Photography Project: Photographing Tulips

Yellow and red tulip

Yellow and red tulip

I love tulip time. My bucket list includes going to Holland to see the tulip fields.  In the meantime, I’ll make do with what I can find at the grocery store.  I tried a few different techniques, some new and some my old standbys to create these images. Continue reading

Photography Project: Botanical Abstracts

Botanical Abstract

Botanical Abstract

A friend of mine took me to her local gardens for a couple of hours.  I often wonder, if the magic of flower photography will start to wear off, and I’ll get bored with taking close-ups of a single beautiful flower.  Then I go to the gardens and find an entirely new angle, like the patterns on the underside of a leaf. Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing Soap bubbles

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This was one of those “roller-coaster” projects where delight and extreme disappointment mixed by the minute.  I started simple, and proceeded to tear apart my house, before I found something that worked….for about 25% of the time.  The only thing that was truly successful about this project, is that there was so much soap on my counter, when I finished, it has never been cleaner. Continue reading

Look. See. Imagine. Create. – Palouse Barn

 

Monotone

Monotone

I wanted to print a few of my favorite photos from last year so I went through my top ten or so and decided I just loved this barn in the Palouse.  Here is how I made this photo. Continue reading

Photography Project: Create a pencil sketch from a photograph

Sketch of moon bridge at the Huntington's Japanese Garden

Sketch of moon bridge at the Huntington’s Japanese Garden

Someday I will get myself enrolled in a proper art class, in the meantime I will continue to extend my photographic journey into different directions.  This week, I decided to give a pencil sketch technique a go. Continue reading

Temecula Vineyards in Infrared

Ponte Vineyard

Ponte Vineyard

Mary and I spent last weekend at the Ponte Vineyard Inn in Temecula, CA.  It has a great new facility, great restaurant, and nice wine.  This was not a “photography” trip, but we did manage to get out and around the place and had some fun with our infrared cameras.  Here’s what it looked like. Continue reading

Photography Project: Making a vintage postcard

Vintage postcard of old barn in Palouse Washington

When I first started photography, I was very excited to learn Photoshop.  That lasted about an hour, before I realized that I was so in over my head that I could not figure out how to do the simplest tasks.  Forty hours of night school at a community college, and I thought I had it down, then I picked up Photoshop magazine….. Continue reading

Photography Project: Textured image of azaleas

Textured painterly image of pink and purple azaleas

Textured painterly image of pink and purple azaleas

I love spring flowers.  The small isolated early bloomer to patches of vibrant blossoms.  I typically pull out my macro lens and whittle away hours.  This year I am going to try a different tact, trying to capture many blooms in one frame (I’ll still do the single flower thing, but I am working on my “wide-angle” eyes. Continue reading