Archives for the month of: January, 2014

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Once again, Photoshop saves the day.  I used Photoshop to make this ho hum picture of our kitten into pop art. The picture of the solid black cat was against a boring background, so I cropped out the background and applied the cut out artistic filter to the photo. Voila! My Gizmo kitten looks like a star.


This still was done with a small spotlight on red and green feathers. F5.6, AV setting, handheld, fluorescent white balance.


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Photoshop is wonderful. I recently took these two shots for a class that I am teaching and the one on the bottom ended up being slightly out of focus. Instead of scrapping it, I decided to use Photoshop to make a clever manipulation.
As you can see the photos are of colored pencils. The top photo is unedited. For the one on the bottom, I decided to apply the colored pencil filter. Since I did this manipulation, I have decided to photograph some more art materials, and apply the filter of the same name. This may be one of the projects we do in class in March. Watch for more examples.

Farmers are busy in Kentucky feeding cattle and horses rolls of hay.


When the thermometer dipped to -5 degrees, each window was decorated with beautiful ice crystals. I am very thankful to be able to view them from the inside of a warm home 🙂

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This is the last image from the past I am going to share. I am glad I found the little smartphone scanner. I have a lot more slides I want to scan. I may try scanning some negatives and then convert them in Photoshop to positive. This trip down memory lane has definitely made me appreciate digital technology.
I always like to try new gadgets and apps. Let me know if there is one you recommend.

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This shot was taken while my husband and I were on vacation in the Smokey Mountains National Park. I had to finish up a roll of slide film before I could change to negative film for my personal shots. As I recall, it was a very dreary day and we were at a high altitude where cloud cover was constant and my ISO was set at 200. For those of you who don’t realize it, ISO could not be changed for each shot, because that was the film speed. The resulting shot looks rather brooding, and kinda cool.


I enjoyed nature photography as a hobby when I worked as a newspaper photographer. It offered a nice contrast to the hard news images I was often sent to capture.
After I scanned in the Kodachrome slides the other day, I edited them in Photoshop. I could have cropped out the edges, but chose to leave them on for nostalgic effect.

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Here is another slide I converted using my smartphone film scanner from Photojojo. The quality is not great by today’s standards, but in the early nineties when this was taken, these images looked great projected onto a big screen or converted for newspaper use.
I believe this was either taken at Keeneland race track in Lexington or River Downs in northern Kentucky. This man was the official starter.

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