Monday, July 18, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

just playing

I heard of an online program called pizap that creates photo collages and decided to give it a try. The first one was created in the program with no photo editing.

random flowers; photos 
In the next one, I used the collage creation and edited the pictures (for brightness, contrast, saturation, etc) within the software application.
random photos; photos and photo editing

I selected the background papers for both from a fairly wide selection.

Just having fun.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Collage for a Cause

The Huntington Beach Art Center sponsored a collage class where you make 2 collages, one to be donated to raise money for Build Futures organization

I haven't worked in collage for a while and enjoyed it. Here are my two pieces.

Wildflowers (donated)

Nature Matters
Poor photos (glare and bad angle) ... but you get the picture. It was a fun way to spend a summer afternoon.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016

colors at the beach

While a few blocks inland there was hot sun, along the coast it was cool and overcast. I stopped to shoot a few pictures using my zoom lens, still on auto mode. Even with the overcast skies, one can see color.

Still lovin' my new toy!

Monday, May 30, 2016


"Life is good"
A recent trip to Three Rivers, California provided a great opportunity to reflect on nature and life and realize just how fortunate I am.

Monday, May 16, 2016

I got a "Big Girl Camera"

I bought a Canon Rebel SL1, reported to be the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market. Size and weight was an important factor in the decision and this camera fits my hand nicely and is fairly light, especially with the Canon 40mm pancake lens. Most of the photos below were taken with that lens.

These are SOOC (straight out of the camera), no editing. The only problem, which I just discovered, is that I had the photo size set too small. So while these look great on the screen, they become quite tiny at 300dpi for printing.

I've go a LOT to learn!! And a lot of fun ahead.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I just created a new (free from Joann's!) 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly called Reflections (you can click to see it).

I think this is #5 for this year! And it's only May. AND I'm awaiting the arrival of a new "big girl" camera! I'm having way too much fun :-)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Flower Power: An Art Book

I've become obsessed with photo books. My latest creation is called "Flower Power". Its being printed through Shutterfly. Here's a sample of the pages.

Each page was created digitally using Photoshop Elements, personal photos and commercially available digital supplies. I love flowers. I love taking photos of flowers. And I love creating art with those photos. I can't wait to see the printed book!