Mar 042011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/400; 63.6mm (Canon SX10)

Hop you don’t mind more beads and stones…  but I promise this is the last one.   I find photography saves me money… instead of buying all these beads, I can just take their images home and marvel at them.  I’ve made the original size images into background images for my Mac.

Mar 032011

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/250; 100mm (Canon SX10)

More from January’s QIA Pow Wow Gem and Mineral show.  When I took this one, I didn’t have the confidence that the bear would be able to be seen separate from the rest of the animals carved from Malachite.  In some ways it wasn’t — but with the help of Aperture, I was able to bring out the bear a bit more.

My apologies for only getting to post these photos now…

By the way, I have decided to use the Alphabet  for rocks, gems and minerals.  I was going to go in alphabetical order, but decided that would be an immense undertaking.   Instead, I’ll post as I find them and then I can always do a collage when I’m done.

Mar 022011

ISO 80; f/5; 1/50; 75.6mm (Canon SX 10)

This is a close-up of a pice of Lily Pad Jasper. One of the many rocks that I photgraphed during the QIA Pow Wow in January (and finally getting around to posting).

Feb 182011

ISO 80; f/4; 1/100; 9.6mm (Canon SX10)

Kachina dolls are part of the western Pueblo Native American (Hopi, Zuni) religion. A kachina can represent anything in the natural world or cosmos.  For the Hopi, kachinas live on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ. The dolls are used to educate children in the ways of life.  There are hundreds of different kachinas.

These dolls were found in one of the many tents during the shows in Quartzsite.  I took the photo last month and did some processing on it.  I was bothered by the fact that I had caught a glimpse of a customer and planned to go back and retake the photo but as it happened, I never did have the opportunity.   Reviewing photos I’ve taken specifically for this blog,  I decided to go ahead and used since I’m mostly satisfied with the photo, especially after a crop.

Post processing was done in Aperture (levels & exposure adjusted) and Topaz Adjust Photo Pop.