{POTD} Sun bathing Flowers

Its been a little over a week now since I originally took this photograph.  I had originally captured this photograph in color with my digital camera.  But once I got back to my digital darkroom (aka my computer) I realized how stunning this photograph would be in black and white.  What makes this photograph stunning in a monochrome tone is how the light falls on the photographic subject, the flowers. 

The sun was just beginning to rise as I snapped this photograph of the flowers.  You can see shadows on the ground as well.  Areas of light and dark are what you want to capture when composing a good photograph in monochrome.  After doing a little cropping and adding a frame, I knew I wanted to save this photograph for release on a Monday for the Monochrome Weekly blog meme. 

 

 

If you would like to purchase products featuring this photographic print, I have made them available for a limited time in my Cafe Press Shop.

  

 

 

{POTD} The Star Flower

If you read my blog regularly you should be a subscriber, then you know I took part of Scott Kelby’s 2nd Annual World Wide Photo Walk this past Saturday.  For those who are not familiar with Scott Kelby, he is a Photographer as well as a Master of Photoshop.  I hope to learn many things from his website over the next 30 days as I was granted Free Access for a month to the many tutorials he offers.

I took 154 images in about an hours time.  When I got home Saturday morning, I quickly organized them and picked out my favorite for submission for the contest.  Monday, once I had had some sleep, I began to go through the photographs again and found more jewels hidden within the digital files.  When I saw this one particular photograph, I was drawn into the image by the vibrant reds and thought how wonderful it would be to debut this photograph on Ruby Red Tuesday.  This flower really stands out from all the others in the background.  Definitely the Star Flower in this picture show.  I hope my audience finds this digital photograph pleasing to the eye.

Now I invite you to click on over to the home of Ruby Red Tuesday at Work of a Poet and view the other amazing photographs bloggers have submitted and don’t forget to leave some comment love.  And if you enter, we’ll be kind and love you too with our comments.

{POTD} Photo Edits

Last week I finally got Pse7.  Costco had an awesome deal that no one could beat.  Try $49.  Last night I finally had the patience to sit down and try an editing technique I have admired in other photographs.  Selective coloring.  It was rather easy and I learned it works best on solid objects.

Then Laura over at dolcepics invited her readers to play with a photo and edit away.  I was in an editing mood so I decided to join in.  Here is the original.

My played version.

This photograph was edited in Photobucket.  At first I was going to turn the entire photo old but then the idea of fading the old into the present inspired me.  Like your seeing the tractor as it once could have been and how it is today, all in the same photograph.

If you would like to join What’s Your Play? then click on over, grab the original and show us your editing skills.

Ruby Tuesday

Red just pops out at you.  It says boldly, “Here I am!” Perhaps I love ruby red because ruby is my birthstone.  Many advertisers use red in their ads to attraction your attention.  Get you to act on whatever they might be selling.  Here is a little excerpt from about.com of the Meaning of Red…

Nature of Red:

A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors. Studies show that red can have a physical effect, increasing the rate of respiration and raising blood pressure.

The expression seeing red indicates anger and may stem not only from the stimulus of the color but from the natural flush (redness) of the cheeks, a physical reaction to anger, increased blood pressure, or physical exertion.

Culture of Red:

Red is power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs (very important people).

Flashing red lights denote danger or emergency. Stop signs and stop lights are red to get the drivers’ attention and alert them to the dangers of the intersection.

In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.Red is often the color worn by brides in the East while it is the color of mourning in South Africa. In Russia the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar, thus red became associated with communism. Many national flags use red. The red Ruby is the traditionalFortieth Wedding Anniversary gift.

Using Red:

Use the color red to grab attention and to get people to take action. Use red when you don’t want to sink into the background. Use red to suggest speed combined with confidence and perhaps even a dash of danger. A little bit of red goes a long way. Small doses can often be more effective than large amounts of this strong color. Multiple shades of red and even pink or orange can combine for a cheerful palette.

Look at the use of the Color Red on the Web to find which of the named colors in the red family are the most attention-grabbing, mysterious, friendly, sophisticated, or mentally stimulating.

So when I was passing through the blogosphere and I saw this post about Ruby Tuesday I knew I just had to join in on the fun.

