December 31, 2015

Winter Oaks

Winter Oaks
Rock Cut State Park
Rockford, Illinois

This is my last post of 2015 after posting at least one picture a day for the past year.

December 30, 2015

Mammoth Hot Springs Steam #2

Mammoth Hot Springs Steam #2
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming

This is a vertical version of a picture I posted earlier. Let me know if you have a preference.

December 29, 2015

Crystal Trees

Crystal Trees
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

December 28, 2015

Useful Year-End Photo Projects

We're only a few days away from the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. People often mark this transition with goals for the future, but it's also a good time to review the past. Photographically, there are a couple things you can do to honor the progress of time in your photography---select your best images and delete the worst.

Double Rainbow over the San Juan Islands, Washington
One of my Best of 2015 images

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Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces


Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming

December 27, 2015

Mammoth Hot Springs Steam

Mammoth Hot Springs Steam
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming

December 26, 2015

Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas




December 24, 2015

December 23, 2015

Good Advice

Good Advice
Rockford, Illinois

I thought this door sign offered excellent suggestions as we gather with family and friends during the holidays. 

December 22, 2015

Fire

Fire
Frenchtown, Montana 

Flames from my fireplace reflected in the window made an interesting juxtaposition with outside view.

December 21, 2015

Why Do My Raw Files Change Color from Camera to Computer?

If you are photographing with raw files in your digital camera, you may have noticed that the colors in your pictures change when you load them into Lightroom, Photoshop or Elements.


This happens because the Picture Style (or Picture Control) setting in your camera is different than the  default color style that Adobe uses in Camera Raw and Lightroom. Raw files do not have a fixed color style. The picture you see on the back of your camera is a JPEG thumbnail version of your raw image. This JPEG preview shows the colors with the Picture Style (Canon) or Picture Control (Nikon) you have set in the camera. Usually this is your camera's "Standard" color rendition, unless you have changed it.

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Winter Light


Winter Light
Frenchtown, Montana 

Welcoming the return of the light this solstice!

December 20, 2015

Evening Light

Evening Light
Westminster Presbyterian Church 
Rockford, Illinois

I like the design of this church. It echoes the design of barns that used to be prevalent in the area.

December 19, 2015

Winter Shadows #2

 Winter Shadows #2
Frenchtown, Montana

December 18, 2015

Winter Shadows #1


Winter Shadows #1
Frenchtown, Montana

December 17, 2015

Shadow of Lavender

Shadow of Lavender
Frenchtown, Montana

December 16, 2015

Leaf Triptych

Leaf Triptych
Rockford, Illinois

December 15, 2015

Frozen

Frozen
Missoula, Montana

December 14, 2015

Make a Holiday Photo Card with Photographer's Edge Cards

'Tis the season to send holiday cards to friends and family. Many options from online photo labs let you upload your favorite picture and have it printed as a folded or flat card. A more personal option is to use card templates from Photographer's Edge.

Front of Photographer's Edge card
blank inside
  
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Dynamic #2

Dynamic #2
Missoula, Montana

December 13, 2015

Dynamic #1

Dynamic #1
Missoula, Montana

December 12, 2015

Yellow on Blue

Yellow on Blue
Frenchtown, Montana

December 11, 2015

Stunning Start

Stunning Start
Frenchtown, Montana

December 10, 2015

Gnarly Tree

Gnarly Tree
Missoula, Montana

December 9, 2015

After the Wind

After the Wind
Frenchtown, Montana

December 8, 2015

Before the Wind

Before the Wind
Frenchtown, Montana

December 7, 2015

Make a Holiday Photo Card Using Photoshop Elements

If you are looking for a way to showcase a favorite family picture or winter scene in your holiday card this year, you can make your own using Photoshop Elements. In this post I explain how to prepare your photo to be printed as a flat photo card.

Flat Photo Card

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Snow Squall over the Clark Fork River

Snow Squall over the Clark Fork River
Missoula, Montana

December 6, 2015

Snow Squall over the Western Valley


Snow Squall over the Western Valley
Frenchtown, Montana

December 5, 2015

14 Degrees

14 Degrees
Frenchtown, Montana

December 4, 2015

Ode to Weston #2

Ode to Weston #2
Frenchtown, Montana

December 3, 2015

Ode to Weston

Ode to Weston
Frenchtown, Montana


Edward Weston was an American photographer who worked from the 1920s to the 1940s, making black and white photographs with a large format view camera. While he photographed a variety of subjects, he is well known for pictures of everyday objects that emphasize their form. I felt that this photograph of a plastic funnel was reminescent of Weston's approach. You can see more of Weston's work at the Center for Creative Photography's online collection.

December 2, 2015

Crosshatch

Crosshatch
Frenchtown, Montana

December 1, 2015

Footprints

Footprints
Frenchtown, Montana

November 30, 2015

Creative Ideas --- Slow shutter speeds

When we first learn to take pictures, we are usually concerned with getting a sharply focused shot. But blurred photos can be interesting and effective if we do so intentionally.

5 second exposure, camera on tripod
Moran State Park
Orcas Island, Washington

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November 29, 2015

Snow Shadows

Our first snow of the season earlier this month....

Snow Shadows
Frenchtown, Montana

November 28, 2015

Lingering

Lingering
Missoula, Montana

November 27, 2015

God Beams

Why you should always have a camera handy....

God Beams
Frenchtown, Montana

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hanging Cornucopia
Frenchtown, Montana

November 25, 2015

Doubled

Doubled
Frenchtown, Montana

November 24, 2015

Signature Line

Signature Line
Frenchtown, Montana

November 23, 2015

What Is the Difference Between Image Size and File Size?

Recently I was helping a friend prepare pictures for his new website. He was confused about the difference between the size of the image in Megabytes (MB) or Kilobytes (KB) compared to the width or height of the photo itself. If you have been puzzled by this subject, let me explain.

Soda Butte Creek
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Crossing

Crossing
Frenchtown, Montana

November 22, 2015

Dropped

Dropped
Frenchtown, Montana

November 21, 2015

Fall Abstract

Fall Abstract
Missoula, Montana

November 20, 2015

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves
Missoula, Montana

November 19, 2015

Circles of Light

Circles of Light
Frenchtown, Montana

November 18, 2015

Studio Abstract

I enjoyed my 30 day project so much that I'm continuing to shoot every day with a simple camera. I plan to post images from this ongoing project, though they might not adhere strictly to the one picture from one day theme.

Studio Abstract
Frenchtown, Montana 

Also, this is my 500th blog post. I started this blog in 2004. Over the last couple years I've been much more diligent about posting regularly. Thanks to all who like my images on Facebook and 1+ them on Google +.