Jul 052011

We are hooked on the series Burned Notice… which got us very curious about Mojitos.  So, here is our first taste.  I think it could quickly become a new habit!

May 012011

There are many reasons to go to Algadones, Mexico… several of which are shown on this street corner photo:  for the dentist, pharmacies and fish tacos.  I liked the primary colors on this street corner. Processed in Topaz Adjust – HDR Sketch and then run through the deNoise.

May 012011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/400; 82.3mm (P-mode for side of road quick shot; no tripod)


Here is another shot of the onions.   When we first saw this crop we wondered if Yuma was now growing poppies!

And yes, this is the same farm land as in the previous photo… just shows how changing your point of view can change the shot.

I used Topaz Detail Desaturate Blush Detail with adjustments.




May 012011

I am starting to feel a bit more comfortable with the new job and finally am starting to get out a bit on the weekends.  Yesterday we drove down to Algadones, Mexico to get my teeth cleaned.  To get there we pass through Yuma, AZ.  One of our favorite activities driving into Yuma or even into Blythe, California is to see what vegetables are being grown.  The Colorado River allows these communities to farm the desert.

These are onions plants in nice neat rows.   Below you can see the trick to how these rows are maintained.

The top photo was processed in Topaz Adjust – color pop setting with some adjustments done in Aperture before and after.  The bottom photo is processed in Aperture alone.

I am disappointed in myself … I forgot to look at my camera settings and just started to shoot when Carl pulled over to the side of the road.   Thus the aperture was only at f/4 for the top photo. The Canon Powershot SX10 has limited aperture range and the best I could have done was f/8.. but still.

Jan 012011

gift bread 744

ISO 800; f/2.8; 1/13; 7.7mm (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

Topaz DeNoise cleaned up this noisy jpeg image amazingly well.

ISO 640; f/2.8; 1/20; 7.7mm (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

Bread half gone so quickly!  Used Topaz DeNoise… this time I turned on the debanding… in Aperture, I cropped, painted definition on the bow in the background and parts of the bread and fine tuned the exposure.

Dec 142010

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ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/30; 7.7mm (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

This lemon meringue pie was brought into this Monday’s bake sale fresh out of the oven.  It was sold in minutes of arriving.

I used Topaz Topaz ReMask to “cut” the photo out and Adobe Photoshop 6 to add the shadow.

Dec 082010

German Chocolate Brownie 732

ISO 800; f/5.8; 1/40; 28.5mm (Canon Powershot SD 950 IS)

I ran this through Topaz deNoise and thought that it did a really nice job of cleaning up this “poor” photo.  Topaz Adjust Venice Painting further softened the image to give this nostalgic “golden” look.