The Lost Mojo

It has been a while since I posted anything. A year to be exact.  I seem to have lost my MoJo for photos. The creative side of my brain was replaced with work, work, family, and expanding the family.  Medical appointments, research on genetic disorders, and did I mention work.

My other half tries to get me motivated for photography, we go out somewhere and he will ask ” Do you want to stop for a photo of that?” Knowing that normally I would be having him stop.

Don’t get me wrong, I love photography. I love manipulating the light to get the image that I see in my mind… It is just that my mind, is preoccupied. And, I have come to terms with that for now.

I knew that once we got our little cub that my hobby would have to take a seat on the back burner…

He comes first and foremost, and providing for him is the most important.

I just wanted to let those that do want to keep up with me know that I am here… I am still trying to create beautiful images and working on scripts to use with Corel PSP2019 when I have a few moments in the evening.

And, when Niagra falls and gets back up (think about that one) I will be posting more Beautiful people, and Places.



Macro shots

My other half has been bugging for me to take macro shots again.

Way back when in 2013 he took me to some falls. (I believe wolf creek falls but cant be sure) I had just gotten some macro converters and was experimenting with moss.  We ended up calling it “The Faerie Flats” Because it looked like a place Faeries would live.

So a few weeks ago I started my day with coffee… a needy GSD.. and some macro of moss… I don’t think anything will top Faerie Flats, but nothing is ever better than the originals 😉

We eventually made it out to Powers Oregon to the falls there and I was able to get some more macros as well as some awesome shots of the falls.

I hope everyone enjoys the gallery! And please leave a comment. I love hearing your thoughts.

(All images are available for print. Please use contact form to ask about pricing)

 

More with the concave mirror

Being a postal worker can drive one postal.

Especially when the true passion in life is capturing life 1/500 sec at a time, and sharing that with the world.

As some of you may have read in one of my previous posts, my wonderful other half, Michael, got me a concave mirror lens that can shoot up to 1000mm distance. It has been a learning experience for me as the lens is all manual and re-learning light to distance with this is a time consuming process for me.

I have learned that using the concave mirror telephoto,  is like having extension tubes on your lens.  You have to adjust the ISO a bit higher (ISO 800 seems to work well for me) to allow more light to process and you also need to adjust for shutter speed and aperture.   Because the lens is all manual, the exif data on the image will not show the f-stop or focal length as the digital camera does not recognize the lens.  I am hoping to be able to learn the perfect settings for wildlife/birds and other natural things. I want to be able to get great color and no fuzziness.

I, however, keep forgetting my own advice…. I always shoot handheld… and never on my tripod…. Maybe one day I will listen to myself.

But, in between work and work, oh and more work…. I have been “playing around” trying to capture hummingbirds, playing with donut bokeh (yes, it does exist) and just trying to learn what the limits are with this lens.

(I have figured out that maybe I need to adjust the diopter on my camera… as my eyes are not what they used to be.)

I hope you enjoy the gallery of my attempts, failures, experiments and hopefully some successful shots! Remember to comment on the post 🙂 Let me know what you think, or if you have questions.

 

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Scripts for Corel Paintshop pro!

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10 Scripts for Corel Paintshop pro.
Scripts include:
CC-IRgradiantsun– Changes to IR photo with corner sunflare and gradient overlay

CC-UVcoloradjust– Takes all the red out of an image and changes to a UV color

CC-blueredhistogram– adjust the histogram using blue and red tones to brighten and sharpen images. *note… some images may have more of a blue tone after script process*

CC-greenlightblur–luminesce histogram green histogram center focus blur edge

CC-WarmSun– white balance with soft sunrays

CC-touchoffall– Warm photo, changes select green tones to red/orange tones for a fall look

CC-CrispLight– *adds fill light *reduces green and *sharpens image

CC-B&WClearLight– converts to b/w image… adds fill light clarifies

CC-Marbles– converts images into an abstract marble/globe

CC-Frosted– Changes select green tones to light winter/white color

Scripts Anyone? Set 1

**I am not affiliated in anyway with the Corel Corporation. I just really like their products and chose to create user friendly scripts for all the users to purchase

Hello All!  I have, in my spare time, created my first set of scripts for the Corel PaintShop Pro program. These will work with x8-2018. (I have not tried with older versions)

**Note**  These will not work with all photos. I have tested them on multiple photos and they are awesome (in my opinion) But some photos just didn’t work well with the selected script. 

I have been using Corel PaintShop Pro since 2007! I have tried the other program, and just can not buy into the subscription service or pay an outrageous fee for something that I can get in this program. Personally, I feel that the PSP is 1000% easier to use than the other program. But, that is just my opinion.

Scripts are basically the same as “actions” in the other program. They are super simple to use and if you have a favorite script, you can run it on a full batch of photos and save time in post editing.

Corel has a multitude of tutorials on how to use scripts as well as other functions of their program. If you dont have the program, you can download a 30 free trial here!

I have taken screenshots of some sample images of the scripts you will get in the Set 1 package. There are a total of 10 scripts. However, I have only screen captured samples of 4 of them.

