Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
These are a couple of pictures I edited in PhotoShop using two different methods.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Some of the photographs had quotes on the accompanying plates. The following quote tells what photographer Dugald Bremner, who was killed in a kayak accident in 1997, thought was important in photography and in life. "To find inner harmony, to lead an exciting life, to have a sense of accomplishment. And to always cultivate wisdom."
Although my photographs pale in comparison to most of the photos I saw at the library yesterday, I will keep trying, and will continually strive to do the best I can, in life and in photography. The above picture was taken in Glacier National Park, but at some point, I would like to return to the Grand Canyon and try to capture the beautiful colors I saw in the photos yesterday. Perhaps that will be one of my projects for next year.
I hope you have a wonderful day and will try to lead your best life.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Don't dispair when things change, when your five year old "baby" gets on the school bus for the first time or when your teen-ager goes away to college. It just means that you're entering a different phase of your life, a phase filled with new challenges and new possibilities. Change can be difficult and the road may not always be easy, but if you approach it with a positive attitude it can bring you a new sense of joy and fulfillment. Change is always going to happen. Just make sure you do your best to accept it with grace, embrace it and enjoy it.
Friday, January 22, 2010
"If you're ever lying on the beach with 80 billion grains of sand beneath you,
700,000 ocean waves before you,
60 million stars stretched out above you,
and you're still not impressed,
I want you to think about this:
The light you see reflecting from the stars is over one million years old.
But then, just before you start to feel like a mere blip
in the gigantic scheme of things, please remember this:
Yes, you are small, but you're also irreplaceable
Those stars don't have anything on you."
So, if you're ever having one of those days when you feel like you're not important and that nothing you do makes a difference, remember these words. No matter what we do, it has an impact on someone. You ARE important. You DO make a difference.
Have a GREAT day!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Difficult situations are just a part of life. We all have sorrows, disappointments and trials that we have to endure. However, if we try to continually surround ourselves with things that create positive feelings, we'll be better prepared to handle the difficulties of live and to see our problems as opportunities rather than as obstacles.
I wish you a day filled with the ability to see challenges as opportunities and the strength to rise above them.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Perfection isn't always what it's cracked up to be and always demanding it from ourselves or others can impeded progress and strain relationships. If you look at nature or at old buildings, you'll notice that things aren't always perfect. These imperfection can sometimes have a beauty all their own. Always do your best, but realize that there are limits to what you can do.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
What a beautiful quote! If we all lived in a manner that made the lives of others a little brighter, and had a postive influence on their lives, wouldn't this be a much better world?
I hope you have a splendid day and make a difference in the life of, at least, one other person. Make a concerted effort today to make someone elses' day a little brighter. By doing so, your own day will be brighter too. :)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
"Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored . . . boredom is a choice." Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
It's easy this time of the year, after the holidays have passed and when it's cold outside, to get the doldrums about everything. The more you sit around, though, the more bored you'll get. So, take some time to think of a new project to work on, a new subject to photograph or something you can do to help someone else. Whatever you do, don't just sit there. Life's too short to be bored.
There's always something interesting to do, or something interesting to see, you just have to be open to the possibilities.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Everything we do effects someone else. Make sure the effect you have on others today is a positive one.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Hope you enjoy it.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
So does that mean that if we live our lives being kind to others, enjoying and creating beauty and always being truthful that we'll have the courage to be cheerful in the face of all obstacles? We sometimes encounter situations that make it difficult to put on a happy face. Perhaps what Einstein is saying, though, is that if we have Kindness, Beauty and Truth as our ideals, we'll be equipped with the tools we need to endure the sorrows and problems that sometimes occur and will have the strength we need to overcome our difficulties.
My wish for you is that your life will be filled with Kindness, Beauty and Truth.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Note: You'll notice that some of trees in the background of this picture, and the steam in the front, aren't a pure white, but that's the way I wanted it. So, when you're taking pictures, or when you're editing, always keep in mind what you want the final effect to be.
Photo Tip 1: When you're taking pictures of snow or ice, you want to make sure that the whites look white and not a dirty gray. Our cameras don't see as we do, though, so how do we accomplish this? Since your camera is going to try to make the snow appear as a middle gray, you have to "open up", or increase the light that's getting to your camera's sensor. You can do this by using your exposure compensation button & setting it to +1/3 for a start. That probably won't be enough, but it's a place to start. After you take the first picture, check the histogram on your camera to see if that's enough. If not, increase it to +2/3, etc. Sometimes you might have to increase it to +2 in order to make the snow a true white. Lighting will change this a lot, so if the sun is going in and out of the clouds, check to see if you need to change your exposure compensation. You want the snow to be white, but you don't want to blow-out the highlights. If you bump up the exposure compensation too much, that's what will happen. If you're shooting a white object on white snow, this gets even more tricky, so check your histogram frequently to make sure you're getting the shots you want.
Photo Tip 2: When you're getting ready to go take pictures in the cold, take the largest and strudiest Zip-Loc type bag(s) with you. BEFORE returning inside, put your camera inside the bag & zip it shut. Let your camera & lenses warm to room temperature before reopening the bag(s). This will prevent moisture condensation inside your gear.
Now, get out there in the cold, make some pictures and have great fun.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
This simple quote helps explain how a spark of imagination led to the creation of many of our most important inventions. If the inventors had not had the imagination to first dream about electricity, the automobile or the computer, they would not have used their knowledge to create these things that we depend on so much today. Before invention comes imagination. Without imagination, knowledge is like an empty vessel. It's only when the imagination is stimulated that knowledge can begin to grow & the desire to create ignited.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Two people can look at the exact same scene and see two entirely different things. What we see, what we feel and how we react to things is dependent on how we were raised, what we've experienced and what filters we've developed during our lives. This scene, which to me depicts a quiet & peaceful country road, could bring back feelings of dread to someone who has had a bad experience in a similar setting. What we are looking at is exactly the same, but what we are seeing is quite different. So, before you "make" your next picture remember that what you photograph may be seen in many different ways. Some people will be drawn to your photograph & others will be unaffected by its' beauty. This is not because of the merit of your photo, but because of how the viewer "sees" it. "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."