30 day creativity challenge – what did I learn?

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Friends and co-workers engaged on a 30-day creativity challenge.  We were inspired by Matt Cutts 3 minute Ted Talk.  The gist:  30 days are going to go by, so why don’t you try something creative?  My personal challenge was an iPhone photo a day… with a twist.  I was going to revisit some of the apps I had on my phone that I haven’t used in a long, long time.  One co-worker asked…..”do you have that many apps”?.  Unfortunately, yes.  Yes, I do.  And I realized after 30 days, I only scratched the surface. Continue reading

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Flower Photography: Why I (respectfully) disagree with my husband

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Last week Peter wrote a compelling argument on why you need a macro lens for flower photography……he made several points, a couple of which I completely disagree with.  I guess it is a wife’s prerogative to disagree, respectfully of course, on rare occasions.  For those of you who know me, you can stop laughing now.  So in this episode of He Said/She Said (or our version “He Saw/She Saw”), I’ll be providing a point-by-point counterpoint to Peter’s last blog. Continue reading

Why buy a macro lens?

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I have to admit, every time Mary says “let’s go to a garden,” I hesitate.  I gravitate toward the large one-shot grand landscape and find small subjects and flowers uninspiring.  Yet, each time we do this type of photography, I end up loving it.  Here’s why: Continue reading

That “Oh shit!” Moment

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Pismo Beach Pier

Have you ever made a plan for sunrise/sunset where you have picked your location and time and you are all set up and ready to go and you realize you are in the wrong spot?  You see the first hints of pink in the sky and its not where you thought it would be.  Then you know how that moment feels, as you rush to try and still “get the shot.” Continue reading

Photography Project: Painterly effects with Topaz Impressions

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I’m focused on rebooting my creative muscle, and I’m currently in my flower/software phase.  You’ll see a lot of flowers, and special effects.  I have started working to Topaz Impressions, and as I get a feel for the power of the software I am liking it even more. Continue reading

A Guide to Online Photography Courses

I am often asked to recommend online photography courses.  I take a lot of courses.  Below is a summary of different course providers, and my suggestions.  In full disclosure, for my day job I am a corporate learning professional.  I can be picky.  When it comes down to it, its personal preference, and the ability to answer “yes” to one question:  Did the course meet your needs? Continue reading

Back to Bryce and Zion

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For her college graduation trip, my daughter Arden and I spent a long weekend in Zion with a quick trip to Bryce  Here is what you might see in a three day weekend. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creating a painterly photo effect with textures

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I just completed my first online video course from CreativeLive Online Course.  The subject was creating painterly effects, and the instructor is Kathleen Clemons.  Kathleen inspired me to push past my comfortable habits, get reacquainted with my Lensbaby gear (yes, I’m going to try again), and find new ways to use software that I left behind.  This week, I’m focusing on that last item.  I purchased Topaz Texture Effects a couple of years ago, did not understand how to take advantage of the software, did not like the preloaded textures, and quickly went back to my old way of importing textures into Photoshop.  I have no realized that I have made my post-processing harder than it needed to be. Continue reading

Photographing Alcatraz

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Though I have lived in California my whole life, I vaguely remember my parents taking me and my brother to Alcatraz once when we were very young.  I have failed to find any photographs from this visit, so I might be making it up.  Mary also lived in San Francisco for years and failed to take the trip.  We finally made it last month.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing Abstracts Through a Child’s Prism

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Last week I shared my airport saga, and after seeing my post, Peter reminded me, in that way only a true partner can, that the images I shared were not my strongest.  He preferred my abstracts.  So here it goes, round 2 on the child’s prism play experiment.  Continue reading