Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Now for the photography tip. This baby snow leopard looked very bored and wasn't too interested in being photographed. The original picture was a little blah, & the bars on the cage clouded the image a little, so I decided to see what I could do with it using filters. I tried various options in Topaz Simplify and decided on this one. Sometimes, using a simple filter can add a new dimension to a photograph. Try it sometime and see what you can create.
Be sure to leave your photography tips, and other words of wisdom here, so others can benefit from them.Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
My eight year old grandson called me this morning to see if I could have lunch with him tomorrow. Things like that give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. Family is important, so we need to make sure we appreciate them and show them that we do.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
If you have the eyes of love, you see love everywhere you go. The trees are made with love. The animals are made with love. Everything is made with love. When you perceive with the eyes of love, you see God everywhere. Don Miguel Ruiz
Enjoy this day which has been given to you. Be nice to others and be nice to yourself.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Take yourself and your creative life seriously. Make time for self-expression. Be disciplined. This is the way to develop your unique gifts and talents. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
I'd add that you should take yourself seriously in some ways, and to some extent, but not so seriously that you can't enjoy life. That's just my opinion, though.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This is the same version that's on my website today. I don't usually do that, but I like this pic & I know some people visit my blog, but not my website and vice versa, so if it's a duplicate for you, sorry about that. :) I used the Topaz Simplify smooth option for this picture & then sharpened the cats face just a little.
Ok, I'm looking for opinions today. I took this picture at Glacier National Park last month using a process known as HDR. I took 3 pictures, one at 0 (what the camera's meter suggested), one at -2 and one at +2 & then merged them in a program called Photomatix. The result was picture #1 (the top one). In the bottom two photographs I also used a plug-in called Topaz Adjust in different intensities. My question is whether or not you think the last photo (#3) and or the second photo (#2) are over the top or if the additional color makes them better. Photography is very subjective & I'm just trying to get different opinions on this somewhat controversial subject. By the way, if you've never tried HDR, or never used a plug-in, I'd suggest that you try it. It can add a new dimension to your photography. Plus, HDR will enable you to get good pictures that you otherwise couldn't get in situations with extreme lighting conditions. At the end of the day, I'll tell you which one I prefer and see how it compares with yours. Anyway, I hope you'll take a minute to leave your opinion.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
When you feel bored, look through a window or, better yet, go through a new door to experience all the possibilities that exist in this wonderful world of ours. :) Have a GREAT week-end!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
If we all lived by these words, the world would be a better place. We're often too quick to judge other people instead of taking the time to try to understand them & realize that they're actions are greatly influced by how they were raised & by what is going on in their lives.
And now, for a photo comment. These pictures are of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, in Yellowstone National Park which, if you've been following my blog, you know is one of my very favorite places to visit. Although I like the pictures, one of these days I'm going to get to this spot during the "magic hour" (the hour before and after sunrise or sunset), & get the results that only good lighting can provide. Until then, I hope you enjoy these. The one on the top was enhanced using a PhotoShop plug-in called Topaz Adjust. In my opinion, nothing can take the place of the light that Nature provides us during the "magic hour", but sometimes plug-ins or filters can help bring out the colors. Which version do you prefer, the original or the enhanced version? I'm interested in your opinions, so please leave me a message so I'll know you were here.
" The great ones in life are not those who are handed silver spoons. Their excellence comes from digging into the raw ore of their own character, through hard work, persistence and faith turning whatever they touch into gold."Guy Finley
I'm not familiar with this person, but thought the quote was worth sharing.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Babies of all kinds seem to bring out the best in us. There's just something about those cute little innocent faces that make us realize that there's beauty and goodness in all of us.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs
Remember these words when you get up in the morning and it will inspire you to make the most of each day.
By the way, I shot this sunset picture in Glacier National Park a couple of weeks ago using a technique called HDR. I had my camera on a tripod, set it on Aperature priority and shot 3 pictures, one at 0, one at -2 and one at +2. I then used a program called Photomatix to process the picture. When I took the picture the colors you see in the sky were not visible, but the HDR process brought them out. It's a fun and easy process. Give it a try sometime.
Enjoy taking pictures. Enjoy your friends & family. Enjoy your life!
"Commitment with accountability closes the gap between intentions and results." Sandra Gallagher
I like this quote because I think most people have good intentions, but just fail to follow-through on them. Perhaps accountability is the solution to that problem. If we know that we're accountable to someone other than ourselves, perhaps our intentions will become our reality.