Fosters in Photos

Fosters in Photos

I love to take photos of my foster puppies. Part of the challenge for me is to see what I can do with the simplest of tools. An iphone, au natural backgrounds, and a little patience. All cropping, editing etc is done with simple apple tools and a little support from photoshop mobile. Some of my recent favorites –   Johnny5: “Who me?”  Dynomutt: “That’s the spot!” Rosie: “Pensive” Strawberry: “Just Chillin'” Sam and Dean Winchester: “You rang?” Luigi: “Relax, Man” Patrick and Pearl: “Did somebody say CHEESE?”   Patrick and Pearl: “An outtake” Sam Winchester: “Quilts, YAS!” Sam Winchester: “Puppy Food? What puppy food?” Patrick and Dean Winchester: “Love” Luigi: “SideScape” Sam Winchester: Hello! Runa: “Give me the treats Human” Patrick: “Hey Hey Pretty...
Fosters in Photos

Fosters in Photos

I love to take photos of my foster puppies. Part of the challenge for me is to see what I can do with the simplest of tools. An iphone, au natural backgrounds, and a little patience. All cropping, editing etc is done with simple apple tools and a little support from photoshop mobile. Some of my recent favorites – AdaLovelace, “Love me”     Delilah, “Perfection”   Eeva and Voltron, “Places to be”   Katherine Johnson, Ada Lovelace, and Mae Jemison, “Yes?”   Dino and Shutterbug, “Negative heart”   Mabel and Eeva, “What’s this you say?”   Dot Matrix, “So Sweet”   Sammy, “We all love Alison Glass”   Sammy, “Junkyard Dog”   Rosie and Voltron, “Finally, we rest”   Katherine Johnson, “I’m sexy and I know it”   Ada Lovelace, “Girls rule”...
Heritage Day 2013 Quilty Pictures

Heritage Day 2013 Quilty Pictures

This past weekend I attended the Capital Quilters Guild and Historic Oak View Park’s annual event, Heritage Day. The event is sponsored by Historic Oak View Park and includes all sorts of traditional craftsmen, activities, and some reenactments. Capital Quilters Guild holds a quilt auction and boutique to raise money for the various projects, this year a tenant house restoration at Oak View Park.  It was my first time in attendance and I had a lovely time. It’s so North Carolina and feels just like home. While I was there, I took tons of pictures for the guild and a few for myself. Here’s some of my favorites! Several of the auction quilts lined up in a row. Don’t you just love the leading line of that fence? It really draws the eye right down the row and creates amazing depth. I added the text overlay, but I think this picture stands on its own too. I just loved this quilt. When I saw it on the blue porch with the blue chairs I was in extra love! The colors complement each other so well and whole scene just invited you to have a sit down with a nice icy glass of lemonade. More chairs! There was something about the overexposure of the fence in the distance that really deepened the shadows over the chairs. It looks like such a nice cool place on a very hot and sunny day to sit and enjoy the quilts. This is Cathy Kirk of Quilting Cowgirl. She’s an amazing long arm artist, leader of many, and the friendliest woman you’ll ever meet....
Photo Files – Some Photography Learning Experiences

Photo Files – Some Photography Learning Experiences

A bit ago, I showed you all some Photoshop projects from my past life on a website that is going dark at the end of September.  Another type of contest sponsored by that site was Photography. I learned so much though the various challenges and from the other artists. I’ve have a long ways to go, but I feel competent with the skills required for to get nice quality shots.Total I had over 120 photos. I picked out some to show you that are my favorites for one reason or another. Drugs are Bad, M’Kay This is one of the first photos that I took that I didn’t see as a snapshot. I really thought about the composition and colors. I think it tells a very clear and strong story. Blue Planet I so love this one! I used a big old piece of poster board with poked holes and my daughter’s plastic moon. The blue color is done in camera using some unexpected white balance and exposure adjustments. Wedding Day This one was so much fun! The challenge was to take a photo with the crappiest camera you can find. I used a very old 1MP cell phone to grab this image of a Halloween display at Micheal’s. White Crayons The challenge was white on white. I picked all white crayons because I found the idea of crayons without color very interesting. This remains one of my favorite photos even though it wasn’t well received. Two Red Sticks Another minimalist challenge. The theme was “two sticks”. I do love this one and think one day it might make...
Photoshop Files – A few blast from the past projects!

Photoshop Files – A few blast from the past projects!

I was once fairly active on a competition art site called worth1000.com. This month, the owner of the site announced he would be shutting it down and turning into a “museum”. I thought it a good kick in the butt to get the work I submitted to that site downloaded and hosted at TheBoredZombie.com before worth1000 locks down for good. The site was broken up into Photoshop work, Photography, Illustration, Multimedia, and Writing. You’ve seen many of my multimedia projects already, but none of the Photoshop, photography, or writing. Over the course of entering contest there I had a total of 107 entries. I’m going to catalog several of them here, but I won’t kill with all of them at once. This week, I’m taking on Photoshop. Over 2008 – 2010 I entered 16 contests. Each contest would have an image to start with or some sort of theme to create an image. I was a total newb with this type of work. I didnt know the first thing about Photoshop, lighting, or how to compose an image. While these are not the most stellar images ever, they are part of my artist journey and have certainly helped form my eye and taste. Here we go – the good, the bad, and the WAY UGLY. Outsider Very nearly my first attempt and editing an image with Photoshop. I still love this. Technically, its a mess, but that isn’t what I see. I had to remove a ton of flamingos (and poop) from the image. Move a few to the front and individually select and color each remaining bird. It...