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Our Winter with Lensbaby

It gives me great pleasure to share some of my favorite images celebrating the winter season.   As with the previous posts featuring the seasons, these pictures are also taken with either a Lensbaby lens or optic allowing me to create in camera with my eye to the viewfinder a world of fun via artistic blur of just a magical digital scene.

 

Some folks may wonder why there are flowers, new growth, and hints of fall colors in a post focusing on winter weather.  Northern California, as most of the west coast states are in year 4 of a drought.  We were fortunate to see some rain and snow in the mountains late in 2015, but 2016 has been very dry.  Hopefully, spring will be another season with rain, so we can make a dent in the drought.

 

My family is in southern California and I have been spending time with my Mother who just turned 92 on February 27 and is recovering from a broken hip.  Many of the uncharacteristic winter scenes with spring like qualities are taken here, near Los Angeles.

 

It isn’t easy to decide upon my favorites, as they tend to change!  However, here are a view I selected to share.  Favorites, of the moment.

 

My current “go-to” Lensbaby products are:  Velvet 56, Sweet 50 optic, and an old favorite, the Muse.  It was not until I pulled these pictures into my post that I saw my name DrMarm and either 2015 or 2016 on every one.  Rookie mistake, I just need to get back to writing more posts and remembering what I should do with my images.  Forgive the name, but at least you will know whether it was taken in 2015 or 2016.  <grin>

 

American River

American River, Velvet 56

 

Green Trail

Green Trail, Velvet 56

 

Rocky Road

Rocky Road, Velvet 56

 

Jessie Girl

Jessie Girl, Velvet 56

 

Bee Headstand

Bee Headstand, Velvet 56

 

Elm Sunset

Elm Sunset, Velvet 56

 

Bright Bud and Blooms

Bright Buds & Blooms, Velvet 56

 

Blowin' in the Wind

Blowin in the Wind, Velvet 56

 

LB Sun Fun

Sun Fun, Sweet 50

 

Muse Fun

Muse Fun, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

Window Dressing

Window Dressing, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

Going Up?

Going Up, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

The Wish Tree

The Wish Tree, Muse with Creative Aperture

 

LB Shed

Lensbaby Shed Visit, Sweet 50

 

CMM Memories

Camp Mountain Meadows, Sweet 50

 

Driving By

Driving By, Sweet 50

 

Golden Hour

Golden Hour, Sweet 50

 

Foggy Frost

Foggy Frost, Velvet 56

 

Frozen Reflections

Frozen Reflections, Velvet 56

 

Left Alone

Left Alone, Sweet 50

 

Looking At Life

Looking At Life, Sweet 50

 

All That Glitters

All That Glitters, Sweet 50

 

Jessie Intrigued

Intrigued Jessie, Sweet 50

 

Hazy Blues

Hazy Blues, Sweet 50

 

And if I could only pick one picture, it would be this last image! Of course, that just means I haven’t taken a new favorite…today. <grin–and grabs her Nikon & Lensbaby>

 

Tulip Dance

Tulip Dance, Velvet 56

 

To continue enjoying “Our Winter with Lensbaby” images, be sure to connect with Pauline Putt.  A continued inspiration to me, I am happy to send you her way:   http://oaktreeshutterbug.squarespace.com/oaktreeshutterbug/2016/2/28/our-winter-with-lensbaby  I will continue to enjoy Pauline’s magical talents with her daily mobile Lensbaby lens images.

 


Celebrating Fall with my Lensbaby

It is time to celebrate the wonderful fall images with our “Circle Blog”  Please visit the talented and creative Janet Douglas with her post http://jandouglas.weebly.com/hearts-lensbaby-love-hearts/our-fall-with-lensbaby

As a photographer, I am thankful to catch the small nuances of a season over time.  For me, with the fun and joy of using a Lensbaby lens or optic to help capture that magic, changes in color are even better!

My images were captured with my Nikon D800E and I will confess, this is the best “workhorse” of a camera I have ever had.  I started bringing it with me wherever I went.  Usually, most of my trips were to either physical therapy or a doctor’s appointment.  However, bringing my camera and having it “at the ready,” I found many great subjects in parking lots between the car and my appointment.   Great practice to look around wherever you are at the moment!

Special thanks and gratitude for joining an incredible group of women photographers on this venture.  Ana Maria Rosenberg, Pauline Putt, Nicola Stewart Janet Douglas, and Anja Williams.  One of the best aspects of photography and social media has been the community across the globe.  May we always be able to connect through our visions and the arts.

While searching for autumn color early in the season, I drove from one parking lot to another and as luck would have it, found an amazing dragon-fly.  Previously, I never had more than a quick shot with one.  I enjoyed the chameleon aspects and felt part of the magic was due to the Velvet 56 Lens.  What a delightful surprise!

Dragon Fly Hovering

Hovering

 

Dragon Fly Iridescent Wings

Iridescent Wings

 

Dragon Fly Pink

In the Pink

 

My “go-to” optic for these fall images ended up being the Sweet 50 Optic.  It is light weight and a perfect match as a walk around lens.  This clearly became my “Nifty Fifty!”

 

Setting Show

Setting Show

 

Sister on the Side

Sister on the Side

 

Bokeh Bee

Bokeh Bee

 

Morning Light Later

Morning Light Later

 

Fallen Color

Fallen Color

 

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern 3

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern 3

 

Mosaic Leaf Pattern 2

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern 2

 

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern

Mosaic Fall Leaf Pattern

 

Down the Lane_

Down the Lane

 

Down the Lane 2

Down the Lane 2

 

Abstract Fall Colors

Abstract Fall Color

 

Grapevine

Grapevine

 

Lavender Vase

Lavender Vase

 

 

LB Country Road

Country Road

 

Double Exposure (in camera) a fun change.