CC-IRgradiantsun


CC-UVcoloradjust

CC-blueredhistogram–

CC-touchoffall

The Scripts included in set 1 are:

CC-IRgradiantsun– Changes to IR photo with corner sunflare and gradient overlay

CC-UVcoloradjust– Takes all the red out of an image and changes to a UV color

CC-blueredhistogram– adjust the histogram using blue and red tones to brighten and sharpen images. *note… some images may have more of a blue tone after script process*

CC-greenlightblur–luminesce histogram green histogram center focus blur edge

CC-WarmSun– white balance with soft sunrays

CC-touchoffall2– Warm photo, changes select green tones to red/orange tones for a fall look

CC-CrispLight– *adds fill light *reduces green and *sharpens image

CC-B&WClearLight– converts to b/w image… adds fill light clarifies

CC-Marbles– converts images into an abstract marble/globe

CC-Frosted– Changes select green tones to light winter/white color

 

You will receive all 10 scripts in a digital download for only $20!

Please visit our online store to place an order! Also check out the available canvas prints! They are great to give as gifts or just to hang in your own space!

Thank you so much for taking the time to view the sample scripts and for visiting the store! I hope you have enjoyed these and please come back to check for updates!

The Concave Mirror Lens

A few weeks ago, my other half of the spectrum bought me a mirror lens. This is old technology in a new world. And for those like me who are used to the auto focus, vibration reduction, etc etc… the first time working with a concave mirror lens is like the first time riding a 2 wheeler without trainer wheels.  

I am a Nikon user. So I got the T-mount lens adapter and the 500mm fixed aperture @f/8 lens made by Optika (my camera reads no lens attached so everything has to be done manually)

My first thought was “How the hell do I take a photo with that black thing in the middle of the lens? I dont get how it works! So I had to turn to my trusty friend… Google. I didn’t really understand the physics so I found a video on YouTube..  Hopefully it will help you all understand what I didn’t. the video belongs to Bruce Yeany. you can subscribe to him on YouTube.

So, with the how does it work kind of out of the way.. I HAD to test it out. I will say, that a tripod and wireless remote is recommended. The lens, although small for a 500mm zoom, is heavy!

I,  of course, can’t seem to take my own advice and did most of my test shots hand held.

I feel like I am in a middle school  beginning photography course with this lens. But I am excited to master it before I am too old to remember that I like taking photos.

Here are a few of the test shots I took — They are NOT my best work…

We can only achieve perfection through trying and failing

Please feel free to comment on this post! I love hearing from you all and would like your input 🙂

Shasta City– in Black and white with a Pop of color

Back in the beginning of June, we had plans for this most extravagant vacation. It was supposed to be 11 days of travel and sightseeing.  Due to vehicle issues and other cosmic forces, our 11 days dwindled to 3.

We did not get all the places we planned to go, but we did find an awesome little historic town– Shasta City.  Just a few miles west of Redding, Ca on the 299 hwy.

We almost passed right through not knowing what this little historical district was…. but we noticed the dilapidated buildings (I am a sucker for dilapidation) and had to stop.

The first building we saw was the Bull, Baker & Co., store– To read the history on this store please visit here –>  http://dsmith.blogs.redding.com/2010/08/bull_baker_co_s/

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You can feel the history in this little town, from the cold storage tunnel to the blacksmith shop.. the bricks all tell a story.

Shortly after we found a cute little camp site about 40 miles west…. and I attempted some star shots. I say attempted because I can never get them right…. But if you are ever traveling… and want to see some history…. turn onto 299 west from Redding…..

Thanks for viewing the gallery..  Please leave comments.. I love the feedback 🙂

 

 

The never ending client/photographer battle

I have been behind a camera in one way or another for going on 3o years now. And there is always that one question a client will ask that leaves a bad taste in the photographers mouth, and the answer leaves a bad taste in the clients mouth.

It is a never ending battle. The answer is never good enough, and these days the client reactions seem to get worse. With social media being the foremost way to communicate with whole communities at a time… one bad comment from a dissatisfied client can ruin a career for a photographer in an alreay dwindling profession.

What is the question and the answer???

 

“Can I have ALL the photos you took?”

“NO!”

The reason being is NOT because we are greedy photographers that want to charge you more money. You may think this is the case but it is not. In fact, after the cost of zip drives/cd’s printing costs, time to edit, taxes, gas etc.  — your photographer makes on average about $2.50 an hour…

Here are just a FEW reasons why we do not give all the photos out.

 

  • For every 15 photos– only one is usable – that means out of 150 photos there may be 10 good ones.

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    Half Blink/ Squinty eyes.. Not usable to give to a client!

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    Half blinked eyes do not make for a frame-able image!
  • Photographers each have individual editing techniques and editing 150 negatives take time- which costs money
  • Most photographers offer packages and to keep things “fair” across the board choose the best of the best for the packages..

    Image obtained from https://www.etsy.com/listing/158997550/photography-price-list-pricing-list-for?ref=related-7
    Image obtained from https://www.etsy.com/listing/158997550/photography-price-list-pricing-list-for?ref=related-7
  • YOU are paying for the best! You chose your photographer based on the portfolio, meaning you like their styling.  SO please, don’t give bad reviews and bash the photographer just for trying to make a living.  Be grateful there is someone there to capture moments in time for you. And remember that the camera creates the image as much as the stove creates a meal!