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Free flowers for everyone! (restrictions apply)

Picture of the Moment

For anyone liking my Photographic Art Facebook page between now and midnight Pacific time July 31, 2014, you get a free high resolution Photographic Art creation of any flower from my Flower Gallery at Fine Art America. A $20 value.

First go like https://www.facebook.com/russelrayphotos?ref=hl

Then go to http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-russel-ray.html?tab=artworkgalleries, click on Flowers, choose your flower, and email me at photoartsd@aol.com. Friday Flower Fiesta(If you laugh because I’m still with AOL after 20 years, you lose your right to a flower….)

You can do anything you want with your flower file. It’s yours!

Feel free to order any of my Photographic Art directly from Fine Art America.

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Some days are longer and more glorious than others

Out & About

Today is going to be a long but glorious day, first teaching chess at a fabulous Rancho Santa Fe mansion….

2014 National High School Chess Championship in San Diego, California

Rancho Santa Fe home

….then a home inspection at a beautiful City Heights home….

Home inspection

….followed by an outing with the Pacific Photographic Society at Comic Con’s Zombie Walk.

Going anywhere with the Pacific Photographic Society is fun, but fun events make it even more fun!

Here are a few pictures from past Zombie Walks and Comic Cons:

Comic Con International 2012 in San Diego California

Comic Con International 2012 in San Diego California

Comic Con International 2012 in San Diego California

Headless Horseman at 2014 Comic Con International

2013 San Diego Comic Con International

2013 San Diego Comic Con International

2013 San Diego Comic Con International

2013 San Diego Comic Con International

Comic Con International 2012 in San Diego California

Comic Con International 2012 in San Diego California

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I cannot be trusted

 

 

How I Did It

I first started taking pictures in sixth grade when the principal, Miss Gustafson, asked for a volunteer photographer. She explained that the volunteer photographer would get in free to all sporting events, and the rest is history.

Even though I was using a Canon SLR in sixth grade, my first pictures really were just snapshots of the sports team and crowds.

In high school and college, my photography became more serious. I endeavored to understand the relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Then throw in there film speed, film type, lenses, filters, and even film processing methods.

After college, I tried to develop a photographer’s eye for composition. Sometimes that meant sitting in the same spot for several hours waiting for just the right combination of things—light, weather, people (or lack thereof), etc. Sometimes I would take a picture and then go back several times over the next weeks and months, hoping to get a better picture.

Them days are gone………………………..

In today’s world of Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom, Corel Paintshop Pro, and many other digital photo software editing programs, I think I have come full circle, back to taking snapshots with my Canon 550D. I’m more interested in getting the picture and then making something out of it when I get back home. I think someone calls it “Photographic Art.”

For example, here’s a picture of two pigs sleeping at the San Diego County Fair:

Two pigs sleeping

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It’s a cute picture, but I thought it could be better if I removed the bars from their pen, not to mention the food dish and the butt of the black pig in the other pen. I even thought about that while at the Fair because I took a picture of sawdust which I thought would be good to replace the bars with:

Sawdust

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First I removed some sawdust from the pigs, as well as a few pigskin imperfections, by simple cloning, which Photoshop makes real easy. I cloned out some feathers from on top of the sawdust as well.

Then I masked the bars and deleted them. That left me with a huge blank space behind the pigs’ heads, but Photoshop also makes it pretty easy to insert just about anything into a picture.

Here is the result:

Two pigs sleeping

Isn’t it a lot better picture without the bars in there?

Lets you focus on the two pigs, especially the smiling pig, obviously in the midst of sweet dreams.

What you see at Russel Ray Photos might not be what you get. I just can’t be trusted.

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A visit to La Jolla, California, jewel of the Southern California coast

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If you have been following along with my recent posts, you might have detected that I was in La Jolla recently, several times since Hillary Clinton was here signing books a month ago.

Let us stay with the La Jolla theme for one more post.

Following are Photographic Art based on pictures in and around La Jolla, mostly along the coast and in the central business district.

Let’s start at the coast first, the La Jolla cove, which is where you’ll find billions and billions and billions of brown pelicans, white-breasted cormorants, harbor seals, and sea lions.

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Look back at the very first picture, the panorama, smack dab (smack dab?) top center, you can see a little platform. Here is what was happening on that platform the morning I was there:

La Jolla, California

The coastline is awesome, so you can find all sorts of art for sale. Of course, the best La Jolla art is in the La Jolla Gallery of Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America! (I might be slightly prejudiced.)

La Jolla, California

There are many art galleries in La Jolla, and some of them put their art outside for the enjoyment of all:

La Jolla, California

Along with murals on exterior building walls….

La Jolla, California

….you can find “trash can” art. Virtually every trash can and public utility box is painted on all four sides….

