Sep 112013

creative 1779
Processed this photo taken of a bucket of pasta shapes in a Mexican grocer. The original color is an annoying and rather blah orange. This was run through Topaz Clarity, Topaz Re-Style and Topaz Clean to make it more interesting to look at. Had a great time exploring this grocer and will probably post a few more before I’m done.

Aug 142010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/4; 11mm (Canon SX10)

Any guesses as to what this is?

Since coming back from my trip to NH, I’ve taken very few photos… its been just too hot… the only time I can get chores done is in the very early morning.  (Like now and I really have to get out there…)  I did take a moment to document one said chore.

Post processing done in Aperture. Rotated, cropped, and skewed the white balance and set extreme vibrancy while lowering the saturation.  Also darkened shadows and added 100% saturation to the blue hue.  Goal was to bring out the rough!

P.S.  I’ve had to concentrate my time on MostlyFiction… I’ll be back to enjoy and comment on your wonderful photos more consistently soon.

Mar 142010

More things that are part of my normal weekend. We have fruit trees throughout the park.  People bring in their extra fruit to share with other residents.  These are some of the grapefruit.

This is not cropped; it is a macro shot.  In PSE, I selected just the grapefruit, none of the table, and did auto smart fix, which brought out a bit more of the sun (from the open door) shining on the grapefruit.

Mar 132010

We are now starting off season at work thus I am looking around the office for tasks to do.  A customer asked if we had any 3XL T-shirts, so I pulled out ALL of the remaining T’s in the back room and those in the drawers, checked sizes and refolded them.  At first I decided to take photos of this “mundane” task.  But then it dawned on me that I was making “stacks.”  After that I concentrated on the order of the colors in the stack and made sure that some showed the words “Quartzsite, AZ” while others showed “RV Park.”  So this should just look like a random stack of t-shirts, it is, in fact, not random at all.

Oh, and we did not have any 3XL t-shirts.

Mar 122010

This is an American Family Scale made by American Cutlery from Chicago.

“Patent number 612968 was issued to Marius Hansen on October 25, 1898.  Marius was the president and founder of Hanson Brothers Scale Company which was in Chicago. American Cutlery was a large customer of Hansen and as such purchased the rights to put their name on the scales.   These types of scales were known as family scales and are quite common on the marketplace as every housekeeper in the late 1800s and early 1900s had one. Retail value might be from $20-$50 depending upon condition.”

I wouldn’t consider this one in good condition; here is a picture of what it should look like. Still, they seem to be asking $75 for this one… seems to still work well as it weighed this rock seemingly accurately.

The rock that I put on the scale is Jasper… and now I wish I had snapped a pic of its official name — it was so obvious, I didn’t think I’d forget it.  Well, I’ll go back next week and update this entry.

Anyway, I thought the rock complimented the colors of the scale nicely.

The photo was post- processed in Aperture… I the auto enhance preset to and then dodged in more contrast on the scale face… as that is the point of the photo.  I then cropped to put the rock in better balance with the scale.

Mar 082010

It rained all day yesterday and it is still very wet this morning.  Since we had bananas on hand, I decided that I really wanted a bowl of cereal… as I cut up the banana I realized I had a bowl of “circular,” and thus my honey nut o’s became my subject matter.  Since I had a still subject, I experimented with camera exposure and white balance and took about fifteen pics before my stomach protested and once again I had to eat my subject matter.

This was taken with my Canon PowerShot SD950 IS, Digital macro (as it is my only camera), ISO 640, exposure bias -0.33 ev, aperture f/2.8, shutter speed 1.20 with White Balance set on “tungsten.”  Most of that is by default.  The controls I used was to set the exposure bias and the white balance (and digital macro, my favorite setting).

I used Aperture to add vibrancy to the “o” and the banana slice to its left. I only have a few days left to my trial.

Feb 042010


Funny thing about white… is that it is often not purely white, especially with a digital camera. When I was at the vegetable stand after spending the afternoon riding my bike around and taking photos, this basket of garlic looked about as white as anything I’d seen all day.

This was taken with the natural afternoon sun coming in from the open doorway. The sun actually gave the garlic a warm “orange” color; pretty, but not appropriate to our assignment.

Thus I did a quick edit in photoshop elements.  I made a layer from the background image and removed all color from that new layer.  Then I adjusted the transparency to 25%.  This resulted in the garlic looking like the “white” that I was after.

Jan 152010


How bold of nature to make a rock with these two colors side-by-side!  This rock is called “Sonoran Sunset Chrysocholla” – and I took a picture in its raw form. I fell in love with this rock at first site! The owner of the jewelry shop was nice enough to pull it out of the case and set it out for me to take a photo.

I thought she had said it was found in Arizona… but on the web the only location I see is Northern Mexico.  Of course, Northern Mexico borders AZ, so maybe it was found  in AZ, near the Mexican border.  Rocks probably don’t understand borders.

You should see these in its original 4000 x 3000 pixel size on my 23″ screen.  Now that is BOLD!

The store that let me take this images (and many others) was All in Vein; they will be in Quartzsite for Jan and Feb.

Processing:  I adjusted levels and contrast a bit.