Category Archives: Digital photo editing

Sunrises

Picture of the Moment

I have sang at several weddings for friends, the last one in 1984 in Boerne, Texas.

The song I sang for Thad & Charlotte was “Sunrise, Sunset” from the movie “Fiddler on the Roof.”

While I liked the song and realized what it was about, without ever having seen the movie (it came out in 1971, while the musical is from 1964), I was the only one of my friends who was always up in time to watch the sunrise and late enough to bed to catch the sunset, so just the title of the song made it a favorite of mine.

Sunrises and sunsets in 2016 here in the San Diego area have been spectacular almost every day so far.

Following are two of my favorite sunrises, the first one being from this morning.

San Diego (La Mesa) sunrise, January 14, 2016

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San Diego (La Mesa) sunrise, January 6, 2016

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-4-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit an interesting crafts store that had Christmas ornaments featuring flowers. That will tell you where I got the idea for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (10-30-15)—This is dedicated to the one I love

Friday Flower Fiesta

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On this date in 2008, Jim and I got legally married.

Just 5 days later, 13,743,177 votes were cast in California’s general election.

7,001,084 of those votes were cast in favor of taking away the right of same-gender couples to marry, a right that had only been won six months earlier. Kind of sad when rights have to be won, but throughout history the majority has never been kind to minorities….

After numerous lawsuits and court hearings, the California Supreme Court upheld the removal by the majority of the rights of the minority but also ruled, under the grandfather principle, that the marriages of those who had gotten legally married during that six-month period would remain legal.

Thus, our marriage remained valid and legal.

So today is our seventh wedding anniversary. For the record, we’ve been together since May 26, 1994, and got domestic partnered (such an ugly term) on July 31, 2004.

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is dedicated to the one I love (Ouch! Zoey! Quit biting!)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (10-2-15)—Words of wisdom

Friday Flower Fiesta

I had a recent request from a Realtor to add to one of my pictures a saying that she liked.

How could I refuse?

That caused me to consider adding words of wisdom to some of my pictures.

Here are four that I did this past week:

the first flowers

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silently a flower blooms

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every flower is a soul

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Friday Flower Fiesta (9-25-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

One of the things that I really like doing in Photoshop is replacing the dull, boring, uninteresting, cloudy, overcast gray skies with beautiful blue, partly cloudy skies.

However, I also enjoy it immensely when I get a picture directly out of the camera that I am pretty happy with, something that doesn’t happen often, which is why I became a Photoshop expert to begin with!

Following are some examples. Except for adding frames, only the last two were subjected to significant post-processing in Photoshop. That doesn’t mean that the other pictures can’t be improved upon, only that I was quite happy with what I had to start with.

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

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Friday Flower Fiesta (9-11-2015)—It was fourteen years ago today

Friday Flower Fiesta

Well, the last time I posted a Friday Flower Fiesta I was trying to get a new job as Marketing Coordinator for DeepSea Power & Light. After about nine hours of interviews over three weeks with twelve people, suddenly I never heard back from them even after the General Manager and Human Resources Manager had said, “We’ll contact you Tuesday.” Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday came and went. Finally, on Friday, I gave up on them. I really liked that company, the people I had met, and the job. Oh, well. Onward……….

Today is 9/11. Fourteen years ago Jim and I were scheduled to fly back to San Diego from San Francisco at 10:00 a.m. By that time, all planes in the United States had been grounded.

We had spent a week in the Bay Area specifically to visit the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey.

We finished exploring everything on our to-do list late on 9/9 so I called Southwest Airlines to see if we could change our flight to the last one out on 9/10 instead of the morning of 9/11. We did, arriving back in San Diego just after midnight on 9/11. If we had not done that, we would have been stranded in the Bay Area. Not near as bad, of course, as what happened that day to so many people and their family, friends, and businesses.

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is in honor of all those who died that day in 2001. May history remember the hatred espoused by all religions—see Mike Huckabee and Kim Davis as the most recent example on a long list (crucifixions, beheadings, genocide, Crusades, Salem Witch Trials, Al-Qaeda, ISIS….)

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lily of the nile 4x6 stamp

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amaryllis panorama art stamp

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artichoke stamp

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Advice from a tree

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Moving is like archaeology in that you discover old things that were thought to be lost to history.

When Jim and I moved in May, I found many things that I thought were gone. One of them was a poster that I bought in 1976 at a forestry event. It’s all folded and crumpled but not to worry because all I have to do is take the thought and create something in Photoshop.

I’m creating a set of seven Photographic Art based on the poster, of which this is the first one:

stand tall and proud

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For each succeeding artwork, the text being illustrated will be in dark blue with all other text in light gray.

The main reason why I am making these is because I have a commission to do so. My Client intends on hanging these on the walls of her new office.

Each of these is a Photoshop file, so I’ll be able to change anything that the Client wants changed. The brushed aluminum frame I used here is just for illustration purposes. My final work will not be digitally framed.

Contact me
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for your home or office,
or to give as a gift
to family, friends, or business associates.

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