More Pink!

This is from my friend Lynda Michele! Doesn’t she do exquisite work?!

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More Pink!

just one more pink blossom shot, then I will stop. I think. maybe…..

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This is from a blogging friend of mine. She has paid homage to Ansel Adams, undoubtedly the best photographer EVER! I have learned so much from his writings and images. The last two photos before the slide show were taken from Leanne Cole.

Weekly Photo Challenge: UP!

As a photographer, I have spent a lot of time shooting up.

Up a tree. Up a building. Up at the clouds. You name it, and I’ve probably shot up at it.

I’ve even shot up at children, which requires me to be lower than a toddler and is getting harder and harder the older I get. 🙂  Here are a few things that mean UP to me.

Looking UP at the Steeple. I shot this image many years ago of an old church in downtown Oklahoma City.

Looking UP at the Steeple. I shot this image many, many years ago of an old church in downtown Oklahoma City.

Looking UP The Glass Spires To The Clouds. I shot these glass spires in St. Louis in a botanical garden I visited. I loved the way the glass fingers are reaching for the clouds.

Looking UP The Glass Spires To The Clouds. I shot these glass spires in St. Louis in a botanical garden I visited. I loved the way the glass fingers are reaching up towards the clouds.

I can't have an UP without this image of famous landmark. I have posted this before, but it remains one of my favorites. The St. Louis Arch is massive and has been photographed tens of thousands ways. Here is my take on a familiar landmark.

I can’t have an UP without an image of this famous landmark. I have posted this before, but it remains one of my favorites. The St. Louis Arch is massive and has been photographed tens of thousands ways. Here is my take on a familiar landmark.

Have a glorious week.

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Clouds

Pretty, pretty cloud. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains.

Pretty, pretty clouds. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains. Promises of rain, threats of storms, I love you just the same.

Living in Oklahoma, cloud watching is more about preservation than daydreams. But I love clouds, even the scary ones! Between our violent weather and our amazing sunsets, we get some pretty amazing looking formations. Whether they are black and rolling or colorful and meandering, our clouds are beautiful.

On a crisp sunny day, the pillowing white formations make for a wonderful afternoon of daydreaming with your children: that one looks like a bunny or that one looks like a dragon! Whatever you see is magical.

On a overcast evening, while the sun is setting, you can get colors ranging from the faintest pink to the deepest darkest red. Colors that cause you to stop whatever you are doing, just to watch as the colors fade to black.

And then when cold fronts and warm fronts collide, you get clouds that make you run for cover. I have photographed many of these; ones that looked like a giant rolling cinnamon roll close enough to the roof of my house that I felt like I could reach out and snatch a bite. My children cried for me to come indoors, but I looked at them knowingly that if this cloud did decide to drop out of the sky to form a tornado, the cover of our “center room” would not be enough. Still I photographed.

I cannot find my scary photos, my pics are not archived that well, so its hard to hunt them down without spending hours, if not days looking for that one just right photo. But I did manage to snap a shot the other night of some big rolling clouds just as the sun was setting. These were a combo of beautiful and scary as they marked the huge thunderstorm that rolled in a few minutes after I took the images. They were moving fast and the light was fading equally as quick, so I did not have time for a tripod. Thus, these images are a bit grainy and not nearly as colorful as they were when I went in to retrieve my camera. But they are what they are. 🙂

Storm Cloud 1 storm cloud 2

Have a beautiful and safe spring!

Photography Challenge: Color

Since there really isn’t anything of color around my house right now, except for the previously posted toys, AND because I’m still having fun with my camera phone, I decided to take some images at a local home improvement store’s garden center. Even without the drought, my place doesn’t have a lot of pretty floral colors, mostly just green, because we cultivated a LOT of trees to provide cooling shade on our house against the harsh Oklahoman sun. That said, I often have to get outside my “comfort of home” zone to get anything floral on film (what do you call digital images? on data? on pixels?).

Color, color everywhere!

Color, color everywhere!

The HD feature, makes these lovely ladies bigger and bolder!

The HD feature, makes these lovely ladies bigger and bolder!