Ghost Statue

Ghost Statue

 

Sunny Bloom Above

Sunny Bloom Above

 

Fall Celebration ICM

Fall Celebration ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

 

Autumn Arrival

Autumn Arrival

 

Clouds and Fall Magic

Clouds and Fall Magic

 

Puzzle Pieces

Puzzle Pieces

 

Poppin' Yellow

Poppin’ Yellow

In northern California, we are due for many more moments celebrating the fall season.  We have an amazing snow covering for the Thanksgiving week

 


100 Summer Days with My Lensbaby Weeks 11-14 plus 2 Days

Out the Window Day 73

Out the Window Day 73

Lone Tree Day 74

Lone Tree. Day 74 jpg

Summer Views Day 75

Summer Views Day 75

Macro Veins Day 76

Macro Veins Day 76

Sunshine Day 77

Sunshine Day 77

Jessie Girl Day 78

Jessie Attentive Day 78

Floral Wallpaper Day 79

Floral Wallpaper Day 79

Early Blossoms Day 80

Early Blossoms Day 80

Crossing Intersection Day 81

Crossing Intersection Day 81

Ahead of Time Day 82

Ahead of Time Day 82

Cropped Color Day 83

Cropped Color Day 83

Couple In Love Day 84

Couple In Love Day 84

Mid-Day Sun Day 85

Mid-Day Sun Day 85

Harris Ranch Dusk Day 86

Harris Ranch Dusk Day 86

Palm Lane Day 87

Palm Lane Day 87

E-Ticket Ride Day 88

E-Ticket Day 88Kayak Accents Day 89Kayak Accents Day 89

Harbor Pano Day 90

Harbor Pano Day 90

Captain at the Wheel Day 91
Captain at the Wheel

Top Shelf Day 92

Top Shelf glass ware Day 92

Childhood Memories Day 93

Childhood Memories Day 93

Spot of Sun Day 94

Spot of Sun Day 94

Fisheye Fun Day 95

Fisheye Fun Shadows Day 95

Spirit Tree Day 96

Spirit Tree Day 96

Burst of Color Day 97

Burst of Color Day 97

Breezy Blur Day 98

Breezy Blur Day 98

Monkey See Monkey Do Day 99

Monkey See Monkey Do Day 99

Lady Bathing Day 100

Lady Bathing Day 100

 

 

The best part of our 100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby…the talented women who let me join them and of course–enjoying the world with my Lensbaby lenses and optics!

 

 

To celebrate our completion, we will have a Lensbaby Circle from one blog post to another.  When we “go live” I will happily share the first person, so you can really see our summer across the globe with Lensbaby.  Thank you to Ana Marie Rosenberg for her coordination of our project!  See her amazing talent here:   http://anarosenberg.net/…/100-day-of-summer-with-lensbaby


100 Days of Summer Lensbaby Circle

Thought it would be easy to select a few of my favorite images that were part of the 100 Days of Summer celebrating my love and passion for all things Lensbaby.  Not as easy as I imagined, but here are a few that made my first favorite bunch.  If I had to guess, I would see updates to this post for sure!

Spirit TreeSpirit Tree Day 96

This is a tree in the parking lot of the church I attended while growing up near Pasadena, CA.  (San Gabriel, Church of Our Savior)  My parents, the Twining’s met one another at this church…ironically, my Aunt Carol (Dad’s sister) and my Godmother (Mother’s BFF) had been telling each of my parents they needed to meet a “friend” of theirs.  Nah, they met one another without that awkward blind date kinda thing.  Small world since Mother was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui and Dad predominantly on the East Coast.  Gonna have to go with “some things are just meant to be.”

My Mother was recently sharing their story and I never knew that my Dad fell asleep in the movie on their second date.  Mother said, “Well, I will never see him again…”  Nope, she was wrong on that account as he told her how he felt on date 3.”  He proposed at 6 weeks and they were married over 50 years.

Lady Bathing

Lady Bathing Day 100

I was fortunate to be able to attend my nephew Matt’s wedding to Hali.  Many advantages to having the newest DSLR lens, Velvet 56 on my Nikon, especially the 1.6 aperture.  I watched the candle melt during the reception and when I could clearly see a woman bathing–snap and a sentimental memory of a magical day and evening.

If anyone were to describe me as one who shoots flowers, I would have disagreed before the 100 images for Summer…yes, most were flowers and close to home.  Many were actually in parking lots of the various doctor locations I visit for treating my back and neck injury.  Once I switched to focusing on the “Lensbaby Love” and had lighter lens/optics on my camera it was easy to find subjects to share.

Floral Wallpaper

Floral Wallpaper Day 79

Sunshine

Sunshine Day 77

Violet Beauty

Violet Beauty.jpg Day 68

On Stage

On Stage. Day 65 jpg

Sunshine Spotlight

Sunshine Spotlight Day 66

Tulip via Velvet 56

Tulip Via Velvet 56 Day 59

Partial Petals via Velvet 56

Partial Petals Via Velvet 56 Day 61

Secret Garden via Velvet 56

Secret Garden Via Velvet 56 Day 60

Some non blooming sights…

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Traveling Minstrel

Traveling Minstrel

Indoor Display

Indoor Display Day 46

Finder’s Keepers

Finders Keepers

Classic Words

Classic Words Day 42

Sharing the Beauty

Sharing the Beauty

Out the Window

Out the Window Day 73

And the most visited location…my neighbor 3 doors away with a magical yard…

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I Wanna Hold Your Hand Day 54

Closer Inspection

Closer Inspection Day 58

Next in Line

Next in Line Day 56

World Below

World Below Day 56

Dehazed Daisy Pops

Dehazed Dasiy Pops

Jessie Girl Attentive

Jessie Attentive Day 78

Hi Riley!

Hi Riley!

Spreading the Lensbaby Love during the summer…one day at a time!

The talented and creative ladies with the LB100DaysofSummer:

Thank you Ana, Pauline, Nicola, Sonia, Kelly, and Justyna for allowing me to join you with an “amazing” 100 Days of Summer.

#LB100daysofsummer #100summerdays_Lensbaby

To continue with our closing circle of 100 Days of Summer with Lensbaby, visit the very talented Kelly Jacobi, just click on the link below!

Kelly – Kelly Jacobi Photography
  https://kellyjacobi.wordpress.com/…/100-days-of…/

Special thanks to Lensbaby for creating such fun (and addictive) lenses and optics!  The folks I have had the pleasure to meet in real life as well as those with email or social media, you guys totally rock and are appreciated much!


100 Summer Days with my Lensbaby Week 7-10

Mid-way through our Summer and more Lensbaby Joy to share!

Kitchen Decades Old Day 43

Kitchen Decades Ago Day 43

Garden View Day 44

Garden View Day 44

Ornate Gate Day 45

Ornate Gate Day 45

Indoor Display Day 46

Indoor Display Day 46

Mid-Day Sun Fun Day 47

Mid-Day Sun Fun Day 47

Beauty Spot Day 48

Botanical gardens our Sac Meetup group visited.

Botanical gardens our Sac Meetup group visited.

Spider Feast Day 49

This guy was so quick, I wish I would have turned on the video!

This guy was so quick, I wish I would have turned on the video!