Ruby Tuesday Flower

Ruby Tuesday Flower

{POTD} 6/19/09 Friday’s Flowers

Friday is here at last.  I survived one week {so far} with the kids home.  Will I make it through the entire summer {that remains to be seen}.  Today my kids, daughter’s boyfriend and I are traveling down to the Los Angeles area to spend the day with my mother and step-dad.  I figured I would travel today and visit early for Father’s Day so that hubby can have a Father’s Day at home without having to travel and deal with traffic.  Though he seriously owes for the diabolically that occurred on Mother’s Day {but that was last months story}.

So for today I will take a break from my on-line blogging friends and spend some quality time with the family while snapping pictures of the kids in the pool.  Sorry, I will not be getting into a bathing suit this summer season.  I leave you with a collection of flowers to remember the spring as summer is only a few days away and that means the summer heat will be on and the flowers will be gone.  Have a scent-sational

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{POTD} There are Thirteen of them actually

My friend Thorne wrote a blog post today about 13 ideas for Creavtive Upcycling.  After reading this I headed over to Thursday 13 to see what this day was all about.  Then the inspiration came to me.  13 things I love about the desert in pictures.

#1

Desert sunrises

#2

Desert sunsets

#3

Kids can make their own bike ramps from dirt

Kids can make their own bike ramps from dirt

#4

Living space between neighbors - far and wide open

Living space between neighbors - far and wide open

#5

Plenty of room for my son to ride his bike

Plenty of room for my son to ride his bike

#6

I can visit Joshua Tree National Park anytime I want to

I can visit Joshua Tree National Park anytime I want to

#7

Strange growings on

Strange growings on

#8

More strange happenings

More strange happenings

#9

Yellow blooms on cacti

Yellow blooms on cacti

#10

Pink ones too

Pink ones too

#11

And dont forget the red blooming cacti

And don't forget the red blooming cacti

#12

It Snows!

It Snows!

#13

i {heart} the desert

i {heart} the desert

So there you have 13 reasons I love the desert.  Now show me your Thursday 13!

{POTD} 06/17/09

Yesterday while at the park I found some beautiful subjects just begging to be photographed.  I was able to capture a few photographs before my son touched something that hurt him.  He claims the water lid on the ground was hot but as I got closer to inspect, I found a few bees buzzing around.  So I had to end my photo session with the Rose’s and take CJ home for some finger TLC.  He is just fine now.  Now evidence of a bee sting.

I am really loving my new camera.  It was so worth the expense and selling my two other cameras to help finance my passion.  I am finding it so much easier to control the camera and get exactly what I want out of it.  And I am proud to say that the only photo editing I have been doing is a little cropping and applying different tones to pictures for effect.

Ruby Red Rose

Ruby Red Rose

Like you see here in today’s Picture of the Day.  The first picture is an original.  I have done nothing to it what so ever.  And then the second photograph I applied an “Old Photo” effect to the picture.  Just a unique change.

Ruby Red Rose Old Photo Edition

Ruby Red Rose "Old Photo" Edition

So tell me readers, which version of Ruby Red Rose do you prefer?

Beyond the Backyard

My children are bouncing with energy now that school is out for the summer.  Its only day one and already they are driving me crazy.  Trying to get work done while the kids are home is nearly impossible and drags on for many hours.  This afternoon a Shutter Sister suggested I go into my backyard in search of magic.

Well my backyard is a desert weed wasteland and generally lacking in photographic interest for me.  I do however tend to a small garden in my front yard as it is somewhat shaded from the searing heat during the summer months.  I have a colorful variety of Autumn Sage growing.  I love the smell of the sage as I am watering.  The Autumn Sage was like aromatherapy for me today.  To complete my therapy I grabbed my camera, laid down on the ground and just started taking pictures.  A calming peace began to surround me.

The chirping birds called me away from my dainty flowers and encouraged me to explore new wonders in my yard.  As I was shuttering away in my yard, creative ideas started to flow through my mind.  New creations incorporating some photos began to take shape.  Quickly I jotted them down on paper to save until tomorrow.

This is Beyond my Backyard…

Twin Whites

Twin Whites

i heart rocks

i heart rocks

If you would like to see what other Shutter Sisters have posted from their backyards, click on over to Shutter Sisters and check them out.  Or better yet, get in on the fun and post some of your own.

Picture of the Day 06/03/09

I really need to get out and take some new pictures.  I am running out of pictures to post.  So as I searched through my collection, I came across this not so great picture.  Played around with editing techniques and found a better picture within my not so great picture.  What do you think readers?  What would you like to see me post?  I am ready for the challenge and fun of it all.

Vintage Flowers

Vintage Flowers