Category: photography

Is This a Spurge?

Seattle has had unseasonably warm weather. In fact, after breaking cold records, we now are breaking warm records. Climate change? I don’t know. There is still a tiny bit of snow on the ground on our street.

This plant I believe, is called a Spurge. It’s hard to tell because there are so many and they all look different. Believe it or not, this is not its flower. It has so many incarnations and each one is incredibly beautiful.

Enjoy your day.

Here Comes Spring

After lunch the other day, Warren and I went for a walk in a local neighborhood. As we walked along, I spotted this little bunch of croci.

Most of the croci had been flattened by the ten inches of snow we had earlier this winter. Seattle is not used to getting that much snow.

I first put these in Tangledfx with one of my presets. Then I put it in Lightroom and used the color squares (I don’t know what they are called) to add in just a touch of blue.

I am so sick of snow and absolutely ready for Spring and flowers and warmer weather!

Enjoy your day.

Maui Sunrise

My husband went hiking this morning and I got up early so I could see the sunrise. It was gorgeous. I’m go glad I bothered to get my rear end out of bed.

We have been on Maui for a month and we go home next week. I’ve seen and photographed lots of sunsets. But a sunrise is different. It is more delicate. It comes in so subtly. No matter how you edit it, it stays very soft and simple.

Sunrise is a great time of day. No one is out and about. You can sit and drink your coffee and no one bothers you. It was just me, Maalaea Bay and this beautiful sunrise coming up over Haleakala volcano.

To say I don’t want to go home next week is putting it mildly.

An Orange Rose

My neighbors grow some gorgeous roses. I love to take my iPhone and go for a walk in my neighborhood and take photos of their roses.

This particular rose is one of my favorites. Year after year It has given me superb photos.

The best part about photographing your neighbor’s roses is you don’t have to hassle with the care of the roses. No dealing with aphids or any of that.

Have a great day.

More Shells

These are more shells I did. I used an app called Decim8 after I shot the shells.

Decim8 takes pixels and mixes them up and down and sideways. It is known as a Glitch app. There are several Glitch apps out there for iPad and iPhone but this is one of the better ones. Unfortunately this one really only works on the iPhone.

It is slow and crashes on both generations of the iPad.

I have a first generation iPad and it really gives me fits.

One thing that helps is to reboot the iPad prior to using the app.

The good news is Apple is coming out with new iPad Pros in June.

Shells From the Hurricane

In the 80’s some time I was in a hurricane while on Maui. It completely destroyed Kaui and we only had very high winds on Maui.

The next morning the beach was covered thick with shells. What a find! My mother and I grabbed up all the shells we could get our hands on.

I doubt I would do this today. These shells are needed by sea creatures for homes. They are part of the sea’s eco system. But I didn’t understand that when I was younger. That you go to the ocean you look, you enjoy, but you leave it there.

Today, we have digital cameras to capture the beauty of places we visit. There is no need to collect things and bring them home.

I enhanced this photo in Enlight, then TangledFX.

Kino Glitch A New App

This last week a new app was released for iPhone and iPad. It’s called Kino Glitch. $1.99 at the App Store.

For those of you unfamiliar with Glitch apps, they’re meant to pretty much destroy your photo or drawing.

But this app is different. You have quite a bit of control over it. It’s different from any Glitch app I’ve ever used.

You choose the type of grid you want. Then you can adjust the size of the grid and how much Glitch effect comes through the grid. I chose none for this.

Then you can add a background and overlay.

You can also take your fingers and start moving the piece around. This is proving to be great fun.

The developer seems responsive to problems.

For anyone interested, I own a page on Instagram that features all kinds of photography, edits and art. If you would like to be featured, just tag to #BPA_Arts.

Enjoy your day!

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