Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Light Painting

I finally did it!  These are the first three light paintings I've done, it only took me half the evening to figure it out, but TA-DA!  Here they are. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

People practice

These are from a while back,  I'm just now getting them posted.  I still need lots and lots of practice with people and using a flash.  I don't know if I'll ever get the hang of it. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Whooooo Whoooooo

 Getting a little beauty rest before the photo op.

A barn owl and screetch owl from the Raptor Recovery visited the Wild Bird Habitat store.  I figured it was the only way I was ever going to get a photo of an owl, so I went. What awesome creatures...I do hope to photograph one in the wild in my lifetime.  Did you know they make nesting boxes for some owls.  May have to get one.  :-)  I don't know if there are enough mice to keep them happily fed in my neighborhood.  Although, I hear they like snakes, those I've have.  yuk!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another faux mat

This one only took 20 minutes to complete. I will always need to read the instructions though...too much stuff to remember.

This is a group of co-workers that have reached the 25 year service level. What a great acomplishment for these six ladies.

Here are the before and after shots. I photoshopped the statue out of the shot but didn't notice the thermostat until after I had them all printed.  I have to learn to not get in such a rush. Otherwise, I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Crystal Springs-Fall 2010

Boy! there sure were a lot of varieties of birds there today.  The weather was kind of crappy, but all in all, it was a good day.  I did a little practicing with CS5 tonight on one of my pictures from today.  I experimented with the Content-Aware Fill feature.  I don't think I did too bad.

First you define the area you want to fill by using a selection tool.  I wanted to remove the branches in front of the Osprey.
Next, click on Edit in the tool bar
Click Fill.  The Fill dialog box opens.  Click to choose Content-Aware
Click Ok.  Photoshop fills the area with surrounding content.  Just clean it up with the Clone Stamp tool.

Here are the before and after pictures.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Potter

I was really fasinated with this guy making pottery on the potters wheel.  I've never seen anyone actually do it, with the exception of the scene from "Ghost".  Never in person.  I could have stood there all day.

Osprey on a dreary day

On our way to the Apple Jack Festival in Nebr. City, we took a turn down a country road that takes you to a really neat park.  On the way, "eagle eye" Larry yells out  "Hey! I think there's an eagle in that tree".  It's only just a little ways to the park so we keep driving.  I tell him, I doubt it was an eagle, it's too soon for them, I think.  We get to the park and it's really packed with people.  It's very small and I think someone was having a reunion of some kind.  So, back down the road we go.  There's that bird, still sitting in the tree.  We stop, I get my camera and get a few shots and discover that it's on Osprey, not an eagle.  I was hoping that it would do a little fishing in the pond below it, it's really neat to watch them fish.

I also finally saw and got a picture of a Brown Thrasher.  One more to check off my list.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Patch N' Powder Gang book

This is a book I made up for the Patch N' Powder Gang from a shoot they had in September.  It only shows the first 15 pages.  I used Blurb.com to make the book.  It is a very easy site to use and reasonably priced. They do excellent work.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Faux Mat-at least 1 1/2 hrs...

...maybe the next one won't take quite as long. Thanks Kris for the tutorial.  A very economical way to display prints.  Matting and framing are so expensive. I may use this a lot.

Here's mine.  I wanted the outer border to be black but obviously didn't click something right and couldn't find my way back to where I needed too be to change it.  I will pay more attention next time.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Black Powder Novelty Shoot

Although I don't care for the brown tootsie pops, they still have the yummy tootsie roll center, such a waste of chocolate. :-)

The idea here is to start from the top and shoot one from each row.  They do this with both rifles and pistols.
Going way out of my comfort zone, I went with Frank today to one of their Black Powder shoots.  Now, anyone that knows me, knows I hate guns.  Why did I go you ask....I am bored taking pictures of my birds and butterflies, so thought I would venture out of my box and shoot something different. While they were shooting their guns, I was shooting my Canon.  :-)  Here are just a few of the shots I took today.   I'll post the rest here if you're interested in seeing more. Thanks for asking me to go Frank.. I had fun.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Are you ready for some football!

Went to Chase's first football game.  Scary to see them playing tackle football when they are so young. They did great and won the game.  Go Bombers!

Cody and Alex

Doing a little people practice with a couple of my grandkids.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pretty bird

The humming birds have been very busy the past couple of weeks.  I have seen 3 of them at my feeders.  Definitely have one that is very territorial.  It chases the others away from the feeders.  They have to sneak in to get some of that yummy nectar.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's a Girl...I think.

Well, I didn't get to witness it, but one of the butterflies emerged yesterday (Tuesday, August 24)  I think it is a female, but I'm not certain. It flew off and landed in the grass, just long enough for me to get a couple of pictures, then off it went.  I'm still waiting for the other one to emerge.  Maybe I'll get to witness that one. 

We also found a chrysalis on the side of our garage.  I'll be watching that one too.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Black Swallowtail--well, almost

These are the pre and early pupa stages.  They are both now in the early pupa stages and have been for the last week.  Another week or two and they will emerge as Black Swallowtail butterflies. 

I've been told that they like to emerge in the bright part of the day, usually morning.  Unfortunately, this is when I'm at work, but my source has told me that if I move my container to the basement or other dark room, I can prolong the emerging. I should be able to time it for when I'm home to watch them come out.  :-)  He has also told me that they take quite some time before they can actually fly, so I will be able to move them outside for photographs before they fly away.  HOW EXCITING IS THAT!!!  I will definitely keep you posted.  We'll see if I can do this right. I should have collected more than the two caterpillars.