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Native Indians (the Kumeyaay and the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians) enjoyed La Jolla before the white man (actually Spaniards) ever got there. One trashcan’s art features an American Indian, and the feathers spell out the names of several areas along the San Diego County coast:

La Jolla, California

I find it amazing that we have so many murals, trash can art, and utility box art here in San Diego yet California schools continue to dismantle K-12 art (and music) programs. Of course, sports programs live on…. Sad….

You can find wall art at restaurants and on the front walls of many homes:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Some restaurants and stores make art out of plants:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Because of the cool, coastal climate, as well as natural watering via night mist and dew, virtually any plant will grow in La Jolla, and they make some beautiful Photographic Art:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

Of course, La Jolla would not be a seaside, (rich) beach community without common seagulls:

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California

If you plan to visit San Diego County, be sure your plan includes a trip to La Jolla for awesome views of the coast and the amazing wildlife which choose to hang out there. You might even see me walking around with camera in hand!

La Jolla, California

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Mug shot reveals identifying characteristic

 

 

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Seems law enforcement agencies are posting mug shots to Facebook and agency blogs in today’s world.

Some of them do make for an interesting break from work. Justin Bieber’s comes to mind.

Recently I went for a walk at Lake Murray, a large lake about a half mile from me.

Lots of birds, and this beautiful pigeon decided he wanted his mug shot taken:

White pigeon

It kept walking up and down, back and forth, perhaps used to people feeding food to it.

I, on the other hand, was looking for identifying characteristics, sometimes difficult to find on wildlife that is all white.

A-ha! (not the group)

We found an identifying characteristic:

Identifying characteristic

It will not get away from us now! We’ve got him!

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Marine mammals of La Jolla, California

Out & About

I have accomplished so much today that I thought I would treat y’all to an extra blog post.

Since my blog post earlier was Photographic Art of the brown pelicans of La Jolla, I thought I’d stick with the wildlife of La Jolla theme and show you the harbor seals and sea lions.

Smile (or leave a comment) if you know the two quickest ways to tell a harbor seal from a sea lion.

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

Harbor seals and sea lions in La Jolla, California

If you plan to visit San Diego County, be sure your plan includes a trip to La Jolla awesome views of the coast and the amazing wildlife which choose to hang out there.

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The brown pelicans of La Jolla, California

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The first time I visited La Jolla in 1993, it was to watch the people.

Over the years, though, it has become much more fun to watch the wildlife—pelicans, cormorants, harbor seals, and sea lions—as they seem to have taken over the La Jolla Cove.

Following are some Photographic Art of pelicans based on pictures from a recent trip to the Cove. We’ll get to the cormorants, seals, and sea lions in a future post.

If you plan to visit San Diego County, be sure your plan includes a trip to La Jolla for the views of the coast and the wildlife.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

Pelicans at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego.

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Who am I to argue?

Picture of the Moment

Generally I respect people’s opinions of themselves.

I mean, who am I to argue with them?

Low life

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It’s San Diego Gay Pride weekend!

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Gay flag in Hillcrest, San Diego, CaliforniaThis weekend is Gay Pride weekend in San Diego.

If you ask yourself why we have Gay Pride weekends in virtually every major city throughout the world, well,

  • as soon as we can get married to the person we love throughout the world;
  • walk down the streets holding hands;
  • make out under the street lamp on the corner like so many straight couples do;
  • put pictures of our loved ones on our desks and walls at work;
  • U.S. and Gay Pride flagsall with nary a second thought….

well, we might not need a Gay Pride weekend anymore. Until then….

This might be the first San Diego Gay Pride weekend that I have missed completely since my first one in 1993.

So here are some pictures of past Gay Pride weekends:

Rainbow balloons

God loves all her children

Lining up for the parade

Colorful costumes

When do i get to vote on your civil rights

San Diego Pride

Gay dog

Rainbow flags

Celebrate diversity

San Diego gay pride parade

Proud ally

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San Diego Gay Pride Weekend is one of the few 3-day gay pride events in the world and, because of our weather and the beaches, is always well-attended. They were expecting around 200,000 people for the 2-hour parade this morning, and more for the festival today and tomorrow, ranking it as San Diego’s largest civic event.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (7-18-14)—Live and learn

Friday Flower Fiesta

In creating my Photographic Art, I use the highest resolution pictures I have.

Many years ago when I first started blogging, I never thought I would need pictures bigger than 800 pixels on the longest side.

I had my Canon DSLR camera set to save the picture as a JPG file, and then when I got home I resized all the pictures to 800 pixels on the longest side.

Sadly, I have some great pictures which I can’t use for Photographic Art.

Following are ten of them in all their unframed, un-Photographic Art glory.

Ah, well, as my wise old grandmother used to say: “Live and learn.”

#1
Friday Flower Fiesta

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Friday Flower Fiesta

#3
Friday Flower Fiesta

#4
Friday Flower Fiesta

#5
Friday Flower Fiesta

#6
Friday Flower Fiesta

#7
Friday Flower Fiesta

#8
Friday Flower Fiesta

#9
Friday Flower Fiesta

#10
Friday Flower Fiesta

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