Sep 262010

used JC 685ISO 80; f/5.8; 1/160; 28.5; 8:18am (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

Found in the back of a restaurant… obviously, used (up).

This photo was taken back in May during one of my bike rides.  I have finally mastered Aperture well enough to fix the problems created by the bright AZ sun.  All adjustments were done manually (no presets).

Sep 082010

ISO 80 f/5; 1/800; 49.6mm; 7:00am (Canon SX10) Cropped

ISO 80; f/4; 1/80′ 13.8mm; 7:40am (Canon SX10) Cropped

I know that Red & Blue is not a theme that we’ve been given, but for some reason I saw these two images on my random photo walk / bike ride this morning… forty minutes apart.  Kind of strange, huh? Doesn’t two make a theme?

Jul 092010

ISO 80 F/8 1.160 7.7mm 11:49am (Canon SD950IS )

I found this outfit last January during the peak of the shows — during my first photowalk.  It didn’t quite fit any of the themes (or me)… but I’m glad since I think I’ve learned a few tricks and seen some good ideas about post-processing that I didn’t know in January.

In Aperture, I burned and gave definition to the glitter, saturated the red and yellow hues, desaturated the blue hues. Considering this photo was taken mid-day (I was such a amateur back then!), I’m pleased the way the photo came out.

My favorite part of the photo… when I took it and still now… is the sign for plus sizes right next to this skimpy little outfit!  Talk about a fantasy!

Jul 062010

ISO 100; f2.8; 1/20; 7.7mm (PowerShot SD950IS)

Found this display in Albertson’s veggie section.  When I pulled out my camera, it sent Carl scurrying to another part of the store.  Ha-ha!

Jun 092010

ISO 80; f/4; 1/320 5mm

You might think this is an ordinary photo… but out here in the desert this is a rarity.  My friend Debbie has grown an approximate 3′ x 5′ patch of grass for her dogs to roll around in.  As you’ve seen from my desert golf photos, not even our golf courses have grass!

For this image I first cropped to show the best part of the lawn… doggies have a way of making some of the grass not so very green at all.  Then, using Aperture, I ran it through the auto enhance to adjust levels and add a bit of vibrancy. Then, I selectively burned grass blades. Finally, I tried something new; I  did a “round trip” out to PSE to add this “dreamy” frame; first blurring the edge and then spray painting black around a slimmer edge to give a grudge look.

Mar 232010


Not having anything for the theme “thin,” and feeling that all my photos of the African Daisy were looking oh-so-boring — I decided to change the perspective and try to take some of the photos from the “thin” side of the petal.

Later when I looked at the other photos, I realized that no matter how these photos are taken, these African Daisy petals look like the late 60s/early 70s “flower power!”