Speck of Moon Day 50

Night time summer views

Night time summer views

Manzanita Sculpture Day 51

Manzanita Sculpture Day 51

Nature…Language of Love Day 52

Nature...Language of Love Day 52

Making Memories Day 53

Making Memories Day 53

I Wanna Hold Your Hand Day 54

I Wanna Hold Your Hand Day 54

Love on the Line Day 55

Love on the Vine Day 55

World Below Day 56

World Below Day 56

Next in Line Day 57

Next in Line Day 56

Closer Inspection Day 58

Closer Inspection Day 58

Tulip Via Velvet 56 Day 59

Tulip Via Velvet 56 Day 59

Secret Garden Day 60

Secret Garden Via Velvet 56 Day 60

Partial Petals via Velvet 56 Day 61

Partial Petals Via Velvet 56 Day 61

Hello Hibiscus! Day 62

Hello Hibiscus! Day 62

Tourists Day 63

Tourists Day 64

Small As A Dime Day 64

Small As A Dime Day 63

On Stage Day 65

On Stage. Day 65 jpg

Sunshine Spotlight Day 66

Sunshine Spotlight Day 66

Velvet Poppies Day 67

Velvet Poppies.jpg Day 67

Violet Beauties Day 68

Violet Beauty.jpg Day 68

Homestead HDR Day 69

Homestead Day 69

Wheelbarrow HDR Day 70

Wheelbarrow Day 70

Mill On The Hill HDR Day 71

Mill on the Hill Day 71

Shining Light HDR Day 72

Shining Light Day 72


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100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby Week 6

Week 6–Northern California has enjoyed a “cool down” from over 100 degrees to 80’s and 90’s.  A welcome change!

Summer Fun Day 36

Summer Fun

Day 37  Two versions

Daisy Pops

Daisy Pops

Using Lightroom CC 2015

New Slider in “Effects” bottom slider “Dehaze”  Modified Daisy Pops with +65

Dehazed Dasiy Pops

Flower Family Reunion Day 38

Flower Family Reunion

Luscious Green Bokeh Day 39

Reworked No Dehaze

Repeating Bokeh Day 40

 

Repetitive Patterns w- Bokeh Day 40_

Under Day 41

 

Under Day 41

 

Classic Words Day 42

Classic Words Day 42


100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby Week 5

Wow!  This time of summer is just moving at an alarming rate.  Does remind me of how quickly summer vacation passed as a child.  Here are the images I shared during Week 5 of the…

 

100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby

Hi Riley!  Day 29

Hi Riley!

 

Bokeh in Back Day 30

Bokeh in Back-2

 

Opposites Attract Day 31

Opposites Attract

 

 

Drought Humor Day 32

Drought Humor

 

Sunshine Globe Day 33

Sunshine Globe

 

Long May She Wave Day 34

Long May She Wave

 

Light blue, white, and pink! Day 35

Light blue, white, and pink!

 

May your summer days be filled with joy and creating memories!


Week 4 is over…28 days of Lensbaby Summer Views

Time is marching on and I so appreciate the joy of sharing my Lensbaby passion with you!  Thanks much!

Each of these pictures were shot with the Composer Pro and Sweet 50 Optic @ f/2.5

Day 28

Splash of Color

Splash of Color

Day 27

Right Lights

Right Lights-2

Day 26

Curly Camouflage

Curly Camouflage

Day 25

Sweltering in Sacramento (104 degrees today)Sweltering Hot @ 104 degrees

Day 24

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up

Day 23

Blowing in the Wind

Blowing in the Wind

Day 22

Hanging Lantern

Hanging Lantern

Day 21

Father’s Day

Father's Day


Where Does Time Go? Weeks 2 and 3

Wow, we are officially in the “Summer Season” in the USA, and in particular—California, “The Sunshine State.”  For our hot current temps in Sacramento, the capital of California, we are well above 100 degrees.  104 yesterday and I believe, due to repeat today.  I was out walking the dogs at 6:30 this morning.  WAY TOO hot within a very little amount of time!

 

The 100 Days of Summer with Lensbaby was started and created by an amazing talented group of women.  Check out their pages to see their passion and talent with their Lensbaby(babies)

 

Ana – Ana Rosenburg Photography
https://www.facebook.com/AnaRosenbergPhotography?fref=ts
Nicola – Nicola Stewart Photography
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicola-Stewart-Photography/691213830919176?ref=bookmarks
Pauline- Oak Tree Shutterbug
https://www.facebook.com/oaktreeshutterbug?fref=ts
Sonia- Sonia Marfatia-Goode Photography https://www.facebook.com/soniamarfatiagoodephotography
Kelly – Kelly Jacobi Photography
https://www.facebook.com/kellyjacobiphotography?fref=ts
Justyna – Justyna E Butler Photography
https://www.facebook.com/JustynaEButlerPhotography

 

Here is a recap of my images for the second and third weeks, we are actually due to end week 4 in two days.  Time is flying–that is for sure.

 

Day 8

Seasonal Color

Sweet 50 Optic 2.5

Seasonal Color

Day 9

Bright Future

Velvet 56

 

Bursting with Joy

Bursting with Joy

 

Day 10

Finders Keepers

Sweet 50 Optic 2.5

Finders Keepers

 

Day 11

Sharing the Beauty

Sweet 50 Optic

Sharing the Beauty

 

Day 12

Plentiful Velvet Poppies

Velvet 56

Plentiful Velvet Poppies

 

Day 13

Peek A Boo

Velvet 56

Peek a Boo

 

Day 14

Traveling Minstrel

Sweet 50 Optic 2.5
Traveling Minstrel

 

Day 15

Crossing the Line

Sweet 50 Optic 2.5

Crossing the Line

 

 

Day 16

Rosebud in Bokeh

Sweet 50 Optic

Rose in Bokeh

 

Day 17

Pollen Powderpuff

Sweet 50 Optic 2.5

Pollen Powderpuff

 

Day 18

Secret Oasis

Soft Focus Optic

Secret Oasis

Day 19

Waiting to Pop

Soft Focus Optic 2.5

Waiting to Pop

 

Day 20

Half and Half

Velvet 56

Half and Half

 

Day 21

Father’s Day

Sweet 50 Optic 2.5

Father's Day

 

 

 

 


Lensbaby 100 Days of Summer!

I am so thankful for the connectivity of Facebook, especially within the Lensbaby pages. (Lensbaby Addicts and Lensbaby Artistry)  Through these groups, I have met an incredible group of talented folks and greatly enjoy their wonderful images they share.  Recently, while perusing, “liking”, and commenting,  I happened to notice the tags “100DaysofLensbaby” and contacted Pauline Putt.  Pauline said that she and a couple other ladies started this venture and they…as you might have guessed are posting a Lensbaby image daily for the summer.

I am humbled and honored to join them in sharing the “Lensbaby Love” through the quest for #LB100DaysofSummer.  Thank you to the Velvet 56 release for allowing me to “meet” them and begin drooling at the images they were creating!  Dually noted is that their photography magic is not limited to the beloved Velvet 56 images.  As a former educator, for the “math” peeps out there–I know that starting my posts on June 9 means I “technically” won’t have “100 days”  So, I will do my homework and catch up a bit today!

