Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Abstract in Black and White

From my archives, an abstract of a piece of construction equipment.
The original was cropped, had the light adjusted, was rendered with Picasa's HDR-ish tool, 
and was converted to black and white with a green filter.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wood Grain, Life, Death, and What Remains

This is a view of a dead tree. The bark is gone, revealing the beauty of the wood.

It has been a long time since I posted last. 
The yard sale is over and I am disposing of what remains. It is a lot of work! 
I have learned:
Junk to me is treasure to someone else.
Treasure to me is junk to others.
Most importantly, no matter what my treasure is, when I am gone, it is still here. 
If I have not provided for its disposal, my heirs will have to. 
I hope to leave many treasures, especially memories, 
and few pieces of junk. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Minatare Lake, Scottsbluff County, Nebraska


I haven't updated this blog for quite a while as I've been busy with organizing a yard & estate sale instead of taking pictures. 
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Charismatic Columbine

I've been playing with Picasa again! 
This image of a columbine blooming in front of my house has been cropped slightly and 
the mid-tone light increased just a little.

"Orton-ish"

Infrared black and white--dramatic!

"Holga-ish"--I like this black and white rendition.

This is the color inverted, so it resembles a color negative.
I love these colors!

"HDR-ish"
I am getting to like this conversion...

And now, an HDR-ish portrait of the fly...



Friday, June 1, 2012

Picasa Meets Forest Trees


Same trees, different conversions

This was converted to black and white in the normal way. I like the mood 
the somewhat dim and very green light has
in this version.

This one, though, has had an infrared conversion. It makes the green leaves white--
 I think they look like flowers--and the mood is entirely different.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

An Award!


I was given the Illuminating Blogger Award for illuminating, informative blog content by C. J. at
http://foodstoriesblog.com/. If you like food, check out her blog!
Thank you, C. J.!

I am supposed to share one random fact about myself with you, my readers.
I had to think about that for a while,
but...
My favorite stories when I was small were in two books which my mother read to me over and over--
Winnie-the-Pooh
and 
The House At Pooh Corner
by A. A. Milne, with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.
I still have copies of these books on my bookshelf!

There! I guess that could be more than one fact, but I hope it/they are random enough!

Next, I am to pass the award on to at least five illuminating, informative bloggers. 
This is difficult, because every blog I read is illuminating or informative in some way; 
there are so many wonderful, creative, intelligent, educated, caring, loving people in blogland!
But I either had to choose, or give one to everyone, and go to each of their blogs, and leave a comment.....
So, because I am not that ambitious, I choose:
Buttons at Buttons Thoughts
Hildred at daybyday
Sarah (Nikki) at Gentle Recovery
Maggie at Nuts in May
Hop on over to their blogs and say "Hi!"


Friday, May 25, 2012

Picasa Meets an Egg

I noticed this egg in the middle of the trail I normally walk on...
I think it probably was some predator's meal.
Of course, I had to take its picture...

When I put it on my computer, I couldn't get the interior to show detail...
until I inverted the colors.
It was a short step from there to this black and white.
A little strange, perhaps, and it looks a little like it's floating.
But I like it!

The steps to this image:
Crop
Bring up the shadows
Invert the colors
Convert to black and white

Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Picasa Meets a Waterfall

This is a small seasonal creek on our property.
I thought the subject and composition of the original image were beautiful.
BUT
Nothing was really clear, and the colors lacked pizzazz.

Well, I have been playing around with Picasa's editing tools, so I played with this.
I decided not to crop it. But I did do these things:
First, I used the saturation tool, which brought up the color some.
Then, I posterized it, adjusting for maximum colors and detail, which made it look more like a painting.
Focus issue solved.
Next, I applied what is called "Orton-ish." This tool increases contrast, "bloom," and  "brightness." I had to tone it down with the sliders to get an effect I liked.
Finally, I added the border.

This is the original.

What do you think?

Friday, May 4, 2012

An Old Building


This is scanned from a 35mm print which was taken about 1974. I cropped it a little, retouched a few damaged spots, and adjusted the colors.
I don't know if this building still stands, or why it was built.
But I think it makes a great photo! 

Rain