July 31, 2015

About to Drop #2

About to Drop #2
Missoula, Montana

July 30, 2015

About to Drop #1

About to Drop #1
Shamper's Bluff, NB, Canada


July 29, 2015

Expression of Death #5

Expression of Death #5
Glacier National Park, MT

July 28, 2015

Expression of Death #4

Expression of Death #4
Glacier National Park, MT

July 27, 2015

Reviving Interest in Black and White Photography

I found some new online resources about black and white photography that I really like. The first is a video recording of a lecture at the B&H Photo Event Space in which colleague Eileen Rafferty discusses Seeing in Black and White. She talks about the qualities of black and white images, why you would choose to make grayscale images, and tips for converting color digital images to black and white. This is a great place to start if you are new to the monochrome image.

Effective black and white images make use of shape, line and texture.
E Bar L Ranch
Greenough, Montana

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July 26, 2015

Expression of Death #3

Expression of Death #3
Glacier National Park, MT

July 25, 2015

Expression of Death #2

Expression of Death #2
Glacier National Park, MT

July 24, 2015

Expression of Death #1

Expression of Death #1
Breitenbush, OR

July 23, 2015

Tired #3

Enjoying a spa day sleeping on the bed!

Tramp
Frenchtown, Montana

July 22, 2015

Tired #2

It's hard work being an ambassador for greyhound rescues and adoption.

Resting
Missoula, Montana

July 21, 2015

Tired #1

Tramp
Frenchtown, Montana

July 20, 2015

Overlay Options for the Crop Tool in Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom and Elements

Cropping is probably the most fundamental photo editing step anyone can make. Cropping a picture can strengthen the composition and eliminate distractions. It can also change a horizontal picture to a vertical one (and vice versa) or turn a rectangular image into a square or panoramic format. Adobe includes a crop tool in all its photo editing programs. And the tool comes with some overlay options to help you with the design of your images.

Photoshop's Crop Tool showing the Rule of Thirds overlay
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July 19, 2015

A Long Way #3

The plane is a long way from the ground and those aboard are traveling a long way, too.

Distant
Frenchtown, Montana

July 18, 2015

A Long Way #2

It helps to have something to imply movement and destination, like the boat in this image.

Waterton Lake
Waterton National Park
Alberta, Canada

July 17, 2015

A Long Way #1

How do you represent a long distance in a photograph? Here's one of my examples.

Desert Road
Nelson, Nevada

July 16, 2015

Shadow as Subject #5

Broken Shadow
Frenchtown, Montana

July 15, 2015

Shadow as Subject #4

Shadow Abstract
Frenchtown, Montana

July 14, 2015

Shadow as Subject #3

Shadow Puppet
Frenchtown, Montana

July 13, 2015

Tips for Creating a Triptych in Photoshop

In her short video "Creating a Triptych in Photoshop," Julieanne Kost demonstrates several shortcuts to quickly size and lay out three photos side by side in an arrangement called a triptych. I used her suggestions to create the image below.

Ice Porpoise Triptych

You can use the same shortcuts in Photoshop Elements 10 and newer. To find the "Reveal All" command, choose Image > Resize > Reveal All.

And you can use these same steps to create a diptych (two images) or four or more images side by side.

I highly recommend all Julieanne's videos, which you can view by searching for "The Complete Picture" at Adobe.com.

July 12, 2015

Shadow as Subject #2

Lightbulbs
Las Vegas, Nevada

July 11, 2015

Shadow as Subject #1

Another topic from June's scavengers photo group. I have lots of these in my collection!

At Home
Frenchtown, Montana

July 10, 2015

RMSP Evening Photography Classes Now Available

If you are looking for a series of night classes to help you learn to use your camera to make the pictures you envision, check out the Adult Education classes offered by the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Classes on photography basics, composition and Lightroom are all offered. The teachers are excellent and enthusiastic and you'll learn lots! Visit the web page and click the links to sign up.

RMSP Fall 2015 Adult Education Courses

Balsaamroot and Mission Mountains, Montana


A Fork #3

Not quite a divining rod to locate water underground, but a fork nonetheless.

Branch
Frenchtown, Montana

July 9, 2015

A Fork #2

 Bicycle
Frenchtown, Montana

July 8, 2015

A Fork #1


One of our scavengers photo group topics for June was "a fork." I wasn't the only one who looked for something other than tableware!

Pitchfork and Shovel
Huson, Montana


July 7, 2015

PTLens: Affordable Lens Correction Plug-in

Recently I learned about PTLens, a plug-in or stand-alone program that works on both Mac and Windows systems. It can do all the same corrections as Adobe's Lens Correction feature, plus the PTLens database includes lots of compact camera models. A free trial good for 10 images is available and if you decide you want to continue using it, the price is only $25 USD.

After using the Upright option of Lightroom's Lens Correction panel
and then PTLens
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July 6, 2015

Frosted Trees

Frosted Trees
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 

July 5, 2015

Trees Silhouetted Against Steam

Trees Silhouetted Against Steam
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 

July 4, 2015

Frosted Pine and Steam

Frosted Pine and Steam
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 

July 3, 2015

Mammoth Hot Springs #2

Mammoth Hot Springs #2
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 

July 2, 2015

Mammoth Hot Springs

I had the Hot Springs all to myself that morning. At least there was steam and frost, if not much snow. 

Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  


July 1, 2015

Frosted Rocks in the Gardiner River

Frosted Rocks in the Gardiner River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming