Photography Project: Creating a split toned fine art image in Lightroom

Dallas International Terminal

*Sigh*  I have hit the dreaded dry creative well.  I haven’t pulled my camera out in weeks, and have been coming up dry on inspiration.  I’ve had some different blog ideas using ideas from books I’ve been reading.  They just haven’t come together….yet.  So this week, I turned to my huge binder full of magazine clippings and thumbed through it until I could find a processing technique to apply to an image in my “unprocessed” folder.  Yes, I have one of those.  Full of images, I couldn’t quite delete, but did not have the energy to process.  This week, I learned some things about Lightroom, I didn’t know even after using it for 8 years.  Below is a step-by-step of the process to create your own split-toned arty image, and a way to do it if you don’t have Lightroom. Continue reading

Photographing the Tumacacori Mission near Tucson, AZ

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Mary and I love visiting and photographing old missions.  We have photographed all 21 of the CA Missions.  When we were in Tucson in December, we made the 50 mile trek down to the Tumacacori National Historic Park.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

Photographing Pioneertown, CA – He saw. She saw.

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Pioneertown started as a live-in old west motion-picture set that was built in the 1940s. The set was designed to provide a place for the actors to live while using their homes as the main street in an old western movie.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Photographing the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum in Yucca Valley, CA

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One of the strangest and most interesting “museums” we have ever seen is just a few miles off of CA Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.  It is easy to visit on the way to or from Joshua Tree.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

Mary’s Top Photos of 2016

Winter sunset in Tucson

Winter sunset in Tucson

What a great exercise to look back at a year’s worth of images, re-live the moments when I pushed the shutter, and reflect on the variety of experiences I had.  Every year when Peter asks me (or rather forces me) to do this, I always think “I didn’t really shoot much this year that would make my top 10”.  When I had gathered 25 images and was still adding I realized that I rarely left home with out a camera (or two) in hand.  I think maybe I will post a top 10 iPhone photos of the year too! Continue reading

He saw. She saw. Graffiti Art in LA #2.

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A couple weeks ago, Mary and I had a great experience touring the LA Arts District seeing and photographing street art.  Here is our blog post about how to visit the LA Arts District and make some of these photos yourself.  In this post, we’ll take a look at how Mary and I see the same subject differently. Continue reading

Photographing Nelson, NV

There are a lot of old cars and trucks

There are a lot of old cars and trucks

Sometimes, we photographers can act like a herd when someone finds a “new location.”  Once found, it’s the hot spot for a year or two and then its off to the next “hot” location.  Nelson is not “new”, but has been a “hot spot for a while.”  See why. Continue reading

Photographing the Neon Sign Boneyard in Las Vegas

1512_PSA_Las Vegas_062Everyone loves a pretty neon sign, but have you ever seen a neon sign boneyard?  We went to Las Vegas last month and visited the Neon Sign Bone Yard.  When they demolish a hotel in Las Vegas, inevitably, the old neon signs end up here.  The Neon Sign Bone Yard may be the most fun a photographer can have in 60 minutes.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

He saw. She saw. A walk around San Francisco

Pier 7

Pier 7

A couple of Saturdays ago, Mary and I went on a great six mile walk through the east side of San Francisco.  We started in Union Square, walked down to the Ferry Building, then along the water to Fisherman’s Warf and Ghirardelli Square, through Little Italy and finally through Chinatown.  There was a lot to see and photograph.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

Photographing Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, CA

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Mary and I have photographed every one of California’s 21 missions, several more than once.  For some reason, the first time we were at Santa Ines it was closed so we only were able to get a few photos from the parking lot.  This past time, we had unfettered access and few crowds, which made for a great day.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading