Category: photography

Kalanchoe

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No, I didn’t just swear at you.  That is what this plant is called.  I’m guessing it’s a succulent.  But it may be a relative to the artichoke.  None of my followers on Instagram seem to know and I’m too lazy to look on the Internet.

I believe in always sharing how I process my photos.  I a, no great post processor, but I find it extremely helpful when people share how they get to the end of a journey.

I believe that the more I share, the more I will get back.  Like, what goes around,  comes around.  I have found that saying to be more than true in my time here on earth.

I also particularly love the phrase “give the person enough rope to hang themselves.”  That’s another one that I have always seen come true.  It takes awhile, but it happens.  Usually, they don’t need all that much rope.  What I have also observed, is that we don’t realize what’s going on inside that person that is making others so miserable.  I have learned they are miserable inside.  Like I don’t need to bother with revenge or getting back at them.  I could never think up a punishment worse than what they do to themselves.  Plus, if I were to bother with revenge, it would harm me.  It would take me into being negative.  It would poison me.  Why go there?  It’s not worth it.  It really isn’t.  It may seem so at the time.  You can almost taste it.  But I know now, it’s simply not.  But learn for yourself.  Waste your time if you want.   Most people have to learn the hard way.  I don’t know why that is, but they do.  I did.  I wish I had taken more advice.  I wish I had listened a bit more to my Dad.

Ok.  Back to sharing the post processing of the photo.  I can’t.  I found this inside Snapseed.  I hadn’t saved it!  I don’t have a clue what I did to it.  Other than to say it was in Snapseed.  I don’t use Snapseed that much for post processing anymore, so I think it was in there to crop it for Instagram.  But then why wasn’t it saved? I don’t know!  But I love this.  It’s not straight from the camera either.

I’m grateful I found it.  I think it’s one of my better photos.  I’ve been trying very hard to get this effect.  Very light lights and dark darks. I know people are using Stackables for this.  While this is close to what I’ve been trying to get, it’s not there yet.

So, I’m going to keep trying.

Pincushion Protea

This is a macro shot of a pincushion protea. Protea originally come from Africa but are found all over the world in tropical climates. 

There are about 1600 species of these flowers. They are absolutely incredible. They come in all kinds of shapes and every color imaginable. 

If you want a real treat take yourself over to Pinterest and check out these flowers. 

I use the word macro lightly here. It is not a macro in the true definition of macro. A true macro is 1:1. 

I took this on my iPhone 6 Plus with an Olloclip lens. It is a magnification lens. I was using the 14x lens. 

I love using the 14x and 21x lenses. I like to put them on my iPhone and go exploring to see what Mother Nature has hidden in the details. 

Aloha From Maui

Hibiscus

Aloha means more than hello or goodbye.

It’s a feeling, a way of being that exists on Hawaii.

We are very blessed to have Hawaii as one of our states. I am very blessed to have now visited Maui 17 times.

This trip my husband and I are here for two months. When you stay in one place for that long you take a completely different approach to your trip. Especially on Maui.

It is not one big whirlwind of activity. We get a chance to really relax into Maui and feel the Aloha.

I think of Maui as my spiritual home.

Warren and I are going to renew our wedding vows on the beach this year.

We celebrated 40 years being married last May. It felt like a good thing to renew our vows.

So to celebrate that occasion, I told Warren it was way past time for me to have a new wedding ring. Poor guy didn’t know that you reward a good wife of long standing with a new ring.

I explained it this way:

Husband who doesn’t get a trophy wife has to buy a trophy for the wife of long standing.

It made perfect sense to me and I got a pretty new diamond ring.

This is a hibiscus I photographed at our condo grounds. It is the most beautiful color of pink.

Aloha.

Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflower

This is a sunflower photograph I took recently.  Warren and I were on a drive heading east in Washington state.  We stopped in at Index which is a very picturesque little village nestled among the cascades and sits below Mt. Index.

On the way home, we stopped in Gold Bar for lunch. I had the absolute worst meal of grease ever.  I will spare you the details.  I’ll just say that when traveling in small towns, Mexican is your best bet.  While it may not be the best, it is hard to ruin a taco.  One has to work incredibly hard to ruin rice, beans and a taco.

After lunch, we came upon a poor little bedraggled sunflower plant in someone’s front yard.  I have been seeing glorious fields of sunflowers lately.  I was extremely disappointed.  But I figured, what the heck.  You never know. Well, I ended up with this beautiful photo.

So, you never know when that one special photo will show up in your camera.

This was taken with my iPhone 6 Plus camera on auto, using  Camera+.  I may have used macro mode, I forget.

For post processing, I started in Enlight.  That is my new go-to app.  I have been a real fan of Snapseed and still use it.  But I find that I can make some more subtle changes in Enlight.  I especially like the Clarify settings under image.  Those settings there seem to offer a bit different set of adjustments for sharp, saturation and black.

Then I took this into iColorama in the style settings.

Finally, I took it into Tangled Fx and used one of my custom settings. I love Tangled Fx. I like to make my own adjustments to their settings.  I have about 15 special settings.

Enjoy!

