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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-16-18)

Friday Flower Fiesta

We have been in our new home since July 2017. I spent most of the last year landscaping, and plants have been flowering for me. From my gardens over the last couple of months

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

Flowers from Russel's gardens

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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-3-17)—Alternatives to that all-white landscaping of the north

Friday Flower Fiesta

I never have been a fan of that all-white landscaping that they seem to prefer this time in northern states. It’s just boring. I want flowers. Lots of flowers. Like these:

Bird of ParadiseBird of Paradise

ArtichokeArtichoke

Tuberous Begonia
Begonia

Tuberous Begonia
Begonia

Tuberous Begonia
Begonia

Wax-leaf Begonia
Begonia

Cane Begonia
Begonia

Tuberous Begonia
Begonia

Water Lily
Water lily

Lily
Easter lily

All of those started as plain ol’ pictures of flowers. I used Redfield’s Fractalius G4 to add a little extra pizzazz to them. Fractalius in one of my favorite photo editing programs. It’s interesting because it literally has millions of settings.

The bad part is that I could not tell you exactly what setting I used for any of those pictures above. The good part is that I could not tell you exactly what setting I used for any of those pictures, which means they truly are one of a kind because other than telling you that I used Fractalius, I wouldn’t know how to do any of them again.

Fractalius does have a little die which you can click on. It’s like rolling the dice. You don’t know what setting is going to come up. It also has a “last used” setting but I quickly discovered that what I liked for the last picture doesn’t necessarily work for the current picture, so I usually just keep rolling the die until I get something I like.

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In memory of the victims of the “Bowling Green massacre”

Friday Flower Fiesta

There are so many alternative facts (lies) coming out of this administration that I can’t keep up. I’m sure glad I’m not a professional fact checker because I’d be working 120 hours a week. I feel like my head is going to burst from all these alternative facts trying to take up residence in it.

So in the midst of all these alternative facts, I’d just like to post a picture of this single white rose in memory of all the people who were killed by terrorists in the “Bowling Green massacre.”

Single white rose in memory of the people killed in the Bowling Green massacre.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-16-2016)—Winter flowers in San Diego

Friday Flower Fiesta

Although Winter doesn’t begin for another few days, many of my northern friends are posting pictures of this really boring all-white landscaping. It’s enough to drive me to drinking margaritas. I thought today would be a perfect time to show them what real winter landscaping looks like.

Friday Flower Fiesta 12-19-14 Russel Ray Photos Friday Flower Fiesta 12-19-14 Russel Ray Photos
Red pelargonium, Friday Flower Fiesta, October 12, 2012 Friday Flower Fiesta Friday Flower Fiesta

Pansy

Bird of Paradise flower

Mother of thousands flower head from the side

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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-25-16)—YOU…. are in trouble!

Friday Flower Fiesta

Many decades ago, in the year 1966 to be precise, the Principal of my elementary school, Charles H. Flato Jr. Elementary School in Kingsville TX, came around to my sixth grade class asking for volunteers to be school photographers. The school provided the camera and film, and had its own darkroom, and—get this—volunteers would get into all school events FREE! That included sporting events. I was sold.

It was only a few months later that I got into trouble with that same principal, Mrs. Ruby Gustavson. It seems that every time I developed pictures in the darkroom, I used, in her own words,”ten times as much paper and developer” as the other students. She never found out why, and I never told anyone, until now.

I was experimenting, trying to make a collage using one picture but sixteen pieces of paper. I would take a piece of paper and expose it to just one section of the picture. Then I’d take another piece of paper and expose it to a different section. When I finished, I had sixteen pieces of paper that, when laid together, created a collage. Similar to this:

Rose collage

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Obviously I was using a lot of paper and developer chemical. I don’t remember if I succeeded fifty years ago but I do remember spending a lot of time in that darkroom after school. Since I was still the juvenile delinquent that my wise old grandmother (MWOG) had adopted a year earlier, every time I came home late from school, MWOG wanted to know why. Where had I had been? What was I doing?

“I was developing pictures in the darkroom at school.”

Finally, enough was enough, and MWOG came up to the school one day after school was out, walked into Mrs. Gustavson’s office, and asked if I was there. Mrs. Gustavson didn’t know if I was, so she and MWOG walked down to the darkroom. There I was. With many of my paper trials hanging up drying. Individually they all looked like wasted paper—collectively, they looked like one of MWOG’s roses from her rose garden. Using Mrs. Gustavson’s own words again: “You…. are in trouble.”

Yep, I was in trouble. My experimentation came to an end, and I was allowed one hour and no more in the darkroom each day. I had to check in with Mrs. Gustavson anytime I was going to be in the darkroom, and she instituted surprise visits to the darkroom while I was there. She was sneaky….

In today’s world, a photographer’s darkroom is something like Photoshop, or Photo-Paint, or Paintshop. I use Photoshop mostly because it’s the de facto standard, meaning that there are billions of tutorials online. There also are things called “plug-ins” and “actions” that other people have created to do things automatically that might take me a month to figure out how to do.

The picture above was made using an action from Panos FX called “Big Pictures.” They have several dozen actions, and I have them all. Some of their actions are free; those that cost are very reasonably priced, especially if you use them a lot. Check ’em out.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-20-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s been really really cold here in San Diego this past week. I probably should disclose that my definition of “cold” is when the temperature dips into the 60s, and “really cold” is when the temperature dips into the 50s. I’ll let you use your powers of deduction to determine what “really really cold” means to me.

Dahlias always seem to warm me up, so here is a collection of dahlias for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta:)

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Friday Flower Fiesta (7-3-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.

IMG_2245 pink hibiscus faa stamp

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IMG_2913 water lily faa stamp

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img_4375 hibiscus stamp

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IMG_4733 faa roses stamp

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img_5158a dahlia faa stamp

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IMG_5427 cup of gold solandra maxima faa stamp

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IMG_5430 floating faa stamp

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