For an amazing journey this summer, join me in following these exceptional ladies through their photography pages–be sure to add them:  (Um, you may need to “copy and paste” them today, while I work on my linking skills.  It will be worth it, I promise!)

 

For now, my #Lensbaby100DaysofSummer  #LB100DaysofSummer #seeinanewway #Lensbaby #LBVelvet56 #LensbabySweet50 “LensbabyComposerPro will be shared on my Facebook page:

Laura: https://facebook.com/laura.twining?fref=ts

Day 9

Bursting with Joy

Bursting with Joy

 

 

 

 


A Look via Lytro, Light Field Camera

As most of you know, I am dealing with a back and neck injury.  Difficulty with carrying weight and DSLR and gear do not mix well.  My current lens of choice, anything Lensbaby.  Muse with Double Glass Optic, for those fellow Lensbaby fans is a blast with my Nikon D800E and has been  on it for weeks!

About a year ago at the annual Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, I saw a weird box of a camera…I wish I could remember the name of our walk leader, as the camera was his, he was kind and shared it with others.

Little and Fun

Little and Fun

It is best known as a camera you can set the focus point after you take an image.  Can also have multiple versions via focus from one image.

The only downside for me is the lack of processing in other programs than the very limited “Lytro Filters”.  I can use the images anywhere and share on Facebook with ease, but can not send image to say, Lightroom 5 and then post in Facebook and be able to focus after the fact.  I lose that capacity.  My photographer persona is having a tough time with this.  On the good side, it forces me to be really selective in my shooting and what image I get to start with.  Slow down and really take in the scene.  Good time to reflect and learn better habits–that is a win-win.

Another manner to share images outside of the Lytro Program is by copying the embedded code for the image.  For my techie friends, you know circles and circles of knowledge, this will be my first attempt at copying and pasting a code…

A month or so, I was in the Bay Area and joined up with a fellow Nikon shooter, Ben Tang.  We went to Berkeley Marina and I had time to bring out my Lytro.  Just sitting and looking at the boats bobbing in the water.

These are the first Lytro images I printed and I love the results…only used the Lytro filters and was quite surprised at the end products.

https://pictures.lytro.com/DrMarm/pictures/742080

Tilted Mast

https://pictures.lytro.com/DrMarm/pictures/742078

Film Noir Effect

https://pictures.lytro.com/DrMarm/pictures/742068

Line Art

In order for the focusing after option, you need to make certain you are shooting with that setting.  Easy to know–blue line around your image.  Another plus is having a distinct  foreground, middle, and background.  If just 2 points–that can still work.

This is from a local park along the American River.  Click on the plant/flower and watch the morphing image…click on the background for change in view.  The second image is not one I would have shared, aside from the transformation of the changing focus…but grew to like it!

https://pictures.lytro.com/DrMarm/pictures/742083

Along the American River

https://pictures.lytro.com/DrMarm/pictures/742086

Eye of the Beholder

I did the Old way of copy, cut, and paste…then noticed an icon that I could click and choices were Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Embed.

Awesome and easy!!  (OMG, easy to do!!)

This is with the “glass” filter–reminds me of ice.  In actuality, this image was a tree in a parking lot where I had an appointment.  Arrive early and take pics!

As of today…can get Lytro on many websites, including Lytro.com and Target (only place for pink color) Best Buy, Apple Stores, and a few more spots.  Search for prices.  I got the 750 image for 100 less than advertised.  (Amazon has since changed the price…)  Happy shopping and shooting!


Found! Old Pictures of Shiner, my first dog

You know that moment…when you open a box you don’t remember packing and find beloved old and tattered images?  Or, in the year 2013—find an old Memory stick you have and open it to find lost images.  Well, my moment was the later and I found a file of images I put together for my parents 45th anniversary digital picture frame.  I organized the images around the early 90’s and they go back for a couple of decades.

My first dog was Shiner P. Midnight.  I got her when I was in college.  One of my friends got a puppy and it was adorable, we got one from the same litter, so–enter Shiner.  The breeder told us she was a purebred Cocker Spaniel and I had naive thoughts of breeding her and making money.  One of my professors had a REAL Cocker Spaniel, and he did not believe she was really a cocker…

Ears Flopping

Ears Flopping

I attended Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington.  Shiner was the first dog that was mine and not a family dog.  She traveled well in the car, on planes, camp bus, you name it!  After graduation, I moved to Indiana to direct an Outdoor Education School and Shiner came along.  My Mother sent her a dog sweater, since it was so cold and she spent time outside–wherever I went, she went.  If she got miles for her plane trips, she certainly would have earned a nice trip!

One time, I returned to Indianapolis after spending the holidays in California–and went to the special baggage claim and there was no Shiner!  I must admit to going from 0 to hysterical in a matter of seconds…the flight we were on was continuing on to Boston, Massachusetts, which is where she ended up.  Then, she was flown back to Indianapolis and put in an Airline Van and delivered to me in Bloomington, Indiana.  After that adventure, I didn’t fly again with her.  Also, if I knew then what I know–would not have shipped her so many times!

On for the moment

On for the moment

Shiner didn’t like wearing her sweater.  I would let her outside and she would return a few minutes later–usually without her sweater.  She figured out that going into the briar patch caught her sweater on the branches and she could get it off!

My job in Indiana was seasonal, so we would return to California for summers and I would direct a summer camp–then, she became the “Camp Dog”.  She loved to play fetch with rocks or a ball, not really particular.  When she was a puppy at camp, the kitchen staff would take their breaks and try to hit the camp bell with a rock.  This is where Shiner got her fetish.  They would throw it and she would bring it back…

This image was taken by a photographer that would come up once a week to take pictures.  I decided I wanted to get one taken with Shiner.  Apologies to the original photographer…have no information…or, would give proper acknowledgement.

Not going anywhere

Not going anywhere

What is not visible in this picture were the moments preceding the shot.  As soon as I got Shiner on the swing, she leapt off my lap and took off for the lake…I caught her before she went swimming and hiked back up to get our picture taken.  You may note how much my fingers are holding her–no more leaps!!

Spoiled?

Spoiled?

There were a few occasions when I went somewhere and couldn’t bring her.  She was properly spoiled…under a blanket with my Mother.

She even made her own doggy door by shredding the screen on their sliding glass door…so she could go in and out as she pleased…

One thing my parents and I never got along with was politics.  I canceled one of their votes and have continued to do so.  Decided I couldn’t resist this plastic dog toy of President Bush…and then, made sure to pack it for visiting her “grandparents”.  My Dad thought it was entertaining, Shiner was happy, and got quite a few laughs.