Maui Fern

Maui Fern

Maui Fern

This is a photo I took with Camera+.  There is a big difference between Camera Plus and Camera+, so don’t get confused.  Camera+ is an awesome app for your iPhone.  However, don’t buy it for the iPad.  It’s a total ripoff.  It has none of the features it does on the iPhone.

I used their macro setting which is not a real macro setting, but definitely brings you in closer on your subject.  Camera+ will let you set exposure, focus, white balance and other settings if you want.  They give you more than one way to do this.  I like to just tap both fingers on the phone screen and then tap in the exposure circle or the focus square to get what I want when I shoot.  Also their auto focus works great.

I shot this last year in Maui, although it could have been shot here in Seattle.  But, this is a Maui fern.  It is in a favorite place of mine, Kula Lodge in Maui, up in the mountain, as you go towards Haleakala, the volcano on Maui.

This was overexposed and posed some other problems.  I was going to toss it, but found that hard to do.  I had recently watched a Mike Moats video. If you don’t know who he is, rush, I mean, rush over here. Mike is a totally awesome macro photographer.

Anyway, I was watching one of his videos where he used Nik Software’s Viveza2 to work on a photo that had some problems.  Nik Software is made by Google.  It used to cost a lot of money.  But now, for some odd reason they give it away free.  There are also free videos on how to use it up at You Tube.

Anyway, in Viveze2 there are these little dots that you put on your photo,  They expand into a circle that you can then add contrast, saturation and other elements to in your photo.  So I worked on the overexposed areas in the photo and Viveza2 did it’s magic and my photo was no longer overexposed.

I hope you enjoy this image.  I had fun taking it and enhancing it.

 

 

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

This is a photo of the Pike Place Market.  A very famous public market in Seattle.  Positively every photographer in Seattle has taken a photo of the front of the Market.  But, nobody every drives along Aurora Avenue and nabs a photo of the back of the Market.  And for good reason, it’s rather boring.  The front of the market is colorful with lots of action going on.

But the back of the market, not so much.

I recently opened a second account on Instagram.  I call it @seattle_kerry_style.  My reason for opening this account is to give another look at Seattle.  I am a medium good photographer.  I can’t do the drop dead gorgeous photos of Seattle yet.  But, I can do some interesting alternative looks at Seattle like this.

I took this photo into my iPhone 6 Plus.  I started in Snapseed which is where I start with all photos.  I used the tuneup feature to just get it into shape.  A little brilliance, contrast and saturation.

Then I took it into Enlight, which is becoming one of my favorite enhancement apps.  The more I use that app, the more I find to use.  I started under Image and used Adjust and chose Tools.  I went into Basic and used some of the choices there.  Then back to tools and into Details.  I used structure there.  Then maybe into Color to use saturation.  I forget.  Then, I checked the check mark and chose Clarity.  Again, I went to the tools rather than use their presets.  I really like the settings in Clarity, although I don’t use the Clarity setting much.  I like to use sharpen there, as well as fine, blacks and saturation.

Then when I got what I wanted, I clicked the check mark and chose Target under Image.

This is something new to me and I don’t know if I’m using it correctly.  But I like how I’m using it and what it will do.

There are three choices of gradient under Target, radial, linear and mirror.  I have used radial.  I take the radial gradient and put it over one small area in the photo.  Then, I click on Tools.  That takes me to settings for the gradient.  I then choose Tone.  That opens up further settings for the gradient.  I choose hue first, then saturation, contrast and exposure.  I put them up a medium amount so there is some change in the photo area I have chosen.

Then I click on Tools which takes me back to the gradient shape and I play around with placing it where I like the effect it makes. For instance, I placed this gradient radial to make the purples, the pinks, and the greens in the photo.

Then, I will go back to Tools and play with placement of the gradient, then back to Tone to play with the settings to get what I want.

I keep going back and forth like this until I get what I want in that area.I repeat this several times until I have the photo covered in colors that I like.

Then, I save it and take the photo into the app Procreate on my iPad Pro.  In the front buildings that are green and purple that have some grey on them, there was much more grey than I wanted and it was very rough.  I thought it looked out-of-place with the rest of the photo.  So I took the oil pastel brush under Sketching in Procreate and lightly brushes in those areas to smooth them out and add a bit more color.

I’m new to doing all this.  So, I’m probably doing it all wrong.  But I’m having fun and I’m liking my results.

What is surprising me, is I thought one needed Photoshop to do all this.  It amazes me that I can do it all on either my iPhone or iPad Pro.  Digital technology is moving forward amazingly fast.  More and more it jumps forward every day.  It is so exciting to be on this ride with digital. It’s quite an adventure!

 

Traffic In The City

Traffic

Traffic

I love to take photos from our car as we drive through Seattle.  Seattle is such an interesting city.  I have lived in Seattle all my life.  I love the rhythm of the city as we drive through it.

Recently, we were driving up Boren Avenue past some new construction.  It was early morning, it was a gorgeous summer day.  I could just feel the beat of the city.  I hope you enjoy this photo.

I put this up on Instagram and someone commented that she was glad she didn’t live in the city.  That she was grateful she lived in the desert.  Well, I’m glad she lives there too.  That is what makes her happy.  We all dance to different drummers.  We need to live where the music plays for us.

This was taken on my iPhone 6 Plus and edited in Photoshop and on my iPhone in Enlight.

 

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