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Awesome Contest

For the month of March, the website, Photoshop Elements Techniques is running a contest for new and renewing subscribers.  If you join or renew your subscription, you will be eligible for a drawing to win a full copy of Lightroom 4, Perfect Photo Suite from onOne Software, a copy of Photoshop Elements 11 and a Photoshop Elements 11 book by Matt Kloskowski.  This is just a great bundle of prizes!

I’ve belonged to this website for years and it is chock full of how tos and creative ideas for using Photoshop Elements.  It’s reasonably priced and, if you are an Elements user, joining is a decision you will be glad you made.

Check it out here: Photoshop Elements Techniques.

Photoshop Elements Techniques, Tutorials, Downloads, Video Tips, Newsletter and more – Photoshop Elements User.


Finding Courage To Be A Photographer « Photofocus

Are you being held back from your dreams by fear? Your dream doesn’t have to be photography-it could be anything at all.  There’s a million reasons to not try and pursue your dreams, but none of them are  valid.  It’s hard to turn off that negative self talk (especially if you are female), but you must learn to ignore it.

Find encouragement in this short blog post about finding courage to be…….yourself.

Finding Courage To Be A Photographer « Photofocus.

Great Experience with Lens Rentals

I have recently (& also not so recently) had the occasion to rent a few lenses from BorrowLenses.com.  I cannot praise their equipment and service enough.  The lenses were like new and customer service was over the top!  This last time when I rented they went above and beyond anything I would expect from a lens rental company.  They also rent cameras, extenders, tripods, bags.  You name it-they have it.  Their prices are reasonable, equipment and service excellent.  If you want to check them out, click below or on the link in the sidebar.  I think you will be pleased.


World’s Worst Blogger

Okay, I must be the world’s worst blogger.  I have lots of good intentions, but not much follow through.  I think I will be changing my format somewhat once I decide on something that’s workable for me.  I love photography and animals and Photoshop but these things seem to consume quite a bit of time. I’m also trying to apply myself to learner some of the finer (& not so finer) points of all these subjects, which is also time consuming.

So, just an update.  I’ll be back – in some form.

The “Shooting in Snow” Challenge

Well, today, I went out with my G12 in an attempt to get a better handle on shooting with snow all around. I found yesterday to be challenging not to get grey snow, blue snow or any variation. 🙂  I did a little better today-I did use my exposure compensation, used a custom white balance (the snow) and shot in raw in shutter priority.  I used to be afraid of raw.  But, I’ve come to the conclusion that for a beginner like me, it’s not such a bad idea.  I might have a chance at correcting (covering haha) mistakes.  One thing I’m not really sure about is the metering mode.  I typically use spot metering as my subjects are never in one position for more than a few seconds.. I wonder, if, shooting with snow in the background it would be better to use something like evaluative.

The following are my results from today: (using Odie as my subject)

Looking innocent

And another:

Enjoying her playtime

And the final: (for today anyway)

Hey Mom!

After looking at them again, I see I have a long way to go……..but, it is all about learning and progessing and the fun while doing it.


One of my favorite birds to watch and photograph is the American Bald Eagle. They are such majestic creatures and quite large. I’m always impressed by the way they “stick to business”. During the winter, they conserve energy and you don’t see them flying around wasting any unless it’s to snatch a fish.

I had a nice day watching them the other day and hope to go back. I am finding it a bit more challenging now that I have a wee bit of knowledge, but great fun anyway. I will post more pics later in the week.

A couple young ones hanging on the ice:

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A seemingly puzzled mature eagle checking out his reflection in the ice.

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Part of what I found challenging was that, the mature eagle was only about 20-25 feet away from the young ones, but the change in exposure was dramatic.  And, sometimes, I just forget to change my settings………. 😦

A good place to learn about the eagles, particularly in the Northeast is to be found at the Eagle Institute.

Odie loves Topaz B&W!

odie topaz2 by victry1
odie topaz2, a photo by victry1 on Flickr.

Fooling around with my G12 today so I’m not caught with my pants down when I want to grab a shot. This picture came out really nice, but, being addicted to PSE and Topaz Plug ins, I couldn’t resist running the photo through Topaz B&W effects. I love the results (& I’m sure Odie does too). 🙂

Trying to Find Something to Photograph « Photofocus

Trying to Find Something to Photograph « Photofocus.

Need some fresh inspiration?  Stuck in a rut?  Check out this post by pro photographer Scott Bourne.


Yesterday was a beautiful day.  It was on the cool side, with some clouds, but enough sun to make you glad to be outside.  My friend and I took my dog, Ginger, and her BFF, Howie to the dog park.  Ginger and Howie spent puppyhood together and are very close.  When Ginger left for training at the Seeing Eye it was hard on Howie. 😦  Howie is a natural athlete and I keep encouraging his owner to take him for agility training.  While Ginger loves her Frisbee, she doesn’t go at it with the gusto that Howie does.

Howie-A good catch.

It was a good learning experience for me to try and get a shot of him in action.  I will definitely have to try again!

Ginger happily playing with her favorite toy

The chase


Ginger likes to play it cool:

Ginger being a lady. LOL

Lessons learned this weekend- what NOT to do!

I learned a few things this weekend that I would not normally think of when thinking photography. Friday night I went down to the canal in hopes of a nice sunset shot. I found out you DO NOT wear your beloved TOMS and think you’ll make it down that steep, slippery embankment to the water in order to capture that cool shot of the sunset and trees in the water. You do not wear shorts and no bug spray on a hot humid night near a body of water. Friday night was definitely a short, fruitless, itchy trip.

However, the next morning I got up, put on hiking shoes, long pants and lots of bug spray and returned(boy, was I glad I did that last one in particular). The canal in Wharton was part of the canal that was used for transportation of iron and anthracite from Newark, NJ to Phillipsburg, NJ. Here’s how it looks now:

The current start of part of the canal

I walked down a little further and saw an interesting spot down a steep embankment filled with a lot of rock and gravel. I debated if I could make it down to the water successfully and decided to go beyond what would be easy. When I got to the bottom, it was very pretty but the shots I got I wasn’t happy with. I then learned the value of just sitting quietly and not rushing off. As I observed my surroundings I noticed a heron standing quite still a ways down. I debated if I should, or even could put on a longer lens on the off chance he would come my way. They can stand still for really long periods of time and exasperate the most patient person.

Don't know if you can see the heron quite a distance away, but he's there. 🙂

As quickly as I could I switched lenses to my 70-200 and waited.

He floats past

And lands

It was all downhill from there! I couldn’t switch from .JPEG to RAW cause my card was too full, my camera decided to get wacky and not work, my nose hit some button on the back of the camera and switched to live view and I didn’t know how to turn it off………

I did manage to get a couple more shots after that snafu……..

I did learn some valuable lessons this weekend…I may even invest in a monopod and/or tripod too.

Some images can be seen full size on my Flickr account.