Democrat Dog

Democrat Dog

Bay Window View

Bay Window View

This picture was from Christmas in Northern California.  The San Francisco Bay was visible from the Bay Window in my kitchen, loved this little one room house on the hills of San Leandro.  Good times and memories.

One morning, I was getting ready to go out to visit camps–my real job as a Professional Girl Scout.  Normally, Shiner would wait at the door to ensure she was going.  I noticed she wasn’t as excited and her urine wasn’t the right color, so I dropped her off at the vet and went to visit the closest camp.  I talked with the vet, only to find out what she had was life threatening.  Autoimmune Hemoletic Anemia, it took 21 days for her to get better, including 4 days on life support at UC Davis and a splenectomy.  My parents helped a little with her bills and we had 6 more years together.  As Shiner aged, her eating waned, so I started making her Doggy Meatloaf.  She loved it.  I fed her on a towel, as her legs could go out from under her on the vinyl flooring.  My cat, Tucker also enjoyed the meatloaf and would happily help Shiner with her meal.  Included ground turkey, chicken hot dogs, frozen veggies, bread crumbs and eggs.  Although it was all food I would eat, I chose to not taste the dog food!

Homemade Dog Meatloaf

Homemade Dog Meatloaf

It has almost been 20 years since she went over the Rainbow Bridge.  I still have her collar hanging from my rear view mirror and have to smile when her tags jingle when I hit a bump or a sharp curve:)

One of my favorite memories is driving to camp with the top off my Suzuki Sidekick and her ears flapping in the breeze as she sat in the passenger seat!  She would even stay in the car when the top was off and I went into the market.  Many more stories and beautiful memories!


How to Create Enjoyable Images with Ugly Sky Conditions…

Had the pleasure to shoot briefly with a friend that rented a Nikon D800.  I had been drooling over his D700 when we met around 3-4 years ago–seemed only fair it was his time to check out a new camera that I am so fond of!

Taking Advantage of subjects nearby on the water

Taking Advantage of subjects nearby on the water

Although the Sacramento Area has 2 rivers and a couple of lakes near by, it is SO different to be along the shores of the San Francisco Bay with no waves.

Berkeley Marina

A Little Saturation

Most of the boats were alone with their sales wrapped up and covered.  The reflection of the bigger boat caught my eye when I was looking and walking around.  Our access was limited, as there was a locked gate only available to Marina members with a key.

Big and Little Boats

Baby Boat and Big Boat! Theme: yellow!

The glare from the sun made this image more difficult, so I kept shooting in continuous high mode  as the bird moved across the sky.

Drifting In

As Afternoon Fades,  the Boats Return to the Marina…

This was actually the first time I even took my Lensbaby Muse off my camera–since I got it about 2 weeks ago.  I kept seeing locations that would be better shot with my Lensbaby.  I will admit, the newer tag of, “See in a New Way” fits

Golden Adventures

Lensbaby Fun– Focused on the hull of the boat

Once again, the bird caught within the same frame as the sailboat–I couldn’t resist!  I also liked this composition better with the shore rocks and the breaker behind–may “move” the bird & update this after I visit Photoshop CS6.

Gull and Sails

A Trace of the San Francisco Bay Bridge–far left through the haze/fog

The yellow boat draws your attention right in.  Lack of wind allowed the reflections to show and be a bit more dramatic trip to the marina.

 

Idle Sails

Found another boat with a great reflection…

Another view of sailing–a bit closer to the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Sailing In

Another view through the haze with Treasure Island and the bridge beyond

Think this is my favorite view from the day.  Framed Sailboat via the marina parking lot.

Shore to Ship

Framed View Low haze

Thanks again to my friend, Ben for driving me around, so I was able to shoot and not worry about a conflict with my meds.

 


Lensbaby Lens Lessons

Hmm, you know it has been too long since your last post when you have to reset your password!  I dislike how sophisticated the password resets are…we won’t count how many times it took me to make one up that worked…or, the likelihood I will remember it next time I want to post a blog…time will tell:)

With the start of the official Fall season, I am sad to awaken to darkness–but constantly looking at the trees all around town and checking their colors.  Living near Sacramento, which is “The City of Trees” and seeking fall changes means my eyes are checking out every parking lot as I drive by.  Some Maple and Sycamore trees have red and the Walnut trees seem to have little patches among the branches of orange.

I have been enjoying a return to the Double Glass Optic and using an old favorite lens to many–but new to me, the Lensbaby Muse.  So exciting to be challenged with a new lens and fun to see the results.

One of the best attributes for me, is the fact Lensbaby Lens are lightweight–for now, my biggest concern due to back and neck injuries.

I happily gave up carrying a purse for a photo bag, so I would always have my Nikon with me and not miss opportunities.  This means I am very content to get out of my car and check out views from various parking lots!

We are just getting a little bit of color in town…here is a shot from a tree surrounded by concrete.

All you need is a little spot of color!

All you need is a little spot of color!

One of my favorite locations is 5-minutes away by car.  I do not visit there during the summer, as it is pack jammed with happy rafters on The American River.  But now, I can return and run into very few folks.  Just perfect for reflecting and shooting.

The seemingly foggy image is taken using the Zone Plate Optic on my Lensbaby Muse.  The Pinhole/Zone Plate Optic uses Litho film which creates the hazy effect.  My original subject was the weeds in front taken with a Plastic Optic.

Artistic haze due to Zone Plate optic

Artistic Haze

A Little Prickly

A Little Prickly

Our water level is low due to no real rain to measure yet this calendar year.  Hoping our fall and winter are wet.

A View among branches

A View among branches

A final view to share of The American River.  This location is accessible by car, parking just a few 100 feet or so away.

Slippery when wet

Slippery when wet

Happy Autumn or Spring, may you enjoy the colors that come with your season!


Nest Preparation

While waiting for the Amgen race to “whoosh” though Olema, CA was distracted by a little flutter and thought I’d share what I saw with you!

These images were taken with my Nikon D600 and severely cropped in Lightroom 4.

Don't think anymore will fit!

Don’t think anymore will fit!

Just perched there for a minute or so…

Under the Eve, she rests and waits

Under the Eve, she rests and waits

Nice to see the delivery.

Here it is, dear!

Here it is, dear!

Not as crisp as I would have liked, but going for the complete story!

Nice to see both birds contributing

Nice to see both birds contributing!

Just to show how much I cropped, which explains the noise–here is the original size…

Complete View

Complete View

This eve is above the same apartment room we stayed in, which was literally, “above” the town deli!

I will admit I tried to open the window screens--would have been a super view to shoot the Amgen!

