July 31, 2016

Red River Gorge #2

Red River Gorge #2
Kentucky 

Lots of drifting mist and fog created ever-changing views.

July 30, 2016

Red River Gorge #1

 Pink Lady Slipper
Red River Gorge, KY

On another day, fellow photographer John Snell took me to his favorite place, Kentucky's Red River Gorge. Unfortunately, the rainy weather made good photographs more difficult to come by. Thanks to John for locating the pink lady slippers and showing them to me.

July 29, 2016

Fall Photography Classes in Missoula

My fall photography classes at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, are now open for online registration. I'm offering four camera classes and two introductory Lightroom classes. Please note that you must supply your own laptop computer, external hard drive and current copy of Lightroom for the Lightroom classes.


Click here to see the classes and register. Click on the links below for the course descriptions on my web site.

Come learn more about your camera, photography techniques and image processing!

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #7

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #7
Douwe Blumberg, Sculptor
Lexington, KY

July 28, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #6

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #6
Douwe Blumberg, Sculptor
Lexington, KY

July 27, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #5

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #5
Douwe Blumberg, Sculptor
Lexington, KY

July 26, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #4

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #4
Douwe Blumberg, Sculptor
Lexington, KY

July 25, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #3

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #3
Douwe Blumberg, Sculptor
Lexington, KY

July 24, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #2

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #2
Douwe Blumberg, Sculptor
Lexington, KY

July 23, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #1

Kentucky Arboretum Sculpture #1
Douwe Blumberg, Sculptor
Lexington, KY

This memorial commemorates the 49 people who died in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 at the Bluegrass Airport. It took me a while to realize that it depicts a flock of birds.

July 22, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum #2

Peony
Kentucky Arboretum #1
Lexington, KY

July 21, 2016

Kentucky Arboretum #1

Peony
Kentucky Arboretum #1
Lexington, KY

I also visited the Kentucky State Arboretum on the University of Kentucky campus.

July 20, 2016

Ashland #11

Ashland #11
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

July 19, 2016

Ashland #10

Ashland #10
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

July 18, 2016

Making Better Photos


By photographer Tim Cooper's reckoning, "subject matter is largely irrelevant" when it comes to making better pictures. In a series of three posts on Photographer's Breakthrough, Tim explains what he means by this startling statement and demonstrates how he applied his technique of honing in on the real reason he is making the image, not just what the content is. I highly recommend checking these out. They are useful to beginner and seasoned shutterbugs alike!

Making Better Photographs

Better Photographs Part 2

Better Photographs Part 3

Ashland #9

Ashland #9
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

July 17, 2016

Ashland #8

Ashland #8
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

Lexington appears to be the original home of these cast iron painted jockeys to which people used to tie their horses in place of a real person.

July 16, 2016

Ashland #7

Ashland #7
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

My favorite detail were these carved downspouts, sort of a variation on gargoyles. They appeared all around the base of the house.

July 15, 2016

Ashland #6

Ashland #6
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

July 14, 2016

Ashland #5

Ashland #5
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY
 
There are a lot of decorative details around the building.

July 13, 2016

Ashland #4

Ashland #4
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

July 12, 2016

Ashland #3

Ashland #3
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY 
 
A more abstract view of the house.

July 11, 2016

Troubleshooting Lightroom

I recently read a blog post that lists several steps you can take to solve problems with Lightroom. These helpful suggestions were posted by Victoria Brampton, aka The Lightroom Queen, on her blog.
  1. Reboot Lightroom, and possibly your computer.
  2. Optimize the Lightroom catalog.
  3. Check for updates to Lightroom, any drivers for your monitor or graphics card and system updates as well.
  4. Reset Lightroom's preferences. Now there's a keyboard shortcut to accomplish this: on Windows hold Alt+Shift and start Lightroom; on Mac hold Option+Shift and start Lightroom.
  5. Test Lightroom by creating a new catalog. (This is ONLY a test.)
  6. Rule out corrupted presets and fonts.
  7. Try a clean user account.
  8. Check for hardware & operating system problems.
  9. Ask for help on the Lightroom forums: www.Lightroomforums.net
You can read the full details of these suggestions in Victoria's post.

July 10, 2016

Ashland #2

Ashland #2
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

July 9, 2016

Ashland #1

Ashland #1
Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY

I came a few days before the Derby to explore the Lexington area on my own. One of my first stops was Ashland, the Henry Clay estate.

July 8, 2016

Derby Day #10

© Charleen Boudreau
A great bucket-list experience! Thanks for going along!

July 7, 2016

Derby Day #9

© Charleen Boudreau
Farewell to the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.

July 6, 2016

Derby Day #8

© Charleen Boudreau
There was a bright side, though---winnings of $16.60 on my $5 wager. Glad my sister took a photo because I had to turn in the ticket to collect my money.

July 5, 2016

Derby Day #7

© Charleen Boudreau
Thank goodness for the megatron TV to tell us the outcome!

July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

July 3, 2016

Derby Day #6

© Charleen Boudreau
What we saw of the actual Kentucky Derby race....more hats and suits blocking the view of the track.

July 2, 2016

Derby Day #5

Derby hats and suits...I didn't expect to see men in fancy suits!

© Charleen Boudreau
© Charleen Boudreau
© Charleen Boudreau


July 1, 2016

Derby Day #4

A sea of hats and horses....

© Charleen Boudreau
© Charleen Boudreau
© Charleen Boudreau
© Charleen Boudreau