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On Making a Purse Calendar

posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

I've been thinking of ways to use my photos. A purse calendar came to mind. I love those handy pages and use them constantly to log my upcoming appointments and events. So, this is the year I'm make one showing off some of my favorite photos.

I'm sizing it so that I can get two pages per sheet of paper (landscape). For the inside pages, I'll use as heavy a sheet of plain laserjet paper as I can find and print on both sides. I'll turn the paper upside down when I print the back side so the front and back face opposite directions. I'd use photo quality paper if I could find some that is double sided, but that's not going to happen this year. For the cover page, I'll use heavy matte double sided paper and then apply a laminate sheet to protect it. Once printed, I'll cut the pages in half, fold them in half and staple them in the center.

I'll let you know how it comes out.

Oops - Fixed the Death Valley Photos

posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Color Blasted

Sorry about that. I just saw that the Death Valley photos didn't get where they belonged. Oh, and here's one I played with using Topaz Lab's Simplify filter. I selected one of the canned filter settings and then tweaked the settings to get my image. Why? Everybody takes a photo from Zabriskie Point. Although I love the original photo, it probably looks like a lot of others. Using the filter makes it really pop. It doesn't show the scene as I saw it, well maybe as it was in my mind's eye, and I hope it looks unreal enough to not fool anybody.

If you like to play with your photos, check out Topaz Lab's various filters at Topaz Labs.

Death Valley

posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2009

Panamint Valley

I just returned from a 2 night visit in Death Valley. What an incredible place. Bob and I stayed at Stovepipe Wells so we could be near the sand dunes for early morning photos, which by the way never happened (I had to leave something for my next trip after all).

After driving to the park from Bishop, we started our visit with a short hike into Mosaic Canyon, which runs sort of north to south making it difficult to shoot with good light. Then, we moved over to Devil's Golf Course and Badwater and finished the day with Artist's Drive. By that time, I was too tired to climb all the way up to what looked like "the" spot to get the best photos at the Artist's Palette. I think I'd better get into better shape before my next visit. Anyway, I ended the day over a trout dinner at our hotel's restaurant.

Next morning, I rose at dawn and walked into the desert across from our hotel to take sunrise photos. After showers, we drove over to Furnace Creek for breakfast at their coffee shop (I highly recommend it). Before heading out for a day of sightseeing, we stopped at the general store and bought pre made sandwiches and other stuff for a picnic lunch. One of the problems with Death Valley is that the sites are miles away from each other and from food. So, lunch went with us. We started out with a hike in Golden Canyon. I had wondered if the canyon was worth the time, but we had a wonderful hike and I actually found some great photo ops. While resting in the shade of the canyon wall before heading back to the car, we met and had a nice visit with a honeymooning couple from Rome, Italy. Our next stop was Salt Creek. It was a quick one since it was nearing noon and was getting hot. A short walk up the boardwalk along the now dry creek under the blazing sun sent us back to the car. Yet another spot to visit on our next trip.

When in hot country, the best place to be during the heat of the day is somewhere out of the heat. So, we drove up the valley to Scotty's Castle for a tour. It was comfortably warm there, and lunch at a picnic table in the shade on the large expanse of lawn was just the place to be. It was getting to be late afternoon, so we continued on. We made a quick stop at Ubehebe Crater, which probably had some good photo ops that we passed on due to the high winds we encountered, and we were headed back down the valley.

Zabriskie Point

We were up early on our last morning and headed over to Zabriskie Point. What a sight! After taking photos and visiting with a newly retired German couple, we headed over for a breakfast at Furnace Creek. Fortified for the day, we drove to Dante's View so we could see what we had missed by not being there at sunrise or sunset - an interesting place, but didn't offer much in terms of the type of photos I like to take anyway. Our next stop was Las Vegas to visit my mother.


Eastern Sierra Fall Color

posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

If you're looking for good photo sites along California's eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, check out Mono County's fall color guide. Two good sites for checking the fall color conditions are Carol Leigh's fall color page and California Fall Color.

Photos of Southern France Are Ready

posted on Monday, September 28, 2009

If you like to travel vicariously, be sure to visit my new photos in album format. I had so many photos to show you that I could not find the time to say much about them. I hope you enjoy your trip through the album. Just follow the link to my photo essays page and click on the Southern France link. It will open up in a new window that you can close whenever you like.

Gold Country Fair Ribbons

posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009

Here in Auburn, we have a great local fair called the Gold Country Fair that's held each September. They have an excellent photography competition run by the fair boosters and judged by people who know how to evaluate photographs. This year, I entered 9 photos and received 5 ribbons. I won 1st place in the Black & White Animal category for my "Nesting Material Tug of War" photo that I took in Veracruz, Mexico last spring. A 2nd place ribbon came to me for my "Fishing with the Boys" photo series entered into the Series category. Then, I won Honorable Mention ribbons for 2 Color Still Life category photos, "Mimosa" and "Bird of Paradise", and for one Series photo "Veracruz Flag Ceremony". Of course, I love my ribbons and will have to find a place to hang them.

Nesting Material Tug of War Mimosa Bird of Paradise  
Fishing with the Boys 1 Fishing with the Boys 2 Fishing with the Boys 3 Fishing with the Boys 4
Veracruz Flag Ceremony 1 Veracruz Flag Ceremony 2 Veracruz Flag Ceremony 3 Veracruz Flag Ceremony 4 Web Site Now Operational

posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Just so you know, I updated my web pages to replace the link to More Than Cameras with a link to my new more professional web site for fine art and commercial photography - Be sure to visit my display art gallery to see my newer and better images.

Wow! Where Did the Year Go?

posted on Monday, September 14, 2009

Sorry about that. I guess I've been busy with other things this year. I'll try to catch up.

Busy Summer, Fun Fall

posted on Friday, October 10, 2008

Summer was just too busy this year. Unfortunately for my photography, my camera pretty much stayed in its case. However, fall is here now, and I'm getting active again.

I participated in my first sole performance at the local art walk last night. I now have 35 pictures hanging in a coffee house for several months. What a job it was selecting and framing the images. I hope that I get some sales that make it all worth the effort. The photographer from the spring art walk told me that he sold quite a few pictures during his 2 months at the coffee house. I hope he left some customers for me. He was encouraging and I'm happy to hear that some of my pictures may sell.

I'm also setting up a booth at a local farm and barn tour on Sunday. I'll put out my images, unframed but matted and in plastic sleeve. I selected 8x10 and 5x7 sized images along with some blank greeting cards. I don't really expect to sell anything but who knows. Last year, the artists who worked the event sold on average 1 item. They said they did it to gain recognition. At least it promises to be a fun day in the great outdoors.

My MoreThanCameras Store is Down for Now

posted on Friday, October 10, 2008

I've temporarily shut down my on-line store and will be moving it to another host provider on the web. It will take a while before it's back up since I'm preparing for a trip to Europe.

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