I will admit I tried to open the window screens–would have been a super view to shoot the Amgen!

The Deli even opened early for folks to get coffee!

Great place to visit!

Great place to visit!

This “room” is part of the Pt. Reyes Seashore Lodge which was built in 1988–this building is MUCH older!  The grounds were full of such beauty–another blog to come!


Beyond Comfort Level–Portraits

For anyone who knows me, I am thrilled to be outside shooting with my Nikon.  My preference has been exploring the outdoors which, I believe goes to my Girl Scout roots at summer camp!  My experience with models is limited, so I have been trying to get out of my comfort zone and shoot some portraits, with people as my subject.

Here are a few shots from extending beyond my comfort zone.

I have learned how much value comes from having specialists for Hair and Make Up…sometimes this is an option, and other times, we depend on our models.  The first two shots are an example of being able to admire the talents of great artists and their results.  This was a photo shoot with a “Meetup.com” group.

Meetup Event

Sweet!

Niki is a dedicated Body Builder and shares her hard work in steep competitions.  Thanks to Andy Brooks for setting up this outdoor shoot and the lights.  Always fun to learn from a talented friend!  For more of his work visit his website at:  http://www.blueturban.net/

Dedication and Results

One of the Sponsors for Niki as she works towards her dream

Another shoot, but indoors with models that have tattoos.  A special “shout out and thanks” to Tommy and his artists from “Fat Cat Tattoo” located in Carmichael, CA.

Backlit with a flash mounted in a Hotshoe

Being on location and getting creative is certainly an important skill to have.  Kudos to Andy for seeing this shot and the models willing to hop on up in the window of the tattooing station.

Details and Art

Two views to bring attention to the tattoo art on their arms.

Art and Eyes

What I enjoy about the world of photography  is there is always something to learn and expand your ability level.  I was able to attend the Look Fabulous Tour with Lou Freeman and Lindsay Adler.  Such a wealth of information on working with lighting and models.

I chose this day to use my D800E and the 50mm 1.8 so I wouldn’t have much weight while shooting.  Here are shots of the 3 models we worked with.  I will share another post with additional pictures.  Truly a fabulous experience!

Such a wonderful model with tons of initiative!

Such a wonderful model with tons of initiative!

She has a reflector in front of her to bounce the light on her face.

Bounced light on such a beauty!

Bounced light on such a beauty!

You can see the reflection of the two softboxes in her eyes.  Barely much room between the two boxes for my camera, but made for brilliant light.

Head shot

Head shot

Look forward to continuing to learn more and expand my comfort zone!  One piece of course is that I now have new items on my “wish list”  lights, pocket wizard, beauty dish…to name just a few thoughts to start the wishing process.  Willing to accept donations at anytime:)


One Poppy Plant

The time has changed–we have “sprung forward.”  The sun sets later, our days are getting longer , which always makes me happy.  Equally exciting is that spring is springing with the blooms and blossoms in Northern CA.  Just beginning.

I have started my watching for Golden Poppy plants at the American River.  Eventually, the hillside will be covered with Poppy plants and Lupine, but not yet.

There was one plant blooming with the river in the background.  SO–one plant, made the most of it…

Lonely Poppy

Lonely Poppy

The beauty and complimentary colors of the poppies and green grass just makes me smile and be thankful that we have such any spring growth. We have such a lacking of rain, believe we are more than 8 inches below our norm at this time of year.

So, I was thankful there was one plant with blooms and took in the beauty to share!

Half and Half

Half and Half

We did have rain on Easter morning, not too much–but any rain is fabulous at this point!  Felt bad for anyone celebrating the holiday with any outdoor activities, rain was gone almost as soon as it came.  Love the clouds and stormy views!

Storm Watch

Storm Watch

More dramatic sky view!

Wide Angle

Wide Angle

One last view to tide you over–I realized that the header on my blog is exactly what I am hoping to find once again.

First One...then more

First One…then more


Pelican Synchronized Swimming

In Sync

In Sync

Amazing to watch these American White Pelicans in sync.  I have seen four pelicans in synchronized movement, but never this many!  They were full of grace and many cars pulled over to see them gliding through the water.

As a child, I was not very athletic and not that coordinated.  So, of course I found my attention on the one pelican that was out of sync.  What a character! It was entertaining to watch him up when all the others were down and vice versa.

What?

What?

Down or Up?

Down or Up?

The one did manage to get into the groove as they continued to amaze their audience!

In Sync

Together

Fun and so stunning to see these large birds be so graceful!

There was another…that got out of sync, still a beautiful scene to enjoy!

We were on the car loop of the Yolo Bypass, certainly an enjoyable outing and I can not wait to return.  Such a treat to see amazing birds.

Another Challenge

Another Challenge


Jessie is 4 Months Old!

I really had forgotten the joys of having a puppy…

  • Getting up in the middle of the night
  • Sharp teeth and teething
  • Puppy laundry–cleaning bodily fluids from indoor surfaces
  • How quickly they grow!
  • Undying devotion and trust
  • First bath
  • Puppy shots
  • Eating EVERY plant and organic item in the yard
  • How inviting kitty litter actually must be

Just some of the fun moments I have been able to enjoy since we picked Jessie Girl up on January 10th.
Early photos–look at how little she is.   Weighed just over 3 lbs. when she arrived and I believe she is almost 8 now.

Name then...No, no, Drop It

Name then…No, no, Drop
It

The best surprise was finding a picture with our beloved Roxie in it–we lost her 3 days later to The Rainbow Bridge.  One of the worst moments of pet loving and ownership.  Jessie will have the blonde coloring of Roxie when she matures–note the rapid changes her appearance has gone though in the past two months.  Cairn Terriers that are Red Brindle are much darker at birth and the dark hair changes to light over time.

Day 3 hanging out

Day 3 hanging
out

So Mighty

So Mighty

Playing with Riley 2 months later…they play non stop and love one another!
There was just one day when they didn’t get along.  Apologize to Riley for a bad reputation on Facebook.  He is a loving boy and learning how to be the alpha dog.  We pretty much have a “Puppy Bowl” 24/7 and it is a joy to watch them tumble and tug.

Open Wide

Open Wide

Riley tuckered out after a long play session!

Nap Time!

Nap Time!

For Jessie’s 4 month old birthday on March 8th, I decided she needed a bath–she did not agree and I believe I almost got wetter than she did.

She worked diligently on drying off–with Riley watching.  Think he was just glad he didn’t get one!  (He visits the groomer for that!)

Riley supervising a very wet Jessie

Riley supervising a very wet Jessie

A few close ups…as I was trying to get “birthday pics” of Jessie, Riley was quite the “Photobomber” insisting he be the focus of my lens–so I obliged!

