Jun 302013

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I miss growing my own tomatoes… grocery store tomatoes are so tasteless, even the vine-ripened ones. However, these “ugly” heirloom tomatoes are about as close to garden fresh as can be found.

Apr 262012

If you ask Carl, the hardest part about traveling with me is that I want to stop and take pictures in the most inconvenient places… he thinks I’m trying to get us killed.  It is true but most times I accept that we can’t stop and I try not to be too sulky about it.  But when I saw these beauties I couldn’t help myself !  Red cactus blossoms are not that common.


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?

Aug 042010

ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/500; 7.7mm (Canon Powershot SD950 IS)

I mostly followed Doris’ instructions on how to make a frame…  Since I used a black frame and the blog currently has a black background, you should enlarge if you really want to see it.

Post processing consisted of cropping, adding vibrancy to the rasberries and removing some of the saturation from the greenery, and added some vignette.  All that was done in Aperture.  I then sent it to PSE to be framed.

These berries were found on “Blueberry Hill.”

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 022010

ISO 80; f/5.6; 1/329; 43.3mm; 8:13am (on ladder, no tripod, P-mode)

I dragged the ladder over to the Saguaro again today… Obviously, this plant is still tall… even with the ladder I am still looking up!  I waited quite a while for a bird to show up… but I guess me being on a ladder wasn’t part of the fine dining experience they had been expecting.

Jul 012010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/125; 100mm; 7:08am

This is a close-up photo of a cactus with the morning sun shining through it and then in post-processing the levels were adjusted to remove the green and blue.  The cactus was pretty, but ordinary. I guess I felt like having fun. Besides… green was so June.