Monthly Archives: July 2015


I put my little 50mm lens on the camera when I went to a grad party on Sunday. I took a few candid shots and doctored them with Silver Efex Pro and Photoshop. Just for fun.

IMG_5395 Summer Picnic - Waiting for the Food

IMG_5381 Summer Picnic - Tender Moment

IMG_5402 Summer Picnic - Messages for the Grad


Blended Landscapes

On Sunday, my sister and I went to Chautauqua Gorge.  I intentionally took photos with the idea of blending them later in Photoshop.  (I have this notion to do a whole series of “blended landscapes” in which I make a single image from several shots taken all at the same spot.)  I didn’t have a particular plan in mind.  Still, I tried to make shots that I thought would blend well with others.  For example, I shot some sun-drenched beech leaves against a dark background, and slowed my shutter to get a blurred waterfall.  I shot a lot of textures in the rocks.

Then, at the computer, I just started playing.  Here’s my little experiment.

Chautauqua Gorge

I’m still trying to learn the blending modes. I found this wonderful explanation in words! (I love that the author offers to tell us what the modes do, not show us. I guess I need to be able to explain something in order to feel like I’ve learned it.)

Each of the blend modes in the Darken group have an opposite (complementary) mode in the Lighten group. These “opposites” use slightly different math to arrive at their results, but the logic they use is similar but reversed. For example, with the Darken blend mode, if the pixels on the active layer are darker than the ones on the layers below, they are kept in the image. The opposite blend mode to Darken is Lighten, and with the Lighten blend mode, if the pixels on the active layer are lighter than the ones on the layers below, they are kept in the image.

(The emphasis is mine.)  Bingo!  That little sentence fragment was exactly what I needed to read!  For this image, I experimented solely with the “Lighten” blend mode. I also needed to use masks to soften edges and let certain parts of layers show through. It was a good learning exercise!

Or how about in color?

Or how about in color?

Carol’s Backyard

Carol was the winning bidder at the Audubon auction last fall for a private photography lesson. While she was shooting with her Nikon film camera, I managed these shots with my digital one.

IMG_5260 Trees by Pond Rectangle

IMG_5284 Two Wood Piles

IMG_5299 Wood Pile

IMG_5279 Grapes

There’s no way this one should be in Black and White:

IMG_5261-Pink Lily

Fun day!


IMG_5117 Geese on Sidewalk

Queen Anne’s Lace

IMG_5160 QAL BWJust messing around with Black and White QAL after a Facebook conversation with friends.  You know who you are.