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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!


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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

 

 

 

 


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.

 


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:)