornaments, fur) and then out to Topaz Detail and used Feature Enhancement which just gave it enough to make her stand out.  Love these tools!

Dec 262010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/400; 7.7mm; 12:24pm (Canon Powershot SD 950 IS)

I wish I had been just a bit quicker in “seeing” this image… instead I had to work with what I had and cropped it to get the focus on the dog looking up at the donkey.

I used Aperture to lesson the shadow around the dog and then used the detailed brush to pull out a bit more on the dog and the donkey.  Then I ran it through Topaz Simplify Image CrispEdge.

I wish I could take it over again… but at least I did have my camera with me when the van advertising a “Donkey and Bull Show” came through the park while I was working on Christmas Eve.

Aug 192010

ISO 80; f/5; 1/20; 58.1mm; 7:02 am (Program mode)

This bunny needs to learn that eating something as bright as Bougainvillea petals… will blow your camouflage.

When I saw the bunny, I pulled the tripod legs in so that camera could sit as low to the ground as I could get it without disturbing the bunny.  If the bunny was going to continue to put eating over safety, I was then going to take the camera off the tripod and try it at true ground level.  But the bunny would have none of that.  I sort of felt bad that I ruined his breakfast.

Aug 052010

ISO 80; f/5; 1/15; 78.2mm; 8:22 am (Canon SX10 in P mode)

The picture that I wanted that I didn’t get was all of these wild turkeys eating the grass right outside the tent that my niece Devon was still sound asleep in.  She was already unhappy about sleeping in a tent and if she’d woken to these larger-than-life birds….   By the time I grabbed my camera, remembered to remove the lens cap, etc, etc, well the geese were fleeing (another way of taking flight).  I followed them for awhile but the available light only got worse once we were in the woods.

Added vignette. But really it is one more of my blurry NH photos.

May 132010

Some girls just don’t like their portrait taken!

This is Gracie.  She was at the airfield last night.  She was sitting on her owner’s lap looking quite intently at me.  So I thought, “Here’s a possible portrait = her face is in the shade and she’s eye level with me.”  So, I pulled out the camera and aimed it at her, pressed the button half way to focus and then just as I pressed the button to shoot… she stuck out her tongue.  And just as quickly, put it back.  If I hadn’t caught the moment, no one would have believed me!

(ISO 80 f/5 1.125  23.5 mm  — cropped slightly, cloned out an oddity in the background, burned around her eyes, and used a preset but fooled around so much with the presets, I don’t know which one.  It improved the vibrancy and turned up the blue hue and did something with the highlights.