Jun 152010

ISO 80; f/5; 1.0s; 53.8mm 8:06 pm

This is a section of Main St. in Quartzsite at dusk.

After taking pictures of the sky the other night, I turned around to walk back across the street.. and it struck me, “this is dusk!”   1) blue still in the sky 2) sun was behind the mountains 3) lights were on. So I set the tripod up on the sidewalk facing east; selected shutter priority for 1 sec and put the 10-sec timer on.  And magically two cars and bike appear out of nowhere.  Honestly, there had been no traffic!

I took a few more after the cars left, but as it turned out, I liked this first one the best. I just wish I had caught more of the biker on the far right of the photo.

May 062010

ISO 80 f/5.8 1/250  .67ev  28.5mm

This is last night’s sunset… without a bit of post processing.  After attending John Greengo’s class yesterday I decided to play with the Exposure setting on my camera… I have a Canon PowerShot SD 950, which is a point and shoot camera… but as far as P&S goes, its pretty good. I do  have the ability to change the exposure by up to 2 stops in either direction, thus I experimented last night.

What I learned was that by increasing the expo by 1/3, it changed the shutter speed to a slower speed (from 1/500 to 1/250).  Since the camera was on a tripod the slower speed was o.k and in fact I think the mountains are clearer on the slower speed.

And it did make for a “better” histogram.

Anyway, I’m finding this free photo class immensely informative… even for my point & shoot camera.  At least I understand its limitation a whole lot better.  I’m doing my best not to have DSLR envy…  I simply can’t afford one so that’s that.

Apr 102010

Sunset Glow is not a very original use of this theme… but it is so much fun to photograph.

The top photo was taken 2 nights ago … when there were no clouds in the sky — just this great big burning ball of fire. So bright it hurts your eyes even in the photo image!

It was 6:50 PM.

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Mar 312010

Looking for a subject that I could photograph throughout the day, I settled on this silly frog. Normally, it sits on a rock, but I decided that putting it about eye level in the Palm tree would help with consistency when shooting (which it turned out not to really work this way).  Also, the Palm tree itself offers nice texture.

First shot was taken at 6:25 pm… this frog is facing west, into the setting sun. Something is making a shadow in the photo… is it me?

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Mar 252010

Tuesday morning was overcast and I was able to see these Argentine Cactus blooms mid-morning. They are night blooming thus if it had been a bright sunny morning, the blossoms would have wilted.. in fact, many were all ready “gone.”

I realize that this is a bit of a distortion on mini assignment #3…

The double photos below were done in Adobe Photoshop Elements (which I already own and should be happy with) and Lightroom 2. I’m driving myself crazy evaluating applications.

Photo Above: Processed in PSE — with levels adjusted & high pass overlay for petal details.  Sponge used to saturate bee and the pink part of the flower.

Photo Below:  Processed in Adobe Lightroom 2.  Used Preset:  Tone Curve – Strong Contrast.  Used brush to bring out bee in flower, but not all that successful.  Actually tried about 1000 things since I don’t know what I’m doing and am just evaluating this copy.  But this is what I settled on.

Below: This is my photo of “gone blossoms.” I really didn’t do anything to this photo.

Mar 142010

Because I had the office door open, which let in the beautiful sunlight, it was easy to see that the floor hadn’t been swept all week.  So I pulled out the broom and started to gather up all the dirt to sweep out the doorway.   Obviously, it was about that time that I remembered the Friday assignment!  To me sweeping is one of the more mundane tasks one can do.  Taking a picture of it, isn’t.

I crop this photo to focus on the light in the doorway.  I also created an overlay layer (at 50% opacity) and used the high-pass filter at a radius of 4 pixels.  It made a very, very subtle change in the photo.  I really think this one has to be viewed in its larger size to appreciate it.

Well, I’m back to do some more mundane tasks… lunch break is over!

Feb 102010

We had a sudden rainstorm late this afternoon… with the sun still shining. When I looked behind me to make sure my window was closed, I saw a rainbow and my first thought was not of the proverbial pot of gold, but that there are FIVE colors in a rainbow!  So, I grabbed my camera. This PhotoWalk business is certainly getting the better of me.

None of the pics came out very well.. it was raining too hard for me to want to take the camera outside.. and the blue sky was to the west, the rainbow was toward the east.  But here’s a shot, anyway:

You can see the five colors, can’t you?

Of course, this reminded me of my last attempt at capturing a rainbow when we were in Tucson last August:

I was very pleased that I could capture nearly the whole rainbow.

And this is from the same day:

Obviously a blue sky makes for better rainbow pics.  Any other hints about how to make this a success?

Jan 302010

I was at the model airplane airfield in Quartzsite late afternoon.  After taking lots of pics of the guys flying helicopters and planes, I started aiming the camera at other things – like the landscape.  The sun was starting to set… you know how beautiful that light is!  This is probably one of the weirdest pics I’ve taken but it was in the name of capturing the theme texture.

It is actually a carpet remnant that is used as an entrance to the paved runway.

Dec 142008


Sunset as seen from our RV site -- looking west around 5:30pm

Sunset as seen from our RV site — looking west around 5:30pm

December 14, 2008 — Thought I’d share some photos that I took Friday evening (December 12th).  While every at home was dealing with the ice storm, we had a cloudy day with a few passing rain clouds.  The nice thing about clouds is that you get a better sunset.  Every night of late has been pretty but Friday night was the most vivid.





Here you can see the front -- and a rain storm.

Here you can see the front — and a rain storm.

I know I shouldn’t complain, but the weather here is a little cooler than I thought it would be.  The evenings are down to the low 40s and the days are in high 50s, low 60s.  Not bad compared to home, but certainly not summer clothes weather — which we have with us.  Our winter/fall clothes are in storage still.  I think I’ll have to break down and go shopping for a few things for us.  I mean, I do have one fleece jacket and Carl has a sweater, so we aren’t that desperate.



Standing at the door, looking right, which is north.

Standing at the door, looking right, which is north.

At night we run our heaters (propane built in and one electric radiator).  I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have these since the RV is not insulated.  We can’t even think about going further north until it warms up! Having chosen to live on our RV means absolutely no more winters!

Standing in front of RV, looking south

Standing in front of RV, looking south



And about eight minutes later...

And about six minutes later…  the sky is all red.