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 +.

November 17, 2015

Evergreen and Brown

Evergreen and Brown
Frenchtown, Montana

November 16, 2015

Creative Ideas --- Shoot from unusual angles

Most of us make the majority of our pictures from our standing height. It's quick, easy and can produce great images with good light and composition. But if you feel your pictures are becoming repetitious, try shooting from any height except standing. This change in perspective or point of view can produce unexpected, and therefore eye-catching, images.

Start by shooting from a very low position. Put your camera on the ground, in the grass, on a log. You don't have to look through the viewfinder or at the LCD for this.

Camera in the grass next to the mushroom
Montana

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30 Day Project #30

With this image, my series of shooting a photo a day for a month comes to an end. Without realizing it, I think this candle shot is a fitting conclusion! And there's no flame inside; that's just sunlight filtering through the wax.

30 Day Project #30
Frenchtown, Montana

Once again, I encourage everyone to try this for a month. A week is not a long enough time to really push you to make images every day. Some days I came to the end and realized I hadn't made any pictures. So I had to do them in low light in my house...a challenge for simple cameras, for sure! But I succeeded and I know you will, too!

November 15, 2015

30 Day Project #29

30 Day Project #29
Sprague, Washington

November 14, 2015

30 Day Project #28

30 Day Project #28
Bandon, Oregon

November 13, 2015

30 Day Project #27

30 Day Project #27
Bandon, Oregon

November 12, 2015

30 Day Project #26

30 Day Project #26
Bandon, Oregon

November 11, 2015

30 Day Project #25

30 Day Project #25
Florence, Oregon

November 10, 2015

30 Day Project #24

30 Day Project #24
Florence, Oregon

November 9, 2015

Creative Color Effects with Your Digital Camera

Color in our photographs carries a lot of the emotion and mood of the picture. If the light available to you does not have the color you want for your subject, you can use your camera's White Balance control to change it.

Usually you select the White Balance control to fix the color of the light so it is not distracting. But you can also intentionally use the wrong White Balance setting to add color to a scene.

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30 Day Project #23

30 Day Project #23
Florence, Oregon

November 8, 2015

30 Day Project #22


30 Day Project #22
Florence, Oregon

November 7, 2015

30 Day Project #21

30 Day Project #21
The Dalles, Oregon

November 6, 2015

30 Day Project #20

30 Day Project #20
Frenchtown, Montana

Cords & Pulls

Cords & Pulls
Frenchtown, Montana

November 5, 2015

30 Day Project #19

30 Day Project #19
Frenchtown, Montana

November 4, 2015

30 Day Project #18

30 Day Project #18
Frenchtown, Montana

November 3, 2015

30 Day Project #17

School children created the art. My toes were a happy accident.

30 Day Project #17
Frenchtown, Montana

November 2, 2015

Printing Multiple Photos Per Page in Photoshop Elements

If you are working on a project that involves many images, such as a calendar, a slide show, a book or an exhibit, It can be very useful to print small versions of your candidate images so you can physically sort and rearrange them for the best effect. A Contact Sheet is the most common layout for multiple pictures on a page, but these thumbnails are too small for sorting a project. For larger images, you can choose the Individual Prints layout and specify a bigger picture size.

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30 Day Project #16

30 Day Project #16
Missoula, Montana

November 1, 2015

30 Day Project #15

30 Day Project #15
Frenchtown, Montana