Another January theme, finally completed. This trio is (from left to right) is of myself, my mom, and my sister Wendy. I was working on trying to get a nice picture of the three of us at the beach. I only had my little bendy tripod, so the shot was limited and it took several tries. I did get a nice photo… but I thought this one was more interesting for the blog. What are those 3 ladies talking about anyway?
I was at the model airplane airfield in Quartzsite late afternoon. After taking lots of pics of the guys flying helicopters and planes, I started aiming the camera at other things – like the landscape. The sun was starting to set… you know how beautiful that light is! This is probably one of the weirdest pics I’ve taken but it was in the name of capturing the theme texture.
It is actually a carpet remnant that is used as an entrance to the paved runway.
I have been reading Zane Grey novels lately and the idea of a cowboy on a horse seems very masculine to me. This is not the statute that I wanted to post… the owner would not let me take a picture of it. But in going through my old photos, I realized that I had forgotten about this one. This Quarter Horse monument was taken in Sonoita, Arizona (south of Tucson, north of Nogales), and was found on one of our meandering drives to nowhere in particular.
The photo itself was not well taken, thus I played with levels until I was more satisfied with the statute. Then I had this idea of making a “ghost cowboy,” to signify the loss of way of life and to highlight some of the features of this statute. With the hints of the modern background, I hope this shows the incongruity of then and now.
If you think this is overworked, and you’d like to see the original photo, please let me know.
When I travel, I am always taking pictures of the food that I’m about to eat. I have a LOT of food pics. I’ve changed my mind several dozen times this month on which to use for the theme “edible. ” I settled on this one because at first it looks like an art piece, and then you realize that is all edible.
I used Photoshop Elements to delete the background to focus on the dish alone.
This was taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona in the fall of 2008. As you can see, I was looking straight down on this patch of succulents. Wish I could tell you the name of this plant but I’m still learning my desert plants.
This is cropped from the original photo. I tried to make it have more depth and narrowed the pattern a bit since I felt that the original had too many of this same plant in it. By cropping it, you can see more space between the plants and thus (hopefully) more depth.
This was taken October 26, 2008 at the Rhyolite Ghost Town outside Death Valley. This is the Cook Bank. I hope you can see the doors and windows in this picture (or is just me knowing what it is?)
This is also one that can be used for the mini-assignment: Viewpoint. I had taken several different pictures before I decided to stop trying to capture the whole bank structure, but instead to just trying standing in front and looking up.
How bold of nature to make a rock with these two colors side-by-side! This rock is called “Sonoran Sunset Chrysocholla” – and I took a picture in its raw form. I fell in love with this rock at first site! The owner of the jewelry shop was nice enough to pull it out of the case and set it out for me to take a photo.
I thought she had said it was found in Arizona… but on the web the only location I see is Northern Mexico. Of course, Northern Mexico borders AZ, so maybe it was found in AZ, near the Mexican border. Rocks probably don’t understand borders.
You should see these in its original 4000 x 3000 pixel size on my 23″ screen. Now that is BOLD!
The store that let me take this images (and many others) was All in Vein; they will be in Quartzsite for Jan and Feb.
Processing: I adjusted levels and contrast a bit.
I went on my first photo walk today. I walked over to the Quartzsite Gem & Mineral show going on in Tyson Wells. So, this is the first time that I’ve taken a photo for this blog specifically, rather than pulling from past images. Actually, I took quite a few photos, but this is the first that I thought I’d try out.