Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Consider the lilies of the field, they toil not, neither do they spin"

"Consider the lilies of the field, they toil not, neither do they spin"

I wanted to look up the context of this quote. Reading it really got through to me today. Interestingly there are a t least three quotes within this context which have had a lot of influence on me. I found the quote here.

Matthew 6:25-34
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. "

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Osprey on a t-shirt

This is a photo I took of an Osprey up at Pinetop/Lakeside. I put it on some other products too, besides this t-shirt. I thought it would be nice to see it as an isolated image without a background.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Recent photos: rays of the sun through clouds, lake reeds.

Reeds/cat-tails up at Lakeside. We really like it there, we might move there if we get the chance.

Took this shot today around twilight just as we got home.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Trying out more compositing and several other photoshop techniques

Took three shots trying to frame this image exactly the same but with three stops difference in exposure. Only ended up using two frames, and combined them in a composite. Blending the "seam" between the two was difficult. Ended up with one every flatly lit frame, which I proceeded to mess around with for quite awhile to get color, contrast and general tones. Finally added a top layer to give some texture, but next time I'll save more intermediate frames for comparison. I still have the original footage. I'm a bit of a hard sell on texture layers in general, but I can see a lot of possibilities in using layers for various effects, including color shifting. Back in the old days a double exposure was pretty haphazard. Layering is a lot more precise, if you want it to be, but can also have a bit of a randomizing effect.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Periwinkle Blue Flower

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Those who follow this blog have seen this image before. It's a blue Periwinkle flower. I took this shot back in Santa Cruz. It's also pretty popular on Google's image search if you happen to be looking for a periwinkle blue, or a star in periwinkle, or a periwinkle flower, and probably some other search terms. Because of that it gets seen fairly regularly via Sheryl's blog too, sometimes more often than mine.

As we've discussed recently we've got some issues selling art images online. I currently upload a lot of my work to Imagekind, where Sheryl and I both have accounts. We also use Zazzle. And a lot of our stuff can be see there.

I'm always looking around for new and inventive printing options: Looking at MPIX, and Kodak, and PEphoto. We've already got Zazzle as a POD company, which means "print on demand". Another option is printing our own here, as Sheryl has an Epson 1280 which gives some pretty awesome results. I think I can do 11x17's here, and that's not bad.