Words and camera

Sunday Stills: Fun with #Photo-Editing

If you have ever uploaded an image to your media files for a blog post, no doubt you have edited the photo to some degree. Whether you cropped, adjusted exposure or watermarked your image for publication, there is a need and an art to photo-editing. Some are masters at creating a digital painting, while others …

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pink hydrangea

Square in September: “Painnt”-ing with #Pink

On this last Friday of Pink Squares in September, I have some images to share. Not just my standard fare, but some used with a mobile app called Painnt (available for Android devices in Google Play Store). My pink hydrangea with an Autumn flair! Here are two Painnt images of the same hydrangea. I found …

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Photography 101: Triumphs of the First Time

There is nothing quite as satisfying as accomplishing a difficult sport for the first time! Even more of a triumph when you start these sports at age 50! Do not let age or other barriers stop you from trying something new! Both of these shots were edited in picmonkey. I cropped and warmed the SUP …

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Photography 101: Seeing Double

On Thanksgiving Day, after thoroughly stuffing ourselves with stuffing, turkey and all the trimmings, we took a walk in the Sierra Nevada foothills enjoying the 70-degree weather. My dad lives in Michigan Bluff, an old Gold Rush era town about 50 miles east of Sacramento, California. Besides the gold rush era of the 1850s, the …

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Photography 101: Glass Treasures

With my retirement looming in 17 days, I am busily cleaning my office. Last Friday, I moved several items off my window sill. This morning upon walking in, framed in the window with the sunlight streaming onto the sill, I spied an old treasure. My daughter made the  "#1 Mom" in 1993 as an 8-year …

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Photography 101: Landscapes

Landscapes are easy or challenging depending upon the subject. The Sacramento River Delta is a beautiful spot for many recreational activities including windsurfing. Every once in a while we experience a rare sunset or two. I chose three of my better landscape shots. This is an amazing sunset after a mid-August rain shower. The lenticular …

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Photography 101: A 420 Moment, Sort of

While travelling to Spokane, Washington a few years ago for Thanksgiving, I noticed my Toyota Rav4's odometer hit an interesting milestone, reaching 111,111 miles. In another mile I would have missed this once-in-a-lifetime moment. A day or two later, when I showed my husband this photo, he exclaimed about the 42.0 miles, "Oh look, 420! …

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Photography 101: Pops of Color

How does color tell a story in your photo? The first image is of the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez in La Ventana, Mexico. Although the surrounding colors are muted, the window is on fire as it reflects the sunrise. The next image is the sunrise that was captured in the window! The sky …

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Photography 101: Mysterious Twilight Stroll

Have you ever been for an evening walk as twilight settles in for the night? With two days before Thanksgiving (late November), there seems to be an air of mystery as twilight is poised in anticipation of families getting together. I love the random, little Christmas tree and how the streetlight splashes a pool of light onto the street. …

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Photography 101: Warmth of a Kitchen

For this photography 101 assignment, we were to use light to invoke warmth into the shot. What better place to find warmth than in the lovely kitchen of my sister-in-law. This was taken a day before Thanksgiving in Eastern Washington state. Here the winter sun is struggling to shine in through the window and manages …

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