Monday, June 30, 2008

Direct Shot of a Sun Setting

. Monday, June 30, 2008

This photo was taken on auto focus. No editing was done on this photo. Isn't it interesting that the sun looks more like a large star than a sun? When I took this photo, it was still quite sunny but because I pointed the camera directly at the sun, everything in the surrounding turned dark and distored the amount of brightness of the environment. This photo was taken with an 18 mm lens (wide angle shot).

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lens Flare and Changing the Color of Parts of Your Photo Tutorial

. Thursday, June 26, 2008

I decided to look for a tutorial online and see if I can create something cool from something ordinary. I found a tutorial that provides steps on how to give clouds a vintage look and add a flare lens to the photo. Rather than recreating the tutorial, I decided to just link the tutorial because it's a great tutorial for a newbie like me.

Although my photo is not a picture of a cloud, I decided to see if I can use the tutorial on a photo with running water. The photo is of our waterfall in our backyard that I took a close up photo of. With this tutorial, you can change the color of select areas of your photo as well as add a lens flare (the circular bright light).
I love how it turned out. The modified version reminds me of some sci-fi sort of scene. . .like a different planet. LOL! What do you think? Anyway, try the tutorial out and see what you can come up with!!

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Sorry I've been MIA


Gosh, I haven't blogged any pictures for a while. I've been busy with life and my card making. I would like to take the day to take some great shots . . .I need to be inspired. I think I'll take the time next week to drive to the coast and take some beautiful pictures. I actually drove to the coast last week but I forgot to bring my camera. It would have been a perfect time to take a photo. I'll be sure to take the time tomorrow to take a few photos!!

Not to worry. . .I'm still here!

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sunset Photos

. Thursday, June 19, 2008

On Father's day, I took this photo of the sunset while I was in the car. Considering the car was moving, the photos came out great. I never thought I could take a nice sunset shot here in Temecula. It's not like we're near a sea shore or in a tropical setting. Temecula is in Southern California and no where close to the coast.
I took this photo in auto focus at a wide angle. Not bad, huh! There were no editing other than cropping the photo with these photos. I took more sunset photos but decided to just post these two. Hope you like them!!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Photoshop - Changing Specific Colors of Your Photos

. Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I was playing around with the RGB feature of Photoshop and changed part of the color of my photo.

As I learn to use Photoshop, it's made me more aware of the fact that many photos that you see may not be what they really are. . .they are edited.

To some degree, I think programs that are so good when it comes to editing, such as Photoshop, have some negative aspect to it. You no longer can take photos at face value. . .now a days many photos are edited to the point you don't know what photos are real or Photoshopped.

Anyway, here is the photo edited. I changed the orange flower to a peach flower. I like the flowers in peach.

The process of changing the color of the flower is very easy. If I have the time today, I'll create a tutorial to show you how to do it.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Photoshop Tutorial - Stitching Photos Together Using Photo Merge

. Monday, June 2, 2008

Hi Everyone! Today I was looking for a tutorial on how to merge or "stitch" photos together but I actually wanted to do something more advanced. I wanted to actually "blend" the photos together. As I was looking for the tutorial, I found a "basic" tutorial on how to stitch photos together so it'll be one single piece or single photo. My daughter had given me photos from her camera so I could create scrapbook layouts with them and I wanted to create a layout with 3 photos side by side without having to print them and cut them individually.

Well. . .this basic Photoshop tutorial uses the "automerge" feature to stitch photos together!! I love it because it's so dang simple.

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