Aw, look at me

Aw, look at me

Pay Attention to Me!

Pay Attention to Me!

My Best Side

My Best Side

Here are a few of the favorites I have already shared previously on Facebook, but I thought I’d give another dose of cuteness.  Thanks to all for being patient and viewing the puppy…again!  Gonna guess there will be more pictures to come:)

9 Weeks Old

9 Weeks Old

50mm 1.8

50mm 1.8

Yes, A Dress!

Yes, A Dress!

Roxie in the Background

Roxie in the Background

Cairn Terriers

Cairn Terriers


Crocker Art Museum Visit

We have many local and smaller museums in the Sacramento area. After living here for almost 20 years, finally visited the Crocker Museum and fell in love with the art world. The museum has recently been expanded and a new wing added.  Previously, I had little exposure to enjoy other art mediums besides photography. Just thought I knew where my interests and focus really were.

The new exhibit featuring landscape paintings by Kondos is entitled, “A Touch of Blue”.  It opened on Sunday with a preview on Saturday for members. What a grand experience it was becoming acquainted with Gregory Kondos and his landscape work of our local areas. This is the first chance and exposure for me to see and really appreciate paintings of the Sacramento River, vineyards from Napa, and his Yosemite work. Looking at his paintings and knowing specific places where he stood to create his scenery was awe inspiring and empowering. Equally impressive was seeing the presentation of his work and the massive changes the gallery made to set up such a complimentary space to feature his paintings.

A benefit was the chance to not only view his work, but one could purchase his book and meet him face to face for his signature. What a kind soul…imagine it was a long day for him, meeting and greeting folks that appreciate his talents.

It was an honor and pleasure to connect with him for a few moments. Mr. Kondos was so polite and patient!  I was taking photos of him and the signing process, as we waited in line for our turn. Another exclusive option were two screenings of a movie with the history of his journey as an artist. Loved it! So glad we were able to view this and I can’t wait to dive into his book and be immersed in the stories and tales that accompany his works of art!

A few images of Kondos signing and signing and signing. Felt honored to be in his presence and he was so generous with his time!  Many admirers were snapping away with their phones.  I brought out my Nikon and raised the ISO to accommodate the lack of flash.  In the first image below, he caught my eye as he saw the camera, we were still in line with about 10 people in front of us–very kind to maintain his eye contact and to me it shows how “real” he is and can certainly connect with people.

Eye Contact

Eye Contact

Yes, I did cut off part of his arms in order to not have other patrons appear in the image!

I asked for permission to take his photo when we finally arrived in front of him.  Already determined the ISO I needed and snapped off two shots and thanked him.  Surprising me–he asked if I got it–what patience and thoughtfulness he shared!  I said that I had.

Looking Up

Looking Up

Another reason why it was a bit challenging to get his portrait was the glare from the windows!  However, the black background was perfect.

I just love the contours of his hat and it sure suits him well.  With the focus of his exhibit on blue–the striped blue shirt seemed perfect for him.

Concentrating

Concentrating

He was gregarious and focused when signing every book.  The couple in front of us purchased four–gifts for their children, they shared.  He chatted with them for a bit as he signed the many books.

When he was signing our book–I was thrilled to capture his hand with my lens.  I shot quite a few images of his hands–interesting to note–he was signing books with his right hand and yet, in the movie he was shown sketching a river scene in charcoal and used his left hand for that!   I have just started to read the book and wonder if his ability to use both hands will be mentioned.

An Artist's Hands

An Artist’s Hand

The author of the book, Scott A. Shields is also a man with connections to the Sacramento art world. Another exhibit featuring the paintings of Kondos will open in April at the Sacramento City College Gallery. This will also coincide with his birthday, he will be turning a young 90 years old in April. Kondos attended the junior college as a student as well as Sacramento State University.  He returned to the junior college as a faculty member sharing his knowledge and passion with the next generation for decades.  Clips in the movie also showed him working with artists in the field–what a memorable experience that would be!

I will certainly revisit his exhibit soon, after I have spent some time enjoying the book and gaining more knowledge of his life story as an artist.

WINDOW VIEWS

Understandably, photographic images are not allowed on the second and third floors of Crocker in honor of protecting the artists and their work. I still had my camera ready for any non-art photo options and connected with the window view looking out into the courtyard separating the two portions of the museum.  The first image struck me with the symmetry and shapes within the view.

Here are a few of my favorite window views….

Symmetry

Symmetry

On the first level, I was really fascinated by the floor to high ceiling walls of windows looking into the courtyard.  The line to obtain his signature was long and not moving rapidly, so I had plenty of time to look from where we were patiently waiting to meet Kondos.  So, had some fun with my Nikon and a few presets in Lightroom to share my viewless window images.  I appreciate the ability to make images of the same subject from various angles and process with different results.

Added Grain

Added Grain

For the next image, I tried different lens corrections and liked the curve gained when I shifted the horizontal perspective.

Angles & Details

Angles & Details

Equally fun was the elongated image I acquired with the vertical lens correction.  The sepia tone gave me a greater shadow at the bottom, which I chose to keep.

Vertical Play

Vertical Play

A few more window shots–some with a view of the courtyard!

There is such a lack of color with these shots that even the first image in “color” appears to be black and white.

Reservation Required

Reservation Required

Amazing what a few preset changes and slider movements can really change in an image.

Building with a History

Building with a History

Be sure to check your local museums and look into becoming either individual members or a family membership.

We will be back soon!


Lensbaby Spark Fun

Winter Blues

Winter Blues

According to  the groundhog, “Punxsutawney Phil” we are due for an early spring…however, many states have endured horrific winter weather over the past week.  In the Sacramento, California area our snow level dropped to 900 feet which is insane for us!  Of course, the next day no clouds were in the sky and nothing but beautiful blue overhead.  What these images can not share is the temperature–our morning lows have been 30 degrees or so with our day high nearing 60.

I decided to take my Lensbaby Spark out for a jaunt in the backyard to celebrate our chilly, but dry weather.  The Spark lens is the lightest Lensbaby in my collection and easy to manage on my D600.  The challenge and fun aspect of this lens  (in my humble opinion)  is that you do not secure your composition–hands need to maintain constant pressure on the Spark to keep the effect you desire.

My favorite aspect of using a Lensbaby is the fact you can achieve so many different results with the same tool.  Creativity is unlimited.  The next two images are of the same Oak Tree which towers over the backyard and yet appear so different, because of the lens flexibility.

Over Head

Over Head

Love the look of swirls–especially with fall color but still creates a fun abstract result with bare branches.

Just a Twist

Just a Twist

Some flowering varieties, one in various shades of green and the other with a splash of color.