These delicate little ladies are pulling out all the stops to show us their true colors

These delicate little ladies are pulling out all the stops to show us their true colors

Like an erie spider opening up to the sun, this bloom begins to unfurl its petals for all to see.

Like an erie spider opening up to the sun, this bloom begins to unfurl its petals for all to see.

But I have noticed something about the way we humans view photographic images these days. We seem to be drawn for the over-the-top, over saturated images that come from High Definition. Is it because we view everything on HD from our computer games to our favorite TV shows? What is this inexplicable urge to change images into almost cartoon-like art? I have to admit, that I too am loving the brighter, larger than life images captured in HD. Is this just a fad? Will this too so pass? Are we as photographers losing our creative edge, bowing down to instant gratification of digital darkrooms???!!!

This bloom is similar to the one above, but the wind blew its tiny petals around just as I clicked (no shutter speed on an iPhone). But with a bit of darkroom magic, it can still become an interesting image instead up ending up in the trash.

This bloom is similar to the one above, but the wind blew its tiny petals around just as I clicked (no shutter speed on an iPhone). But with a bit of darkroom magic, it can still become an interesting image instead up ending up in the trash.

This is a copy of one of the above images, taken into Photoshop and embellished even more! Like I've mentioned before, you can't make copies in Camera+

This is a copy of one of the above images, taken into Photoshop and embellished even more! Like I’ve mentioned before, you can’t make copies in Camera+

Another dud of an image because of the wind, but the blurry, out of focus look blends well with the vintage and vignette from the iPhoto app.

Another dud of an image because of the wind, but the blurry, out of focus look blends well with the vintage and vignette from the iPhoto app.

Well, now that I’ve fallen off my soapbox, I hope you enjoy the pics as much as I did creating them!

I’m reblogging this because I added another image!

Through The Lens

Here are some more iPhone shots, edited with Camera+

There isn’t a lot to shoot around my drought stricken yard yet; I’ve been keeping my eyes on the budding trees, just waiting to capture some color. So in the meantime, I turned my iPhone to the toys that my grands left scattered like last autumn’s fallen leaves around my place. 🙂

Keep playing with your phones!

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Phoneograhpy Challenge: Feel The Burn

I love fire and I love fire images. But trying to take close ups of the beauty of fire is pretty tough and hot with an iPhone, so after a few attempts at flame images (for some really nice fire images see my Fire Series in Just Photos) with my iPhone, which I felt would melt right in the palm of my hand, I concentrated on the aftermath of destruction that a fire leaves in its wake. I discovered that, when studied, that burnt objects have a beauty all their own! I have had fun with the Phoneography Challenge, but I doubt that my phone will ever replace my cameras!

On this one, the heat had my hands a little shaky; but none the less, a bit of photo editing, made it interesting.

On this one, the heat had my hands a little shaky; but none the less, a bit of photo editing, made it interesting.

I was able to steady my hand and get a cleaner shot. I think I prefer using a long lens for this kind of shot in the future!

I was able to steady my hand and get a cleaner shot. I think I prefer using a long lens for this kind of shot in the future!

The remains of a post - concrete won't burn, just in case you were wondering.

The remains of a post – concrete won’t burn, just in case you were wondering.

I took this image into photoshop to give it an extra something by adding a LAMO feature over what I had done in Camera+

I took this image into photoshop to give it an extra something by adding a LAMO feature over what I had done in Camera+ I like this finished product much better. 

This was shot and edited in Camera+, I love the ethereal look achieved by over saturating.

This was shot and edited in Camera+, I love the ethereal look achieved by over saturating. I got these two images out of order and was too lazy to correct it. 🙂

The same subject, different shot and special effect

The same subject as the third shot, different shot and special effect

This was the same shot at the first one, but I took it into Photoshop to save as a sepia tone. That is the only problem with Camera+, you can' only save a shot one way.

This was the same shot at the third one, but I took it into Photoshop to save as a sepia tone. That is the only problem with Camera+, you can’ only save a shot one way.

Have a great day, and keep shooting!

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