June 17th, 2014
I've been spending a lot of time working with textures from 2 Lil Owls and having a lot of fun. The particular picture was originally in color. Since most of the color was "rust", I thought I would use Photoshop to change it to B/W, mask it and brush some of the rust color back in around the radiator and headlights just to give it a "face". To top it off, I added a texture to make the photo look a bit older and used, like a postcard. Although the Model A is pretty rusty, if you look closely on the radiator, you can still make out "Ford" just under the water cap.
December 1st, 2013
Every time I look at this scene, I get a strange feeling. I was walking around in an old church in New Mexico when I happened upon this large cross in a stairwell. Since the area was warm weather most of the time, the stairwell was open to the elements. The day had been a little overcast with the sun breaking through periodically. Just as I stepped into the stairwell, the sun broke through and that is when I noticed the cross. It was tucked in the alcove just under the stairs and I would have missed it if not for the rays of the sun hitting it just right. This photograph is simple in nature but speaks volumes. Enjoy
November 26th, 2013
This photo started out as a boring piece of lace ice on my back porch. There was little that could improve the piece but I didn't want to get rid of it either. So, instead, I added a filter and "twirled" it just a bit in photoshop just for fun. I think every photographer should just have fun with his or her photography once in a while. It helps the creative juices to rev up a bit! Enjoy
October 26th, 2013
If you decide to visit Superstition Mountain in Arizona, you will be amazed by the variety of cacti found there. These giant Saguaro stand tall against the deep blue sky, as if reaching up to touch the sun. It's hard not to photograph these beauties. To get this shot to stand out, I duplicated the original at different settings, then merged them together. Almost like an HDR photo but not as crisp. It helped to bring out the dark areas of brush without loosing the beautiful blue of the sky. Enjoy
October 25th, 2013
This feral horse (or wild horse as some call them) is having lunch in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Feral horses can only be found in the south section of the park and tend to roam near the roadway. They truly seem not to notice or care about visitors to the park as this one clearly shows. This particular on caught my eye because of the markings on its flank and its apparent indifference to the world. It would seem the horse had been in a few fights in its time. Although not a handsome horse, this one had a lot of character. Enjoy
October 24th, 2013
Taking a walk in the early mornings out in the country, away from the city noise and cement, one can find some beautiful scenery right in her own back yard. This piece originally came out pretty dark due to all the trees but the sun coming through the slight fog of early morning just called out to be captured. So with a little adjustment to the light, the end result was Early Morning Peace. The piece is soft with little sharp definition to fit the feeling of early mornings when the air is cool and the fog is just starting to lift. Enjoy
October 19th, 2013
Mount Rushmore has been filmed so much by tourists, I wanted to try and capture it a little differently. Luckily, the day we were there, it was clouding up nicely which gave a good contrasty look to the sky. It was mid afternoon and the weather forecast was for a slight clearing of the sky sometime in the afternoon. And the end result is the photograph that you see. The sun's rays hit President Washington first with the most light. Since he was the first President of the United States, this worked out beautifully Presidents Jefferson and Roosevelt are a bit in the dark and President Lincoln, who freed the slaves among other things, has just a touch of the sunlight. All the presidents here made major contributions to this great country, but (and this is my opinion) Washington and Lincoln are the ones that made the most major impact on the United States so it is appropriate that the sun hits both of their faces to some degree. If you notice, behind Lincoln, there is a bit of sunshine on the rocks. I kept it in the shot to represent a spot for another potential bust of a President who may have a major positive impact on the country (although there are absolutely no plans to do so as it would damage the carvings already there). I also kept a slight angle on the shot. Most pictures of this scene are head on. I felt that by including the rugged landscape below the busts, the viewer would get a feel of just how massive these faces really are. Hope you enjoy!
October 17th, 2013
This shot was while I was biking on a trail in Michigan. The bike trail paralleled this river and every now and then, I could get a view of the water. At one spot on the trail, the early sun was hitting the opposite shoreline and this swan and her family were slowly drifting by. After I took the shot and reviewed it, I noticed the white of the swan made her look almost ethereal so instead of correcting it, I left it in. My thought was to show the mother as the peaceful driving force behind the family.
October 15th, 2013
To get a different perspective of a waterfall, I stood underneath this one at Starved Rock State Park, Illinois and focused on the inside of the walls. The water became a bit diffused but the colors of the wall popped out. It was a clear, bright day and the sunlight picked up the golden color of the stone behind the falls. I decided to add texture to the print to give it the look of a painting as I felt the print looked flat. Tell what you think.
October 14th, 2013
While reviewing my gallery on Water, I noticed this particular piece definitely did not live up to its potential. I wanted the viewer to feel as if he or she were standing in the cave behind the waterfall, looking out into the beautiful, crisp, spring day. Instead, my original was a bit washed out and flat. This one has been redone and so I hope it meets with your approval and viewing pleasure.