Abstract Beauty

Abstract Beauty

The light in this shot allowed the creative aperture of the “sun” to show through a bit.

Backyard Blooms

Backyard Blooms

Anyone else ready for spring???


ICM–Intentional Camera Movement

Wow! It has been SO long since I have done a blog that WordPress has quite a few changes. Mostly, I have just been sharing my limited images via Facebook–but decided to keep a theme and share my recent new shooting technique. (New to me, not anything I invented!)

Have you ever had an image where you moved when your shutter was still open and it blurred your photo? Maybe–strong winds with your camera on a tri-pod without using a cord?  I certainly have had my fair share of blurry photos due to unintentionally moving something I should not have while I was shooting.

Recently, I was reading an e-book, “SLOW The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography” by Andrew S. Gibson. I learned that there is a technique to intentionally create movement in camera and it is called–wait for it…Intentional Camera Movement (ICM). I had seen the results of images posted by others, especially with fall shots and didn’t know how to achieve it, but now I do! As Mr. Gibson suggests–you can look it up on Flickr and see some talented shots.

The technique is basically panning your camera as you shoot in Shutter priority with a long enough exposure–half a second or longer to create the movement, with abstract results.  I found the coastal region of Northern California to be an ideal spot for this venture. Pacific Ocean below a bluff

Pacific Ocean below a bluff
Silky Appearance

Silky Appearance

Liked the angle of the water

Liked the angle of the water

Black and White

Black and White

Saturated Colors

Saturated Colors

The advantage of this shoot being at sunset was that I could get quite a few different color options as the sunset faded and the light show began.  The above images were processed using Lightroom 4.3 and started as RAW files, so I would have more choices refining what I captured and wanted to share.

En route to the sunset location there was a grove of trees in their winter glory–no leaves and darker bark with sunlight hitting them just as I wished. so, here is actually my first attempt at ICM.

Quite Squiggly

Quite Squiggly

Got a good chuckle, and decided I was pleased with my result. Clearly, there is indeed movement during this shot! Soon, I discovered it was much easier to pan horizontally than vertically! Hold camera and tuck in elbows to your body for a cleaner pan.

There was a field with such luscious green grass a herd of White-Tail Deers were munching away in the distance. The road was a good 50 yards or more from where they were located, and we were separated by a barbed wire enclosure. Here are a few shots of the pasture.  The first two shots are from the same file–only difference is with the “Clarity Slider” in Lightroom.  Same exact image with clarity at -100 for the second view–no other differences, but certainly changed the result!

Boosted Clarity to about 60

Boosted Clarity to about 60

All clarity removed…

Lighter colors and details

Lighter colors and details

One last view of the deer in the distance with a nice tree to provide a change in scenery!

Tree and Deers

Tree and Deers

Continuing with the theme of movement…here are two images that were not ICM, but I kept them due to their abstract result.  If you know me, I am a great fan of Lensbaby Optics and love the abstract results you can create with them, so no wonder why I couldn’t part with these shots. To clarify–neither is a Lensbaby image!

Drawing of a Sun

Drawing of a Sun

What came to my mind as I first saw this image was that it reminded me of pictures that children draw with a sun in the sky with rays coming off of the center. OK–I still draw mine that way, am certainly NOT an artist in that respect!

This was taken at dusk…my intended shot was to get the hawks that were swooping down and making a meal of the bats that were coming out from under the specially designed bridge (designed for the bats, the previous one was lost in a flood). I used a WAY too long of an exposure to hand hold and the speed at which the bats were exiting and hawks swooping and snacking were much faster than the settings on my camera were!

Greenery

Greenery

Look forward to working on my panning and ICM skills and writing more blogs to share with you!

Thanks much, for viewing–it is greatly appreciated:D


American River Stormy Views

I am an avid reader and enjoy reading photography books, blogs, e-books–anything I can gain knowledge from and enjoy the wonderful images others have created.  Many times I have read that the best photos come from your location–knowing when the weather and conditions will get you an amazing view.  Usually, this is written by someone who lives near Yosemite, in Hawaii, and other vacation destinations I’d love to live near.

This week in Northern California we went from 100 degree weather down to the high 70s–that was a delightful shift and much welcomed!  There was also a threat of rain.  I was watching the sky and the clouds and noticed they were getting very inviting for a photo outing.  So, I went to the American River–one of my favorite locations and a 5-minute drive.  Have been dealing with severe back and neck challenges due to an injury, so am very limited in what I can do and for how long.  (This outing was less than 20-minutes and SO worth it.)

My Nikon 18mm is a wide angle prime and very light weight and has become my go-to lens.  Do love the continuing “learning curves” of photography! When I got home, realized I had a very slight vignette in every corner of my images.  (Have now taken the rubber hood off of my lens!)  So, decided to embrace the vignette concept..having never tried it before–had a fun time with it:)

The first teasing drops of rain began as soon as I sat down to take a few snaps, so didn’t stay long, but did enjoy the ever-changing clouds!

A few green spots near the river

Played a bit with white vignettes to match the clouds

A small area near the shore with slower moving water, a haven for ducks

Took advantage of a full frame camera and just cropped these, so the vignette was not apparent.  Know too much of a good thing can become boring, so no vignettes on these views!

View down the river

A patch of blue

Ironically, this is not a time I usually visit the river–in the middle of the day and during summer.  Had to take these shots in between folks going down the river on rafts.  Was reminded of this when I drove through the gate, to find limited parking. Am glad I went, though–certainly does validate the concept of finding great views in your own neighborhood:D


Poppies Popping

The state flower of California is the Golden Poppy.
 In spring, they are abundant and can be found many places–on
freeway hillsides, in neighborhood yards and along the American
River, to name a few locales.  Actually, my header on my blog
is from a few years ago.  I had hoped to find both Poppies and
Lupine in bloom and took me quite a few trips before I found what I
was searching for.  These are a few shots I got to enjoy when
hunting for them this year.

Front and
Center

Early Morning
Dew

On the
Side

Among New
Friends

Couldn’t decide whether I preferred a portrait or
landscape shot, so decided to enjoy both options!  Do you have
a preference?

Multicolored River
View

Wide
Colors

The clarity of the water seemed to make this
vision even more impressive!

Catch Your
Breath

This photo was not at the American River, but I
made certain I got to enjoy this amazing view.  Taken on
Mother’s Day.  Well worth fighting the traffic to get it.

Color
Carpet

I was not alone!  Numerous cars pulled up and
stopped along this 2 lane highway to capture the beauty.

Who Wouldn’t Want
This View?

The last two photos were taken with my new
camera, the Nikon D800E.  Have been waiting for a fullframe
camera for quite some time.  The wait was worth it!  Look
forward to sharing more photos with you taken with this amazing
camera:)